Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 20


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 21, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together.

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  • The BAU get involved with a dangerous group of killers.

    This was a fantastic season finale where the BAU head to NY to try and catch what they though was one killer but the one killer turns out to be a dangerous group and anyone in NY could be the next victim Near to the end of the episode Will returns and JJ tells the team she is pregnant but will she be able to have that baby after the events at the end where we see everyone get in their SUV and one of the blows up This is a brilliant cliffhanger where one of the team members has unfortunately been in the SUV that blown up.moreless
  • AMAZING! Was completely letdown by the episode "damaged" (involving Rossi's case) to being absolutely amazed by this turn around!

    I know I'm a late bloomer having only just gotten into the show but oh well :) I was extremely disappointed by the episode "Damaged" involving Rossi and his so called 20 year unsolved murder case which was had inconsistent plot development and was basically a waste of an episode, to seeing this amazing culmination to the season :D

    It was gripping, entertaining and basically it had my complete attention and as I watched I kept thinking hmmm the episode is almost over and they don't know who the unsubs are please don't let it end crazy quickly like "Damaged" did. It wasn't until the end I realised it was going to be a cliff hanger!

    I just hope the next episode is just as awesome!

    Great ending to season 3 :)moreless
  • Who died in one of those exploding SUV's? Was it one of our beloved BAU members or was it Agent Kate Joyner from New York? Guess we'll have to wait and see ...moreless

    Random shootings are taking place in public in various areas of New York City, most particularly the subways, and the unsub shows no sign of stopping the carnage. Agent Kate Joyner who heads up the New York Field Office is under a lot of pressure to keep her job and asks the BAU for help. Agent Joyner, we notice immediately, bears a striking resembelance to Hayley Hotchner, ex wife of Aaron and we also find out that if she doesn't uncover who is responsible for these random killings, she may well lose her job and it's none other than Derek Morgan who is at the top of the list to replace her!

    But back to the crimes. Several people are gunned down at random by an unsub wearing a hooded jacket. The number of killings escalates and the team as well as Agent Joyner are at a loss to figure out how they are going to apprehend the shooter. Enter the brilliance of Garcia when she uses CCTV footage, which has captured all the shootings, to unmask the fact that the shootings are being conducted by not one, not two and possibly not even three unsubs because she is able to measure the heights of the assailants and there are obviously serveral of them!

    Naturally, terrorism is the first thought and certainly the most obvious and logical as it's clear that the multiple unsubs are organised, fearless and not at all concerned about being seen. When Prentiss has to shoot one as he runs away from the latest attack, the BAU become even more convinced that it is a terrorist plot.

    Clearly, this case will take quite a bit of solving and as we see each member of the team climb into a standard issue Bureau SUV, (all on the screen at once to establish the fact that they are all indeed getting into the cars) and one of them explode into flames at the very end, we are left witrh our mouths opened wondering who is dead and will, therefore, not be back with us for Season Four? ...

    Matthew Gray Gubler had a great time with fans and journalists after the finale stating that if he happened to be the Executive Producers, he would definitely have one of the main characters die in the explosion! Now we have to wait for several months to find out who will be mourned and who will return to our favorite show. Stay tuned!moreless
  • BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! When the SUV explodes, I went from chewing my finger nails to screaming 'NO NO NO' at the TV. I'm pretty sure I can prove two of the characters that weren't in the exploding SUV.moreless

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! When the SUV explodes, I went from chewing my finger nails to screaming 'NO NO NO' at the TV. I'm pretty sure I can prove two of the characters that weren't in the exploding SUV. I read on that Prentiss died in the explosion because when she gets into her SUV you can see a one way sign in the corner and the same sign is in the exploding SUV scene. But I don't think so. Prentiss had gotten out of her SUV to talk to the police guy in front of the hospital then she went back to her SUV. There couldn't have been any more than 15 minutes between when she left the SUV and when she got in again. I don't know much about bombs but I think it would take more than 15 mins to rig a bomb into the ignition system of an FBI SUV. Same for JJ. Unless her and William got a little busy in the hotel room before they left, there couldn't have been enough time to rig the bomb. Also Prentiss and JJ are my favourite characters. To have them leave the show with no chance of a comeback is too horrible to consider. If that happens, I will get unsub on Chris Mundy's ass (the guy who wrote this episode). I'd say it's the English FBI agent that looks like Hotchner's ex wife who'll die. After all she would have an FBI SUV. Can't wait for the next season. I'll have no fingernails left :c(moreless
  • What a g0)reat season finale! What an amazing cliffhanger!

    This was definitely an amazing episode, and I absolutely loved watching it. The storyline behind it waxs amazing, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next season's premiere.

    I quite enjoyed the fact that J.J. is pregnant. Great news for her, and I hope it all goes well for her!

    The case was intense, and it was gripping and enthralling for every single minute and second. They did a superb job with ti, and it really was a memorable one.

    I would highly recommend this one. It was brilliant and had all the characteristics of a great episode, and a sublime cliffhanger! Keep it up, Criminal Minds, as this is absolutely amazing television!moreless
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Sienna Guillory

Sienna Guillory

SSA Kate Joyner

Guest Star

Jack McGee

Jack McGee

Det. Brustin

Guest Star

Erik Palladino

Erik Palladino

Det. Cooper

Guest Star

Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart

Det. William LaMontagne, Jr.

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode marks the first time Garcia flew on the BAU jet to a crime scene with the other team members.

    • Joe Mantegna and guest star Erik Palladino appeared together in Joan of Arcadia.

    • At the beginning of the episode, the fifth person who had been shot was facing the camera with the wall on his right and the subway on his left. The unsub came from behind the victim, shot him, and passed the man on the right side. When Hotch was presenting the case to the team, he showed the video from the security camera. On the tape, the wall was on the left side of the victim and the subway was on his right side. After he shot the man, the unsub passed the victim on his left side, exactly opposite from the original scene.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hotchner: Is there a problem?
      JJ: I'm pregnant.
      Prentiss: Oh my god! JJ! Congratulations! (hugs JJ)
      Will: I've asked JJ to marry me.
      JJ: Will!
      Will: We're working out some kinks.

    • Will: Look, the first thing a cop does when she gets pregnant is she takes herself out of the field.
      JJ: Look, you know what? We only have until seven, so can we just argue about names and cribs?
      Will: Only if you let me win. (kisses JJ on the cheek)
      JJ: Not a chance.

    • Morgan: BAU wears people out, man. Look at Gideon... That man was the best and, in the end, he simply ran away. I mean, Hotch hasn't even thought about crackin' a smile in over a year. That man has to take a personal day just so he can have a conversation with his own kid. What about you? How many times you been married?
      Rossi: I get it. But I'll make you a deal: if I think you're losing it I'll pull you out myself. But right now? I see someone who wants to get back on the job. Or, is there another reason why you haven't even touched that beer?

    • Reid: It's crazy, but it's ingenious. They get a practice run and, if someone catches the shooter, they think they just have a murderer. The cell isn't compromised.
      Kate Joyner: It's lo-fi. Smartest way to plan for a terrorist event.
      Hotchner: Creating panic ensures that they see the most urgent response times, short of a bombing.

    • JJ: (to Garcia regarding Kate Joyner) Is it just me, or does she look exactly like Haley?

    • Garcia: (boarding the jet) How come I only get to travel with you guys, like, once every two years?
      Morgan: Trust me, Mama, it can get old.
      Garcia: Oh, right, like the way that spa treatments in five-star hotels can get old.
      Prentiss: (to Morgan) Remember the time when we got on board and they hadn't chilled the Cristal?
      Morgan: Ooh, I almost quit the BAU that day.

    • Prentiss: We're only here to help. Think of us as a resource.
      Det. Cooper: Okay. Profile me. What am I thinking?
      Prentiss: (laughs) It's never gonna happen.
      Det. Cooper: No offense, but, we've had five murders. I hope it gets better than that.

    • Hotchner: So you're getting resistance from NYPD?
      Kate Joyner: It's nothing I wasn't expecting. They're good detectives. Just, no self-respecting cop wants to have his arse kicked by some broad with a posh British accent.

    • Reid: I'd like to get a map of the borough. I want to do a comprehensive geographical profile of the area in order to ascertain the unsub's mental map, before it's clouded by our own linkage blindness.
      Det. Brustin: (smirking) I see you brought your own computer.

    • Morgan: That's a tarot card. Death.
      Det. Cooper: Isn't that a little on the nose? Even for a psycho?

    • Hotchner: Voltaire said, "The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities, is an enthusiast. The man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic."

  • NOTES (0)


    • Reid: Son of Sam all over again.
      David Berkowitz shot several people in New York City in 1976 and 1977. He sent taunting letters to the police signed, "Son of Sam." When he was captured, Berkowitz claimed to be possessed by demons and said a dog had ordered him to kill. He is serving a life sentence.