Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 16

Fear and Loathing

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU becomes involved to prevent a possible race riot when the murder of four young black women in a mostly white New York suburb appear to be hate crimes.

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  • may contain some spoilers

    I'll try not to give anything away, but I did want to review the episode.

    An interesting look at a more statistically rare killer. Nice to see some diversity in the killers.

    However, what also interested me about this episode was the political aspects.

    The fact that people used the case politically. About the mayors fear that even mentioning that the suspect was a African-American man, would drive up the racism and make everyone view black men with fear. The consequences were pretty well foreshadowed, but it was still a good point to make.

    I thought it was generally well done and more interesting than some of the episodes.

    I also liked that it wasn't graphic. Some of the episodes show a little too much for my taste.moreless
  • What was beleived to be hate crimes...

    It is very rare that there is an African American serial killer but this episode shows one when he kills young girls At the beginning the episode makes you think that the killer is killing because of their race but it doesn't turn out like that Reid also gets flashbacks in this episode from his previous encounter of being tortured from the previous episode but manages to overcome his flashbacks In the end the team catches the killer as they usually do saving a girls life when she nearly became another victim.moreless
  • IOs it racidm, sexual assault, murder or all of the boave! This was yet another great episode of Criminal Minds!

    As I watched this episode of Criminl Minds, I thought the plot for it was very familiar, and only until we reached the end did I realise that I had seen this episode before. This one centres around a series of murders of African Amercian females who like to sing, an are aged between 15 and 17.

    Well the case is straightforward, but figuring out what the killer's motives are is another story! I enjoyed the fact that the episode centred around racism, yet that was not the case at all! It really threw us as the viewers off the trail, and it added a little beit of suspense, when the rest of the episode fell back a little.

    The best part was when the local cop got shot. Those were some sad scenes, and it stood out for me. I also enjoyed seeing Spencer Reid face his demons, after his tough ordeal in the previous oepisode.

    Obviously this one does not compare to its predecessor, 'Revelations', or even many others in the season, but I think the epiosde is highly underrated because the one before it was so good.

    In comparison to its predecessor, this is a bad episode, but on its own, this was great viewing, and as usual, I highly would recommend it to anyboyd!moreless
  • What seems like racial hate crimes are not.

    This was a fasinating episode. Morgan had a chance to show off some acting chops. His scene in the car with the black officer was splendid. Their quiet conversation on being black was so much more powerful than all kinds of ranting and raving on the subject. It was so very sad that the black officer was shot and killed for no good reason.

    Reid's flashbacks are very well done. His seeming to want to partake of the drugs he took from the previous weeks dead killer is really scary. I find it hard to believe that a man of Reid's intelligence would even think of doing drugs. I realize,of course,that he suffered and underwent a terrible ordeal in the prior weeks episode. It will be interesting to see where this all leads.

    It looks as though Emily and Morgan are flirting around. Garcia is sure to be pissed off about this.moreless
  • I didn't like this episode so much... It was about average, nothing more. They could have done much better.

    This episode was, well, it was about average. It felt like they just dropped Reids aftermath since last episode, nothing more than the flashbacks, which I think didn't do very much to improve this episode.

    I would've loved to see something more of Reid. What happened directly after the incident? Did he go to the hospital? (yeah, of course he did, but i would like to see it.) What did the team say to each other? I hope you get my point.

    But instead of this, they just simply began on a new case and forgot about the young genius. For those who have read the spoiler for the next episode, Distress, might have a word or two to say to me. I know that the team are beginning to notice his problems then, but I want them to do it NOW!moreless
Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is revealed in this episode that both Morgan and Prentiss are big fans of the writer Kurt Vonnegut.

    • The crimes in this episode are committed in Westchester County, New York. However, when the team and the local police apprehend the unsub in Mt. Vernon, the officers are driving NYPD patrol cars. The NYPD has no jurisdiction in Westchester County.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Morgan: It's called empathy. And it's a good thing.
      Reid: It's not. It's got me all messed up. I don't know how to focus, I can't do my job as well. So, what do I do?
      Morgan: You use it. Let it make you a better profiler... a better person.
      Reid: A better person.

    • Hotch: What the hell happened?
      Jeff: I didn't know he was a cop. I saw this black car parked in front of our house and a black guy with a gun sneaking around the yard.
      Hotch: So you shot him?
      : I was scared. I've got a family.
      Officer Cale: So did Detective Ware.

    • Garcia: I was beginning to think you guys had forgotten all about me.
      Morgan: Well, we need you now more than ever, hot stuff.
      Garcia: Like candy to my ears, sugar. Go.

    • Gideon: Sandra didn't have a date with Ken; she had a date with the unsub.

    • Gideon: Let's call that mystery #1.
      Hotchner: You got a #2?

    • Det. Ware: You ever wish it didn't matter?
      Morgan: It?
      Det. Ware: Color.
      Morgan: Judge me by the content of my character.

    • Gideon: It's not racial profiling; racial profiling is targeting suspects because of their race. We gave you a complete profile which includes race.

    • Det. Ware: You want to make a 17-year-old girl sweat?
      Morgan: I want to scare the hell out of her.

    • Morgan: (at Det. Ware's funeral discussing his wife and two young sons left behind) I know what it's like to grow up without a father.
      Prentiss: Their father died a hero.
      Morgan: So did mine. It doesn't make it any easier.

    • Morgan: For what it's worth, it took balls to stand up to the Mayor like that.
      Det. Ware: You would've done the same thing.
      Morgan: I don't have to work for the guy.

    • Prentiss: (looking out the jet's window down at the city) New York, New York.
      Morgan: Too bad we're flying right past it, straight to the suburbs.

    • Morgan: Good morning, Emily, have a good weekend?
      : Yeah… No… Yes… It just feels weird for me to talk about my personal life here. You know, I don't really know you guys all that well yet.
      Morgan: I totally get that (walks away).
      Prentiss: (hesitates, then follows) I think I totally screwed up this date.

    • Reid: (talking about the crime scene photos) For the first time, I know. I look at them and I know what they were thinking, and I know what they were feeling right before...

    • Prentiss: Why would the unsub use a date-rape drug to commit a hate crime?
      Reid: Maybe he wants to weaken them so they can't fight back.

    • Morgan: Reid, listen to me. What you went through out there, nobody expects you to rebound...
      Reid: (interrupting) I can still do my job, all right? I'm not gonna freak out.

    • Gideon: "From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate." Socrates.

    • Reid: "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." Cicero.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Although serial killers who are white males outnumber black serial killers in the United States, when looked at proportionately to the population, they make up about the same percentages. Examples of black serial killers include Craig Price and Henry Louis Wallace.

    • Morgan: Judge me by the content of my character.

      This is a reference to Martin Luther King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech, specifically the lines, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." This speech was delivered during the March on Washington in 1963.

    • In the opening scene, Morgan and Prentiss discuss Kilgore Trout and Kurt Vonnegut. Kilgore Trout is a fictional science fiction author mentioned in several of Vonnegut's stories and novels, notably Slaughterhouse-Five and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. He appears as a character in a number of others. Trout is depicted as an author of marginal success whose short stories appear mostly in otherwise semi-pornographic magazines.

      Beginning in December 1974, the novel Venus on the Half-Shell was serialized in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction under the byline Kilgore Trout. Vonnegut reportedly did not like the book and was also annoyed that he was assumed to be the author. The actual person behind it turned out to be science fiction writer Philip José Farmer, the author of Riverworld.
      Due to Vonnegut's objections, later paperback editions of the book carried Farmer's name on the cover.

      In episode 58/3-12 of Scrubs, the name K. Trout appears on a signboard.

    • "Gonzo" journalist Hunter S. Thompson wrote books called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Fear and Loathing On the Campaign Trail '72, the first of which was made into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro. Thompson also frequently used the phrase "fear and loathing" in the titles of articles he wrote for Rolling Stone.