Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 21

Open Season

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 02, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.