Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 18

The Crossing

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 07, 2008 on CBS
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The team members try to identify a stalker before he can attack a woman who is being stalked in Silver Spring, Maryland. Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi are called as consultants on a possible battered woman syndrome murder case in Boston.

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  • The BAU try to stop a stalker from causing a woman harm.

    Normally the BAU are investigating a case when there is a victim but this time they have a chance to stop that when a woman demands their help after she has been stalked from 600 miles I can't believe the stalker followed her all that way because she said whoops in a shop In the end the stalker got to her but JJ told her if the stalker got to her she had to play along and act like she actually likes him and it works because his guard was down and Morgan was able to arrest him.moreless
  • Two cases for the BAU to investigate at once. One, a woman being stalked and the other, a case where a woman has shot her sleeping husband.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the concept of the team splitting up and taking on two cases, in fact, in theory, it could have been very effective - if the script had managed to have any credibility ...

    A woman is being charged with murder after shooting her husband. There are claims of spousal abuse, but she has none of the bruises or breaks which normally accompany such allegations. To make matters worse, her two children are very much on the side of their dead father, claiming that their mother was a terrible cook, housekeeper, wife and mother and extolling the virtues of dad who was extremely patient and gentle with her, considering that she could never get anything right ...

    Meanwhile, another woman has a major problem too. She has been stalked for a long time and across several states by a man who simply won't give up. Gifts, photographs and all the usual creepy things expected from a stalker are exhibited here and when he sends photographs which clearly show he is changing his appearance to look as much like her boyfriend as possible, the team know that he is clearly a very dangerous character.

    My problem with this episode was the fact that I felt no sympathy or connection whatsoever for the stalking victim, in fact, I didn't like her at all and so, I found myself not really caring what happened to her. I wasn't at all invested in her fate. The OTHER woman who had killed her 'devoted' husband was far more interesting than the stalking victim but the female cop who seemed determined to send her to prison really got up my nose.

    Bad writing, boring storyline and unsympathetic characters do not a good episode make. I can't findmuch to recommend this one.moreless
  • A woman is being stalked, but can the BAU help her?

    This episode opens with a woman picking up her dry cleaning. When she gets home she finds flowers on the door stop and a note. There is a photo inside she freaks and runs back into her car and rings someone. She says he's back again. Rossi & Hotch are not involved in this case as they are at a conference. They (Rossi & Hotch) go to see a woman named Audrey, who killed her husband and claimed it was battered woman syndrome. Garcia finds that there is no record of Audrey, except for her birth and wedding certificate. When then see Kerry (the woman who found the note and freaked) as she goes to see JJ and Emily. She gives JJ a list of names and tells her that those are the people you will be calling when you find me dead. We then see man with huge photo collection of Kerry on his wall. We learn that every photo her stalker sends to her is of one of his body parts such as his arm. The team agree to take on the case. JJ admits to Emily that there was a similar case before and they didn't take it and the boyfriend threw acid in his girlfriends case. That case has been with JJ ever since. They go to see Kerry; they ask her to make a list of everyone she knows. She gets a call to say that there is another box outside her front door. Reid and Morgan try and find out who the stalker could be. He sent her new earrings that were his grandmothers. Audrey's kids don't believe her as they say that their father never hit her. If anything their mother was abusive towards him. They claim that their father always said that he loved kids more than wife.

    Kerry and her boyfriend Ryan are in their house and he hears one of the dogs barking and Ryan goes to check and finds the gate open. They say that only way to open gate is from inside so the stalker must have gone over the fence. The police tell the couple to go back inside and then there's a knock at the dog. We soon see that their dog is gone and that the stalker has taken him. The team then learn that the stalker is trying to make himself look like Ryan. Hotch and Rossi have a heart to heart about family and kids, about Audrey. Garcia finds out that Kerry went to a clinic for an abortion and Ryan didn't know, but he soon does when he overhears a conversation. Kerry sees her stalker across the street, and can soon remember seeing him everywhere.

    She goes to the BAU and then leaves there go to and see Ryan who is leaving for a few days. Rossi & Hotch learn that Audrey was physiologically abused by both children and husband. Kerry goes home and se Ryan outside, as she turns to go outside to see him, her stalker is facing her. HE takes her from the house through the back door. Hotch & Rossi learn that Audrey herself cleaned up the crime scene because her husband wouldn't have liked it to be seen like that to strangers. We then see the stalker with Kerry. We learn that he first saw Kerry at work. He says he knew from then that they were meant to be together. She suggests that they go for a walk and he seems happy to do so. He then cuts off her resultants. The FBI turn up as they are walking. Kerry talks him down and he puts his gun away. Back at the BAU Emily sees JJ asks her what's wrong, but she says nothing. Emily leaves she pulls out a bit of paper and she rings Will, and tells him that she's pregnant.moreless
  • Great episoed1! TERRIFIC ending!

    This was a highly interesting episode and one that was very well written and performed. I enjoyed the fact that there were two cases going on at the same time, and tht added another dimension to it, in my opinion, although it was obvious which case was being focussed on.

    The storyline was amazing, and I thought it was quite a freaky and terrifiying episode, which I enjoyed a lot. The ending was spectacular, and quite shocking and exciting, on my opinion.

    Overall, this is an episode that I would highly recommend, and I hope they keep this up in the future!moreless
  • good episode...

    The team split up on this episode to investigate two different cases. I like this idea because I think Hotch and Rossi are very interesting together. Their case was sad/creepy. A woman murdered her husband and she had a bad case of Stockholm Sindrome. She cleaned up the blood because her husband would hate others to see the house in a was so sad! The other case was ok - it was a woman that was being stalked. The woman and the stalker and the fiancee were interesting, JJ was annoying...and now she's pregnant. Crap. I hope they don't do something stupid with that. Overall, still a good episode.moreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Bonnie Root

Bonnie Root

Keri Derzmond

Guest Star

Jeffrey Pierce

Jeffrey Pierce

Ryan Scott

Guest Star

Barbara Eve Harris

Barbara Eve Harris

DA Eve Alexander

Guest Star

Brian Appel

Brian Appel

Agent Anderson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the scene where JJ and Emily are talking about bureaucratic red tape, they are seen entering the Bernero Brothers building.

    • JJ refers to a letter that Keri Derzmond wrote to the Silver Spring Police. Silver Spring, Maryland, is an unincorporated part of the county and doesn't have its own police department. There is a Silver Spring office of the Montgomery County Police Department, which is where Keri Derzmond would have contacted.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Rossi has been married three times.

    • The dry-cleaning store in the opening had bars on the window when viewed from the outside and no people waiting at the counter. In the interior shot, the windows had no bars, they had doubled in size, and there was now a line of people out the door.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Hotchner: Trust your instincts and experience. They're the best tools you have.

    • Sarah Henson: (about her mother) She's not bright.
      Hotchner: You mean she's mentally challenged.
      Sarah Henson: No, I mean she's stupid!
      Rossi: This is your mother we're talking about here.
      Sarah Henson: No, we're talking about a woman who killed the only real parent we've ever had.

    • JJ: (on the phone) Hey, it's me. Got a minute? Yeah, I'm fine... fine. Uh, we just really need to talk. I'm pregnant.

    • Rossi: (to Hotch) Happiness is easy to fake when you only have a split-second. You should see how many happy-looking photos I have of me with my exes.

    • Rossi: Hey, Hotch, what the hell do I know? The only people I've ever made happy were divorce lawyers.

    • JJ: Just because there isn't a dead body doesn't mean we shouldn't take the case.

    • Prentiss: Author Christian Nestell Bovee once wrote, "No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities."

    • JJ: Susan B. Anthony said, "A woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Although listed in the press release, Camden Singer (Hannah) and Courtney Henggeler (Jenna) did not end up as credited cast in the final cut that was broadcast.

    • It is revealed in this episode that SSA Jareau is pregnant. This storyline was written into the script because A.J. Cook is pregnant with her first child.


    • JJ tells Prentiss about a woman who was not granted a restraining order until after she was splashed in the face with acid. This is likely a reference to the recent high-profile case of Maria Djelaj, a Detroit woman who was murdered by her husband only a week after her request for a restraining order against him was denied.