Criminal Minds

Season 7 Episode 10

The Bittersweet Science

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 14, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Rossi: (discussing Beth with Hotch) Is she cute?
      Hotchner: Yes, she is, but I need to be focused on my training. I don't need to be distracted.
      Rossi: Yes, you should be. Distracted is good. What's her name?
      Hotchner: Beth.
      Rossi: I like it. And you know what they say about riding a bicycle.
      Reid: Who's getting a bicycle?
      Hotchner: Nobody.

    • Reid: You know, statistically, widowed men start dating much faster than females, but Hotch is refuting the data. It's been two years and 19 days.
      Garcia: Venus has aligned with Mars, which means love is in the air and maybe we will have weekends off.
      Morgan: (sees Hotch and clears throat to warn Garcia)
      Garcia: What? Is he standing there? He's standing there, isn't he?
      Hotchner: Hello, Garcia.

    • Prentiss: We saw the bodies, all of them have stress breaks in the same places.
      Rossi: That's consistent with years of fight training.
      Hotchner: Fight training. You think he's a boxer?
      Rossi: It makes sense. A fighter would have the endurance it takes to commit this kind of overkill on this many people with a pipe or with his hands.
      Morgan: It would explain why at the first crime scene he lined the bodies up in the corner, like in the ring.
      Hotchner: It makes sense about the bloodlust, but what triggered the killings?

    • Morgan: Penelope, how's the greatest computer tech this side of the Mississippi?
      Garcia: Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee, Garcia's going to find what only her screens can see, what do you need?

    • Hotchner: "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die." Joe Louis

    • Hotchner: Hermann Hesse wrote, "People think it is holding on that makes you stronger, but sometimes it's letting go."

  • Notes

    • The song heard in this episode was "Turn a Light On" by Kathryn Calder.

    • The title of this episode was a modification of the boxing term, "sweet science." The change was made because the story was so sad.

  • Allusions