Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 24


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 13, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU responds quickly after a serial killer releases a new strain of a deadly anthrax virus in Annapolis that threatens the public and puts a member of the team at risk.

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  • half arsed melodrama. . .yay. . .

    Started off well but quickly devolved.

    I found JJs drama annoying but appropriate and Emily's whole deal was odd but understandable; I guess.

    I had to lol when the super genius decided that going for an afternoon stroll in a possible anthrax lab would be a good idea but that loling turned to loathing when they started milking his 'convenient stupidity' for every drop of cheap and scummy drama that they could.moreless
  • This is why I hate the government.

    They lie to your face. A woman with children asks if she should be concerned and they flat out lie and put her at risk. The government treats people like chumps and forget they work for us and they were never suppose to make our decisions for us.
  • one of the best

    once or twice a season criminal minds reminds me why i'm hooked (beyond just being flat out in love with half of these characters), and this episode is one of those reasons. biochemical warfare is scary as heck!
  • All in all,I think the world is safer when our governments don't tell us everything that's going on ...

    The BAU rush to Annapolis, Maryland when they learn that someone has released a new strain of deadly anthrax in a public park. There were twenty-five people affected and they are dying cruel and painful deaths. The question is, who created these deadly spores and why did they release them onto an innocent public.

    Whilst medical personel attempt to find an antidote for this previously unknown strain of one of the world's most deadly toxins, the BAU must try to track down who is responsible. Their efforts are hindered somewhat when the top guns from Fort Deitrich insist on getting involved, making things more difficult as both sides try to be the ones running the investigation.

    When a likely site for the lab is found in a house in a suburban neighbourhood, Reid and Morgan, already, like everybody else, having been given the strongest antidote available, enter the house and find what they were looking for - and a lot more besides. Such a huge pity that our beloved Dr. Reid scratched himself on a bush on the way in ...

    As Reid get's sicker, alone in the house with an open vial of anthrax all over the floor, he must race to find an antidote to use on not only himself but also the rest of the patients who are still fighting for their lives in the hospital.

    Terrific episode and really great work by Matthew Gray Gubler and Shemar Moore. You'll enjoy this one.moreless
  • This episode was a total 'amplification' of what I thought Criminal Minds is capable of!

    I think this would have to be in the Top Five best episodes evef. It was such an amazing episode, and a very deadly one. It was also incredibly amazing to see th team respond to the threat of a biological attack.

    I found the whole episode to be immensely suspenseful. Not only did we have to fear for the safety of the whole nation from a biological attack, but a member of outr lovely team was even exposed! It was so intense and the commercial breaks were almost unbearable!

    If you have never watched Criminal Minds before, watch this episode and I guarantee you will never want to miss another episode of this show ever again!

    Keep it up Criminal Minds! I am thoroughly impressed!moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita

Dr. Linda Kimura

Guest Star

Dan Lauria

Dan Lauria

General Lee Whitworth, M.D.

Guest Star

David Dean Bottrell

David Dean Bottrell

Chad Brown

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Reid's cell phone number includes the digits 1414, which can be seen when JJ presses these digits on the conference phone.

    • The entrance to the D.C. subway was substituted with an entrance to the New York City subway. Several of the subway station shots, before the final climax in the subway, are also New York City subway stations, and the shots of the train flying by the camera are also New York City subway trains. The final scenes appear to be shot in the Washington, D.C. system, which is much newer and has different train cars.

    • When Rossi takes the anthrax medication, he says "Cent'anni! May you live 100 years!". "Cent'anni" is Italian for "a hundred years" and is a common toast at birthdays in Italy. Also, the complete sentence is used by ChefMD on his show.

    • In the episode "52 Pickup," Agent Todd gets in trouble for lying to a civilian. However, in this episode, Prentiss is told that lying is a part of their job.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Garcia: Hey, Reid.
      Reid: Reid, wow. No, ah, no witty Garcia greeting for me?
      Garcia: I can't be my sparkly self when you're where you are.

    • Morgan: I'm going to see you off to the hospital.
      Reid: I'm about to get naked so they can scrub me down. Is that something you really want to see?

    • Reid: "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it." Helen Keller

    • Reid: "It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt." Exodus 9:9

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