Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Elle, along with many others, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government is monitoring him. Hotchner and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage.

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  • Elle held hostage

    Elle is held hostage on a train by a man who thinks that the government is following him and have put tracking devices in him.Obviously not true he thinks this and when he sees Elle reading a case file he holds everyone on the train hostage.A brilliant episode that is well worth watching.
  • “Could at least one of you look like you're going to see me again?" - REID

    I will really add Reid as one of my personal favorite TV characters. He is becoming more and more attractive. I like how he acts very encyclopedic person. From a very eccentric boy genius to a man who wants to see the world and let the world know that being a genius is not something special but just a norm. His team babied him (asking never to remove his bullet proof jacket, Morgan trying to go with him as his enters the danger zone, etc) but in this episode he really showed that he is worth his position.moreless
  • Highly enjoyable and suspenseful episode!

    This episode was a higly captivating one, and I really enjoyed it. The case was very cool, as it involved a hostage situation, and one of the hostages was indeed a team member.

    My favorite part of the episode was the 'magic trick' that Reid had to perform when he went into the train. It was really well done, and it created a lot of interesting moments as the episode carried through.

    I liked the idea of everyone being government agents, and Rreid did really well in the train to help eventually save them all!

    This was a really great episode, especially when considering how early it still is in the show's history and lifespan. Keep it up, Criminal Minds, and I would highly recommend this episode!moreless
  • Review

    I actually think that this is a very overrated episode. There was no mystery - there was simply a profile that needed to be explored as carefully as possible so that no one on the train got hurt. I like the Criminal Minds epioosdes with a sense of mystery to them - a sense of not knowing who the bad guy is until the last ten minutes of the episode. In this episode it starts off with the little flashbacks of why everyone is on the train and then just like that the killer among everyone on the train is exposed. I thought this episode itself was written okay, it just wasnt one of my favorite storylines because of the general non-mystery factor that I have grown so used to seeing.moreless
  • Little too slow

    Oh.. this time Greenaway ends up in being a hostage in a train what makes emergency stop as someone was hit by the train but that is not their biggest problem - there is lunatic who thinks he has something on him and wants it off, suspects everyone is against him.. and has two guns.

    So, the episode is about trying to get everyone out safely. Maybe it was that they did not had to figure out who was behind it that made it slower, or just as there was nothing they could do and we knew they won't solve it before the end.. so I think little too much time wasting.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

Susan Gibney

Susan Gibney

Linda Deaton

Guest Star

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey


Guest Star

Kevin Cristaldi

Kevin Cristaldi


Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Reid is going to the train to fake the surgery, he walks past a cop and a SWAT operator taking cover behind a car. The cop has a red safety plug in the barrel of his pistol that wasn't edited out in post-production.

    • When the team is riding in the SUV early in the episode, the camera shows the vehicle from the outside and there is no one in the back seat.

    • Elle was traveling to Dallas, yet she flew into an airport 637 miles away, in El Paso, and then took a train back (north and east) to Dallas. Dallas/Fort Worth has an international airport. The Amtrak trip from El Paso to Dallas takes 29 hours 30 minutes.

    • In the train from West Texas, there is a Washington D.C. Metrorail map hanging on the wall.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Reid: (to Dr. Bryer) The voices, they helped you right? While the other kids were outside in the playground you were inside studying, reading, learning. The voices wouldn't stop. They helped you understand things that other people couldn't realize. Then as you grew older it became almost a responsibility, right? A responsibility to use that ability, to use your knowledge.

    • Reid: The voices, they won't stop. They've been talking to you since you were a child.
      Leo: He's telling you I'm not real. He is lying to you.
      Dr. Bryar: You're lying to me.
      Reid: That's Leo speaking; that's not even Dr. Bryar. Why won't you let him think for himself, Leo?
      Dr. Bryar: You...can you see him?
      Reid: Yeah, he's right there.

    • Reid: I know what it's like.
      Dr. Bryar: Make it stop!
      Reid: I know what the voices are like.

    • Reid: Tardive dyskinesia.
      Morgan: Once more for those of us who don't have an encyclopedic memory?

    • Reid: Could you guys do me a favor?
      Morgan: Anything.
      Reid: Could at least one of you look like you're going to see me again?
      Hotchner: See you when you get back.

    • Morgan: Dammit, Reid, I said don't take the vest off.

    • Elle: (complaining) Gideon, will you tell him that I don't need to go to the hospital?
      Gideon: Regulations are regulations. You're all right?
      Elle: Yeah, I'm fine, "Dad."
      Gideon: Elle?
      Elle: Yeah?
      Gideon: Don't ever call me "Dad" again. (walks away)
      Elle: (to Reid) What do you think he'd feel about "Mom?"
      Reid: Let me know when you're going to do that so I can run.

    • Elle: Um, Reid, you probably saved my life in there.
      Reid: Probably? I totally saved your life. (smiles) And I'm pretty certain that it was caught on tape.

    • Morgan: And remember, play into the guy's fantasy, believe it yourself.
      Reid: Actually, did you know that dentists and surgeons have been secretly recruited to implant these during otherwise normal medical procedures? This has been happening on and off since the late 1930s. (Morgan looks at him) Told me to believe.

    • Morgan: Come on, Reid, what are you talking about? A magic trick?
      Reid: Yeah, I'm talking about a magic trick.

    • Reid: Albert Einstein asked, "A question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I or are the others crazy?"

    • Gideon: Robert Oxton Bolt once wrote, "A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind."

  • NOTES (1)


    • Reid mentions Ralph Tortorici taking a classroom full of students hostage because he thought microchips had been implanted in his body. This happened in 1994 at SUNY Albany. All of the hostages survived but one man was injured during a struggle for Tortorici's gun. Tortorici committed suicide in a correctional facility in 1999.

    • Reid mentions mathematician John Nash as an example of someone who suffered from delusions, and Morgan says that he saw the movie. The movie about Nash is 2001's A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe.