Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 2

The Angel Maker

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • The songs heard in this episode were "The Funeral" by Band of Horses and "Jane Says" by Jane's Addiction.

  • Allusions