Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 6

The Boogeyman

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU travels to Ozona, a small Texas community, to investigate the murders of children. Meanwhile, Elle is having readjustment issues after being shot, and Hotchner becomes worried about her when she misses a mandatory psych evaluation and isn't answering her cell phone.

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  • Elle makes a big decision.

    I thought it was an ok episode but was watching it more to see what happened with Elle after she shot the rapist on the previous episode When a child killer is killing in Texas the rest of the team go there and for most of it they think its Finnegan the man that apparently watches, hunts, kills and eats the kids but when he is found dead they knew it wasn't him In the end they find the child killer to be a child and they have to rush to save a girl when he chases her with a baseball bat but Gideon comes to her rescue and grabs the kid with the baseball bat It was right at the end when Elle makes a big decision to leave knowing Hotch knew what she had done but had no choice really and when Elle walks out Hotch says to himself that he will miss her.moreless
  • A good episode

    all I really have to say is I'm really glad she left the show, never felt Elle really fit in and hated the way she said Hotch lol
  • Who's watching the children becomes even more frightening when you realise that the children aren't even safe with each other.

    Ozona, Texas is a small town where everybody knows everybody else so when children start dying it is incredibly difficult for the locals to accept that one of their own must be responsible for the young bodies found battered to death in the woods.

    With the body count at three over a very short period of time, the BAU check all viable possibilities and come up with nothing except an old man from an equally old house who is a local legend of whom the children are all frightened. Talking to the children, Morgan tells them to use 'The Buddy System' - to never be alone and make sure somebody always knows where they are. A five o' clock curfew is imposed on the kids but there is still more death.

    When the old house is searched and meals for the elderly are found there but the corpse of the owner is found in the woodlands, the team have a suspect, the school guidance counsellor whose prints are all over the trays containing the lunch but he is not the killer, the killer, in many ways is far more terrifying as you will see when you watch this episode.

    On a sad note, Lola Glaudini left the show in this episode when her character of Elle Greenaway found that the job was simply too much for her following the home invasion and shooting from Season One and so we await a new agent and wonder how the team will progress from here?

    An average episode with a couple of good points, particularly from Shemar Moore and Lola Glaudini as their characters struggled with the evil of hunting and child killer and trying to function when evil has already invaded your life.moreless
  • This is when 'pure evil' would become an understatement.

    This was a terrific episode of Criminal Minds! The case that the team was einvestigating was really interesting, involving abductions, murder, children and even a local haunted house!

    The case was exceptional! I didn't foressee the ending. I personally had guessed that it would be the two boys who were telling the myth, but not the other boy!

    Certinaly I thought the kid was very sick. However, the unpredictability was the best part of the episode, other than learning Reid's fear of darkeness, and the funny moment with JJ telling Morgan and Reid a fictitius ghorror story!

    Overall, a terrific episode! It was dark, yet brilliant and unpredictable, not to mention it had its funny moments. Sad to see Lola Glaudini leave the show, and farewell to her character, Elle Greenaway, but considering how amazing her to-be replacement is, it isn't such a sad farewell.

    Keep it up, Criminal Minds, and this would have to be my favorite episode of the season so far, aside from the premiere.moreless
  • A chilling tale about a serial child killer and a confused BAU Agent.

    This episodes is one the most interesting episodes. There are many twists and turns. I think the thing that caught my eye to watch was that it in volved children. The part I really didn't like involved Elle and Hotchner. I think that they should have dedicated a little bit more time to them and made it more clear on what was happening with her,rather than trying to play it off with little segments. I think the most that caught my eyes when watching this episodes when you learn that not an adult was killing the children, but rather a child themslef was killing the children.moreless
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Morgan: You really are afraid of the dark.
      Reid: I'm working on that.
      Morgan: You should work a little harder.

    • Coroner: At first blush it looks like Joe Finnegan died of natural causes.
      Reid: His heart probably gave out while he was setting this (holds up a bear trap).
      Coroner: Yeah, karma's a bitch. These coyotes were gnawing on him for a week.

    • Garcia: This is true. All complaints filed were false alarms, but then there is that matter of his missing wife.
      Reid: Wife? What wife? When did she go missing?
      Garcia: Almost 50 years ago.
      Reid: No record of her ever being found?
      Garcia: I got two words for you, my friend, Rear Window. That guy probably chopped that lady up into delicious, bite-little pieces. Think about it. She may never have left the premises.
      Reid: Garcia, I'm sitting in the dark alone. Thanks.
      Garcia: While you're waiting for a potential murderer to come home? Kind of dangerous. Kind of sexy.

    • Garcia: Reid, seriously, people that go inside that house never come out. Spoooky.
      Reid: Garcia, could you at least pretend not to enjoy that rumor so much since I have actually entered that house?

    • JJ: The woods were the only thing I was afraid of when I was a kid.
      Morgan: Seriously? I thought you grew up in a small town.
      JJ: Yeah... surrounded by woods.

    • Reid: Did you guys hear that Elle was cleared?
      Morgan: Self-defense.
      Reid: So it was a good shoot?
      JJ: Well, she hit what she was aiming for.
      Reid: That's not what I meant.
      JJ: I know.

    • Gideon: Why'd you hurt those kids?
      Jeffrey Charles: Because I wanted to.

    • Morgan: (discussing Elle) She almost died. I'd be drinking, too.

    • Morgan: (looking at hunting trophies in Finnegan's house) When this is all said and done, I'd like to hang his head on my wall.

    • Morgan: (about being afraid as a child) The only thing I was afraid of was the dark.
      Reid: Some of us still are.

    • Elle: (saying goodbye to Hotch) You know, when I first joined the team, I couldn't figure out why you never, ever smile. Now I think I'm actually gonna miss that.
      Hotchner: (after Elle has walked away) I'm gonna miss you too.

    • Morgan: (after he and Reid learn the story JJ told them wasn't true) JJ, that was pretty good. Just know that paybacks are a bitch.
      JJ: I'm shakin'.

    • Morgan: Yeah, Reid, why are you still afraid of the dark?
      Reid: Because of the inherent absence of light.

    • Gideon: Unopened bowls of creamed spinach thrown into the trash, each one wrapped with duct tape.
      Reid: One with each tray.
      Morgan: So we're looking for a guy who really, really, hates spinach.
      Reid: Who doesn't?

    • Elle: I really wanted to be a part of the team.
      Hotchner: You were.
      Elle: But when I needed the team, I was all alone. I was alone in the one place that I have the right to feel safe, and that's my home.

    • Hotchner: Plato said, "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."

  • NOTES (2)


    • Garcia: I have two words for you, sweetie: Rear Window. He probably chopped her up into little bite-sized pieces.

      Rear Window is a 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. The plot involves a photographer who is confined to a wheelchair with an injury and starts spying on his neighbors. He begins to suspect that one of them has murdered his wife and dismembered her.

    • Reid: Ted Bundy killed women who looked like a girlfriend who jilted him.

      Most of Ted Bundy's victims were young women with long brown hair and were similar in appearance to his ex-fiance. Bundy admitted to killing more than 30 women between 1973 and 1978, although the real number is unknown. He was executed in Florida in 1989.

    • Garcia: Finnegan's house on the hill is like the Bates Motel of Ozona, Texas.

      This was an obvious reference to Alfred Hitchcock's classic horror movie Psycho. The Bates Motel was run by the insane Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and it was the site of Janet Leigh's famous shower scene.

    • Boogeyman is the title of a 2005 horror movie directed by Stephen Kay and starring 7th Heaven actor Barry Watson.