Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 7

Identity

8
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2007 on CBS
8.7
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The BAU is called to Montana to investigate the case of three kidnapped and murdered women. When another woman disappears, the search leads to a man who has apparently assumed the identity of his partner who committed suicide.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Joe Montegna arrives

    10
    Great episode. I was waiting with bated breath for Joe Rossi to finally appear and I was not let down by an excellent episode. SSA Rossi has a differnt style then Gideon but he is still the guiding factor of the team just as Gideon was. I liked how they let you into his past just a little bit so that perhaps that it will be developed in a later episode. The sniper that they wound up using being a member of the militia was upset at the FBI"s use of a sniper at Ruby Ridge and he wound up helping the fed's to save someone. Great plot development.moreless
  • good episode...

    8.5
    The team goes to Montana to investigate the disappearance of four young women with brown hair. The kidnapper killed himself, but left another to take his place. In the end, the other "became" the dead kidnapper and then kidnapped a girl and then he was shot by a sniper. I liked the character development of Rossi in this episode. He seems like a very interesting character. I also liked the community in the episode. The local militia that hated the government and such, it was interesting. I didn't really like the case; it just didn't interest me that much. Overall, good episode.moreless
  • Creepy episode

    9.1
    I thought that thie was a really creepy episode of Criminal Minds. I thought the begining was great with the man blowing up a car he stole from his victim. I am still not use to the Rossi character hopefully over time i will but for now i am not liking him all to much. I could not believe they said he was at ruby ridge. I thought that it was totally messed up that the two men would kidnapp women and torture them before they kill them. I could not believe that crazy people like that can get people to fallow them.moreless
  • Supernatural's "Bobby" invades Criminal Minds

    9.5
    I really like how this episode was done. It was interesting take on the dual serial killer aspect. The episode started with a bang, literally, and worked its way up to exposing the second killer.



    I also like the introduction of the possible semi-conflict between Morgan and Rossi. It should be interested to show how their relationship develops throughout the season. Two very alpha-male types.



    Of course my favorite part was watching the appearance of Jim Beaver (Supernatural's Bobby) playing the sherriff in this episode. It was a different character and nice to still him portraying the good guy. Another highlight of the episode was in the beginning with Reid questioning the science of the Death Star from the Star Wars movies. Great.moreless
  • I just did not care for this episode.

    6.9
    This was one of those episodes you watch with interest in some parts and other times you are just kind of spacing what the characters are saying. I thought last week's episode, About Face, was much much much more interesting. The whole storyline was just...I am not too sure how to describe it. It was kind of like a bad hostage situation for part of the episode. The part when the guy was on the mountain with the girl was so.....odd. Actually, the one guy, who "became" his partner was just odd. The whole storyline was just odd.



    I liked David Rossi even less in this episode. He just bugs me for some reason. It was funny though when Prentiss, Morgan, and Reid were snooping around in his office.



    I did like the scene with JJ and Morgan in the bar though. It was actually a little intense.



    The next episodes going to be much better I think. Just by seeing the previews and knowing what is going to happen.moreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Francis Goehring

Guest Star

Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Sheriff Williams

Guest Star

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Kaj-Erik Eriksen

Henry Frost

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Morgan finds Angela Miller's body on Francis Goehring's land, Morgan and Rossi both touch Angela's shirt, which contaminates a crime scene.

    • It is revealed in this episode that SSA David Rossi is Italian-American and 52 years old.

    • When the abducted woman lies tied up in the box, she has plenty of room to bang on the lid. Since her hands are tied in front of her, one would expect her to undo the gag, for which she also has plenty of room, and shout as well.

    • When Reid and Rossi are at the compound and are headed towards Goehring's house, the cameraman's shadow can be seen on Reid's back.

    • When Reid and Rossi are heading into the house, Reid's firearm is attached at his side. When the camera pans to them entering the house, his firearm is attached to his front.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Harris Townsend: I never understood how someone like you could trust them.
      Morgan: Someone like me?
      Harris Townsend: How has the federal government ever helped your people? Slavery. Ghettos. Poverty. The CIA got you all hooked on Heroin in the 60s, Crack in the 80s. I hate the government, but you, you should despise them. They sure as hell don't care about you now. There are five other members of your team. Look around you - why the hell did they send you in here?

    • Reid (examining the artwork in Rossi's office): Strict Catholic upbringing, probably believes in redemption.
      Rossi: (enters room) Oh, I believe in a lot of things. Catholic, yes. Italian-American, 52 years. Strict upbringing, not so much. Now the artwork? That's 15th century original. Cost more than my first house. And, as for the wall color, that's just a base coat. The painters will come in and finish tomorrow. Now if you're all finished, I think JJ and Hotch are ready for us. Isn't that how a team works?

    • JJ: A woman is missing. You'd think these people would want to help us.
      Rossi: They do want to help... the missing woman, not us.

    • Trailer Park Manager: What the hell do you want? Can't you read?
      Reid: I'm not a salesman. I'm with the FBI.
      Trailer Park Manager: FBI? You're not serious! You look like a pipe cleaner with eyes. I could snap you like a twig.
      Rossi: But then... (steps into frame and flashes credentials) ...he isn't alone.

    • Reid: Speaking of reading material, I've read all your books.
      Rossi: Thanks.
      Reid: One thing that struck me as odd... you really just sort of glance over Ruby Ridge. (Rossi's demeanor changes)
      Reid: (backing off quickly) You don't have to tell me about it.

    • Prentiss: You know, I could have gotten you a coloring book at the airport.
      Reid: I'm creating a topographical map, weighing down and geocoding all key locations, looking for algorithms.
      Prentiss: Yeah. That's exactly what I thought you were doing.

    • Garcia: (reviewing Goehring's records) He also appears in a federal database for... get this... aggressive militia groups.
      JJ: Aggressive militia groups. Is there any other type?
      Garcia: Uh hmm. That's your federal government at work. We specialize in redundancy.

    • Garcia: That's it, the whole tamale. Every horrific frame. I'm done.
      Prentiss: No luck seeing the partner?
      Garcia: No. He's... I scanned every frame. He's holding the camera.
      Prentiss: You okay?
      Garcia: No.
      Prentiss: I'm sorry.

    • Goehring: (on videotape) In feudal times, the lord lived on high ground to spot the invader. He had serfs to serve his kingdom. The lord never had to leave his castle. The serfs would bring him everything. They were the appendages of his will.
      Prentiss: We have 11 more tapes of this?

    • Reid: A popular theory among leading astrophysicists estimate that the hypermatter reactor would need about 10 to the 32nd joules of energy to destroy a planet the size of earth. Now, Lucas said it took 19 years to build the first death star right, but if you look at the new essential chronology there's a test bed prototype for a super laser that's been… Where you going?
      Morgan: Taking back the last five minutes of my life.

    • Rossi: All anybody remembers is that an FBI sniper killed a mother while she was holding her baby. Six months later... Waco. Eighty men, women and children died; not a single shot did we fire that day. The legacy of these failures stills haunts us. That's why some people don't trust us. Made me start thinking about leaving the Agency.
      Morgan: So what started you thinking about coming back?
      Rossi: Unfinished business.
      Morgan: There's one thing you'll learn about me, Rossi. I'm relentless. I'll find out.

    • Hotchner: We need to stop thinking like Frost and start thinking like Goehring because he is still calling the shots.

    • Morgan: Nobody sent me here, I came here to do right by her. Goehring's partner is out there somewhere, so we completely understand if you boys are just too afraid to tell us about him. I get it. But just say so. Don't go hiding behind your vague little gun threats and your tired conspiracy theories, please.

    • Reid: (as Morgan heads to Rossi's office) You can't go in there.
      Morgan: Don't you wanna know about this guy?
      Prentiss: I do.
      Reid: I got it all memorized, his books, his bio.
      Morgan: Yeah, books that sold over a million copies.
      Reid: So?
      Morgan: That's a million reasons not to come back, if you know what I'm saying.

    • JJ: That's the third time I've been hung up on.
      Rossi: Try not saying FBI.

    • Rossi: There are some very committed people in those parts.
      Hotchner: Who love their firepower.
      Rossi: Almost as much as they hate us.
      Morgan: Militia.

    • Rossi: "An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects." Martin Luther.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Waco, Texas

      Rossi mentions that all anyone remembers is the death of a woman at Ruby Ridge, not the deaths of 80 people in Waco, Texas. On February 28, 1993, when ATF agents attempted to execute arrest warrants for David Koresh at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, shots rang out, leaving 4 agents dead and 16 wounded. The FBI HRT arrived on the scene and took over, and began a long period of negotiation to attempt a peaceful resolution of the situation. Koresh promised to surrender again and again, but never followed through. Even though profilers advised long-term negotiations might be counter-productive, FBI administrators and Janet Reno approved a continuous dialogue with Koresh and others for weeks. Finally, on April 16, after warning the compound about the impending tear gas attack over loudspeakers, and giving the people in the compound many chances to surrender, the FBI began the tear gas attacks. A few hours later, the Branch Davidians began starting simultaneous fires around the compound. When all the buildings had been searched and evacuated, 80 people inside the compound had been killed - most by the fires, or from fallen debris as the buildings collapsed.

    • Ruby Ridge

      An arrest warrant was issued for Randy Weaver in February 1991 for failure to appear at a firearms hearing. Weaver, friend Kevin Harris, and Weaver's family lived in a cabin in the mountains of Ruby Ridge, Idaho. Federal marshals knew Weaver would not leave his home, and considered him very dangerous due to his ties to aggressive militia groups and his own Green Beret training. A Special Ops Group of marshals began closing in on the Weavers' home in August 1992. Shots were exchanged that left the Weaver's dog, Federal Marshal William Degan, and Weaver's son, Sam, dead. The FBI Hostage Rescue Team took over the next day. A FBI sniper was authorized to use deadly force, and Weaver's wife, Vicki, was killed as she held her daughter in her arms. The rest of the Weaver family, including a wounded Randy Weaver, eventually surrendered eight days later after a standoff. Both Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris were acquitted of all charges. Weaver was only charged with missing his original court date and violating bail conditions. He was fined and spent a total of 22 months in jail. After a two-year investigation, many FBI officials were censored and suspended for their actions at Ruby Ridge.

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