Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 07, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.