Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 13

Bloodline

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 21, 2009 on CBS
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The BAU is called to Alabama when young women are being abducted by what appears to be a family working together.

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  • Blood libel Roma, Jewish people

    1.0
    Racist. A centuries old story created to whip up hate and violence against the Jewish people and Roma.



    Imagine if the killer family had been written as a Jewish family.



    Yeah.



    Blood libel stories are disgusting and dangerous.



    Look at how anti-semitism and anti-Roma feelings are on the rise in Hungary, Tjech republic, Italy and in many other European countries.



    Listen to the anti-Roma sentiments that the Harper government in Canada is spouting. Remember the anti-Roma rant of a Canadian talk how host- 3 months ago?



    Thieves, fake refugees, people who take advantage of the good hearts of Canadians...



    How else do you think it starts? This is how persecution started in the 1930s and in the last decade and how blood libel stories is how people excuse their hate mongering.



    This episode is shameful.moreless
  • Family of killers.

    9.0
    This was a very good episode that started with a family of killers looking for a girl and turn her into a killer to start the next cycle in the future The team soon realises it has been going on for generations and the further the episode went on the better it got It was strange how the kidnapped girls was turned into killers but like the team said if there parents are dead they don't think anyone is looking for them and they just learn to adapt The ending left me thinking how many more families are out there killing because the end shows the case is far from over.moreless
  • Kinda...ignorant

    1.0
    While the episode never says it explicitly, the strong implication is that this is somehow significant of all Romani. Clearly, the murder-cult is a vast exaggeration. But the parts that casually characterize the Romani as insular, paranoid, lawless nomads are not so clearly exaggerative. For example, when they mention the sound of bells, Rossi casually mentions that this is common training among Romani pickpockets (It's actually not - that is from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", a French novel).



    This episode coincidentally premiered during a period of anti-Romani violence in Europe. The depiction of Romani as thieves and criminals is a common one, a stereotype that originates among anti-Romani hate groups and has slowly contaminated the public view.



    An akin example would be if some overseas crime show depicted a secret society of rich white Americans who, when their progeny turned 16, were issued their first gun, tattoo, and car, and sent abroad during the ritual of "Spring Break" to infiltrate foreign cultures, seduce young local girls at bars, then ritually gang-rape them while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and worshiping Satan.



    It's incredibly wrong. It's scraps of truth and stereotypes mixed into some horrible sick brew of fantasy. And anyone who knows the reality of American culture would know it's a ridiculous exaggeration. But people who don't ... they'll read sensational news stories about some Spring Break rapist and then form their own conclusions.



    You see why this might be problematic.moreless
  • A little perspective

    0.5
    How many of you would approve of this episode if the word gypsy was replaced by ***?

    I'll never know because this post won't even make public view.

    We are an ethnic minority. a "bloodline".



    (edit: I didn't know they would put *** for the n word)
  • The episode is disturbing and sad.It made me interested in the culture and researched the Romani tradition.@rrada-I am sorry that you were offended by the episode and its contents but I am sure that nobody thinks of this as the real deal.This is fictionalmoreless

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    The episode is disturbing and sad.It made me interested in the culture and researched the Romani tradition.@rrada-I am sorry that you were offended by the episode and its contents but I am sure that nobody thinks of this as the real deal.This is fictional
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

Andrew Divoff

Andrew Divoff

Dad

Guest Star

Cynthia Gibb

Cynthia Gibb

Mom

Guest Star

Slade Pearce

Slade Pearce

The Kid

Guest Star

Meta Golding

Meta Golding

Agent Jordan Todd

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Garcia: Hiya, baby.
      Morgan: Hey, baby girl. We need to talk.
      Garcia: PG or NC 17?
      Morgan: You're on speaker phone.
      Garcia: I charge extra for groups.

    • Garcia: Romani?
      Rossi: Gypsies.
      Garcia: As in "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves?"
      Morgan: Exactly.
      Garcia: Oh, bless you all for turning my life into a Cher song.

    • Hotchner: "Mario Puzo wrote the strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."

    • Prentiss: "Winston Churchill said there is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues of human society are created, strengthened and maintained."

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Hotchner: "Mario Puzo wrote the strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other."

      This is an allusion to a quote in the book, The Family, by Mario Puzo. The book is about Pope Alexander VI, his children, and his time as Pope. This line comes up when Alexander is telling his son Cesare to be loyal to his brothers in response to Cesare saying if they were not blood, he would kill his brother Juan.

    • Hotchner: Garcia?
      Garcia: O captain, my captain?

      "O Captain, My Captain" is the title of a well-known poem that Walt Whitman wrote in 1865 after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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