Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 5

Catching Out

9
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 29, 2008 on CBS
8.7
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The BAU investigates a series of murders in Modesto that appear to be connected to a killer who jumps trains in Northern California and chooses his victims based on their proximity to the railway.

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  • The music interlude was not confusing but why have all the talking and just music, confusing and it seems the producers were saying yada,yada,yada like they didn't care.

    4.5
    The music interlude was not confusing but why have all the talking and just music, confusing and it seems the producers were saying yada,yada,yada like they didn't care. The music interlude was not confusing but why have all the talking and just music, confusing and it seems the producers were saying yada,yada,yada like they didn't care.

    The music interlude was not confusing but why have all the talking and just music, confusing and it seems the producers were saying yada,yada,yada like they didn't care.

    The music interlude was not confusing but why have all the talking and just music, confusing and it seems the producers were saying yada,yada,yada like they didn't care.moreless
  • Victims abound in Central California as a killer murders people in their homes and then decides to stay a while.

    7.0
    Derek 'Ladies Man' Morgan runs into a woman in the coffee shop and, as he often does, begins to flirt with her. He is therefore surprised when she knows who he is. Turns out that that is because she is to be JJ's temporary replacement at the BAU while she (JJ) goes off to have her baby.



    The BAU are called to California where a series of brutal homicides are taking place along Highway 99. People are being murdered in their homes after which the unsub sticks around and wears their clothes, eats their food and sleeps in their beds. Given the fact that the crimes are taking place over a radius of more than 400 miles, the team profile that the killer travels as a part of his work. When it is found that travelling by train is the link, the team learn more about why the crimes are being committed and what the causal link is in time to move in to stop him.moreless
  • Definitely one of my least preferred episodes.

    7.5
    This was a slighly disappointing episode, if you ask me. I thought the storyline was extremely disappointing and highly unoriginal. It seemed quite uncreative, and I thought there was a lack of effort put into this one.



    However, being a great show, even its weak episodes are terrific. This one was quite suspenseful, and I highly enjoyed the cahase scenes at the end. I loved that ending!



    Great to see J.J. nearly getting ready to have a baby, but I wonder how the replacement will fit in!



    Overall, one of my least favorite episodes of this show. Not one that I would recommend, but this is a terrific show, and even its weak episodes are worthwhile!moreless
  • The profilers are trying to catch a killer nicknamed the Highway 99 Killer, but they make them withdraw the name because it limits their choices. Later, they find that the killer is hoping trains.moreless

    8.0
    I like trains. I live in Bakersfield. When they started naming the cities where the murders occured, I remembered going through those cities by train. Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield... When the agent made the local police withdraw their nickname of the Highway 99 Killer, it made sense to me, because while Highway 99 runs parallel to the train tracks, the name would draw attention away from looking at the trains as a possibility.



    My grandparents lived near train tracks and sometimes when I'd sleep over at their house, I would hear the train whistles at night. Such a lonesome sound. They used the sound on Criminal Minds and it brought back those memories. I also liked the hobo jungles, and the signs they drew on houses with secret meanings so other hobos would know where to get a hand out. I have seen those signs drawn on my grandparents house and wondered about them.



    There was one loose end on this episode that I wondered about: The black agent with the shaved head was trying to pick up a woman in a coffee house, but not only did she observe that he poured his coffee out in order to get back in line behind her, she also knew his name. Just when I thought that they had dropped the thread, she shows up as a new agent who will be working on the team.moreless
  • an unsub who's motivated to kill in order to escape the reality of his poverty - that's creepy

    9.5
    Viewers will all definitely feel indignant of criminals who commit murder as they ransack their victims' homes. What's unusual about this unsub though is that he chooses to do so not just to rob and kill. He wants to pretend that he had a nice home and bed for the night - even if the fantasy will just last for a few hours. That's so pathetic. His half-brother chose to work as a lowly farm worker in order to earn his living. I think it's a good thing that the show mentioned the story of the half-brother of the unsub. This way, the story won't turn into a racist plot to undermine the lifestyle of poor Hispanics in California. This is purely the work of a deranged man who doesn't want to sweat his way out of poverty.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

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Andre Royo

Andre Royo

Armando Salinas

Guest Star

Pepe Serna

Pepe Serna

Ruben Garcia

Guest Star

Linda Bisesti

Linda Bisesti

Joann Nelson

Guest Star

Meta Golding

Meta Golding

Agent Jordan Todd

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • JJ: Have you ever actually felt a baby kick? (she puts his hand on her belly) Do you feel that?
      Reid: Does that freak you out?
      JJ: No, not at all. Why, does it freak you out?
      Reid: Very much so.

    • Morgan: I don't know how I could forget a face like hers.
      Reid: You've been with so many girls you can't remember all their names?
      Prentiss: Oh, come on, are you surprised?
      Morgan: This has never happened to me before!
      Reid: It's never happened to me before, either.
      Prentiss: It can't happen to you, you have an eidetic memory.
      Morgan: And besides... you've only got one name to remember.

    • Reid: First few murders were five to eight days apart. This one was just one day since Modesto. If we don't find him soon...
      Prentiss
      : ...Goldilocks will be sleeping in someone else's bed tonight.

    • Prentiss: You considering it?
      Reid: Considering what?
      Prentiss: Having baby geniuses one day.

    • Prentiss: "Plenty sits still; hunger is a wanderer." Zulu proverb

    • Prentiss: "Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea, and the East and West the wander-thirst that will not let me be." Gerald Gould

  • NOTES (2)

    • The title of this episode is derived from the term used by freight train hoppers who sneak into train yards. The act of leaving a town or area by hopping a freight train is sometimes referred to as "catching-out," as in catching a train out of town.

    • The song heard in the coffee shop scene is "Better" by Mary Arden Collins.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Prentiss: It's like Goldilocks became a serial killer.

      Goldilocks is a young girl from a fairy tale who enters a house that isn't hers to eat the inhabitants' food and she sleeps in their beds.

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