Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 22


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 09, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When homeless persons begin going missing mysteriously from the streets in Kansas City, a local detective calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances.

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  • A serial killer cleaning the streets.

    A vigilante serial killer who believes he is cleaning the streets by kidnapping and killing homeless people and prostitutes in a meat factory The team wasn't going to investigate it until they find that 63 people could have been killed In the episode we see a woman who is kidnapped just like the rest and thrown in a factory and is given a few hours to escape and if she doesn't she will be killed and I presume that none of the victims escaped so she wasn't going to escape The way they got to the killer is by catching his accomplice and he gave the location of the killer and imagine how many more would've been killed if they never took the case.moreless
  • The BAU heads out to Kansas City To Investigate The disappearance of the Homeless.

    wow this was a very cool episode. and the fact that it was in my home city of Kansas City it was very cool to see how they made it a federal case. it was pretty bloody and gruesome but it was a part of the story. and the fact that the person who had OCD was "Cleaning the city". there wasnt much in character development but it was a very good show all together. the nice thing in lieu of the no character development was the ability to place theis episode anywhere in the timeline of the Criminal Minds series.moreless
  • Review

    Going into the episode I didnt think that I was going to like it very much based on the previews I saw of the episode. Turns out I thought the episode was very good, with fifteen minutes being devoted to the homeless woman trying to escape from the giant room before dawn of the next day. It had a Saw kind of feeling to it, but the Criminal minds team did a good job in seperating what was happening with the woman with what was happening with the case. I thought the randoms in the episode (chief of police and the guy with OCD) were better then most of the one time special guest stars that they bring into the episode. I thought the scenes with the BAU rooming around the streets was both comical and pivotal to the episode in a big way. Overall, I would say this is an above average Criminal Minds episode. So much time devoted to the homeless girl turned out to be a really good thing and I enjoyed watching the episode. Cannot wait for the finale, should be an interesting end to the season.moreless
  • Interesting episode!

    What can I say about this episode… It wasn't a bad episode… it's just that I couldn't stand how gruesome it was… for a couple of scene I was hiding behind my book. I just couldn't bring myself to watch it. I thought this episode is just about as good as the last episode.

    Yay!!! The dude is back next week!!! I can't wait… I was waiting to see when he will come back!!! But that means this was the second last episode of this season… I'm going to miss criminal minds in NZ while it's on break. But hopefully the dvd comes out soon!!!moreless
  • Tense and disturbing - and very interesting.

    This is one of the more disturbing episodes I've seen. Lots show some amazingly screwed up behaviour that I hope I never encounter, but this is really near the mark. I'm constantly amazed these days at what American TV can get away with - it was once so squeaky clean. Now we get what is essentially a mini 'Saw' movie and it's terrific. And terrifying.

    The writers and directors have done a great job in providing a storyline that is at once sad, topical, issue-led and very very dark.

    So who cares if a few homeless people, drug addicts, prostitutes etc. go missing. The streets are 'cleaner', so why would it matter, right? That's the premise, and it ties into the majority of people's ideas that if just those people could go away we'd all be better off. But of course, these people are people and it's not anyone's right to do anything to them. The villain in this one believes he is doing the world a favour, but he's just killing innocent people.

    And the methods of killing bring to mind something out of the remake of House on Haunted Hill or the Saw movies. Lots of gore - a woman lands in a roomful of broken glass for goodness' sake. And then she gets the chance to escape if she can find her way out, despite all the traps the killer has set. And the chase is on.

    The cop who brings them all the information at first is OCD, as is the killer - so there's a neat tie-up there.

    All in all it's a great episode - as long as you're not watching it over dinner!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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the prostitute is trying to find her way out of the building, she comes to an intersection between two hallways. She looks to her left, then to her right. When she looks to her right, a person's hand can be see on the left side of the screen.

    • When the unsub transports his victims to the kill room, he is whistling the song "Johanna" from the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – a musical about a serial killer. The words of the sequence he is whistling are:

      I'll steal you, Johanna,
      I'll steal you.
      Do they think that walls can hide you?
      Even now I'm at your window…
      I am in the dark beside you, Johanna.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Prentiss: (speaking to Hotch and Reid) How'd you guys do?
      Hotchner: Well, Reid got propositioned by every prostitute we talked to, but we didn't find anybody who thinks they'd seen the unsub.

    • Morgan: (to Mona, a homeless woman) Be careful, you hear me? This world needs all of its beautiful ladies, and that means you, too, Mona. (Mona smiles and walks away)
      Prentiss: You're a good guy.
      Morgan: Ya think?
      Prentiss: Yeah, you make the people around you feel good.

    • Hotchner: You have Chaplin on film?
      Gideon: My great-grandad was an accountant at one of the first movie studios.
      Hotchner: He was in California?
      Gideon: No no no, Chicago. Essanay Studios closed, 1920. Back then four or five movies made in the U.S. were made in Chicago. They closed down, they let my grandpa take, ehh, a couple extra prints home.
      Hotchner: (amused) They let him?
      Gideon: (laughing) Well, that's the family story… we're sticking to it.

    • Reid: You see, the word "coincidence" implies more...
      Morgan: Hey! Hey, kid. We do not need a vocabulary lesson right now.
      Reid: Right. Sorry.

    • JJ: (on the plane to Kansas City) This may be a wild goose chase.
      Hotchner: But as someone I greatly respect suggested, 63 people may be in trouble and I think that that's worth the chase.

    • Det. McGee: I am telling you, I can... I can talk to somebody at lunch, and by dinner time they are wiped off the face of the earth.
      JJ: Okay, um, how many is it?
      Det. McGee: 63.
      JJ: 63 people?
      Det. McGee: At least 63.

    • Hotchner: What do you think happened to them, Captain?
      Capt. Wright: I told you, I don't think anything happened to them.
      Hotchner: Oh, that's right. You think they all got houses and jobs.

    • Hotchner: What if they were cheerleaders?
      Capt. Wright: Excuse me?
      Hotchner: Or teachers, or mothers? How did you put it, "Can bums even be missing?" Well, sir, they can. They can be hurt, they can be scared, and they can be killed.

    • Morgan: What was it the Yorkshire Ripper said about his victims?
      Reid: The women I killed were filth. Bastard prostitutes that were littering the streets; I was just cleaning up the place a bit.
      Morgan: (about the unsub) He's a house cleaner.
      Reid: Mission-based killer who believes his murders are helping society.

    • Hotchner: "Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed." Herman Melville.

    • Hotchner: "Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles." Charles Chaplin.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Gideon: (to Hotchner) I gotta couple "Little Tramp" reels, if you have time.

      Charlie Chaplin drew the well-loved character of "The Little Tramp" from his early life experiences. Chaplin grew up in orphanages and workhouses as his mother spent a lot of her time in mental hospitals. On his own from age 10, Chaplin's tramp character's costume and mannerisms reflect an innocent poverty and faith in the ability to overcome his circumstances.

    • Morgan: What was it the Yorkshire Ripper said about his victims?

      The Yorkshire Ripper – Peter Sutcliffe – murdered 13 women between 1975 and 1980, and attacked 7 others who managed to survive. During trial Sutcliffe admitted his crimes, but claimed to have been following orders from God to kill prostitutes. The jury didn't believe him and sentenced him to life imprisonment.