Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU investigates a serial rapist who had been attacking young women at religious schools in Dayton and stopped for six weeks. He has resumed his attacks, but is now targeting a different demographic of women. Elle makes a decision that could end her career with the BAU.moreless

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  • good commentary on the dangers of companies data-mining us & selling our personal info

    While Elle's PTSD was an interesting element, what I found most interesting was the fact of how easily the rapist had access to women's personal information that was being sold by their school, by a clinic, by places. Now while FERPA & HIPPAA might prevent certain info from being released, other data may not be as well protected.
  • Unexpected ending.

    This episode was about a case which was at first normal when a serial rapist who had previously raped lots of woman is back and throughout the case they get closer and closer to the rapist even the agents was stood out the house he was in with another victim but didn't go in because they didn't think anyone was in which got Elle frustrated with them You could see that something was up with Elle in the episode as Reed tries to talk to her but when she was undercover she tried to become a victim so they can find the rapist but she blows her cover by going over to him and this allows him to walk free when they got him Things got even more interesting when Elle saw him walk she got annoyed with Hotchner and pushed past Reed and walked away out the station Elle then confronts the rapist and when the rapist says to her that he thanks her for getting him out of prison he walks off and Elle shoots him and when Gideon and Hotchner arrive she had already told the police that it was self defense so she would get her badge back soon I just couldn't believe it because the person I thought I new all the way through season 1 has turned out like this with a dark side and she has got her badge back but who knows what she is going to be like over the next episode I think Gideon and Hotchner definitely know something is going on because of the way they looked at her at the end.moreless
  • Too many strange parts to be well executed.

    I won't make a summary of this episode as many others did and so did

    I will directly talk about what I thought of the episode.

    Elle went crazzy and let her emotions take the "better" of her. You'd think that a profiler with great knowledge of the human mind and behavior would fake better her emotions after killing the serial rapist. She doesn't event pretend to be shocked, she act stuborn, defensive and aggressive as well. Even a student profiler would have a field trip with her acting like that. And yet the FBI investigation let her go and only the 2 "senior" profilers know that she is guilty.

    Even worse than that is the fact that the Behavior Analysis Unit sends a woman attacked in her own home, and scared to even go back inside, to act as bait and wait there as a rapist is coming to attack her... Is this remotely smart? Is she the only female FBI agent, or police officer over 35 ? What made her the logical choice there? Because I sure do not see anything that would justify such a choice.

    And about that investigation for the "incident". Aside from the fact that her behavior was a clear give away. How could they miss all the clues ? Did they give the job to a rookie? Weren't they rather efficient up till now?

    She acted emotional before when working on the case, she even broke her cover and rushed at him with a gun to arrest him and cause the operation to fail.

    And yet they do not find strange that she went alone, without partner, to "talk" to him in a dark parking, and that it ended with a dead body? Where was his weapon he suposedly "drew at her"? Why would he even draw it at her when he was just released anyway? There were so many things wrong with the shooting, like the first shot was fired at him when he was turning at her, it should have hit him on the side, you don't get shot on the side first if you are facing your target. What about the fact that there is blood on both of his hands? You don't put the hand holding the gun on your wound... usually that hand would fall along the body while the other hand reach for the wound.

    Anyway I'm glad Elle is soon to be gone because I never really liked her. But I'm sad it was done so sloppily.moreless
  • Exciting episode with some tense moments!

    After three episodes of Elle's attack barely being mentioned, it came out loud and claer in this episode, when Elle is sent undercover as the next victim of a serial rapist.

    I thought the episode was great! The fact that they discovered that there must be more victims than those who came forward was interesting,

    I also enjoyed Elle Greenaway in this episode, as she experiences the full effects of her PTSD. It causes to do something wrong, even though it was for all the right reasons! I personally think she did the right thing. The guy was evil.

    Definitely a terrific episode! This one may go on to become significant, as the character of Elle develops. This episode was highlly unpredictable, and very enjoyable, all the way until the last moment! Keep it up,Criminal Minds, and I strongly recommend this epsode!moreless
  • "It’s a work call"

    Criminal minds

    Serial rapist. Women in their 30’s, he waits for them to come home.

    The team is on their way to Dayton, Ohio.

    Woman/victim comes home and plays her answering machine : “I think we’re ready to meet”. Eeks !!

    He is a power reassurance rapist ( more on that later).

    But what made him go from teenage high school students to 30-year-old women, what made him go off-script ?

    The team arrive at the police office where Maggie Callahan awaits them. Very eager profiler wannabe police lady. Gideon reassures her by saying she doesn’t have to step down.

    They go talk to the latest victim. So right, way too many people touching, looking and talking. But they’re right, they do need all the info they can get. And it’s quite some info, somehow the unsub knew about the woman’s favourite place ( Positano in Italy), the only alcoholic beverage she drinks ( white wine) and her favourite singer ( Al Green).

    They also visit one of the previous victims on campus ( Cheryl?).

    Was there anyone who always was quiet yet seemed a little too close ? Anyone who is suddenly not around anymore? And in this case the unsub also knew something that raises the question of how well he knew his victims ( stalking??) or where he got the info from.

    Anyway, her parents dog name is Dexter...and yes, it might be a good idea to talk to a woman about all this some time.

    The unsub sounded more nervous in real life than he did on the answering machine tapes ( they can be rehearsed ).

    He thinks of this as dates. ( Can someone please tell that woman she indeed did nothing to make this happen).

    Elle forgets her glasses in the car, Reid instantly notices she’s staying behind. And he also knows why she is so hesitant to go back to the car alone ( she just pretends to be all touch and not caring and I’ll be fine). But Elle says no thanks.

    Everyone is in their hotel room ( working.. not sleeping ! I thought that was pretty funny considering they went there to get some rest). The very eager lady policewoman actually took a room on the hall, even though she lives 4 blocks away. I really had my doubts about her ! But to her credit she does come up with some valid suggestions : only 20% of all rapes are reported, there might be more. And something must have happened that made the unsub change victims.

    Reid goes check on Elle ( good !! ) he’s really trying, but she’s not really ( or.. really not ? ). She does talk a little to him, she felt the shooters hand in her wound when he used her blood to write on the wall ( shudder !!) Reid tries a “he’s dead, you won”.

    But Elle just raises her glass – well, here’s to winning…

    Now some explaining on what kind of rapist he is.

    Power reassurance - he targets specific victims, and usually has a job with access. Cable guy. He fantazises that he’s in a relationship with them.

    Power assertive rapist on the other hand humiliates his victims.

    And a sexual sadist / anger attacks at random and is brutal.

    They talk a little about how the unsub is between 20 and 40, and probably has a job that deviates from the standard sex-role models.

    And we get a look at the “wall of fame” of the unsub. Eager police lady ( wish I’d paid a little more attention and knew her name ;) ) finds a suicide on campus that fits perfectly with the time the unsub changes.

    Turns out the girl indeed was raped, and got pregnant. Since she was katholic she chose the sin of suicide over the sin of abortion. Her dad never told her mom there indeed was a note that explained it all, but he does hand it to the team for investigation.

    The unsub must have known she was pregnant ( because that’s the reason he changed), meaning he still watched his previous victims ( again : eeks).

    The pregnancy is an important hint though, because the common link between some victims is that they were trying to get pregnant. And the questionnaires ( with the personal info) from the fertility clinic are all handled by Firsthand Media… bingo.

    He first targeted katholic high school girls because he knew it was very unlikely they would abort…but when the girl committed suicide he switched, figuring his new victims were trying to get pregnant anyway, so he was helping them.

    Elle is having flashbacks…but no one seems to worried about her ( apart from maybe Reid ?)

    LOL at Morgan talking to Garcia “It’s a work call”;)

    By going through all the fertility questionnaires of women in the region they find 1 possible next victim.

    And they send Elle to go in, wired.. Do you think she’s ready ( Hell no!!)

    And then Elle takes justice into her own hands and shoots the guy dead after making sure it really is the unsub. Exit Elle.

    She has become one of “them” , on of those the team track down and put behind bars. She can not stay….even though it’s said to be self defence, Gideon knows, Reid /Morgan.. everyone probably knows.moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Dahlia Salem

Dahlia Salem

Maggie Callahan

Guest Star

Jason London

Jason London

William Lee

Guest Star

Mandy June Turpin

Mandy June Turpin

Alicia Jordan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Morgan is outside Elle's house waiting for the rapist to show, the shadow of a person walking past the car's window can be seen.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Gideon: Can you promise to stay sensitive?
      Maggie Callahan: Sure, as long as you promise to stay pissed off about what's happened to them.

    • Hotchner: You tend to forget, don't you?
      Gideon: What?
      Hotchner: All the different moods on the plane. I think the mindset's different when the victims are still alive.

    • Cheryl Cosgrove: The police all act like because he didn't kill you he didn't somehow end your life.

    • Maggie Callahan: (glancing in Gideon's suitcase) You stole a bathrobe?
      Gideon: They're complimentary.

    • Hotchner: (after Lisa Blake's rape) How bad were her injuries?
      CSU Tech: She's lucky, they're relatively minor.
      Hotchner: Do me a favor? Don't tell her that she's lucky.

    • Elle: I'm supposed to believe that you've got my back?
      Hotchner: What's that supposed to mean?
      Elle: The last time you sent me home, Hotch, it got me shot.

    • Morgan: Oh, one last thing. Look up the words "sexy" and "brilliant" in that computer of yours, and tell me what you come up with.
      Garcia: Look at that, it's me.
      Morgan: You are a goddess, woman. Ciao. (Morgan beeps off phone and sees the women in the waiting room staring)
      Morgan: It was a... it was a work call.

    • Gideon: Doesn't anybody ever go home?
      Elle: You're here.
      Gideon: Exactly. Trust me, you don't want to model your social life on mine.

    • Gideon: (responding to a knock at his hotel room door) Be right there.
      Maggie Callahan: (entering room without an invitation) I figured you wouldn't be sleeping either.
      Gideon: What are you doing here?
      Maggie Callahan
      : I took a room on the hall.
      Gideon: You live four blocks away.
      Maggie Callahan: Exactly. Why be separated from the work.

    • JJ: If it makes you feel any better, Hotch and Morgan took off.
      Reid: Hotch is married; Morgan's... you know... Morgan.

    • Reid: Elle, he's dead. You're... you're right here. You won.
      Elle: (holds up glass) Then here's to winning.

    • Morgan: (on the phone) I'd like to make a request.
      Garcia: With that sultry voice? You name it.

    • Reid: I thought maybe... you might want to talk.
      Elle: Don't go all profiler on me.
      Reid: Elle, you got shot in your own home, and then came back to the BAU like nothing even happened. Thinking you might want to talk isn't profiling, it's Psych 101.

    • Gideon: Helen Keller once said, "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it."

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although it was essential to the storyline to release William Lee from custody, it was not legally necessary for this to have happened. There was an abundance of evidence to support holding him on the serious federal charge of stalking. They did, after all, arrest him outside his victim's house.


    • Gary Heidnik - a rapist and murderer who, beginning in 1986, kept six women in his basement in Philadelphia. He repeatedly tortured and raped his victims, eventually killing two. One of his victims he cut up and fed to the other women. He was executed in 1999.