Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 13

No Way Out (1)

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gideon is pitted against the scariest and most evil murderer in his entire career. When the BAU confronts the sadistic killer in a remote diner in the Nevada desert, the local authorities want to move quickly and make an arrest. But Gideon bides his time as he attempts to persuade the man, who has sworn not be captured, to reveal the whereabouts of a woman he is holding hostage.moreless

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  • Gideon comes face to face with a killer who has killed over 100 victims.

    Gideon comes face to face with the most prolific serial killer when he meets him in a diner and he tells Gideon that he will leave when he has finished his drink but Gideon thinks he isn't going anywhere The episode goes back into time to show how Gideon got there and you find out that one victim he kidnapped got away because she showed no fear and the killer keeps returning to Nevada to see her However no one believed her and just thought she was crazy when she tried to tell them but now they do The killer was right that he would walk out when he reveals the locations of kids trapped in the desert and he walks off with crazy Jane and leaves Gideon to find them which he does but it is too late to catch up to the killer and crazy Jane I can't wait for the follow up where they will try and catch him once and for all.moreless
  • Creative filming + creepy guest star = 1 very good episode.

    Imaginative directing! When flashback episodes are done well, they can be a great change of pace, and a wonderful way to tell a story. Used here, the flashbacks created dramatic tension out the wazoo – just what the heck were Gideon and Morgan doing in that diner with a serial killer? Fantastic and daring; the flashbacks tied it together.

    Carradine played a sociopath so well that I’m a little worried about him. He was smooth and extremely scary – just the way I imagine Ed Kemper and Ted Bundy talked to law enforcement. Manipulate, manipulate, manipulate – even Gideon with his super-profiling abilities is drawn into this guy’s web. I liked seeing our profilers meet their match!

    Some minor plot criticism can’t keep me from loving this episode - this is television, after all. Why they couldn’t surreptitiously track Gideon, I don’t know. Why the kids would have “died” if left in the desert wasn’t really believable. And Frank escaping by leaving no tracks must be explained someday or my curiosity may kill me! Nice one, CM, keep thinking outside the box.moreless
  • Not THAT great

    Its interestin how some people LOVED this episode and some HATED.

    I was expecting more, was average, maybe a little above average, but mostly just ok, nothing i would like to watch again or got excited about the plot like some others.

    I´m not a big fan of flash-back episodes, and this was one of them. It started with them getting the killer and then the whole story of how they got to him and what he did was explained.

    They whole story was ok, but i didnt like the ending or the killers behavior, i think it would be more interesting if they found her dead at the end, showing that Gideon was actually right.moreless
  • It was a good episode but flawed in many ways

    Not bad at all but the way this man perversed love is not something I would like to see on this show. However he did love this woman so it was interesting to see how someone who could not possibly love, love the town's eccentric. The ending was really a bummer because this sadistic jerk-off got away and used children none-the-less. At least they were saved though and Jason shows his determination to catch the unsub. That kind of gave the show the much needed optimism. You wouldn't expect that from Gideon in the very least. I am looking forward to the next episode but I have a feeling by the preview that I might cry from it.moreless
  • The one that got away.

    It's not often in the Criminal Minds type of show that the good guys don't win. This is a fine example of when they do but they don't win!

    The team identified and tracked down the un-sub who they believe could be the most prolific serial killer ever. They saved the Sheriff and found the missing children in time but they had to let the un-sub walk in the process.

    The horror of what Frank had done to so many innocent people over the years was difficult to behold, it's not often you see Hotch react as he did when he entered that trailer. even the usually cold Prentiss was a little thrown. And crazy Jane playing a whistle made out of human bone is really chilling.

    I always like it when we get Gideon one on one with the un-sub, usually Gideon out smarts them. He gets confessions out of people you think will never break, because he has a gift beyond anything the rest of the team. For me that is what sets him apart from the rest, even Hotch, he has this gift that goes beyond any training you can get. To see him out smarted by Frank felt very strange, but you can be sure that it is not the end of this story. One day Gideon will get his man!moreless
Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In this episode, Reid claims that peas contain phenethylamine. This is incorrect - peas do not contain phenethylamine. Confusion might have occurred because PEA is the designated shorthand for this chemical.

    • When Frank asks that Jane and Gideon go in the same car to show Gideon where the children are being hidden, the shadow of a large microphone can be clearly seen on the left side of the screen.

    • When the sheriff's husband hands over his shotgun in the diner, he closes the breech. Gun safety rules state when passing a firearm to another person, it should be done such that the muzzle of the weapon does not point at the recipient or any bystander. It is considered good practice to show the firearm with the magazine removed, the breech unloaded, and locked open before handing it over to the recipient so the recipient can easily double-check the firearm, which is known as "show clear."

    • At one point, Garcia is trying to help plot the path that the unsub has taken over the years by reviewing the files of the people that they believe was killed by him. Each time Garcia changes the picture on the monitor, there is an audible click in the background, representing the fact that a new face/file is now being viewed. However, when Garcia is naming the locations where the victims have disappeared for JJ to plot on the map, a click is heard each time she names a location. However, after the first three locations/files are listed, the clicks that represent a change of file can no longer be heard although Garcia is still listing locations.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Reid: To get away with murder, you simply don't tell anyone.
      Prentiss: The only people he told were the people he killed. And then he took from them what he needed: cash, credit cards...
      Reid: I'm going to call Garcia and see if anything Catherine Hale owned was used after her death (dials phone).
      Prentiss: (to herself) And then he moved on to his next victim.

    • Gideon: (opening a bag with a head inside) Who is this?
      Frank: I believe the correct question is "Who was this?"
      Mark: You are a crazy son of a bitch.
      Frank: We are all sons of bitches.

    • Morgan: (to Deputy Siglock) If he is still in this town, and I believe he is, he has absolutely no way out.

    • Reid: (about Jane) A psycho with a whistle. That's not at all weird.

    • Garcia: What are you doing?
      JJ: I'm mapping out where all the victims were found, starting with Gideon's first case file (JJ jabs a pushpin to the map).
      Garcia: Ow! Stabby!

    • Frank: Jason... from Greek mythology... to heal. Gideon... a hero from the Old Testament who led the Israelites against the Midianites. Your parents had great ambitions for you.

    • Mark Davis: But that man... he also killed the school bus driver.
      Sheriff Georgia Davis: How? We had the whole town shut down. There was no way out.

    • Frank: But you know what's an even more interesting question? What's the psychopath got in the bag, Jason?

    • Frank: (to Morgan) Beauty can cover a multitude of sins, but underneath we all look exactly the same.

    • Frank: Do you think me insane?
      Gideon: Do not play me. You know exactly what you are. A psychopathic sexual sadist. You get off on the brutal torture of others.
      Morgan: And you knew the moment we arrived in this town, you had no way out.

    • Prentiss: All of these killings… the work of just one man?
      Gideon: Most prolific serial killer ever.

    • Frank: My hope is that one day you'll feel the way I do too.
      Gideon: If I ever find myself feeling the way you do, I'll kill myself.
      Frank: Call me first. I'd love to pick your brains.

    • Hotchner: (introducing the team to the sheriff) Aaron Hotchner. This is Derek Morgan and the guy who sometimes forgets his manners is Jason Gideon.

    • Prentiss: These wind chimes are made of bone. I think it's human rib bones.

    • Sheriff Georgia Davis: (discussing Jane's story of captivity) What about the fact that she could see herself?
      Gideon: A mirrored ceiling.
      Sheriff Georgia Davis: So his victims could see themselves being dismembered. Every time I think it can't get any worse, it does.

    • Gideon: (to Frank) I thought I'd seen the very worst of what humanity had to offer, 'til you.

    • Garcia: (looking at photos of the victims) Oh, this is SO not a way to a girl's heart.

    • Frank: I'm Frank… Germanic… third century. Derived from the name of a type of spear. I wonder what aspirations my parents had for me.

    • Gideon: Aristotle said, "Evil brings men together."

  • NOTES (4)


    • The scene with the head in a bag is similar to one of the final scenes in the David Fincher movie Se7en that involves a head in a box. In both cases, the killer enjoys teasing people about what might be in the box. Frank hints to a police officer that the head might belong to his wife. In the movie, the head actually did belong to a police detective's wife.

    • Frank: We are all sons of bitches.

      After the Trinity Test (the first atomic bomb test) during World War II, test director Ken Bainbridge said, "Now we're all sons of bitches."