Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 2

The Angel Maker

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After a series of murders in Lower Canaan, Ohio, is connected to a serial killer who had been executed a year ago, the BAU must find the link to the current crimes.

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  • In my opinion, this was much better than the season opener. It was good to see the writers pick up their game and put together such a good episode.

    There is a copycat killer on the loose in Ohio. This person is imitating the crimes of an executed serial killer known as 'The Angel Maker' who raped and murdered women as well as leaving oddly shaped puncture wounds in their stomachs.

    On the anniversary of the execution of the killer, the crimes start again. The BAU are called in and realise that they are dealing with a copycat who is just as deadly as the original. The big twist (and the major problem) for the team is that semen samples recovered from the victims match exactly those of the dead killer. How is this possible? Could it be that the rumours that the execution of the killer was botched are actually true and that he has survived and is killing again or is there some other more sinister explanation for what has occurred?

    Terrific episode with enough twists to satisfy we viewers who enjoy this show so much.moreless
  • Great episode...kept me hooked till the end

    A pretty great episode all around. I enjoyed the storyline. It was very interesting, eerie and had a bunch of turns that kept me entertained (i would list some of them, but i dont want to give anything away). The only problem i found is that the team received a big clue when Morgan and Prentiss looked at the stars. it was too random and lucky for the team to to catch the killer based on two members looking at the stars. Other than that, i was thoroughly entertained and i would recommend this episode to any Criminal Minds fan.

    This episode earns a 9 out of 10.moreless
  • Another Great Installment, it was a nice twist, kept you guessing, it showed u how far some people will go!!

    In this ep, the real serial killer is dead, but not buried as everyone thinks. His lover, which this guy seemed to have plenty of, was the one finishing off his killing, based on the constellations in the sky!! It was a bit unoriginal, but their spin on it was great, it wasn't the samething over and over. And, the sad thing is somewhere in America something like this happened, it was still edge of your seat, nail biting action. This episode proved it can handle just about anything. It also showed how someone's love can go too deep and the dominate person can take over the submissive one.moreless
  • Very Good. (SPOILERS!!)

    The main storyline was good, although i knew it was a copycat and not the original killer it was still done very well and it was quite subtle.

    I was glad to see that they kept up with Hotch's progress with his ears. It was quite revealing and a really good storyline. Seeing his face when he was talking to the doctor was soo cute as you could see how he was desperate to get back to work. It will be good to see what happens next with it. I hope they continue with this storyline.

    That's All!

    p.s Spencer's hair was Awesome!moreless
  • Can the dead really come back to life?

    No, but an obsessed woman can finish what a psycho started. I really enjoyed this script and the side script about Aaron still recovering from his injuries. I did notice the absence of JJ, which is understandable, but she's pregant not contagious. The pretense that this small town is gripped with fear, justifably, was great. The missing body from the coffin was a interesting twist as well as the interview conducted with the doctor present at the execution. Overall, the reason behind the killings was creative as well as the trigger for this woman to complete what was starter by the object of her obsession.moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Patrick St. Esprit

Patrick St. Esprit

Sheriff Merrill Dobson

Guest Star

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles

Chloe Kelcher

Guest Star

Blake Lindsley

Blake Lindsley

Shara Carlino

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Reid explains the binary code, the alphabet is shown with each corresponding binary code (A = AAAAA). However, C = AAABB was used when it should have been C = AAABA.

    • Just before the first murder, as the soon-to-be victim goes to bed, there is a glimpse of her alarm clock. The clock reads "11:06" (presumably night-time because it is dark outside), and below the date the clock reads "Tuesday." Time passes and the clock reads "1:13" (presumably early morning because it is still dark), but the clock still reads "Tuesday" below the time.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • JJ: Anyone need directions back to the air strip?
      Morgan: Town's only got one road. We'll find it.
      Prentiss: Yeah, Morgan doesn't like to follow directions. You didn't know those things?
      Reid: Yeah, he likes to 'vibe it.'
      Morgan: Okay, smartass, you drive. (throws the car keys to Reid)
      Prentiss: Oh, great.
      : Sweet.

    • Rossi: She did everything she could to deny the truth.
      Sheriff Merrill Dobson: What? That he was a killer?
      Rossi: That they'd never be together.

    • Rossi: They have parachutes on board, right?
      Reid: They should, it's standard on all federal air transport.
      Rossi: Maybe we can give one to the elephant in the room, get him out of here?

    • Rossi: (regarding the code) What do you need to crack it?
      Reid: The ability to clone myself and a year's of supply of Adderall.
      Rossi: I'll put on the coffee.

    • Morgan: (as Hotch closes his eyes in obvious pain aboard the BAU jet) Hotch?
      Hotchner: Yeah.
      Morgan: You have been cleared to fly, haven't you?

    • Morgan: So it's a binary code?
      Reid: Yeah. Bacon used a 21-letter alphabet - this one's 24. Each letter's assigned a bit string of five binary digits. This combination yields 32 possible encodings. Normally, you'd use a computer to run all these combinations, but it was quicker just to do it longhand until I found the right one.
      Prentiss: (stares and then pokes Reid on the right cheek) He's so lifelike!

    • Prentiss: Hey, you ever get groupies at your book signings?
      : Sometimes. If Barry Manilow isn't in town.
      Prentiss: Any of them look like that? (hands Rossi a photo) Shara Carlino. She visited Ryan over 70 times.
      Rossi: Waits an average of three hours for a 10-minute visit... mandatory strip search. Would you endure that for a guy?
      Prentiss: For Barry Manilow maybe.

    • Morgan: Reid, you're not seriously floating around the idea of an evil twin, are you?
      Reid: No, I'm not. I'm floating the idea of an eviler twin. Traditionally, the concept is a good twin and an evil twin. But in this case it's evil twin, eviler twin.

    • Hotchner: "We all die. The goal isn't to live forever. The goal is to create something that will." Chuck Palahniuk.

    • Hotchner: Wendell Berry said, "The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it."

  • NOTES (1)