Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 14

Damaged

6
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2008 on CBS
8.9
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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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  • Rossi ends his nightmares.

    4.5
    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!

    1.0
    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!!!!!

    3.0
    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
  • What more could you ask!?

    10
    I absolutely loved this episode, as it was very touching, while still being immesely enjoyable. The storyline was emmaculate, and I loved how the way this episode worked itself out.



    I haven't particularly been enjoying Rossi as a character, but this was certainly a very nice episode ventred around him. It was very well written, and it turned out to be interesting.



    The only disappointment I had was the fact thit this episode didn't really have much action, and I felt that it let us down a little bit.



    But overlooking that, I would highly recommend this episode, and I think you'll absoulutely love it!moreless
  • Really? All that hype for this?

    6.0
    I'm going to keep this very short and to the point. This will be the worst episode of the season and so far is my lowest rated episode of Criminal Minds to date. There was so much hype, since the day he joined the show, for this case. This was the big one. We all knew that one day he was going to get back to this case and some members of the team were going to help him solve it. We finally get there and I cannot be more upset with the ending to a twenty year old case. The unsub was awful. Not a brutal murderer but a "big kid" who followed a little girl home one night and then destroyed the parents with their own axe which he took right out of the fathers hands? Not so much. Hotchner and Reid scenes were pointless to the max. They went to interview someone on death row and it served no purpose other then to eat up some time for the episode as a whole. Was very happy to see Kevin back in this episode after I complained about it in my last review, but I am simply still in shock over how bad of an episode this was. I understand it was right after the strike had ended, but why come back with such an important episode if you were just going to flunk out on the storyline? Awful.moreless
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

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  • 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.
      Prentiss
      : 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?
      Garcia
      : 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?
      Garcia
      : 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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