Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After the contents of a self-storage unit purchased at an auction take the BAU to Philadelphia to investigate a series of murders, the local agent becomes the center of the case. To catch the killer, the team must profile the items inside the unit.

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  • So little at the beginning leads them to a serial killer.

    At the beginning the BAU have so little to go on but when they are forced onto the case it leads them to a serial killer who starts to show all the people he has killed When the local agent gets really involved in the case she puts her life on the line when she is abducted Rossi sees her as a younger version of him and did everything he could to find her In the end the killer never shouldn't have shown his notes to anyone.moreless
  • Not the best, far from the worst, at least it was interesting.

    The episode begins with quite the "shock" no pun intended. The horrifying contents of the locker immediately got me hooked.

    I really liked how they gradually discovered how sinister and prolific this killer was, it made it seem all the more real. I also think his MO was unique, at least he doesn't strangle people like half of the other serial killers.

    I do however think that the episode became slow at parts, but only after watching it do i find this apparent. I did not like the "younger Rossi". I found that her obsession with finding more bodies and waiting for more victims made her almost unsub material. She seemed very arrogant and obnoxious.moreless
  • Rossi showing more depth

    A killer out in Philadelphia is killing women that kind of mirrors the image of Ted Bundy. While the case agent calls the BAU and wants to try to help her in a promotion it seems. But Rossi tries to warn her not to go the same route that burned him out the first time. As she is awestruck by him at first. Hotch has to set the field agent straight about doing things by the book and to not let other people get killed. Really touching as the case agent nearly gets killed and risks her life over it. For once, Rossi I liked on this episode as he is getting to show his emotions more. But bummer, thanks to the writer's strike, this is the last show of the season!moreless
  • Great one as always, but not the best of this season

    The team goes to Philly to investigate the findings in a storage warehouse. They are diaries of how to kill and torture women. After a fake piece of evidence they take the case and begin to discover lots of suspicious deaths that they found out are related with the unsub they are looking for. Maybe it's just because it's quite Rossi centric but it disappointed me a litle...I was expecting a season finale although I know I should haven't. I didn't like Jill Morris, she is stupid... I loved Prentiss and Morgan, as always, they are a great team! ANd I laughed with Reid and his excentricities... Very litle Hotchner and JJ...

    Good but not the best!moreless
  • good episode...

    A storage unit was bought and the people found some evidence of someone's crazy fantasies. An agent asks Rossi to come down and look at it and she tricks him into looking into the case. In the end, the agent is captured by the suspect and is forced to watch another being tortured until she is finally about to be tortured, but, of course, the team comes in just in time to save her. What pissed me off the most was that she just wanted the publicity. What a btch. This episode also brought some much-needed Rossi character development. Overall, ok story, interseting characters, and good character development.moreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Andrea Roth

Andrea Roth

Special Agent Jill Morris

Guest Star

Wendy Braun

Wendy Braun

Katrina Townsley

Guest Star

Madden Page

Madden Page


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The closing quote as voiced by Agent David Rossi is incorrectly attributed to Lucille Maud Montgomery. The author of the line should have been Lucy Maud Montgomery.

    • The Van Halen album briefly held up by Morgan as he and Prentiss search the storage unit is 1984.

    • The Books on Tape foundation trilogy to which Reid refers does not exist. Peter Coyote has narrated many audio books, but Asimov's Foundation Trilogy has never been released. A copy of the BBC radio production is available, but not the books.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Rossi: Find the fetish, find the fiend.

    • Special Agent Jill Morris: It's great stuff, guys. Keep me posted. (walks away)
      Morgan: (to Reid) She does know we don't work for her, right?

    • Rossi: (reluctantly) She didn't get the hair from the unit.
      Hotchner: She lied?
      Rossi: (nods)
      Hotchner: When were you going to tell us?
      Rossi: Whatever she did to get us here, we're here now.
      Hotchner: (angry) It's unacceptable behavior, why do you keep defending her?
      Rossi: Because I know what she is. She's me 20 years ago.
      Hotchner: She's nothing like you, Dave!
      Rossi: C'mon, Hotch, I know what people think. I took serial killers mass market. Now everyone knows their names, but not the victims', right? Somewhere along the line I put myself first. I admit it. I can't go back and change it. But it's not too late for her.

    • Garcia: (on the phone with Morgan) When I got shot, I kept wondering why God would program our bodies to register that kind of pain. And you know what got me through it?
      Morgan: (softly) No, Penelope, I don't. Tell me.
      : Knowing that the pain would eventually end. But these women, they don't even have that. When he's torturing them there's no end…

    • Rossi: Look, Jill, I know you. When I was your age I wanted the same things. But I burned a lot of bridges in the process, people got hurt.
      Special Agent Jill Morris: Is that why you came back... to undo your past wrongs?
      Rossi: Just be careful. That ego of yours is gonna get you into trouble.

    • Special Agent Jill Morris: I was just putting a reassuring face on the situation.
      Hotchner: Your face.
      Special Agent Jill Morris: I'm the Case Agent.
      Hotchner: And you're also outranked by every member of my team.
      Special Agent Jill Morris: Meaning what – you'll vote me off the island?
      Hotchner: (pausing to control himself) Nothing tears a case apart faster than an agent trying to make his or her name on it.

    • Rossi: When I interviewed Bundy he had a theory about pornography. He said, "If you want to stop people from becoming like me, don't burn Catcher in the Rye…"
      Hotchner: "…burn Hustler." I read your books, too, Dave.

    • Rossi: The case agent from the Philly field office sent it to me.
      Hotchner: Somebody you know?
      : She knows me, you know.
      : Ah, a fan. Your world is a very crowded place, isn't it?
      : You'd be surprised.

    • Hotchner: (to Rossi) Take Reid with you.
      Reid: Road trip – nice! I've got books on tape with Peter Coyote reading the entire Foundation Trilogy!

    • Rossi: (voiceover, as he walks away from Morris and the reporters) "For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world, and, although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won." Lucille Maud Montgomery

    • Rossi: "I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury, fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils." Euripides

  • NOTES (2)


    • Rossi: When I interviewed Bundy, he had a theory about pornography, he said, "If you want to stop people from becoming like me, don't burn Catcher in the Rye..."
      Hotchner: "...burn Hustler." I've read your books too, Dave.

      The sadistic serial killer of women, Ted Bundy (1946-1989), murdered numerous young women across the U.S. between 1974 and 1978. He twice escaped from prison before his final apprehension in February 1978. After more than a decade of vigorous denials, he eventually confessed to 30 murders, although the actual total of victims remains unknown. Estimates range from 29 to over 100. Typically, Bundy would bludgeon his victims, then strangle them to death. He also engaged in rape and necrophilia.

    • Special Agent Jill Morris: What are you going to do, vote me off the island?
      This line refers to the CBS series Survivor, where contestants are voted off in order to determine the ultimate winner.

    • Special Agent Jill Morris: I'm trying to protect my city from what could be the most prolific serial killer since Charles Cullen.
      Jill Morris refers to Charles Cullen as an example of a serial killer who operated in Philadelphia and also killed people in New Jersey. Cullen is a former nurse who has confessed to killing at least 45 patients by injecting them with lethal doses of digoxin and insulin. He is serving several consecutive life sentences.