Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 12

Profiler, Profiled

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 13, 2006 on CBS
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Morgan is arrested as a serial killer after he goes home to Chicago to visit his family. Because the detective making the arrest had used a profile provided by Gideon, the team travels to Chicago to help the local authorities find the real killer and exonerate Morgan.moreless

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  • Very good episode but...

    One thing did not make much sense. They arrested Carl once he admitted to Morgan in not so many words that he molested him as a child... They had just said a minute earlier that the statute of limitations was long since up and absolutely no evidence points to Carl being the killer otherwise... so why was he arrested? Morgan on the other hand, had just escaped detention for multiple MURDERS to confront Carl... that is very much illegal, on top of the fact that nothing Carl said eliminated Morgan as a suspect. I guess that as good as the episode was as a whole, the ending was rushed and pretty random. Still an interesting one.moreless
  • Morgan is suspected of being a serial killer.

    This was a superb episode when Morgan finds himself in trouble after being suspected of being a serial killer who has killed three boys As the episode goes further it points to Morgan more and more when the officer who arrested Morgan got his profile from Gideon and it describes Morgan It was weird to see Gideon and Hotchner profiling Morgan but they found he is hiding something apart from his criminal record which they found The truth is known when Morgan escapes from custody and goes to find the man who he thinks killed the three boys Morgan goes to Carl Buford who is a local hero but he abuses children that he has helped through their childhood and we find out that Morgan was one of them The officers already in including Gideon and Hotchner hear everything and arrest Carl I never would've guessed that Morgan went through all that as a kid.moreless
  • Such a powerful message should have been given a better backdrop.

    What do you really know about the people you work with? In a job like profiling, it must be difficult not to automatically try to analyze one another. Morgan has apparently been able to avoid the curiosity of his fellow profilers with his friendly, seemingly open personality. Sadly, there’s more to the story.

    The character of Morgan was consistent, and wonderfully written and acted in this episode. He spoke and acted just like someone who had experienced child sexual abuse would – he was defensive and deeply protective of the privacy of his past. He was also appropriately appalled that someone he had worked so closely with for so long, Hotch, would suspect him even for a moment. His violent reaction to the name of his molester, and Hotch’s continual digging into his past, was visceral – even before we knew his history, we saw that Morgan had been deeply hurt. And the scene at the youth center with James was very touching. The ultimate confrontation between Morgan and his abuser couldn’t have been better.

    Unfortunately, the writers didn’t couch this revelation of Morgan’s character into a better episode. If, for even one second, the viewers could have believed that Derek had actually committed these crimes, it might have worked. If the circumstances of his expungement, his arrest, and his miraculous escape from lock-up weren’t so ridiculous, it might have worked. If the character of the police detective wasn’t so one-dimensional, it might have worked. It is a shame that such a powerful message had to be expressed within a weakly plotted story.moreless
  • How much do you really know about the people you work with and how much do you want them to know about you? Don't we all have secrets we don't want to share?moreless

    These are the questions brought to light in this very special episode of Criminal Minds. Shemar Moore is brilliant as Derek Morgan when he becomes the one his fellow team members have to profile. After being taken in for questioning in the murders of three boys, dating back 15 years, it becomes clear that Morgan is hiding something. While he tries in vain to keep the team from digging into his past, the team is determined to help him. While the team is hesitant to pry into Morgan's past, they must in order to provide that help. As the facts of his past come to light we see a huge part of what makes Morgan who he is. We see the possible life he would have lived had he not gotten a helping hand from a mentor at the community center. We also see the high price he had to pay for that help, having been sexually abused by this mentor as a child. In the end, the truth comes out, and we see the emotions play across Morgan's face with a painful intensity that makes this such an outstanding performance. The rest of the cast is superb in their respective roles, but it is Shemar's performance that really sets this episode apart.moreless
  • Review

    Very emotional episode that make you look at Morgan in an all new way. Learning about a characters past is something that standalone shows often cannot do - but Criminal Minds continues to distance itself from the pact if it keeps coming out with powerful episodes like these. Loved the episode from beginning to end and I couldnt believe it when the credits rolled, the episode seemed to have just started when it ended. Loved the conversation between Morgan and the young boy at the end that reminded him of himself. That was one of the most powerful scenes in the series, with Morgan finnaly telling someone about what happened to him when he was a young boy. I like the fact that Morgan has never told anyone in his life about what had happened, it made it seem like it was the primary factor that caused him to want to live a better life. I also enjoyed the scenes between Morgan and Hotcher, considering that Hotcher was really the only one that called Morgan a suspect. Liked the scene when Morgan flipped out when Hotchner kept on digging into his past, a very emotional and gripping scene to see Morgan change from one extreme to the other. One of the best episodes in the entire series.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 (5)

    • Throughout the episode, it was stressed that Morgan found the first boy in 1991 at the age of 15. Now, 15 years later that would put his age at 30. However, from records pulled by Garcia, Morgan's D.O.B. is listed as June 6, 1973, which would put his age at 33.

    • Morgan lost his father at the age of 10.

    • In this episode we find out Morgan was molested as a child.

    • It is revealed that Morgan had a full athletic scholarship and graduated cum laude from Northwestern Law, where he was the star quarterback. He severely injured his left knee in his sophomore year and never played again.

    • It is revealed Reid has a passion for performing magic tricks.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Morgan: You trying to say something to me right now.
      Gideon: Only if you're hiding something you need to trust us. Trust us enough to tell us about it.
      Morgan: Gideon. It's not about trust. It's about having a little privacy. I got the right to keep something to myself. Look at us, man, we practically live together already.

    • Carl Buford: (as he's being arrested) Wait. Wait. Derek, isn't there something you can do for me?
      Morgan: You go to hell.

    • Carl Buford: Are you saying I had nothing to do with making you who you are?
      Morgan: No, Carl, actually I'm saying that you had everything to do with making me who I am. Because of you I'm somebody who gets to spend the rest of his life making sure that guys like you go down.

    • Morgan: Call me Agent Morgan.
      Det. Gordinski: You'll always just be Derek to me.
      Morgan: And you'll always be a racist son-of-a-bitch to me.

    • JJ: (discussing evidence against Morgan) This is all just coincidence.
      Det. Gordinski: Heck of a lot of coincidences.
      Prentiss: It's purely circumstantial.
      Det. Gordinski: So is a fingerprint.

    • Gideon: (discussing Morgan) I don't like them calling him a suspect.
      Hotchner: Neither do I.

    • Reid: Actually, law enforcement officials are just as probable statistically to commit a crime as anyone else. You look at the cross-section of a society there's a general population and a small fraction of this percentage.
      Prentiss: He's not actually saying he believes Derek is involved in this.

    • Hotchner: (discussing Morgan) Since when is a criminal history of a suspect not relevant?
      Gideon: You just called him a suspect.

    • Morgan: The FBI invented this stuff, you simple bastard. We teach it.

    • Hotchner: Physics magic?
      Reid: Yes, sir.
      Hotchner: Reid, we talked about this.
      Reid: I'm sorry, sir.
      Hotchner: Really starting to get some distance on those (turns away smiling).

    • Carl Buford (to Morgan): I never hurt you. You could have said no.

    • Hotchner: We can't have people on this team who have secrets.
      Gideon: Hotch, we all have secrets. Would you want us profiling you?

    • Reid: 'One begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.' It's one of Sherlock Holmes' favorite quotes.

    • Det. Gordinski: Did you get some sleep?
      Morgan: You know I didn't.
      Det. Gordinski: Slept like a baby, myself. Didn't even want to get out of bed.
      Morgan: Really? So that wasn't your donut eatin' ass on the other side of that glass all night then, huh?

    • Morgan: "All secrets are deep, all secrets become dark. That's in the nature of secrets." Writer, Cory Doctorow.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Notation after opening credits of this episode: All secrets are deep, all secrets become dark, that's in the nature of secrets. Writer: Cory Doctorow

      Doctorow (1971) is a Canadian writer and a strong advocate of liberalizing copyright laws. His novels are released under Creative Commons licenses, allowing for the electronic editions to be circulated freely, provided they are not used for profit or to create derived works.

    • Reid: "One begins to twist facts… "

      This quote can be attributed to both The Sign of Four, and Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: "I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."