Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 11

Blood Hungry

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 14, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While Gideon is sidelined on crutches at BAU headquarters, Hotchner and the BAU go to Harrington, Tennessee, in an attempt to get inside the mind of a psychotic killer whose disorganized and erratic fantasies lead him to murder.

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  • Review

    I thought that this was the worst episode of Criminal Minds to date. I didn't really care for the two crazy guy profiles, but I did think that the acting that the both of them did in the episode was some of the best acting that I have ever seen. Either way - The show has really taken a huge decline since the first four to five episodes of the season. I think the writers paniced a little and started to give some stories that were farfetched and a little too much of a reach. I thought that the "GPS" system locator at the end of the episode they used to find the missing boy was one of the worst plot twists to the end of an episode that they could have had. Overall, didn't like the episode overall and think the show really needs to begin to pick it up as soon as possible, because they are on the verge of losing me.moreless
  • Blood..

    Oh, this episode goes to the list where they have very brutal and very unpleasant stories - and the unpleasantness of the story gets even to level you just feel it ruins the viewing..

    Anyway - this time on a little town there are many murders and they are all very brutal - and soon they discover that victims blood and some organs are taken and it all leads to - you know.. drink blood, eat flesh.

    They catch the bad guy quite easily but I most say I did not get very well what drive him to it - yes, his mum was controlive and he studied religious but.. I do not know.. the backstory was little weird.

    But in the middle of this - that song.. what the boy sang.. it was so beautiful.moreless
  • This show continues to impress me with how well written and well researched it is.

    I can tell the writers know a lot about real criminal profiling and the killers as well as the main characters are well developed and interesting. This realism and attention to detail, as well as the many interesting allusions to real cases and profiling methods, continue to make "Criminal Minds" one of the most realistic, innovative and well-plotted series on TV.

  • Gideon has to stay in Seattle, because he's on crutches, while the rest of the team has to find a murderer who eviscerates his victims.

    The casefile in this episode was very shocking and cruel. I'm glad that for once we didn't get as much to see of the victims as it seems to be common these days.

    I rated this episode with an 8.5, but that might be a bit too flattering for it. Still I enjoyed it, although I couldn't quite make head or tails of it. In the other episodes we generally could see some character development, but in this episode - nada. The writers built up on the information we already had about the characters and concentrated on the casefile - which was well-done, but the few moments of new character interaction wasn't enough in my eyes.

    Still, there were several well-done things I want to point out. First, the interaction between Gideon and Garcia was hilarious. The poor girl must've suffered greatly. Second, the casefile wasn't as predictable as some of the other episodes had been.

    All in all: a solid episode, but not one of the highlights.moreless
  • garcia cracks me up!

    ok, so first of all i loved that gideon was stuck back in the office with garcia, or maybe she was stuck in the office with him...but anyway, it was fun. i am so glad garcia is gonna be on the show for good, they need to give the girl more credit. who doesn't love the way she interacts with the rest of the crew? i like to see hotchner actually leading, so it was nice to see him not so overshadowed by gideon. basically, i think every week the charecters get better, the plots get better, and this show gets better. i hope it is running for a long time.moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

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

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr

Wally Brisbane

Guest Star

Gabriel Sunday

Gabriel Sunday

Charlie Stuart

Guest Star

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Sheriff Hall

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the opening music lesson scene, the camera shows the sheet music on the stand; however, there are no lyrics. The music is actually the accompanist's version of the song.

    • When Gideon is comparing the woman's body with an angel, he asks Garcia for the crime scene shots as he holds his left hand upward. When the camera pans in, the crime scene shots are shown downward and they are held by a right hand. However, the nails of that hand are done, leading to the conclusion that it's actually Garcia's hand.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Gideon has a son named Steven.

    • This is the first time Morgan is referred to by his first name (Derek).

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hotchner: What happened to you?
      Gideon: (entering the room on crutches) I got a list of things I want to try before it's too late.
      Elle: (sarcastically) And orthopedic surgery's one of them?
      Gideon: No, skydiving. Apparently it's all about the landing.

    • Gideon: (to Garcia, hurriedly) Give me the book. The big one, right there.
      Garcia: OK. (muttering under her breath) Get the book, please, Penelope. Here you are. Thank you.

    • Hotchner: Well, you managed to get on Garcia's nerves pretty thoroughly.
      Gideon: Who's Garcia?
      Hotchner: Penelope? The tech? With the glasses.
      Gideon: In the room with the screens? She's great!

    • Hotchner: How is it having Gideon around?
      Garcia: You can have him back whenever you would like.

    • Gideon: Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid, and deeds left undone."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mandy Patinkin requested time off from the producers during the filming of this episode, so his character was written in a way that he'd be on crutches and not be able to go with the BAU to the crime scene.

    • The music heard in this episode was "Lullaby" by Martyrs and Poets and "My Father's Voice (Live)" by Judith Owen.


    • Reid mentions Richard Trenton Chase, a paranoid schizophrenic who was convicted of murder in 1978. He started out killing and eviscerating animals and eating their entrails, and moved up to humans. The bloody rings made by the unsub's containers in this episode were found at Chase's crime scenes. He suffered from many delusions including the "alien" one mentioned by Reid.