Joe Mantegna originally had a line in the scene where Rossi enters the BAU office wearing a tuxedo, "It's OK. Ringo will have other parties." Joe loved this line, but it was subsequently cut from the episode.
The shopping scene between JJ, Prentiss and Garcia was originally written for "The Slave of Duty" (without the reference to Mick Rawson and his accent). When the decision was made to kill off Haley Hotchner in "100," the episode was completely rewritten.
Deputy Jace Stiller was named after the two writers' production assistants: Erik Stiller and Jace Sparks.
When Garcia refers to her speed dial setting as "lucky number 7," this was in inside joke. Kirsten Vangsness is #7 on the cast call sheet.
Sheriff Steve Rhodes and Dedaimia Swanson were named after professors at Franklin College, where Rick Dunkle studied for three years before moving to Los Angeles.
The "Xana-don't" line was improvised by A.J. Cook.
Franklin, Alaska, is a fictional town created by the writer of this episode, Rick Dunkle, as homage to his hometown of Franklin, Indiana. Lafayette and Bloomington are also mentioned, and these are towns in Indiana where he frequented his youth. There is, however, a town called Franklin in Alaska that is a ghost town now.
(Rossi arrives for the briefing in a tuxedo)
Hotchner: Sorry to ruin your night.
Morgan: What, are you working on Wife No. 4?
Rossi: I see you people way too much.
Kevin Lynch: (speaking to Garcia on the phone) What do you mean, you're sharing a room with Morgan?
Garcia: Oh, you're jealous.
Kevin Lynch: Jealous? Why? Because you're bedding down with a muscle-bound, modern-day 007?
Garcia: Mmm, he's more like Jason Bourne.
Kevin Lynch: Oh, what's there to be jealous about?
Garcia: He took the floor.
Kevin Lynch: OK. Just... just make sure he keeps his weapon holstered, OK?
Morgan: I'm not sleeping with Reid.
Garcia: Ralph W. Sockman said, "Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength."
Garcia: "Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man." John Morley
The song heard at the end of this episode was "I Made a Lover's Prayer" by Gillian Welch.
This episode wrapped on April 2, 2010, and was filmed on location in Frazier Park and San Pedro, California.
Hotch refers to Robert Hansen as being the first serial killer in Alaska since the eighties. Hansen was described as being quiet and a loner, who had a dysfunctional relationship with his domineering father. Between 1980 and 1983, Hansen murdered between 17 and 21 people near Anchorage, Alaska.