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Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 15


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

In this conclusion of a special two-part episode, finding the serial killer becomes critical to the BAU when the team realizes Reid is being held captive and a live feed of him being tortured is shown on the internet. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Profoundly creepy ... the transference of evil from one to another

    This is an incredibly personal journey that Reid goes on. His demons from the past haunt him. In this way, he is like the unsub. Most fateful line: "Tell me it does not make it
  • Reid is held hostage by a dangerous and unpredictable killer.

    This was a fantastic second part to a two part episode with JJ escaping a dangerous situation when she was attacked by dogs but Reid had now where to go when he is kidnapped by the killer who is dangerous and has different personalities that makes him unpredictable Things get upsetting for the team when they are sent a live feed of Reid getting tortured and throughout the episode JJ blames herself for Reid's kidnapping When Reid was getting tortured it brought flashbacks of his childhood when his father walked out on him and when he had his mother sent away when he was 18 It was interesting to see Reid decide which of the team would be killed and he chose Hotch but it isn't how it looks when Hotch figures out it was to help them find his location and they do When Reed is about to be killed he manages to get the gun to shoot him before Reed is shot himself and the killers personality turns from the father to Tobias as Reed watches him die This was no doubt a ten in an impressive season.moreless
  • amazing episode

    this is the episode when reid became my fav character. best epi of the series so far.
  • LOVE IT!

    i can not express how much i love this episode its so suspenseful first time i watched this i was a mess of emotion i was happy, sad, confused, scared, hopeful, exited almost every emotion except for being bored no mater how many times i see this it the same!
  • Well done. When characters are this well developed, the viewers cannot help feeling their pain.

    Scary, dark, touching – what an episode. The writer kept the stress level ramped while giving us the best view of the real souls of these profilers we have ever seen. And. let’s face it, even though the plots are tight and involving, it’s the characters that keep us coming back for more. This episode had everything I wanted, except the scene we were all waiting for between Morgan and Garcia. JJ’s vulnerable response to her own situation was very realistic – much more so than most television characters’ one-dimensional reactions to horrors. Hotch was finally humanized, ending up, surprisingly, with the big emotional reunion with Reid that we would have expected from Morgan, or Gideon. The torture scenes were hard to watch – which should be a compliment to the actors and director. While I was hurting for poor Reid (and no one can show abject terror like Matthew Gray Gubler), Van Der Beek had me feeling almost worse for Tobias – the sad connection that grew between Reid and Tobias made the ending even more tragic. Having Reid “save himself” by shooting the man who had literally brought him back to life was an excellent solution that will only leave more internal scars for Reid to recover from. And the drugs? They were a way for Reid to escape from the torture for a moment during his ordeal. Clearly, his physical ordeal may be over, but his emotional/ psychological ordeal continues. On a more practical note, no one should stop taking Dilaudid cold turkey – the physical side-effects are much worse than a gradual withdrawal. Brilliant Reid will know this, and this could be a real rationalization for continuing to take the drugs. For a while.

    Gideon continues to make the hard decisions, and also pays the psychological price for the consequences to his team/family. I see another “major depressive episode” in his future.moreless
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

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Remy Thorne

Remy Thorne

Young Spencer Reid

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

Det. Farraday

Guest Star

Don Swayze

Don Swayze

Man in Black

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Diana Reid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the beginning of the episode, Prentiss and Morgan are talking to the sheriff, and they are standing in the pouring rain. When the angle changes to the sheriff's point of view, there is no sign of rain. Throughout the scene, the other characters don't have rain on their faces.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Reid's mother was first hospitalized when Reid was 18 years old.

    • It was revealed in this episode that Reid's father abandoned him and his mother when Reid was a young boy.

    • When Charles removes Reid's shoes to torture him, Reid's socks don't match. Matthew Gray Gubler refuses to wear matching socks because he considers it bad luck. In fact, he sprained his ankle the last time he wore matching socks.

    • When Reid receives the beating from "Charles," both of his shirt sleeves are rolled down, as they would normally be. When Reid encounters the persona of "Tobias" for the first time, however, his right shirt sleeve is rolled up--much like it would be after "Tobias" injected him with the narcotic. Considering Reid's hands are bound in handcuffs to the chair he's sitting on, it's unlikely that he rolled up the sleeve himself.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Tobias: This will be over quickly if you just confess your sins.
      Reid: I'm not a sinner.
      Tobias: We're all sinners.

    • Hotchner: (desperately) We're not getting any closer.
      Gideon: Reid's brilliant. He'll figure out a way to survive.
      Hotchner: You know I always take advantage of Reid for his brain, but I never actually teach him how to deal with things emotionally.
      Gideon: You lead by example.
      Hotchner: What kind of example is that?
      Gideon: (solemnly) He'll make it.

    • JJ: We think Tobias Hankel may have murdered his father.
      Mickey Bates: Good for him!

    • Tobias: You came back to life. There can only be one of two reasons.
      Reid: I was given CPR.

    • William Reid: I'm not gonna have this conversation in front of him.
      Young Reid: Statistically, children who grow up in two-parent households attain three more years of higher education than children from single-parent households.
      William Reid: We're not statistics, Spencer.

    • Garcia: It's the internet, sir. Once something's out there, you can never take it back.
      Gideon: The entire history of man, you can never undo anything.

    • Hotchner: All right, everybody, right now, what's my worst quality? (silence from team)
      Hotchner: Okay, I'll start. I have no sense of humor...
      JJ: You're a bully.
      Hotchner: I'm a bully.
      Morgan: You can be a drill sergeant sometimes.
      Prentiss: You don't trust women as much as men.
      Hotchner: Okay, good. I'm all these things, but none of you said that I ever put myself above the team because I don't. Ever.

    • Morgan: Something weird's going on here.
      Det. Farraday: Ya think?

    • Garcia: Yes, but Reid's completely innocent.
      Morgan: If you search deep enough we all have our sins, including Reid.

    • Tobias: (while dying from the gunshot) You killed him.
      Reid: Tobias?
      Tobias: Do you think I'll get to see my mom again?
      Reid: I'm sorry.

    • Gideon: (to the webcam) Reid, if you're watching, you are not responsible for this. You understand me? He's perverting God to justify murder. You are stronger than him. He cannot break you.

    • JJ: Any more sign of Reid?
      Garcia: He just posted the last murder online. It had over 17,000 hits in the first 20 minutes.
      JJ: I wanna see it.
      Garcia: No, you don't.
      JJ: Don't tell me what I want and don't want. (Garcia looks at her in surprise). If I can't watch this, I have no business being in the field.
      Garcia: JJ, it's not a competition.
      JJ: I need to see it.
      Garcia: If you stop being affected by things you (pauses for a moment) lose parts of yourself, you know?

    • Reid: If you tell me where we are, my friends, will come and they'll save us.
      Tobias: We can't be saved.

    • JJ: I keep thinking the one thing we need to crack this case is, well, Reid.

    • Hotchner: Think of this house as a witness. If it could talk, what would it tell us?
      Garcia: My guess is, it would tell us to get the hell out.

    • Reid: You don't have to do this.
      Tobias: I'm just an instrument of God.

    • Hotchner: "There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins." Ecclesiastes 7:20

  • NOTES (2)

    • The song played at the beginning of this episode "Sympathy for the Devil" was suggested by Matthew Gray Gubler.

    • The song in the opening scene was "Sympathy for the Devil (Neptunes Remix)" by the Rolling Stones. The song heard at the end was "The Funeral" by Band of Horses.


    • Mickey Bates: His dad went Section 8.

      The term Section 8 used to refer to a military discharge that was issued for psychological reasons. The regulations are different now, but the expression is still a familiar way to describe insanity.

    • The angel Raphael does not appear in Bible canon, but does appear in the apocryphal Book of Tobit or Tobias, recognized by the Catholic Church. Raphael appears as a traveling companion of the young Tobias, protecting him from evil. He reveals himself as the Archangel Raphael at the end of the story. This story is also where we find Tobias burning fish hearts and livers to ward off the devil.

    • Gideon and Raphael refer to the seven archangels of the Book of Revelation. Revelation chapters 8 and 9 talk about the seven angels with the seven trumpets who bring tribulation to the earth. Raphael quotes Revelation 7:7 where the first angel brings hail and fire mixed with blood.

    • What Reid's mother reads to him is from Marcel Proust's Remembrances of Things Past, published in France between 1913 and 1927. This work discusses how a particular smell or sound can immediately take someone back to painful or happy memories.