Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Although referenced in this episode as a cathedral, Santiago de Compostela is not a cathedral. It a city located in the northwest of Spain in the Province of A Coruña that has a cathedral. There is a tomb in the cathedral that allegedly contains the remains of one of Jesus Christ's 12 Apostles, specifically St. James, son of Zebedee and brother of the Apostle St. John.

    • J.J. says that Father Silvano was "invited to say mass at the Washington National Cathedral," which would never happen because the Washington National Cathedral is Episcopalian, not Catholic.

    • At the very beginning of the episode when Prentiss drives up to the bar, the reflection of the neon "bar" sign on her car is not backward, as a reflection should be.

  • Quotes

    • Morgan: Rossi, don't tell me you believe in evil.
      Rossi: Don't tell me you do this job and you don't.
      Morgan: I believe there are evil acts, but those are choices, brain chemistry. What do you think, Hotch?
      Hotchner: I think deep down inside we are all capable of unspeakable things. Where it starts, or what you call it, I don't know.

    • Prentiss: (entering the BAU office) Is Hotch still here?
      Garcia: Oh, I'm pretty sure he lives here.

    • Prentiss: Leonardo da Vinci said, "He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done."

    • Rossi: "There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being." James Joyce

  • Notes

    • Ian Woolf, first assistant director for the series, guest stars as a cab driver in this episode.

    • Thomas Gibson and guest star Roxanne Hart worked together previously on Chicago Hope. Guest stars James Remar and Carmen Argenziano worked together previously in the movie Hellraiser: Inferno.

    • The music heard in this episode was "The Fix" by The Noises 10 and "My Side of the Story" by Hodges during the final scene.

    • This storyline for this episode was modeled on "Robbie Doe," the Washington, DC, boy on whom The Exorcist movie was based.

  • Allusions

    • Prentiss: 'I think he died for me.'
      Prentiss quotes a line from James Joyce's short story, The Dead, published in Dubliners in 1914. This line is spoken by Gretta as she remembers a young boy who was ill and yet ran through the rain to say goodbye to her when she was leaving Galway. Gretta's memory is bittersweet - Michael, the boy, died from his illness within a week. The main character of the story, Gretta's husband, Gabriel, reexamines his life and his own priorities after his wife's nostalgic story.