Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 21

Open Season

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 02, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU is called to investigate after the bodies of missing people are discovered in a remote region of the Idaho wilderness. The gruesome find also leads the team to determine the unsubs have been hunting humans for sport.

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  • Two brothers with a background of only hunting.

    After bodies turns up in the wilderness of Idaho the BAU investigate and find that people are being kidnapped and thrown out into the wilderness to be hunted like animals by two brothers that was brought up by their uncle and never went to school they was just taught to hunt When one woman is kidnapped she is thrown into the wilderness and is trying to escape throughout the episode but shows more determination than the other victims and when she runs into a camp the camp members are also hunted The only thing about the episode that I was thinking of is when the woman stabbed the first brother she then jumped off the tree onto the other one and I was wondering why she never stabbed him It never mattered in the end because he was shot by Morgan and the brothers slowly both bled out.moreless
  • Open Season

    Excellent episode! Exactly why i watch this show....
  • One of the bes episodes not only of the second season but of the series. A very interesting and exciting plot.

    "Open Season" is one of the best episodes of the second season of "Criminal Minds". The opening sequence is really good but what happens next is even better. Instead of seeing the members of the BAU at their Quantico office, we see Prentiss, JJ and Garcia in a bar drinking beer and with a guy who pretends to be a FBI aent to impress the girls. The conversation beween the three real agents and the guy is hilarious.

    The story is really interesting and exciting. I could imagine myself in the situation of the poor girl who is taken by the two killers and who has to run for her life. There are some very good scenes, including all which were shot in the mountains. I can't finish this review without mention the mercy of Gideon, trying to calm down one of the killers in the end and being with him until he died. A very good episode.moreless
  • Sublime episode! We explore a set of hunters who enjoy human prey, as well as a woman who is very determined to survive!

    This would have to qualify as on e of the best episodes of Criminal Minds this season. There have been a few brilliant ones, and this falls under that category.

    The storyline was unique, and it was certainly very different from all prior episodes, and that made this episode very memorable, in my opinion!

    Aside from the terrific case, the humour was spot on in thi s episode as well, with that first scene in the bar! Funny stuff, and it added another great episode element to the show!

    Overall, a great episode! I highly recommend and advise that you see this one! It ws a huge step up from its predecessor, and this was truly terrific television! Keep it up, Criminal Minds!moreless
  • Human hunt!!!

    All the idea of two brothers without socialitzation with other people was really great. All the story is very well designed and strctured. I liked a lot all the scennes were the Mulford brothers were using their bows. They were amazing. I loved all the forest scennes and the Ranger girl was really surprising. About the girl with the red mustang, I think that at the end she should have been more sentimental because "for her fault" four other people have died, of course the brothers are guilty but I think that she should have feel a litle guilty too. And the best for the end: Hotchner telling Garcia: you are the man!! I'am still laughing!

    BIG HUGSmoreless
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

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Spokane, Washington, and the Boise National Forest are over 350 miles apart, which is an eight-hour drive.

    • In the scene with Prentiss, JJ and Garcia in a bar, the credentials Garcia flashes for Brad to read indicates she is a Supervisory Special Agent when she is, in fact, a Technical Analyst.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Hotchner: Broken nose, and bark's embedded in his face; looks like he ran into a tree.
      Morgan: Now how do you miss a huge tree?
      Hotchner: Too busy looking behind you.

    • Hotchner: What have you got?
      Garcia: Uh, there are three stores outside Spokane that sell the exact type of arrows you are looking for. And, before you ask, of course, I've already sent the addresses to your handheld.
      : Garcia? You're the man.
      Garcia: Oh, no. You're the man.

    • Young Man: You like the challenge of a bear, don't you?
      Gideon: Actually, I prefer picking up my meat at a grocery store.

    • Ranger Lizzie Evans: How was the drive up the mountain?
      Morgan: Well, before or after the flat tire?

    • Gideon: Only one thing you run that hard for - your life.

    • Prentiss: Hunting is their sport, humans are their targets.

    • Lizzie Evans: No animal did this.
      Prentiss: That depends on your definition of "animal."

    • Garcia: (to Prentiss, after they scare off Brad, the fake FBI agent) Lady, you are officially in my top eight, and I am so blogging about this later!

    • JJ: (telling the sheriff how to give a death notification) Politely ask them to sit, and be prepared for a physical reaction. I once had a woman faint and hit her head, and then I had to give her the news a second time at the hospital. That wasn't fun.

    • Prentiss: British historian James Anthony Froude once said, "Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."

    • Prentiss: Can we see it?
      Brad: See what?
      Prentiss: Your badge.
      Garcia: Please?
      Brad: I'm sorry, that's… ladies... fied.
      Prentiss: (the ladies each hold up their badges) Tell me Brad, does it look anything like this?
      : Uh, or this?
      Garcia: Or maybe, this?

    • JJ: (to Brad, the fake FBI agent) Must be really tough keeping all those secrets.
      Brad: Ya know, it's a skill, like anything else. Carpenters are good at building stuff, measuring. FBI's good at keeping secrets and kicking criminal ass.

    • Prentiss: (acting very excited) Ladies, this is Brad - a real FBI agent!
      Garcia: Really?
      Prentiss: Really.
      JJ: No way!
      Garcia: That's exciting! What's it like at Quan-ti-co?

    • Prentiss: We hunt these people everyday. The question is, how different are we - us and them?

    • Gideon: Most hunters put animals out of their misery. The men we're looking for - they don't show any mercy.
      Morgan: These guys take pleasure in watching their casualties die a slow death.

    • Morgan: (in the woods) Growing up out here help you do your job?
      Lizzie Evans: Look around. Do you see or hear anything right now?
      Prentiss: No.
      Morgan: No.
      Lizzie Evans: There's a black bear about 25 yards to your right.
      Prentiss: How long before we're able to do that?

    • Gideon: "One man's wilderness is another man's theme park." author unknown

    • Prentiss: A serial killer with no sexual preference?
      Reid: That'd be a first.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Kristin Alcala, who plays Heather Hamilton, is the daughter of this episode's director, Felix Alcala. This is the first time the two have worked together professionally.

    • When Bobbi Baird is tied up in the car, the song on the radio is "More Than A Feeling" by Boston. The song heard at the end of the episode was "Monsters" by Band of Horses.


    • Garcia: Lady, you are officially in my top eight.

      This is a reference to where members can have eight friends listed as their "top eight" friends.

    • This episode pays homage to the classic short story "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell, published in 1924. Connell tells the story of avid hunter General Zaroff who lures ships to his island in order to have people to hunt. The tables are turned when another expert hunter, Sanger Rainsford, is stranded on the island and forced into the role of prey. The actions of Bobbi Baird parallel Rainsford's as he eludes and then kills Zaroff.