Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting at victims in broad daylight, and the team works with local law enforcement officers to recreate one of the shootings.

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  • I miss episodes like this where there is plenty of profiling and the killer remains unknown until the end!

    This episode has holes in the plot as they Reid at the beginning struggling to hit a wall target even though he mentions he barely passed the last time. If he managed to pass last time why is he having so much trouble now? Until the end of the episode where he makes a perfect head shot to the killer? Bit stupid to honest.

    Other than that I love episodes like this, lots of profiling, the killer is not known to us until the end of the episode which I LOVE because I felt like I was a part of the team trying to figure out who the unsub could be.

    BRING BACK EPISODES LIKE THIS!!!! I like to re-watch episodes but season 6 is so painful to watch more than once because the episodes were so damn stupid. I loved season 5 even though many episodes show us the killer in the beginning which sucks! Season 4 is average the only really good episodes were those with The Reaper. Season 1,2,3 and 5 were the best while the others are just snoresville!

  • Long Distance Serial Killer

    So far the best episode of the season which shows a LDSK shooting people but only wounding them so he can revive them but with some dying.It is said at the beginning that they have only caught 1 LDSK with a profile which makes things harder for the BAU.It gets even harder when Hotch and Reed are held hostage by the LDSK and Reed who had earlier on in the episode failed his shooting practice saves the day when he kills the killer.A really good episode overall just missing out on a ten.moreless
  • Specifically, does the unsub lack the skill to make the head shot, or simply the will to take it?

    Skill v. Will. Does it make sense that Dr. Reid can’t hit the broad side of a barn with his hand gun on the shooting range at the beginning of this episode, and then makes a perfect head shot while under duress at the end? Only if the issue is not about his shooting ability, but about his frame of mind.

    Clearly, to even become an FBI Field Agent, Reid would have been subject to many, many firearms qualifications both in the academy and periodically as he served the bureau. He must have passed them before – even before the last one where he “barely qualified.” So, what has changed for the young genius? We can only assume it is field work itself – seeing the bodies, the wounds and the deaths around him. Reid is cerebral, and, up until this point, he may have been able to see these firearms tests as an intellectual exercise – yet another test he must pass. But once he’s been in the field, his actions are no longer academic – they have become bloody and vivid and real. When you shoot them, people die.

    So, if it is not his skill in question, as Hotch states so well, his will is. Is he willing to kill, and if so, in what circumstances? Can he kill to save himself? Can he kill to save another? It is not Reid’s marksmanship that is developed in this episode, but his makeup, and he learns that putting a bullet between someone’s eyes is not, after all, just a measure of one’s shooting ability, but a measure of one’s character. Reid has learned many things from Hotch and Gideon over the years, but some things one just has to figure out for oneself.moreless
  • Long Distance Serial Killer. Awesome episode!

    In this episode, the BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting his victims in broad daylight. The whole team ( not including Garcia) is sent to Illinois to investigate the three shootings that have happened in the past three weeks. All the people that were shot were shot in the abdomen, and only one of them died. They figure out that the shooter is experienced and that he shoots from far away ( hence the name Long Distance Serial Killer), and that he commits his crimes during shift changes- more specifically, shift changes at one of the hospitals. They eventually figure out that the serial killer worked at the hospital that the victims were brought to. The killer holds Reid and Hotch hostage in the hospital and Reid ends up shooting him dead.

    Overall, I think that this was one of my favorites and definately one of the best of the season.moreless
  • Long Distance Serial Killer. Terrific and sublime episode!

    'Criminal Minds' continues to produce episodes of an exceptionally high calibre. Even though we are still in the wshow's early stages, it is still producing terrific episoes, which are highly memorable!

    This episode was clearly no exception, and I really enjoyed the concept of a 'long fdistance serial killer'. It was a nice change from anything we've seen in the first five aepisodes.

    I thought the end scenes, with Hotchner and Reid being held hostage, were magnificently done! It was a prime example of the show's core concept of profiling, and it showed the concept of how well a profile may be utilised by the BAU to beat an unsub, even when the unsub has a massive gun and every desire to pull the trigger.

    Subliem episode! Great work by the actors, particularly Hotchner and Reid in the episode! It was sublime acting and I would highly recommend this episode!moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Carmen Mormino

Carmen Mormino

Jerry Middleton

Guest Star

Cullen Kirkland

Cullen Kirkland

Adam Middleton

Guest Star

Paula Newsome

Paula Newsome

Detective Shea Calvin

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • This was the first episode in which someone other than Gideon presented the voiceover quotation.

    • It is revealed that Hotch was part of SWAT.

    • It would have been very difficult for Reid to have fired the shot that hit Phillip Dowd straight through the head because Reid was lying on the ground and the unsub was standing up.

    • When Hotch asks Reid if he can see the trunk of the sniper car, Reid replies that he can see it. Then Hotch asks if he could see it pop right after it pops open, and Reid says he didn't see that. How could he have known if the trunk had popped if he couldn't see it.

    • Hotchner: I know you shot 11 people in broad daylight…

      Hotch had this wrong. Dowd only shot 10 people. He shot one at the first crime scene, two at the next, and three at the park and restaurant. He then finally shot the cop, which equals only 10 people. Surprisingly, Sergeant Weigart got it right by saying Dowd shot 10 people when he was talking to Gideon.

    • L.D.S.K. stands for "Long Distance Serial Killer."

    • We learn that Reid went to public school in Las Vegas and was bullied in school.

    • During the outside cafe shooting scene, the sound of the gunshot is suppressed when the first woman is shot, but it wasn't for the other people.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Hotchner: (after Reid shoots a target in the crotch) Did Elle teach you that?

    • Garcia: (answering the phone) Rainmaker. How wet do you want it?

    • Reid: You were right. You don't need a gun to kill somebody.
      Gideon: No, you don't.
      Reid: But it helps.

    • Hotchner: Nice shot.
      Reid: I was aiming for his leg.
      Hotchner: Well, I wouldn't have kept kicking, but I was afraid you didn't get my plans.
      Reid: I got your plan the minute you moved the hostages out of my line of fire.
      Hotchner: Well, I hope I didn't hurt you too badly.
      Reid: Hotch, I was a 12-year-old child prodigy in a Las Vegas public high school. You kick like a nine-year-old girl.

    • Dr. Landman: You're considering me a suspect.
      Gideon: Yes.
      Dr. Landman: Well, that's disconcerting. I heard what happened to your last suspect.

    • Elle: Reid failed his qualification.
      Gideon: He can retest in two weeks.
      Elle: Yeah, but he's gonna be embarrassed, so let's not mention it.
      Gideon: Yeah, let's not.
      Morgan: Not a word. (Reid enters the room) Hey, We're all here for you. I'm serious. If you ever need anything… (places a whistle around Reid's neck and blows on it) …just blow on that.

    • Hotchner: (about the FBI knowing the killer was in the hospital) They knew he was in here, they knew he was armed and dangerous, and they knew he was going to fight 'til the last round. And they sent me in here with an unarmed kid who can't shoot his way out of a wet paper bag.

    • Det. Calvin: So what's the profile on one of these guys?
      Gideon: Arrogant, conceited, feels superior to everyone around them.
      Det. Calvin: (laughing) You've just described every surgeon I've ever met.

    • Morgan: (to Garcia on his cell phone) Yeah... Morgan.
      Garcia: Isn't this spooky?
      Morgan: Isn't what spooky?
      Garcia: That right now you were thinking about me, and out of the blue your phone rings? And it's me. Huh? How's that for a spiritual connection?
      Morgan: Umm… Do I know you?
      Garcia: Why do you hurt me? (Morgan laughs)

    • Reid: I know I should feel bad about what happened. I mean... I killed a man. You know, I should feel something. But I don't.
      Gideon: Well, not knowing what you feel, that's not the same as not feeling anything. This is gonna hit you and, when it does, there's only three facts you need to know. You did what you had to do and a lot of good people are alive because of what you did.
      Reid: What's the third?
      Gideon: I'm proud of you.

    • Gideon: I don't care if you carry a gun or not. Deadliest weapon we have is a thorough and accurate profile.
      Reid: Of course, you believe that.
      Gideon: Footpath Killer... he had a shotgun to the back of my head. I'm here, he's not.

    • Elle: What do we call them then?
      Hotchner: L.D.S.K.
      Reid: Long Distance Serial Killers.
      Elle: How many of these guys have we caught using a profile?
      Gideon: None.

    • Hotchner: Shakespeare wrote, "Nothing is so common-place as the wish to be remarkable."

    • Gideon: Nietzsche wrote, "The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather, a condition of it."

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gideon says they are dealing with "a hero killer," someone who endangers people so they can save them and appear heroic. Reid names hospital nurse Richard Angelo as an example. Angelo gave patients paralyzing drugs and put them into respiratory arrest so that he could earn praise for reviving them or attempting to do so. He worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in Long Island, New York.

    • Hotchner: (about the LDSK's vehicle) Like the Beltway Sniper, it's probably a sedan.

      The Beltway Snipers, who terrorized Washington and Maryland for months in 2002, traveled in a blue Chevy Caprice. Their names are John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo. When a police officer jokes about the LDSK driving a white van, this is also a Beltway Sniper reference. The sniper was erroneously reported to be driving a white van at one point during the killing spree.