Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 20

Charm and Harm

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU works to capture a serial killer in Florida who has evaded capture by altering his appearance like a chameleon in order to elude authorities and continue his killing spree.

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  • A master of disguise

    A serial killer of disguise and master of manipulation kills around 7 people in the episode and Gideon and his team find themselves running around the US just to try and catch up with this killer while dealing with the fact that he might not look the same.Which was a really good episode it results in Gideon catching up to the killer while he is about to kill another victim and Morgan shoots him just in time.moreless
  • Phenomaenal episode! Perhaps the best one of the season!

    This was prehaps the best episode of 'Criminal Minds' of the season. A case turned into a rat race around the United States, as a killer went on a spree through several states, workign from Sarasota, Florida, all the way into Tennessee, via Georgia and South Carolina.

    It was almost turning into a race to beat the killer and get one step ahead of him, and it made things very interesting!

    Furthermore, the scenes where the killer and his last cvictim battled it out were very interesting and tense!

    This was a phenomenal five star episode! I would recommend this episode exceptionally highly, and I am thoroughl impressed by the calibre of thi s episode! Please keep it up, Criminal Minds! Terrific work!moreless
  • A great episode that was full of excitement!!!!

    The team is looking for a serial killer that is drowning his victims. This killer woos his victims, and then he tortures them by emersing them in water. The reason it's so tough to capture him, is he changed his appearance, but he is starting to get sloppy. With one victim he acts like he is a helpless man who needs help with his groceries, and he kidnaps the girl in broad daylight, and throws her into a hotel pool. He is seen doing this and acts like his wife tried to drown and he vanishes, while the hotel clerk tries to revive the victim. The victim is able to id her attacker, and that brings the team one step closer to capturing this man.

    It is realized the reason the man is the way he is because of his father. The killer is doing what his father could not, and it is revealed that he may be the reason his mother is dead. This was an awesome episode, and the scene where the woman is fighting for her life had me sitting on the edge of my seat!!! I really liked they had her wanting to fight back instead of being the helpless victim!!! I really like this show and hope it keeps getting better.moreless
  • Nice to see Robert Pine back on the screen again - and yes, the villain was CREEEEEEEE-PY... I'll be watching every person who comes to my door or tries to help me in the airport for awhile now...moreless

    LOL - poor Hotch, he just doesn't know what to make of Garcia and her double-entendres (or the straight-out single ones, for that matter). She's better flirting with Morgan or embarrasing Reid... ;-)

    One thing I liked as well, and have liked over the last few eps, is watching Reid and Gideon paired up - admittedly, the rookie/veteran is a staple, but last night it was really interesting to watch as an almost-role reversal took place. "You DO realize he's not the killer?" That one line really caught me, even though Gideon follwed it right up with a very logical, sensible reasoning for his outburst.

    Reid's a geek, yes (lol, the whole thing at the beginning about the corn kernels was hilarious)... but he's not stuck in his own little world, as is often the stereotype. He's very observant, and isn't afraid to speak up when something bothers him.

  • A serial killer who is also a master of disguise is on the loose, and the BAU team must find him before he continues to lure women to their deaths!

    Criminal minds continues to surprise me as one of the best new shows this year. There are alot of crime dramas floating around out there, but this one is my personal favourite. I love how each case is very different and how there are constant comparisons to real life serial killers. This weeks episode had me on the edge of my seat once again, as this serial killer worked his way across the country killing women. The death toll in this episode was much higher than it usually is with there having been 3 deaths before the BAU team is called and another 4 or 5 while they're tracking the guy.

    I give this episode 9.1 out of 10. (Awesome show with awesome actors like Mandy Patinkin!)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

Andy Comeau

Andy Comeau

Mark Gregory

Guest Star

Mark Totty

Mark Totty

Special Agent Raymond McCarthy

Guest Star

Michael W. Catlin

Michael W. Catlin

Hank Bloomberg

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Elle and Morgan arrive at the motor vehicle wreck, the police vehicle that pulls into the scene behind them reads "Tennessee State Police." There is not a law enforcement agency in Tennessee that uses that name. It would be either Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, or a local police department.

    • In the beginning of this episode, the man eating a steak is using an empty fork.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Gideon: (after finding Gregory's fake IDs) Look at all these driver's licenses, he could start his own DMV.

    • Morgan: (hearing Elle's phone ring) Aww, that must be the boyfriend.
      Elle: Yes, it is. (answers phone) Hey Gideon.

    • Elle: You really don't know someone till you take a road trip with them.
      Morgan: What are you trying to say?
      Elle: Look at this car, man. There's empty soda cans and fast food wrappers everywhere. You're a slob. You know, back at Quantico your desk was all neat, but I bet if you looked in those drawers you'd find a mess.
      Morgan: OK, we have been on the road way too long.

    • Doug Gregory: Are you telling me that young boys aren't curious?
      Gideon: Sure, they're curious, but not all peek into windows.

    • Reid: How old was he when this happened?
      Doug Gregory: Ten.
      Reid: Were they close?
      Doug Gregory: She was his mother.

    • Garcia: Aaron, do you have any idea how many people drown every day?
      Hotchner: Well, yeah. There're more in the summer for obvious reasons, but I think it averages to about sixty-five hundred a year, which is 17 a day?
      Garcia: Is this Reid?

    • Morgan: Why are you acting so weird?
      Elle: We're sitting with a guy who knows that there are 800 kernels of corn on the average cob...
      Reid: ...arranged in 16 separate rows.
      Elle: And you're calling me weird?

    • Gideon: The author François de la Rochefoucauld wrote, "We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves."

    • Gideon: The French philosopher Voltaire wrote, "There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts."

  • NOTES (0)


    • Reid asserts that many serial killers make a hobby of photography. Joel Rifkin, BTK Killer Dennis Rader, Ted Bundy, and William Richard Bradford, among others, were all amateur photographers.

    • The title of this episode may have been taken from the movie The Princess Bride, in which Mandy Patinkin starred.

    • Hotchner: Like Edmund Kemper and Andrew Cunanan, they save their most meaningful kills 'til last.

      Edmund Kemper targeted female hitchhikers, but the last person he killed was his mother. He's serving a life sentence. Andrew Cunanan's killing spree ended in Florida, when he shot famous fashion designer Gianni Versace. Cunanan killed himself before he could be captured.