Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 1

It Takes a Village

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When JJ and Morgan are staking out Doyle, Reid calls JJ's cell phone. The back light on her iPhone is actually locked rather than shown as an active call screen.

    • During the closed-door Senate hearing, Senator Cramer says to SSA David Rossi, "..., but I'm not the one on trial, Agent."

      An U.S. Senate hearing is not a trial, as it is a hearing. A better phrasing might have been, "I'm not the one under investigation (or review)."

  • Quotes

    • Cramer: Do you realize what you've done?
      JJ: Yes, we put an international criminal with terrorist connections in federal custody.

    • Rossi: Well, that's a good look. Seen Jack yet?
      Hotchner: No.
      Rossi: Well, he'll love that beard.
      Hotchner: Yeah, we Skyped every day. Not a fan.

    • Prentiss: The only people I know who could accomplish that mission just walked out. They do their jobs with integrity and most importantly they honor their oath; I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

    • Prentiss: I haven't seen Ashley.
      JJ: Uh, well, she transferred to Andi Swann's unit.
      Prentiss: Good for her!

    • Reid: A young boy's live was at stake. I ran the probability of his survival and it wasn't good. If you want to punish me for taking a risk, then I encourage you do do that, but do not put the rest of my team on trial for something that I suggested.
      : Calm down, Agent.
      Reid: This is calm...and it's Doctor!

    • JJ: Queen Elizabeth 1 said, "The past cannot be cured."

  • Notes

    • The title of this episode is a possible reference to the book entitled It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us that was written by Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1996.

    • Beginning with this episode, Ed Bernero was credited as Consultant rather than Executive Producer for the series.

  • Allusions