SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
SSA Elle Greenaway
Senior SSA Jason Gideon
SSA Dr. Spencer Reid
SSA Derek Morgan
Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner
Detective Shea Calvin
Analyst Penelope Garcia
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.
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.
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?
Reid: Long Distance Serial Killers.
Elle: How many of these guys have we caught using a profile?
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."
The closing quote in this episode is misattributed. It was not William Shakespeare who wrote "Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable." This was written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Marcus Giamatti and Timothy Omundson played together in Judging Amy for several years.
The song heard at the closing was "Tears and Rain" by James Blunt.
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.
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