Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 1

Extreme Aggressor

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a fourth woman goes missing in Seattle in a period of four months, the BAU is brought in to track down the abductor before he kidnaps again. Meanwhile, SSA Aaron Hotchner is asked to evaluate SSA Jason Gideon secretly to determine if he is really ready to work full-time again after returning from a six-month leave of absence.moreless

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  • criminal minds

  • Criminal Minds had me hooked from Episode 1

    Criminal minds is an instant success. I was hooked with episode #1.
  • Good for a pilot.

    Pilots are generally supposed to illustrate what the show's about, give general character descriptions, and they are generally not very entertaining because of these facts - plut the low budget. This was a pretty good one, though all the characters were excessively... them. For instance, Gideon was excessively PTSD, Reid was excessively weird, Hotch was excessively tightass... but it all set up the show. The profiling was simple compared to later seasons, but this was good as it taught the audience about profiling.

    The CD scene with Reid and Morgan was a little implausible, with them instantly guessing which track on the CD was the password. They had no evidence the password was from a CD at all, and I'd have thought a teenager clever enough to set up that kind of protection on his computer would be more likely to pick a random password with randomized letter and numbers.

    Apart from this the profiling was solid. Excellent first effort.moreless
  • Criminal Minds pilot

    The first ever episode of Criminal minds and it was a good one when Gideon is called back to the BAU to investigate another woman going missing in Seattle and they have to hurry or the kidnapper will eventually kill her.This episode gave a good understanding of the characters and how they track down serial killers by getting in their minds.I think This is going to be a really good show and continue to watch it.moreless
  • "Kinda hard to feel good about catching one when you know there are 50 more still out there."

    This episode contained all of the ingredients for a compelling pilot. The great characters were each introduced in a plausible way, and we got just enough of a hint about each one to make us want to know more. And the characters had dimensions, depths - they defied our abilities to stereotype them immediately into their respective labels. Gideon was troubled, but not so troubled that he was ineffective. Reid was a nerd, but not unable to relate to others. Hotch could have been a rat - sent to inform on a fellow officer - but he didn't turn out to be that either. The plot was riveting. Here was a race against the clock to figure "it" out before someone else died. This wasn't a standard police show or forensic science show - we weren't looking back on evidence, we were trying to predict behavior and save a life that was in imminent danger. Some patterns were laid out for the team's investigative methods without overwhelming the audience with technical details.

    The moodiness of the characters and plot were well revealed by each shot. The pink umbrella among the sea of black ones emphasized that we were going to be focusing on the victim. The stuffy, cramped feel of Slessman's house showed us that he was too limited a character to be the brains behind these crimes. The delivery of each line was muted, quiet - no shouting or histrionics - so that when the drama of the climactic scene came, Gideon's changed demeanor distracted us along with the killer.

    The cliffhanger ending was the icing on this rich, gooey, delicious cake. Isn't this what a pilot is supposed to do - make us want to know the rest of the story?moreless
Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

DJ Qualls

DJ Qualls

Richard Slessman

Guest Star

Joanne Whalley

Joanne Whalley

Karen Donovan

Guest Star

Lukas Haas

Lukas Haas


Guest Star

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Haley Hotchner

Recurring Role

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When speaking to Reid, Morgan referred to Gideon as a "unit chief" when, in fact, Hotch is the unit chief and Gideon reports to him.

    • Hotch was worried that Haley wanted serial killer names for their son: Charles (Manson), Henry (Lee Lucas) and Jeffrey (Dahmer). Hotch and Haley finally named his son Jack.

    • In the first unsub's home, Gideon found the book Journal of Applied Psychology written by Special Agent Jason Donovan. Jason Donovan was Jason Gideon's name until it was changed after the series was picked up.

    • Richard Slessman tells Gideon there is only a 7% success rate of CPR working outside of the hospital. Actually, it ranges anywhere from 2% to 30%, depending on the situation, and there is also only a 6% to 15% chance of CPR working in the hospital.

    • When Reid and Morgan are trying to figure out the laptop password, Reid opens the CD tray. The Metallica CD inside is called Some Kind Of Monster, which is an EP of live performances. Reid then guesses that the password is "Enter Sandman" after reading the back of the empty CD case. However, that song does not appear on that particular CD ("Enter Sandman" appears on Metallica's self-titled album, AKA "The Black Album," unofficially).

    • It is revealed in this episode that SSA Aaron Hotchner had worked in the Seattle office for two years.

    • In this episode, it is revealed that Dr. Spencer Reid can read 20,000 words a minute, has three PhDs, and has an IQ of 187.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Morgan: All right. I'm an insomniac who listens to Metallica to go to sleep at night. What song could possibly speak to me?
      Reid: "Enter Sandman."

    • Reid: If so, knowledge of law enforcement does suggest a criminal record.
      Morgan: Or that he watches television. May I?

    • Hotchner: (discussing naming their son with his wife) Let's call him ... Sergio.
      Haley Hotchner: Please tell me you're kidding.

    • Hotchner: Well, we got the Jeep right.
      Gideon: And everything else wrong. The bodies had defensive wounds. Richard doesn't have a mark on him (shakes his head). We're missing something.

    • Timothy Vogel: You think I'm stupid?
      Gideon: I think you're an absolute moron. I know all about you, Tim. You're at the gym five times a week. You drive a flashy car, you stink of cologne, and you can't get it up. Not even Viagra's working for you. You know what that tells me? That tells me you are hopelessly compensating, and it's not just in your head. It is physical. What did the girls call you in high school? What'd they come up with when you fumbled your way into some girl's pants, and she started laughing when she got a good look at just how little you had to offer?

    • Hotchner: Is it true what he said about CPR? I mean, I didn't know.
      Gideon: You want statistics on CPR, ask Reid.
      Hotchner: I want to know that you're OK.

    • SPD Officer: (at crime scene) So that's Gideon, THE Gideon, the one who caught that guy, Adrian Bale, in Boston?
      Morgan: Yep, that's him. But catching him cost us six agents.

    • Hotchner: (making introductions) This is Special Agent Gideon, Special Agent Morgan, our expert on obsessional crimes, Special Agent Reid.
      Gideon: (clarifying) Doctor Reid.
      Hotchner: Dr. Reid, our expert on, well, everything, and after two years busting my butt in this office, I hope you remember me.

    • Reid: (discussing Gideon) Do you know why he always introduces me as "Doctor" Reid?
      Hotchner: Because he knows that people see you as a kid, and he wants to make sure that they respect you.

    • Morgan: (regarding breaking into an encrypted computer) In six tries?
      Gideon: "Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
      Reid: Samuel Beckett.
      Morgan: (counters) "Try not. Do. Or do not."
      Reid: (to Gideon) Yoda.

    • Morgan: Reid, you good with this? We got a woman who's only got a few hours left to live, an incomplete profile, and a unit chief on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
      : (re-entering the room) They don't call them nervous breakdowns anymore.
      : It's called a major depressive episode.
      : I know, Reid.

    • David Woodland: Are you a genius or something?
      Reid: I don't believe that intelligence can be accurately quantified, but I do have an IQ of 187 and an eidetic memory and can read 20,000 words per minute. Yes, I'm a genius.

    • Garcia: (on the phone) You've reached Penelope Garcia in the FBI's Office of Supreme Genius.
      Morgan: Hey, it's Morgan. Need you to work me some magic here. I got a program called Deadbolt Defense and a girl with only a couple of hours to live, so what do you know?
      Garcia: Then you gotta problem. Deadbolt's the number one password crack-resistant software out there. You're gonna have to get inside this guy's head to get the password.
      Morgan: I thought I was calling the Office of Supreme Genius.
      Garcia: Well, gorgeous, you've been rerouted to the Office of Too Friggin' Bad.
      Morgan: Thanks, anyway.

    • Gideon: Nietzsche once said, "When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you."

    • Gideon: Joseph Conrad said, "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."

    • Gideon: Winston Churchill said, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see."

    • Gideon: Emerson said, "All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle."

  • NOTES (4)


    • Morgan: 1940s. Who put bombs in train stations and movie theaters?

      George Metesky set more than 30 bombs in New York beginning in 1940, targeting public places such as office buildings and theaters. His threatening notes were signed F.P. for Fair Play. Metesky promised to refrain from his bombing during the years of America's involvement in World War II and kept his promise. When the New York police called on the help of psychiatrist Dr. James Brussel, they requested and received the first criminal profile. This profile figured greatly in Metesky's arrest in January 1957, after which he confessed and was committed to a state hospital. He was released in 1973, and lived peacefully until his death in 1994.

    • Richard Slessman: Heirens said a man living inside of his head was the one who committed the murders. You said he was lying; that there'd never been an actual case of multiple personalities.

      William Heirens was the so-called Lipstick Killer who left the message "For heavens sake catch me Before [sic] I kill more I cannot control myself" scrawled on the wall of six-year-old Suzanne Degnan's bedroom. During his initial defense, he claimed the murders had been committed by another man, George Murman, who lived inside his head.

    • Reid: Before his "Son of Sam" murders, David Berkowitz set a multitude of fires.

      David Berkowitz, like many other serial killers, kept detailed accounts of his exploits, including scrapbooks of all related media stories.

    • Elle: A second unsub?
      Gideon: It's not unusual. Remember Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris?

      Bittaker and Norris met in prison, and teamed up in the summer and fall of 1979 to rape and murder a number of women. They outfitted a van for the express purpose of abducting, raping and murdering teen-aged girls – they stabbed and strangled the girls. Both were convicted of their crimes, and Bittaker received the death penalty.