Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 18


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A case involving a serial killer believed to be copying Jack the Ripper takes Gideon to New Orleans after three victims are found with their throats cut. Once thought to have been killed in Hurricane Katrina, the discovery of a fourth victim in the French Quarter confirms the murderer is still alive. All the evidence and files had been lost in the flood, so the only clue the team has is the word "Jones" that the lead detective wrote on the wall just before he drowned. Meanwhile, Reid meets up with an old rival as he continues to struggle with the aftermath of being held hostage.moreless

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  • Horrid New Orleans accents !

    I'm a native New Orleanian and we do not talk like the actors in this episode. Their accents made me cringe. The episode was good otherwise, but the way the supposed New Orleans people were talking was laughable.
  • Female Jack the Ripper.

    A really cool episode to involve Jack the Ripper who is probably the most famous serial killer ever The episode involves him when the unsub they are chasing is killing like Jack the Ripper but they believe the unsub is a female The team also find they are having problems with Reid when Morgan,Prentiss and Reid are asked to talk to one of the previous victims mum in Texas but Reid refuses to go not answering any of the calls while he is spending time with his old friend Ethan I definitely didn't expect the unsub to be a female but when they knew she was a female they was able to get closer to catching to her They find out her reasons for killing is because she was raped and the man who raped her got away with it and now she is killing men and wouldn't have stopped until she was caught when they managed to save another victim in time before he was killed In the end Reid tells Gideon he is struggling but he will move on and stop his odd behavior.moreless
  • How do we handle our traumas?

    “Jones” is not just a great story that did not have to sacrifice character development for plot development. It gave us profiling at its best, and real contributions by each of our favorite characters (except, perhaps, for Hotch). The women were in the forefront – and the realism of their reactions to the men they work with, as well as the arrogant rapist, was wonderful. The BAU characters are not stagnant, but are still evolving, revealing more depth every week. But this episode does so much more.

    Some say our characters are most developed by the trials we experience in life, not the triumphs. In this episode the writer and director show us what can happen to a ravaged life – level after level after level. Rape victim Sarah Danlin, expressing her rage and grief by becoming Jack the Ripper, is only one example. Her story produces both pity and horror. What about Det. LaMontagne? Having lost his father in Katrina he goes about dedicating his life to bring down the murderer who, in a way, took his father from him. Reid’s friend, Ethan, finds solace for his choices in his music. And our traumatized profiler himself? His story of self-doubt is brought to a brilliant conclusion when he decides to admit his weaknesses and still go on.

    By setting this story in New Orleans, the writer gives us another character to examine – the city has survived devastating hardship. The city herself has been raped, and is barely starting to rebuild, yet, in this story we see her coming back to life and welcoming new friends. Special kudos to Josh Stewart and Rhys Coiro, and director Steve Shill, for very downplayed, moody performances that harmonized with the darkness of the story beautifully.moreless
  • Review

    A little more action in this episode then there have been in the last couple of episodes leading into this one. Loved the taking the idea of Jack the Ripper and the way that the team was able to deduce that the person was female. Sometimes in episodes you feel cheated when the BAU makes a profile and it turns out to be wrong. Feels like they hit the restart button 20 minutes into the episode and makes it seem like nothing was worth it. This time didn't feel that way - with the initial profile pointing towards a man and then having it end up being a female in the end. Reid continues to struggle with events that happened four episodes ago and I love to see writers of a standalone series make sure to bring back important plot points to make this feel like a real timeline. The scene between Reid and his friend weren't very exciting, but it was interesting to see Reid ignore a phone call from his team members. Prentiss hasn't left an amazing impression on me since joining the team. I think Elle was far better in the role. Prentiss doesn't do anything to make me dislike her character, but she just seems so random to me. Overall, solid episode from the second season of Criminal Minds.moreless
  • Jackie the Ripper and Reid in trouble

    That was interesting case - I really loved the connections between the Jack the Ripper case and the murders happening now. Also that they brought in the son of detective who worked on the case before the storm.. and the little twist they had to use - it was female behind that all.

    If you thought the case story was not moving or well written enough, then there was the case of Reid who finally admits he is in trouble. And the friend he has who said that if he thinks his colleagues won't notice that he has changed.. then he is far from genius..

    Who knows what happen next.. And I most say I loved the chemistry between JJ and that detective.. something positive in all those bad things.moreless
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

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Edward Edwards

Edward Edwards

William LaMontagne, Sr.

Guest Star

Simone Kessell

Simone Kessell

Sarah Danlin

Guest Star

Rhys Coiro

Rhys Coiro


Guest Star

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Det. William LaMontagne, Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Will LaMontagne, Sr. is talking to his son, he calls him "Billy." And when the team meets him, he introduces himself as Bill. However, in all future appearances, he is called "Will."

    • This episode marked the first appearance of Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., who was written in later as the father of Agent "JJ" Jareau's baby (Henry) when the actor herself (A.J. Cook) became pregnant in real life.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Morgan: Are you gonna tell me why you missed that flight to Galveston?
      Reid: I already told you, there was no cell reception.
      Morgan: Right.
      Reid: What?
      Morgan: Reid, any time you want to come up with a better answer, I'm standing right here.

    • Det. LaMontagne: (to JJ) How will I ever survive a woman like you going so far away?

    • JJ: You are the best ever.
      Garcia: Aw, and you're the most perceptive.

    • JJ: You always drink while you're still on the clock?
      Det. LaMontagne: This is New Orleans, honey, it's a cultural thing.

    • Reid: I guess I just needed to try to figure out if I could step away from this job.
      Gideon: And?
      Reid: I'll never miss another plane again.

    • Garcia: What was the thing Jack the Ripper took from one of his victims, besides, well, you know, her life?
      Prentiss: Oh! Uh..uh...
      Garcia: Tick...tock...tick...tock.
      Prentiss: (giving up) I don't know.
      Garcia: A kidney. How horrifyingly fantastic is that?
      Prentiss: Mm... hmm... Are you going anywhere with this?

    • Gideon: He'll lure with charm and kill with rage.

    • Prentiss: How could their friends not see anything?
      Morgan: It's like when the lion preys upon antelope.
      Prentiss: You lost me.
      Morgan: Well, that's because you, Emily Prentiss, have never been one of the antelope.
      Prentiss: Oh, scratch that. You totally lost me.
      Morgan: Okay, check this out. The antelope travel in packs; so the lion just sits and waits. Waits for just one of the antelope to break away from its herd. So when he's alone, vulnerable, and completely unprotected, that's when lioness strikes, that's when she makes her move.
      Prentiss: Wait a minute, her move?
      Morgan: Prentiss, there's only one thing that's gonna make a straight man leave his friends on guys' night out, and it'll make him leave every time.

    • JJ: (to Det. LaMontagne) Well, despite what you may have heard, cell phones can be very good for your health.

    • Ethan: (to Reid) And if I can tell? You're surrounded by some of the best minds in the world. If you think they don't notice… Well, for a genius, that's just dumb.

    • Reid: I've always been one step ahead of you, man.
      Ethan: Yeah, whatever helps you sleep at night.

    • Prentiss: I can still smell the alcohol on him.
      Coroner: This is New Orleans. Dead or alive, it's a smell you get used to.

    • Det. LaMontagne: Why aren't you married?
      JJ: Uh, that involves this case how exactly?
      Det. LaMontagne: It doesn't. I'm just flirting.

    • Reid: I missed that plane on purpose.
      Gideon: I know.
      Reid: I'm struggling.
      : Well, anybody who's been through what you've been through recently would.

    • Gideon: I have been playing at this job, in one way or another, for almost 30 years. I've felt lost; I've felt great. I have felt scared... sick... insane. I don't know... I guess the day this job stops gnawing at your soul and your hands, your hands stop feeling cold, maybe that's the time to leave.

    • Gideon: Robert Kennedy once said, "Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom. Not a guide by which to live."

    • JJ: I wouldn't follow a stranger into an alley no matter how wasted I was.
      Det. LaMontagne: Yeah, but you're not a man. Testosterone will follow a woman to Thailand... barefoot.

    • Det. LaMontagne: When I first started as a cop, I worked the Quarter. It was like being in the riot squad every night.

    • Gideon: We believe this killer identifies with Jack The Ripper because he's lost his own identity.

    • Gideon: The city is barely back to life. Something like this could cripple its psyche.

  • NOTES (1)

    • When this episode originally aired, CBS used it to promote an online contest to win free tickets to the movie Zodiac, which is based on the real-life Zodiac killer. The Zodiac and Jack The Ripper cases are somewhat similar; both killers wrote taunting letters to the police and both cases remain unsolved.


    • Morgan: The Sante Kimes model – cold, calculated, preys on men for money.

      Sante Kimes, the other woman serial killer mentioned in the episode, killed for monetary gain rather than revenge. She and her son were convicted of murdering Irene Silverman in 2000. They were also presumed responsible for three previous deaths.

    • The brief rape scene in this episode in similar to the one in the 1988 movie The Accused. The victim in the movie was Jodie Foster. In both scenes, the assault takes place in a crowded bar, the assailants are cheered on during the assault, and the victim is blamed for provoking her rapists by being intoxicated and behaving in a flirtatious manner. Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her performance in The Accused.

    • Garcia: (answering the phone) O Captain, my Captain.

      "O Captain!, My Captain!" is a Walt Whitman poem written in homage to Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. This poem is in his constantly revised and famous book "Leaves of Grass." Non-literary types will recognize it as the title students used to address Robin Williams' character, John Keating, in the film Dead Poets Society.

    • Reid: It's more likely we're dealing with the Aileen Wuornos archetype.

      Aileen Wuornos was a female serial killer who prostituted herself on highways and killed several of her customers. She was nicknamed the Highway Hooker. She tried to claim the men she killed had raped her and that her actions were in self-defense but she was ultimately convicted and executed. Charlize Theron played Aileen in the movie Monster.