Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 14

Riding the Lightning

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 2006 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • Morgan: Well, she doesn't talk now, she's gonna take that story with her to "Old Sparky."

      The electric chair in this episode is called "Old Sparky." This was the name officially given to the electric chair in at least seven states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia. Florida's chair was said to have been built from an old gallows; in its latter years it was notorious for setting its victims on fire. "Old Sparky" is sometimes also used to refer to electric chairs in general and not any specific one.