Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 8

Empty Planet

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When Garcia is conducting a search for Morgan on her computer, the search highlighted "anti-technology" before Morgan even told her to look for it.

    • Morgan was once with the Bomb Squad, which was revealed in the episode "Won't Get Fooled Again."

  • Quotes

    • Garcia: Networks say the calls came from a restricted number. Two have given limited permission to trap and trace the lines if we should need to.
      Hotchner: (surprised) You got a news organization to agree to a trap and trace?
      Garcia: (confidently) Who could say "no" to me?

    • Gideon: I'd like to attach a protective detail for you Dr. Cooke, until we find the guy.
      Dr. Emory Cooke: No, thank you.
      Gideon: Excuse me?
      Dr. Emory Cooke: Really now. Do I seem like the sort who would want to be followed around all day by a government goon squad? I don't think so.
      (Dr. Cooke leaves as Morgan enters)
      Morgan: Goon squad?
      Gideon: Ever talk to someone who wants to continually show you he's smarter than you?
      Morgan: (motions to Reid) Every day.

    • Reid: I need to stop by a bookstore and get a copy of Empty Planet. I want to reread it before we talk to the author. I haven't read it since I was six.
      Morgan: Six? I was still riding my Big Wheel at six years old.
      Reid: Do you mind? It will only take 10 minutes.
      Gideon: To buy it or read it?
      Reid: Uh... both, actually.

    • Garcia: Je suis toujours ici pour toi, mon cher.
      Morgan: Drives me crazy when you talk that "voulez coucher" stuff to me.

    • JJ: (while playing gin) It's fun beating a genius.
      Reid: Genius Doctor Reid let you win.

    • Ursula Kent: (reading the bomber's manifesto) Aside from the sections of my novel that were blatantly plagiarized, I didn't recognize anything. It's just page after page of the ravings of a lunatic.

    • Morgan: Hey, Dollface, ready to work some magic for me?
      Garcia: Challenge me, you beautiful behavioral analyst.

    • Reid: (referring to the bomber's phone call warning of an attack "where it all began") So Seattle's "where it all began."
      Morgan: We just need to figure out what "it" is and, off the top of my head, I can think of grunge music and overpriced coffee.

    • Dr. Emory Cooke: A cognitive scientist at MIT once said, "Coincidences seem to be the source for some of our greatest irrationalities."

    • Gideon: Robespierre wrote, "Crime butchers innocence to secure a prize, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime."

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Kenneth Roberts' use of the novel Empty Planet as a guide for his rampage may have been based on Timothy McVeigh, the mass murderer who planned a series of terrorist acts inspired by the novel The Turner Diaries.

    • Garcia: Je suis toujours ici pour toi, mon cher.
      Morgan: Drives me crazy when you talk that "voulez coucher" stuff to me.

      This allusion could refer to Gomez speaking to Morticia in the Addams Family series.

    • The bomber demanding to have his manifesto published in a newspaper is very similar to what the Unabomber did. Ted Kaczynski sent his manifesto to several major newspapers and said he would stop the bombings if it was published. The publication also led to his capture; his brother Michael recognized Kaczynski's style of writing and contacted the FBI.