Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 4

Plain Sight

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2005 on CBS
7.3
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The BAU travels to San Diego to stop a rapist and murderer who commits his crimes in the middle of the day. The suspect appears to blend into the neighborhood so well the local authorities have been unable to capture him.

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  • Serial rapist and murderer

    9.0
    This was a great episode where the BAU had to track a serial rapist and murderer who some how is blending in the neighbourhood.For most of the episode find it hard to catch the killer after catching the wrong killer.It then changes when the BAU find out how the killer is blending in and that is because he is a phone technician and then they find out where he is going next.Gideon manages to persuade the killer that he will make him famous and surprisingly the killer gives up and doesn't kill the woman but Gideon knows how these killers think and they take another dangerous killer off the streets.moreless
  • Perhaps not the best episode of the season but the excellent profiling work and fine acting make up for it. The BAU must travel to San Diego, California to try to capture a rapist/killer who operates during the day and glues his victim's eyes opened.moreless

    6.5
    An unsub labelled 'The Tommy Killer' is raping and murdering women in wealthy neighbourhoods in San Diego, California. The two strangest facts of the case are that he operates, apparently unseen, in broad daylight and that he poses his victims on their beds and glues their eyes opened. The killer, it seems, also has a poetic side, as he quotes 17th century ballads where Death has a voice and converses with its victims.



    When a further rape attempt goes wrong, the team think they are dealing with a copycat and Gideon is able to piece together enough to lead them to a killer who literally can operate in plain sight.moreless
  • Typical of Crime Shows

    6.4
    I thought that this episode, though well written and somewhat interesting, was pretty predictable. I did like the interactions between the characters. I didn't like the fact they got to the lady before any attack could occur because it is one of those "victim gets held hostage but the good guys get to the victim before any harm comes to them." I did like the kiss on the baby's head when Gideon was about to go look for the baby's mother and the bad guy. I definately would not watch this particular episode again, unless I am really bored in the future and it happens to be on.moreless
  • I really like this tv show. My only problem with it is that every single episode, it is so simple to figure out who the killer is that there really is no need to watch the rest of the show! Please make it harder!moreless

    5.8
    I really like this tv show. My only problem with it is that every single episode, it is so simple to figure out who the killer is that there really is no need to watch the rest of the show! Please make it harder! I would like to be challenged and I am not!
  • Since their are a lot of cop shows, each one of them aims to find a niche. This show is maturing and finding its place.

    8.5
    A rapist who attacks in broad daylight is a scary thought. Once again, they load up the plane and head to the scene of the crime. These folks are really starting to rack up some frequent flyer miles.

    This go around, there is a reference to an ancient poem. Normally, this would be the lynchpin on which no which most cop shows would rest their case. However, in this case it turns out to be something the perp does to get noticed. The manner in which the team figures out the modus operandi of the bad guy is fun to watch.

    Oh, and having the kid cry in the kitchen was unlikely. If this guy was as careful as they had said, he would know that a stay at home mom would have an automatic built in distress signal with the kid screaming. But I won't hold that one false step against them.moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

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

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

McKerrin Kelly

McKerrin Kelly

Brenda Samms

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Kirk B.R. Woller

Kirk B.R. Woller

Franklin Graney

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Daniel Zacapa

Daniel Zacapa

Captain Griffith

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Brian Appel

Brian Appel

Agent Anderson

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Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Reid is holding the Redskins tickets, sometimes the front of the tickets are visible from his perspective and they appear blank at other times.

    • During the scene before the credits, the team presents Reid with a birthday cake with trick candles. They mention it's Reid's 24th birthday in the accompanying dialogue.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Gideon: Ever feel like there's something obvious right in front of you, you just can't see it?
      Morgan: Yeah, usually right before a woman dumps me.

    • Elle: (hearing a chirping bird and looking up) Is that an oriole?
      Gideon: No. A black-headed grosbeak.
      Elle: What kind's the other one?
      Gideon: Grosbeak, too. Female. Huh (smiling at the two birds). Orson Welles said all the birds that belong to our sex have prettier feathers 'cause males have got to try to justify their existence. We spend all our time screaming, "look at me. Look at me."

    • Garcia: (answering the phone) Go, from Ms. Penelope Garcia.
      JJ: (via phone) Are you ready with the trap and trace?
      Garcia: Peaches, this is the Office of Unmitigated Superiority. I am always ready. With the awesome power I have in this room, all I need is 15 seconds on the phone to nail this skeevy perv.
      JJ: (via phone) Fifteen seconds?
      Garcia: If that.

    • Garcia: Office of Unfettered Omniscience. Penelope Garcia is in. Speak, oh fortunate one.
      Elle: Garcia, it's Elle. Can you get into the phone repair records in San Diego?
      Garcia: Sunshine, I can run CentCom from here and still participate in simultaneous Tetris tournaments.

    • Elle: You think they'll ever run out of new things to do with their victims?
      Gideon: Well, finding new ways to hurt each other is what we're good at.

    • Morgan: Why the Tommy Killer?
      Hotchner: You know the rock opera? Well, this unsub glues his victims' eyes wide open.
      Reid: He wants them to see him.
      Gideon: And feel them.

    • Hotchner: (discussing Reid) Isn't it amazing he knows what he knows, and he's only 24?
      Gideon: (smiling) Imagine what he'll know by 50.

    • Elle: (seeing Reid having trouble blowing out the candles) I thought you were full of hot air, Reid.

    • Gideon: Someone else on the plane is a huge Skins fan.
      Reid: Who?
      Gideon: The only person in the world who calls you "Spence."

    • Morgan: God, I hate not having a plan. We're looking for a needle in a haystack here.
      Reid: Actually, it's more like we're looking for a needle in a pile of needles.
      Morgan: What?
      Reid: A needle would stand out in a haystack.

    • Reid: Do you think it's weird that I knew that ballad?
      Elle: Reid, I don't know how you know half the stuff you know, but I'm glad you do.
      Reid: Do you think that's why I can't get a date?
      Elle
      : Have you ever asked anyone out?
      Reid: (shifting his eyes) No.
      Ellie: That's why you can't get a date.

    • Elle: What kind of person knows this ballad? Are we looking for a literature
      professor?
      Reid: Anyone with an internet connection, actually. You should see what comes in when you type the word "death" into a search engine.
      Morgan: Reid, no wonder you can't get a date.

    • Gideon: French poet Jacques Rigaut said, "Don't forget that I cannot see
      myself, that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror."

    • Gideon: Rose Kennedy once said, "Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?"

  • NOTES (1)

    • The song played at the beginning of this episode was "Respect" by Aretha Franklin. The song heard at the closing was "Doctor My Eyes" by Jackson Browne.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Reid mentions Herbert Mullin as someone who killed people of completely varying ages, races and creeds.
      Herbert William Mullin was in and out of psychiatric facilities most of his life. In 1972-1973, in S. California, Mullins killed 13 people of different ages, races and creeds by various means at the urges of his schizophrenic hallucinations. The voices told him to kill in order to prevent earthquakes and tidal waves that threatened California.

    • The complete title of the ballad, Death and the Lady, is "The Great Messenger of Mortality or A Dialogue Betwixt Death and a Lady." When the lady is first approached, she does not recognize the speaker. Death must tell her who he is, and then challenges her, "have you not heard of me?" The killer is similarly focused on making sure people know who he is.

    • The killer in this episode is nicknamed the "Tommy Killer" after the rock opera Tommy by The Who. The killer glues his victims' eyes open, which reminded the authorities of the rock opera's recurring line, "See me, feel me, touch me."

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