SSA Emily Prentiss
SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Analyst Penelope Garcia
Senior SSA Jason Gideon
SSA Dr. Spencer Reid
SSA Derek Morgan
It is revealed in this episode that Morgan's father had died a hero.
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.
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?
Jeff: 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?
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?
Prentiss: 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.
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.
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