Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 14

The Big Game

8
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 04, 2007 on CBS
8.9
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In this special two-part episode, the BAU is called to investigate after a wealthy couple is murdered in their home following a Super Bowl party. The team pursues what they believe might be multiple killers who use webcams to record murders and upload the tapes on the internet. Hotchner, Morgan and Prentiss soon discover the unsub is actually one man with multiple personalities. As they close in on the killer, Reid faces a life-threatening situation.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A religious killing team proves to be just one man.

    9.0
    The first of a two part episode has made me excited about watching the next one when what was believed to be a religious killing team posting videos on a sight and calling the police before the murders are committed In the call to the police there is three different voices but it actually turns out to be one killer and he believes he is three people its JJ and Reed who identify him at his house but he knows that they know he is the killer so he runs leading JJ into the barn where the dogs attack her that killed a victim and Reed is attacked by the killer and part of him doesn't want to shoot Reed which is Tobias and the other does which is his father This is left on a big cliffhanger when JJ and Reed are both in danger.moreless
  • Tight. Tense. Tempting.

    10
    I had to look at this episode from two different perspectives: the first, as an episode for the long time fans of Criminal Minds, and the other as an episode designed to draw in new viewers. The time slot after the Superbowl is known as the time slot of a lifetime. The theory is that many millions of people have just watched the game, and haven’t had a chance to change the channel, and they are willing to try something new. What an opportunity for the best unadvertised show on television!



    For the dedicated CM fan, this episode gave us some things we really wanted. We got to see our team having fun together, letting their hair down, dancing, messing around. Even though Gideon didn’t “play well with others,” he got to relax doing what recharged his batteries. Then it was “to the Batmobile!” and the team is off to Georgia to try to catch the mission-based killers. The team interaction was great, and the unsub was played to the hilt by former teen-star Van Der Beek – who would have guessed he could be so creepy? And the cliff-hanger ending had what all fans who are honest with themselves are secretly hoping for: our team members are in a heap of trouble.



    For newbies the writers started off gently, leading the audience down the profiling pathway, and introducing them to the particular terminology of the FBI BAU. There was enough explanation, but not too much. The plot was simple but elegant, and although the crimes were some of the yuckiest and most visceral, you can certainly say that new viewers got an accurate depiction of what CM is about. All the characters were shown doing what they do best.



    It must have been hard to try to straddle that line – almost like writing another pilot without boring the diehard fans to death. From the casting to the tempo to the character development, CM pulled it off.moreless
  • JJ nearly gets eaten and Reid is kidnapped!!!!

    8.3
    I just loved this episode just on of the many reasons i watch Criminal Minds i think JJ should have been a little more hurt or more shaky i wish they would have more episode about JJ What does JJ stand for. I wish JJ and Reid would get together and then she finds out she;s preganant to Reid. that would be cool. I Gidoen he's cool he was in The Princess Bride did you know as Antigo Montorio or the Mexican dude who says "Hello my name is Antigo Montorio you killed my father prepare to die".well thats about all for now if you liked this one watch the one directly after this one. this one was an to Be continued.....moreless
  • The Behavioral Analysis Unit is composed of an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds and anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

    9.8
    Criminal minds is my favourite serial which i love. It is very exisiting and interesting. In this serial the actor who i love the most is Reid. He has amazing mind and it is incredible. And other actor is exisiting, wonderful, interesting and etc. This episode i think is one of the most episode which is a very special and it's name is serious "The Big Game". I love this serial and i think a lot of people think so. I want watch this serial every day. Criminal minds is the best serial which i now. So I want watch it!moreless
  • What an episode

    9.3
    I like the way this one was different - oh, first it had that two unsub not acting as the should storyline but I do not know - after those flashbacks to past, it was quite clear we only have one, with two voices in his head..



    That really looked like something poorly done if that should have been the main surprise of the episode but as it was not - maybe only a misslead if that or to give viewer a feeling they know what is going on - and then it all upside down in the end.



    The story was brutal - really bloody kills.. and that computer thing with web cams... really scary but an amazing storyline. But all the excitement in episode, the dynamic and motion.. it did not prepared me for the end - wow... With those few last minutes everything was turned upside down - it was not to know who is unsub but they point was we needed to know it.. in order the end to work. JJ walking into the barn with those killer dogs.. and Reid... oh.. excited about next episodemoreless
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

Edward Allen Bernero

Edward Allen Bernero

Man in Bar (uncredited)

Guest Star

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek

Tobias Hankel

Guest Star

Jim Nantz

Jim Nantz

Himself

Guest Star

Meredith Monroe

Meredith Monroe

Haley Hotchner

Recurring Role

Brian Appel

Brian Appel

Agent Anderson

Recurring Role

Gina Garcia Sharp

Gina Garcia Sharp

CSU Tech Agent Sharp

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Guest star James van der Beek and recurring star Meredith Monroe worked together previously on Dawson's Creek.

    • The website on which the videos of the murders were posted was www.tobitnet.com.

    • Casting director Gina Garcia Sharp appears in this episode as CSU Tech Agent Sharp.

    • The reference to the "Smithsonian Institute" in this episode should have been correctly referenced as the "Smithsonian Institution."

    • The first time viewers see Tobias at his computer screens, he is eating a bowl of Froot Loops.

    • The print Gideon is shown at the Smithsonian Institute is a hand-colored Audubon etching called The Mocking Bird. An important image with a rattlesnake, a mockingbird's nest, and yellow jessamine vine. The government-owned copy is housed at the National Gallery of Art, not the Smithsonian Institute as indicated in the episode.

    • The location for scenes in this episode was an abandoned newspaper building in Long Beach, California.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Reid: Actually, I, ah, really have to, um, you know, go.
      JJ: You do?
      Reid: For like 30 minutes.
      JJ: Why didn't you say something in the car?
      Reid: (to Tobias) Do you mind?
      Tobias: My father doesn't like it.
      Reid: Your father? You're like... 30.
      Tobias: At what age should one start disrespecting the wishes of their parents?

    • Dennis Kyle: Football is over until next year.
      Lacey Kyle: Which means I get Sundays with my husband back.
      Dennis Kyle: I already miss it.
      Lacey Kyle: Hey!

    • Prentiss: (to Morgan) Besides, is it really that hard for you to get your groove thang going again?
      Gideon: Only when he's sleeping.

    • Reid: Referring to oneself in the third person is not uncommon for an unsub. Ted Bundy gave thoroughly detailed accounts of his murders, but he never admitted doing them, he'd just say, "the killer."

    • Prentiss: (watching Morgan dance between two women) Hey, Morgan, be careful. The one in the back could take your wallet!
      Morgan: That's all right. I'll be a broke, happy man!

    • Morgan: Yeah, talk to me, Baby Girl.
      Garcia: Are you at the crime scene?
      Morgan: Yup.

    • Tobias: This is a warning, not a show. What's wrong with you people?

    • Morgan: The unsubs are right about one thing. The world is pretty screwed up.

    • Reid: You seem unhappy.
      Gideon: I am unhappy. I'm tired of people using religion... to justify the terrible things they do.

    • Gideon: Condemned murderer Perry Smith said of his victims, the Clutter family, "I didn't have anything against them, and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they're just the ones who have to pay for it."

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • JJ: (playing darts) Ooh, another one bites the dust!

      "Another One Bites The Dust" is the title of a 1980 song by Queen.

    • The references to Jezebel come from two different parts of the Bible. The quotes "I shall cast her into a bed," "I gave her space to repent of her fornications," and "she calleth herself a prophetess to teach and to seduce my servants" are from Revelations, Chapter 2. This "Jezebel" is believed to refer to anyone who leads people away from the true faith. The second quote by Tobias concerning Jezebel being eaten by dogs is from 2 Kings 9, describing the historical queen, Jezebel, who has turned the Kingdom of Israel from worshipping God to worshipping Baal. Her fate is to be hurled out a window, and then her body is left to be eaten by dogs.

    • Reid: In the case of Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, Perry was the subservient personality.

      This is a reference to Richard Hickock and Perry Smith and their murder of the Clutter family, when the agents are discussing team killers. The murder happened in Kansas in 1959. Truman Capote detailed the murders in his book In Cold Blood.

    • Reid: An alien entity, Sargon, takes over Kirk's body...

      During the bar scene, Reid challenges people to ask him about Star Trek episodes so that he can tell them the plot, identify the alien races in the episode, and quote Dr. McCoy. There are several Star Trek series, but the one being discussed here is the original.

      The episode that is the main topic of discussion is episode 49/2-20, "Return to Tomorrow," which aired on February 9, 1968.

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