Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 20


Aired Wednesday May 21, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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