Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • JJ: Everyone is so much younger than I remember being.
      Prentiss: It's a weird age. You want to be treated like an adult, but you're still used to someone else solving your problems for you.
      JJ: All I remember is trying to figure out who I was.
      Prentiss: You move around enough, you get used to being whoever people want you to be.

    • Erin Strauss: Give me your badge.
      Hotchner: Ma'am?
      Erin Strauss: You're suspended for two weeks without pay pending an investigation of your conduct. And, Agent Hotchner, if it was solely up to me? You would never get these credentials back.
      Hotchner: Always a pleasure.

    • Prentiss: (about the unsub) I'll sleep when he confesses.
      : We all will.

    • Gideon: Spree killings in a confined area are a race. He's racing to kill as many as he can; we're racing to stop him.

    • Gideon: That was the last domino. The death of that girl. Hotch being suspended over something that was my fault. I said at the beginning of this letter that I knew it would be you to come up here. I'm so sorry the explanation couldn't be better, and I am so sorry that it doesn't make more sense. But I've already told you, I just don't understand any of it anymore.

    • Gideon: All homicide scenes are tragic, but when the victim is someone young, their life ripped away before they've even had a chance to live, it's devastating.

    • Gideon: (writing a letter) I knew it would be you who came to the cabin to check on me. You must be frightened – I apologize for that. I never meant to cause you any pain. I also never envisioned writing this letter. I've searched for a satisfactory explanation for what I'm doing, all I've come up with is a profiler needs to have solid footing, and I don't think I do anymore. The world confuses me – the cruelty, indifference, tragedy.

    • Gideon: How long can you hold that lawyer off?
      Hotchner: Are you kidding? I was a prosecutor; I can hold him off for days.

    • Gideon: Two more dead. Was it a price that needed to be paid? Is death ever worth it? Was the world always this gray? Is it only in the movies that it's black and white? Is that just an illusion? I used to know.

    • Morgan: (about the unsub's guilt) What do you think, Gideon?
      Gideon: I think only a guilty man can lay his head down and sleep when he's facing three murder charges. It's physically exhausting - killing, secrets, evading the police. It's almost a relief when you don't have to hide any more.

    • Gideon: In this line of work I was afraid I would lose the ability to trust. But I've realized I can't really look at anyone without seeing their death. And as bad as losing faith in humanity seems, losing your faith in happy endings is much worse.

    • Morgan: I know how bad cops want to believe they've got the right guy. I've been on both sides of that.

    • Gideon: Kids. They're so resilient. They trust and believe in a way I remember, but can't reach anymore, like a very old picture.

  • Notes

    • The song in the opening scene when the team arrived at the airport was "Wolf Like Me" by TV On The Radio. The song playing in the security guard's car was "Lazy Eye" by Silversun Pickups. "Cat Claw" by the Kills played while Anna Begley cuts her hair. "Wait" by the Kills played while Morgan and Prentiss wait for the ambulance.

      Other music was "Barely Holding On" by Wes Nickson, "I'm Still Holding On" by Ken Holloway, "New Noise" by Refused, and "Stuck Between Stations" by The Hold Steady.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on April 25, 2007. CBS shelved the episode over sensitivity concerns regarding the Virginia Tech tragedy. The version that was aired had been rewritten to include new scenes to explain the departure of Jason Gideon from the BAU.

  • Allusions

    • Morgan: …I also know that Richard Jewell fit the profile of the Olympic Bomber to a "T"…

      During the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, a security guard named Richard Jewell noticed a suspicious backpack in Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell notified authorities and helped evacuate the park, ultimately saving many lives. A bomb inside the backpack went off, killing one person and injuring over one hundred. A story appeared in a local paper the next day, identifying Jewell as a suspect in the investigation, and, for the next four months the FBI subjected Jewell to a botched investigation, and the national press made Jewell's life miserable. He was formally cleared of all charges in October, 1996, but the damage to his reputation had already been done.

    • Gideon: How long can you hold that lawyer off?
      Hotchner: Are you kidding? I was a prosecutor; I can hold him off for days.

      This exchange was included to pay homage to SSA Jim Clemente, who is a former prosecutor, and is the only former prosecutor in the BAU.

    • Reid: Could be more like a groupie. After Kenneth Bianchi was arrested, he actually convinced a woman he hardly knew to attempt a murder…

      Kenneth Bianchi and his cousin, Angelo Buono, were the team of killers known as The Hillside Strangler. The two were sexual predators who killed at least 10 women in the Los Angeles area in late 1977 to early 1978, often exposing their dead bodies on the hillsides around town. After being convicted, Bianchi began corresponding with Veronica Crompton, who he convinced to commit a "copycat" crime resembling Bianchi's previous crimes in order to prove to the authorities that the real killer was still at large. Crompton failed, and she was convicted and imprisoned herself.