Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 14


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 02, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Rossi goes to Indianapolis to continue his investigation into the two unsolved murders that have plagued him for 20 years, and he is joined by Prentiss, JJ, and Morgan when they learn about the case. Meanwhile, Hotchner and Reid interview a death-row inmate in a Connecticut prison.moreless

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  • Would kill for a clip!

    If you get within a hundred feet of Agent Rossi, I will unleash an unrecoverable virus onto your personal computer system that will reduce your electronic world into something between a Commodore 64, and a block of government cheese.

    I've looked for a video clip of this Garcia warning, can't find it. Does anyone have a link to it online?
  • Not bad, few issues.

    The only thing I actually disliked about this episode was how rough Morgan was with the unsub. And yelling at him. Like I know they usually yell but he seemed even more rough and loud and rude than usual with this guy. Like his crime was brutal yes but you are well aware that this man is mentally disabled and the fact that he starts crying and screaming for his dad the moment he sees you also goes to show he doesn't entirely understand... like yes he needs to be arrested etc, but I just would've preferred Morgan treat him as he should've been treated, put the gun away say "look I'm a police officer, your dad is here blah blah" ..

    Even in other cases when no matter how much they've hated a person they've respected that people can be ill and this guy is kind of different from a general sick person..

    I think people saying "how can they not remember the weird man following them the day before the death", they're tiny kids who left a carnival early. Not like as a kid you wouldn't leave places early or whatever and they're tiny and in massive shock.. I think it was understandable.

    I think the case was solved quite easily sure, but Rossi didn't know about the toys and I think he would've solved it quite easily alone if he knew about them. Just so happens when he finally goes to look at them he has the team with him who are all professionals and probably made it go 5x faster than it would've already gone.

    So yeah not bad, glad we finally got closure. Gets annoying when shows try to drag out an 'inner drama' in a character. And I'm glad Rossi starts becoming more of a team player eventually because he's been a bit annoying so far.moreless
  • Rossi ends his nightmares.

    In this episode Rossi feels he has to solve the case that has been haunting him especially because it is the 20th anniversary I can't believe it has taken Rossi 20 years to solve that case and he had got no where until Morgan, Prentiss an JJ started helping Its kind of embarrassing for Rossi because they was really only investigating the case for half of the episode What was even more embarrassing was that the person he was looking for was a clown who is scared off just about anything I would say this episode was rushed and it made it disappointing.moreless
  • Inconsistent to previous episodes! too easily solved!

    Okay so the first thing I noticed was Rossi saying "Its the 20th anniversary of this crime" , in a previous episode there was a Sheriff whose case went unsolved for 27 years, when Rossi told him he had an unsolved case too the Sheriff asked how long it had been to which he replied "21 years" with the Sheriff responding "don't let it get to 22". Now fast forward to this episode and all of a sudden it's the 20th anniversary? That frustrates me greatly!!! Also how easily the case was called "20 years" he's been unable to figure it out but bam all of a sudden he does.

    My guess is the producers wanted to get rid of this story (Rossi's unsolved case) so they could move on with the series and not continually have Rossi playing around with the chain and having the viewers wondering what happened.

    If a clown were following you around you'd remember it!!! This is the worst episode i've seen so far

    To be honest they did a shit job! The story could have been put together so much better!!!moreless
  • This is one of the silliest episodes in criminal minds...are they struggling for plots? Seems like they have lost the plot!!!!!

    While I like criminal minds sometime its really far fetched how quickly and easily a case is solved. This case was 20 years old they solved it when the daughter remembered a scary incident with a clown the day before her parents were killed 20 years ago. They checked circuses in the area and caught the clown. One minute they were in BAU Head quarters and next they were borrowing the jet to fly after their colleague to follow up the case. The case was not even an official case. And every year for the last twenty years the clowns father made the clown go with him while he left a present for the three orphaned kids. REALLY REALLY SILLYmoreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom

Connie Galen

Guest Star

David Tom

David Tom

Georgie Galen

Guest Star

Jessica Raskin

Jessica Raskin

Alicia Galen

Guest Star

Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon

Analyst Kevin Lynch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The actors who play siblings Connie Galen and Georgie Galen, Nicholle Tom and David Tom, are real-life twins.

    • Shemar Moore and guest star David Tom worked together previously on The Young and the Restless.

    • In the "Birthright" episode, Rossi tells the retired local sheriff that the case in that episode had haunted him for 21 years. In the beginning of this episode, however, Rossi states that "20 years tomorrow three children woke up and found their parents murdered..."

    • Rossi tells John Caulfield in "Birthright" the charm bracelet he carries is to remind him of a case from Indianapolis where three children watched their parents get beaten to death on Christmas Eve. This was not the same story in "Damaged," in which the Galens had been axed to death in March.

    • Whether intended by the director or just happenstance, there is a sign on a building in several scenes that reads LEGACY, which is partially obscured by Prentiss' head and only the letters GACY can be seen. John Wayne Gacy was known as the Clown Killer and the unsub was wearing clown make-up.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Rossi: (to JJ, Morgan and Prentiss) Why do you care?
      Prentiss: Because you do.

    • Morgan: What about Penelope?
      Reid: I don't know.
      JJ: (in sing-song) Garcia and Kevin sitting in a tree... (she walks away)
      Morgan: Get outta here. Are you serious?
      Prentiss: Just when I thought nothing scandalous was ever gonna happen around here. (Morgan walks away)
      Reid: What? What does that mean?
      Prentiss: Didn't you hear JJ?
      Reid: The song meant something? No. No, I missed it.
      : It... it... it... You know what? Never mind.

    • Chester Hardwick: Is that true? That I never had a chance?
      Reid: (walking out the door) I don't know... maybe.

    • Connie Galen: (handing the charm bracelet back to Rossi) Agent Rossi, I'd like you to have these. Is it OK if I call you sometime? Just to let you know how we're doing?
      Rossi: (smiling) Anytime, kiddo, anytime.

    • Morgan: I can't believe people actually pay good money to play these fixed games.
      JJ: Men.
      Morgan: Excuse me?
      JJ: It's not people. It's men.
      Morgan: Is that a fact?
      JJ: Only a man would waste 50 dollars trying to win back a three-dollar stuffed animal.

    • Rossi: When we arrived on the scene, before any of the other units got there, I could hear them. Before I even got out of the car. It was a warm morning and the windows were open in the upstairs bedroom. And their voices floated out into the street. They were crying and calling for their mommy and daddy. Three terrified children screaming for their murdered parents. I've seen so much death and pain, but it's been 20 years and I can still hear them screaming every night. Crying. If I can't tell them for sure that whoever is responsible will never do it again, that screaming might never stop.

    • Rossi: Did anything come back yet on that print?
      : No. No matches. Nothing on file. Sorry.
      Rossi: What about my notes?
      Garcia: Those I have. Do you have a PDA cause I can send them to you.
      Rossi: What's a PDA?
      Garcia: It's a personal digital.. never mind.

    • Garcia: You want to straighten out Agent Rossi?
      Kevin: No. What I want is for me to be able to come up here and kiss my girlfriend. And if that means I have to talk to him, then that's what I'll do.
      Garcia: Girlfriend? Kevin?
      Kevin: Yes.
      Garcia: If you get within 100 feet of Agent Rossi, I will unleash an unrecoverable virus on your personal computer system that will reduce your electronic world into something in between a Commodore 64 and a block of government cheese. Call me later.

    • Garcia: (as Kevin sneaks up behind her) What are you doing here?
      Kevin: I work here too.
      Garcia: Yeah, in your own office two floors down.
      Kevin: I can't come over and visit?
      Garcia: Are you insane?
      Kevin: What's wrong?
      Garcia: Haven't you forgotten last night?
      Kevin: I will never forget last night.

    • Prentiss: (discussing Rossi) He might need our help.
      Garcia: He didn't ask anyone for help.
      Prentiss: Penelope, Rossi is a guy who color codes his handwritten notes in his notebooks: blue pen for evidentiary items, red pen for supposition and theory. The guy is a fussy, anal-retentive neat-freak who never leaves anything out of its place. (pointing to the mess in Rossi's office) I would say this is a scream for help.

    • JJ: So, you were in the shower with Kevin Lynch?
      Garcia: Come on, JJ. I'm being serious. I need your help.
      JJ: With what?
      : Agent Rossi. We're not supposed to date fellow Bureau employees.
      JJ: From what I hear, Rossi is the reason most of these fraternization rules even exist.

    • Rossi: What kind of a researcher are you?
      Garcia: I'm not a researcher. I'm a technical analyst.
      Rossi: What the hell does that even mean?
      Kevin: (entering room, naked, just out of the shower) You left the middle of my back totally unloofahed.

    • Garcia: (emerging mumbling from a steaming bathroom after a knock at the door) …no acceptable excuse for violence, but for you I am making an exception! (opens the front door) Oh my God, Agent Rossi!

    • Reid: I find that I do some of my best work under intense terror.

    • JJ: I can make anything a BAU case if I want to. It's all about paperwork, and I know the paperwork.

    • Rossi: "Within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be." Neuroscientist Dr. R. Joseph.

    • Hotchner: "There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." Arthur Rubinstein.

  • NOTES (2)

    • After the strike was settled, Ed Bernero wrote the script for this episode, which could be produced quickly and required less time-consuming location work than usual due to time constraints. The working title was "Recall," and it was written in one week, but was subsequently renamed "Damaged."

    • The song heard at the end of this episode was "We'll Get By" by Gary Louris.


    • Prentiss: Like Lennie in Of Mice and Men.
      Of Mice and Men was written by John Steinbeck and told the story of two migrant farm workers, Lennie and George. Lennie has the mind of a child in a large man's body, who accidentally kills a woman, and George is his devoted friend who takes care of him and cleans up after him.