Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on CBS
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The BAU travels to Houston to investigate a series of murders that have occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings. Because the murders appear to be random, the team believes the killer could be a homeless person. Meanwhile, everyone is noticing an apparent change in Reid's behavior.moreless

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  • A homeless killer still believes he is at war.

    This episode is about a homeless serial killer who believes he is still at war and because he is a war veteran he has not been able to be caught by the police Reid's behavior in the episode was different on how he was reacting to the members of the team especially Prentiss The killer started killing when an incident in the war where he snapped a 12 year old kids neck taken an impact on him and when he returned to the country drilling noises resembled gun shots and it made him think he was still at war In the end when they had him cornered he ran at a boy and had to be shot but he couldn't be saved because he still thought it was war and he couldn't overcome the fact he wasn't.moreless
  • Fallen But Not Forgotten. That mural said it all.

    Regardless of your age, regardless of what you think of war, regardless of what you were hoping they were going to do with Reid's storyline - you must admit that this episode was truly brilliant. On one level, as a typical, profile-and-catch-the-killer episode, it was great - tightly written, well acted, using what the BAU knows about criminals to determine how to catch this one. On another level, advancing the "something is wrong with Reid" storyline, it was excellent. Reid is acting strangely - harsh, impatient, so self-confident that he is appearing cocky, paranoid and defensive. And the team is reacting. Some, obviously, know more than others.

    But on a deeper level, this episode dealt with a fallen hero - someone who was damaged by war. And it was topped off with the beautiful reactions of the team when they could not save him. From Gideon to Garcia, the emotions were palpable, real and a fitting end to the story. Television, at its most noble, helps us to be better people. Granted, that goal is very seldom reached, but if one episode could help us see the humanity of a criminal, or the great impact of war on each of us, this was it. Nice job, CM.moreless
  • Praying that the team gets Reid some help!

    Great on the character development as well as the victims

    Of the crime as the team investigates the murders nearby

    At a homeless place as three people have been murdered while

    The killer maybe a homeless person. Meanwhile back to Reid who has gone through a lot since what happened after being

    Taken a hostage, the team notices him not his usual self

    Praying that they get help for Reid.
  • A war veteran suffering from PTSD hiding out in construction sites, murdering anyone that comes inside his hiding place. Reid clearly shows signs of PTSD that only a moron would miss and we see hopeful signs that the BAU members are not morons after all.moreless

    I never realized a PTSD victim could suffer to such a degree that they could actually spend days on a murdering spree without waking up and realizing where they were and what was going on -- at least periodically - enough to call 911 for help or something. I was under the impression they could suffer for a few minutes, maybe hours, but then snap out of it. But apparently, PTSD can cause a reaction that goes on for days. Meanwhile Reid shows obvious signs of having PTSD as well as possible drug addiction? Hopefuly they will get him help!moreless
  • Good story line.

    I liked this episode. The story line was good, it had me guessing the whole time. They also did a good job of getting me to feel bad for the war vet in the end. I was sad that they shot him. As far as Reid's strange behavior, I don't know. I really hope that things turn out better in the next couple of episodes for him. He's totally my favorite character on that show and it's tough to watch him so altered.moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Reid: (at the homeless shelter) Do you keep a list of everyone who comes through here?
      Angie: We have a sign-in sheet but we don't force anyone to sign if they don't want to. Some who do don't even use their real names. Elvis eats here a lot.

    • Prentiss: What is the matter with you?
      Reid: What do you mean, what's the matter with me?
      Prentiss: I have never seen you act like this.
      Reid: Oh, really? Oh, in the months that you've known me you've never seen me act this way? Hey, no offense, Emily, but you don't really know what you're talking about, do ya?

    • Morgan: And, Garcia? I'd better not ever find any Photoshop pictures of me.
      Garcia: Oh, trust me, my vision, you will never find them.

    • Hotchner: We're looking for a homicidal serial criminal in a neighborhood populated by criminals. The challenge will be separating him from the rest.

    • Reid: I'll map out the area and see if I can find any place the victims would have visited in the neighborhood.
      Prentiss: Good. Maybe we can find a connection between them. I'll help you with that.
      Reid: I can handle it.
      Prentiss: (taken back) I wasn't suggesting that you couldn't.
      Reid: Well, isn't that what "I'll help you with it" means?

    • Roy Woodridge: It wasn't safe.
      Gideon: I know.
      Roy Woodridge: Is the boy all right?
      Gideon: Yes, Sergeant. Yes, the boy's all right.

    • Dana Woodridge: He has a hard time with loud noises. He can't be in crowds. He has nightmares and wakes up in cold sweats. The smells are the worst. If he smells something burning, like a barbecue or gas or fire, he gets sick.

    • Det. Fuller: This guy may be messed up, but that doesn't change the fact that he has killed four innocent people. Now why don't we just do a grid search?
      Max Weston: You set a grid search, and he confronts one of your men, you'll be planning a funeral.

    • Hotchner: We did everything we could for him you know.
      Gideon: Yeah. Sometimes knowing that just isn't good enough.

    • Garcia: Why isn't Derek answering his phone?
      Reid: Yeah, he's probably stuck underground somewhere.
      Garcia: Underground?
      Reid: I'll explain later.

    • Reid: Are we ready for a profile yet?
      Hotchner: We're missing something. How did this homeless man learn to kill so efficiently?
      Prentiss: You know what we need...
      Hotchner: We need to get lucky. We need him to make a mistake.

    • Det. Fuller: (watching Morgan walk away) Where's he going?
      Gideon: Find out when he comes back.

    • Gideon: Someone has to go down.
      : Aw... See, this ain't cool! (takes off his sunglasses and lowers himself into the manhole leading into the sewer) I'm putting in for hazard pay.
      Gideon: (humorously) Good luck with that.

    • Morgan: He's reliving the worst moment of his life, he's got to be terrified.
      Reid: Yeah.

    • Dana Woodridge: He never really came home. I lost him 14 years ago. It's been like living with a ghost. … Help him, please, help him.

    • Max: Look, if this is Roy you're not gonna find him. He's trained and skilled in survival, he knows how to hide.
      Gideon: We think he has a gun.
      Max: Well, he doesn't miss.

    • Gideon: The first recorded war was 2700 BC. Probably earlier wars, but writing hadn't been invented yet.
      Hotchner: Almost five thousand years of killing each other.
      Gideon: One thing human beings have been consistently good at.

    • Gideon: Well we were right about him being homeless, in a sense. Wherever he is in his mental state, he's certainly not at home.

    • Garcia: Are you lonely in the Lone Star State? And are you wearing chaps?
      Morgan: Only in your dreams, Garcia.
      Garcia: Oh, not necessarily. I have Photoshop.
      Morgan: Hey, hey, behave. Focus your little twisted mind for me, okay?

    • JJ: The city is trying to return to its splendor, and that means Houston's poorest are getting kicked out of their homes.

    • Hotchner: "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." Thomas Paine.

    • Gideon: "Our life is made by the death of others." Leonardo da Vinci.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The song at the very beginning of the episode is "Sumpin'" by The Pimps. The song used near the beginning of the episode is "Ghost Towns Along The Highway" by John Mellencamp.


    • Max Weston: Yeah, we both are, we were in Special Ops, 75th Ranger Regiment, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion. Roy… he retired shortly after things went bad in Mogadishu.
      Reid: That was back in 1993.

      This reference is to Operation Gothic Serpent, which was depicted in the book Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden and in the film that followed.