Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 16

Elephant's Memory

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Reid explains at the school that Owen has a learning disability with spatial problems. For example, he wouldn't be able to fill in the correct bubble on a standardized test. However, they previously talked about how the shooter had the skills to effectively use an automatic weapon and how Owen's father had taught him how to shoot because he was a Marine. Shooting well requires excellent hand-eye coordination, which Reid said he didn't have at all.

    • When Reid is speaking before the "Beltway Clean Cops" group, his hair is parted on the left. A few scenes later, his hair is parted on the right. Then the part returns to the left side before he leaves the podium.

  • Quotes

    • Reid: Sorry I'm late.
      Rossi: I hope she was worth it.
      Morgan: I hope it was a she.

    • Garcia: (drinking coffee) The kid's tech savvy, sir. But fret not. I am tech savvier. Is that a word? That sounds like a word. If it is a word, I'm it.
      Prentiss: D.C. time, Garcia.
      Garcia: 11:17 a.m.
      Prentiss: D.C. decaf.

    • Sheriff Hallum: That wasn't Jordan's body that we found.
      Prentiss: Who was it?
      Sheriff Hallum: Not who. What. The remains we sent to the M.E. turned out to be three hams and a dozen bone-in ribeyes stuffed in Jordan Norris' blue jeans. So, you tell me. Is she a hostage or accomplice?

    • Rod Norris: (speaking to a creaking tree) You wake me again tonight… it'll be a chainsaw for you.

    • Prentiss: (reading text sent from Jordan's PDA) "You turned her against me."
      Reid: It's not Jordan.
      Prentiss: Somebody please tell me we didn't just get Jordan killed.

    • Hotchner: I know it's painful when the person you identify with is the bad guy.
      Reid: What's that make me?
      Hotchner: Good at the job. (long pause) I know it's none of my business, but when we land I think you should go and, uh, catch the rest of that movie.

    • Hotchner: What were you thinking?
      Reid: I was thinking that that would have been the second time a kid died in front of me.
      Hotchner: You're keeping score, just like Owen.
      Reid: It was my turn to save one.
      Hotchner: Doesn't work like that.
      Reid: It should.

    • Hotchner: (to Reid) You knowingly jeopardized your life and the lives of others, I should fire you.

    • Morgan: You know, we forget half of what they teach us in school, but when it comes to the torment and the people who inflicted it, we've all got an elephant's memory.

    • John: Here. Take this. That's my one year medallion – it took me six years to get it. For the past thirteen years I've never left home without it because I know if I forget that, I'll lose my gun, my credentials, my home, everything. Hold on to it.
      Reid: I only have 10 months.
      John: I know.
      Reid: It's your most prized possession.
      John It is.
      Reid: You're just giving it to me?
      John: No. Couple of months, when you get your year, you give it back to me.
      Reid: I really don't understand.
      John: You will.

    • Reid: "A sad soul can kill you quicker - far quicker - than a germ." John Steinbeck

    • Reid: "We cross our bridges when we come to them, and burn them behind us with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke and a presumption that once our eyes watered." Tom Stoppard

    • Detective : Look, boys have ways of taking care of these things.
      Reid : Yes, and now Owen is out there taking care of things with an assault rifle.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Reid said he had a crush on Allison Lisbon in this episode. This line was possibly a reference to A.J. Cook's role as Mary Lisbon in the movie The Virgin Suicides (1999).

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