Meredith Joy is played by internet personality iJustine (Justine Ezarik), who Rick Dunkle met at ComiCon this past summer. About two minutes into meeting her, he asked if he could kill her in a cornfield. Several months later, he did.
This episode takes place in Johnson and Tippecanoe Counties, Indiana, where Rick Dunkle grew up. Meredith Joy is named after two writers assistants: Erica Meredith and Ticona Joy. Ernstrom College is named for a writers production assistant, Greg Ernstrom. Rick's traditional Franklin reference is seen on one of Garcia's screens when she locates the address of Michael Kosina.
Hotchner: Garcia, do you have another angle?
Garcia: No luck, Head Hotch-o. The other one camera faces the door.
Hotchner: (after Garcia distributes new iPads to the team) Garcia, not that I don't appreciate your efforts, but exactly where did the funding for these come from?
Garcia: I did a thing.
Hotchner: A thing?
Garcia: Best not talk about the thing.
Hotchner: We'll talk about the thing later.
Hotchner: "The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need." Napoleon Bonaparte
Hotchner: "Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go." Bernard Malamud
Original International Air Dates:
Czech Republic - April 10, 2012 on Prima family
The song heard in this episode was "Heading East to Get West" by The Rockford Mules.