Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a bomb explodes an SUV in New York City that might be carrying a BAU member, the team goes into high gear to determine who might have been injured in the explosion and to apprehend the terrorists responsible for the mayhem.

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  • maythem starts a great season

    enjoy the episode the cast the tension, perfect
  • Explosive start to the season.

    Season 3 ended with a fantastic season finale and this episode was even better In this episode we knew that one of the SUV's blew up but it was all about which one Straight away in the episode you know it's Hotch's SUV and he was okay but Kate wasn't so lucky and it was her own words that kind of got her killed This episode was non stop action with the SUV bombing part of something bigger which i a target in a hospital which lead to Morgan risking his life and great character moments between him and Garcia as Morgan was talking like he was going to die This was a really good start to the season and the only part I never understood was hardly any of the terrorists was killed compared to the amount we saw in the previous episode so what has happened to them.moreless
  • Goddamn dissapointed AGAIN!!!

    Okay so my previous review on the Season 3 finale episode lo-fi is extremely the opposite of what I have to say about this episode. That S3 ep was so action packed and on the edge of your seat thrilling and I loved absolutely every minute of it and I was really hoping that this opener to the next season would continue that amazingness but NO again just like the S3 ep "Damaged" it was a HUGE disappointment! So we know they are terrorists out to blow up something or someone but why? Who knows? Is that ever explained? Nope! We see one single guy at the aid of Hotchner and Joyner after the explosion but of course he's one of the unsubs! His main goal was to make sure that an Ambulance arrived and that the Ambulance was driven to a hospital guarded by secret service to blow up the hospital and kill the person the secret service were protecting! But who were they protecting? And why were they protecting this person? Who knows!? They don't ever explain it!!!! The Paramedic/unsub connects the bomb together in the basement while the agents figure out he's about to blow up the hospital, but then he leaves the bomb when he could've set it off right there and then! He was suicidal anyway so I don't understand why he went back into the hospital? Oh thats right because otherwise the team would've been killed and then no more criminal minds. We don't even get any info as to the terrorists motives or who was telling them to do what they did (dress in hoodies and shoot random people dead in various locations involving security cameras to which they hacked into to destroy evidence, making it look like a serial killers rather than terrorists) I want answers!!! But I want good answers! Not something stupid that's completely not even interesting! Like Agent Joyners death pfft boring who cares about her she was in one episode! But I would like to know what was going on with Hotchner and her, that could've been interesting seeing as he's got Hayley or had Hayley or whatever.

    I love this show but some episodes its like they created them while they were asleep or something or just couldn't be bothered. Very disappointing!! I want answers!!! Who were the terrorists working for? Or was it the unsub at the end? Who were the secret service protecting and why did the terrorists want them dead? What was going on with Hotch and Joyner? Were they romantically involved at one point? Seriously gimme answers

    The one good thing about it was Morgan and Garcia's conversation at the end. He is so gorgeous! Not just looking but wow he cares for the team more than any of the other characters! He and Garcia are my favs because he's always looking out for everyone and Garcia is just awesome!moreless
  • Pretty good episode-action packed, exciting till the end, but it left me confused at the end.

    As far as this episode goes, I enjoyed every minute of it. However, there was 1 main problem. And it was a BIG problem.

    The problem was that i was confused at the end. Mainly, you never learn about the terrorists. You just see random guys dressed in black sweaters. Also, who was Secret Service protecting, and why did the terrorists want to kill him? We never learn these answers, Thomas Gibson just disregards Morgan's question at the end so the writers don't have to think of an explanation. compared to other 2 part episodes (the Fisher Kings, No Way Out & No Way Out II, etc.) i was disappointed. I did like the excitement, especially in the hospital and Morgan with the ambulance. I also liked his conversation with Garcia.

    For the record, Thomas Gibson is not a very good actor. I know his character is monotone and usually expressionless, but when his friend (who he really wants to ****) is dying, and, eventually dies, his expression stays the same. When he and the team face great danger, his expression never changes. Honestly, no wonder his wife divorced him.

    In the end, it was a fun epsiode to watch and i would strongly recommend it to any Criminal Minds fan. It could have been better, but 7.5 is about as good as i will give it. After the build up from part 1, i thought the second part disappointed.moreless
  • As Season Four kicks off we find out the answer to the question which has been bugging us all summer. Who was in the SUV that blew up and did they survive?moreless

    There were some excellent moments in this episode, particularly the fine acting performance by Shemar Moore when Derek had the job of driving a bomb out of harms way and thus, saving a lot of lives.

    My problem with it was that before the episode even screened, we knew from press releases etc. that none of the cast was leaving the show, which meant that only Agent Joyner could have been the person whose vehicle blew up. That was disappointing, I like suspense even though I most definitely did NOT want any of the regular cast leaving the show.

    There were some touching moments between Hotch and Kate as she lay dying, unable to get the medical assistance required due to the blockade which kept the insiders in the area and the outsiders out. It was, unfortunately, also blatantly obvious that the young boy who showed such concern was the person they were looking for. (Or one of the many, anyway.)

    I'm not saying the episode was terrible because there were some excellent moments within it, but predictability annoys me, especially in a season opener or finale.moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the end of the episode, Hotch asks Morgan if he still wants to be stuck with him for three hours, referring to the amount of time they would be in a car together driving back from New York. However, it takes five hours in optimal conditions to drive to Washington, D.C., and Quantico is even further south in Virginia.

    • In the scene during which the medic applies the clamp to the open wound in Kate's back, there is a close-up of Hotch's arm holding her severed artery. The sleeve of his shirt is almost clean, although before and after it is drenched in blood.

    • When the unsub is leaning against the fence, there is a delivery truck in the background from "Bernero Hospital Linens" written on the side.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Morgan: I'm your ride.
      Hotchner: I thought Agent Davis was driving me.
      Morgan: She was. I had her reassigned.
      Hotchner: Don't you have something better to do?
      Morgan: (smirks) Than to annoy you for three hours? Hell, no.

    • Hotchner: Your actions, as incredibly brave as they were, were still the actions of an agent who doesn't truly trust anyone.
      Morgan: Hotch, I did it for this team.
      Hotchner: My opinion doesn't matter, the job's yours if you want it.
      Morgan: Hotch! Your opinion matters to me.
      Hotchner: My life matters to me, and I have, and always will, entrust you with it. Would you do the same for me?

    • Det. Cooper: Whoa, Whoa. Mets tickets? Most people assume I'm a Yankees fan.
      Prentiss: (smiling) I'm not most people. (walks away)
      Det. Cooper
      : Nope, no, that girl is not.

    • Reid: So far, these guys have accomplished nothing.
      Det. Brustin: Nothing? My partner was shot - Cooper? Eight innocent people were killed, two agents blown up, not to mention Emily's suicide-by-cop, is that not enough?
      Rossi: (gesturing towards a photograph of The Two Towers) That was memorable. This isn't.

    • Morgan: There's something I really want you to know, Garcia.
      Garcia: Save it, just get out!
      Morgan: No, no, no, I'm not quite there yet...
      Garcia: Morgan...
      Morgan: Just listen to me...
      Garcia: Morgan, please...
      Morgan: You know what you are, Garcia?
      Garcia: (bomb in ambulance explodes) Morgan! (pause) Derek?
      Morgan: Garcia? I'll tell you what you are to me. You're my God-given solace. Woman you promise me one thing - whatever happens, don't you ever stop talking to me.
      Garcia: I can't right now 'cause I'm mad at you.

    • Hotchner: "Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime." Ernest Hemingway

  • NOTES (1)


    • Rossi: The recently deceased Dr Azahari Husin, Asia's most wanted bomb maker. Authorities dubbed him the, um, Demolition Man..."

      Azahari bin Husin was a Malaysian and Islamic terrorist involved in attacks like the 2002 Bali bombings, the 2004 Jakarta Embassy bombing, and the 2005 Bali bombing. He was killed during a police raid November 9, 2005 in Indonesia.

    • Rossi: They learn from one campaign to the next how to stay off radar - like the London bombers.
      London Bombings - July 7, 2005. 52 people were killed and nearly 700 injured in coordinated attacks on the London Transportation system. Three bombs were placed on trains traveling under London and detonated at 8:51, 8:56 and 9:17 AM, while the fourth bomb was placed on a public bus and detonated at 9:47 AM.