Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 22

The Fisher King (1)

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 10, 2006 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Hotchner says he joined the theater club the day after he received his yearbook in his junior year of high school and he became the fourth pirate in the play. Because yearbooks are rarely handed out until the last week of classes, it is unlikely the theater club would be staging a play, much less accepting new actors for a production.

    • Thomas Gibson and guest star Jane Lynch worked together previously on the episode Play Lady Play of Dharma & Greg.

    • Haley was in the tenth grade when SSA Hotchner met her and her maiden name was Brooks.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Gideon grew up in Chicago and was a White Sox fan.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Reid's mother had been committed to a sanitarium with paranoid schizophrenia and she had been a professor of 15th century literature at one time.

    • JJ tells the team that Frank Giles lives in Arlington, Virginia, only four miles away from Quantico. Arlington is approximately 35 miles away from Quantico.

    • This episode reveals that Gideon is quite the cook and has a penchant for '40s and '50s era music (as did his character Rube Sofer in Dead Like Me).

    • This episode reveals how SSA Hotchner met his wife, Haley. At the end of his junior year, he accidentally walked in on a theater club rehearsal where he saw her. He subsequently joined the theater group so he could meet her, knowing they would one day marry.

    • It is revealed in this episode that JJ collected butterflies as a child.

  • Quotes

    • Garcia: (angrily over the phone to Morgan when he asks for information) The information superhighway is closed. Someone had the nerve to run a black hat op into my computers, Morgan. They hacked me, okay? But you can bet your sweet ass I will find them. I've got honeypot farms hidden behind UML kernel data packets and a first generation honeynet I personally programmed. My snort-log lists every visitor, every server request, every keystroke of this entire network. If I have to back-hack his IP all the way to the freakin' stone age I will find this son of a bitch, okay? So, bye!

    • Hotchner: Hey, don't knock family. I'm gonna get nothing but for the next 336 hours.
      Morgan: Hmm, good for you.
      : Haley's got a list of chores a mile long and I can't wait. The biggest decision I gotta make is what I'm gonna do first.
      Elle: I bet you she has a thought or two about that as well.
      Hotchner: Bring it on.

    • Gideon: I'll be lost in a cabin in the woods for the next two weeks. Do not call me for anything. Have a great time. You all deserve a break. Seriously, don't...don't call.

    • Gideon: I needed a place where I didn't have to know what was out there, where I could close my eyes and not see bodies torn to pieces, or hear children calling out for help. That cabin was the only thing I had left and this guy took it away from me.

    • Gideon: (reviewing the evidence) I got a Nellie Fox baseball card from 1963 and I got a head in a box.
      Elle: I got the decapitated body and a nice visit to the Jamaican police headquarters.

    • JJ: (Talking about the incredible Sir Kneighf) Please tell me you don't have a crush on a fictional character.
      Garcia: He's not fictional. He's the online alter-ego of a real person.
      JJ: Mm-hmm, but you don't know anything about him, or even if he is… a him.
      Garcia: Look, we meet online at specified times that he is never late to. We spend hours adventuring and chatting during which time I have his undivided attention and he lavishes me with flattery. When was the last time you had a date go that well?
      JJ: See if he's got a fictional brother.

    • Morgan: Well, you all right there, Greenaway?
      Elle: Go away.
      Morgan: See you tomorrow?
      Elle: Afternoon.
      Guy: Afternoon?
      Elle: Don't speak.

    • Elle: (after Reid explains the medieval significance of the word "none") Reid, do not ever go away again!

    • Jamaican Cop: Where is the victim's head?
      Elle: Well, I must have dropped it on my way in here.

    • Morgan: (about Reid) He look OK to you?
      Elle: He looks about the way I would if I was gonna spend two weeks with my family.

    • Unsub: (on videotape) You will all understand in the end why it must be this way. You might even thank me.
      Elle: Don't hold your breath, scumbag.

    • Gideon: Writer Elbert Hubbard said, "No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one."

  • Notes

    • Closed captioning identifies the music played by the music box as "Forellen Quintet." "Forellenquintett" is the German title of Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet.

    • Amanda Bernero, the actor who portrayed Rebecca Bryant in this episode, is Ed Bernero's daughter and she also works as a researcher for the show.

    • "In the Mood" by Glenn Miller plays while Gideon prepares dinner. "You Go to My Head" by Billie Holiday plays while Gideon and Doris dance. "The Trout Quintet, Op. 114: IV - Tema, Andantino" by Franz Schubert plays on the music box. "Death Whispered a Lullaby" by Opeth plays during the ending montage while Elle goes home.

      Note: Opeth's song was replace by vocal stock music in the US DVD version of the episode.

  • Allusions

    • Reid explains that, in medieval times, the day was broken up into hourly intervals called the Canonical Hours, or the Breviary. The complete list of Liturgical Hours (with accompanying prayers) is Lauds, the first hour – prayers to be said at sunrise, then Prime at 6:00 AM, Terce at 9:00 AM, Sext at Noon, None at 3:00 PM, Vespers at 6:00 PM and Compline, the last of the waking hours, at 9:00 PM. There are also hours of the night, called Matins.

    • Reid gives his mother a book by Margery Kempe, which was described as one of Kempe's lesser works. However, Margery Kempe only wrote one book, which was lost until 1934.

      Margery Kempe was born around 1373 and died after 1438 in Norfolk, England. She is famous for The Book Of Margery Kempe, which she wrote about her pilgrimages and persecution. It is widely considered to be the first autobiography in the English language.

    • Hotchner: (looking at the broadsword left in Giles' body) …maybe the light from here casts a shadow and points to something.
      Elle: Come on. Are we in the middle of a Indiana Jones movie?

      This is a reference to the Indiana Jones movie trilogy, with Harrison Ford in the title role. The final movie was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In one scene he is looking for the entrance to catacombs in a library. He finds it by using the reflection of the sun through a stained glass window with the crucified Christ.

    • The "Fisher King" is a character from Arthurian legend that is usually a protector of the Holy Grail. The Fisher King is often depicted as being wounded in the legs or groin, restricting his. This impotence is transferred to his land, and the Kingdom becomes barren.

      In one of the many versions of the legend, Perceval is told not to ask questions (the unsub in this episode tells the team not to ask for help). He later finds out that, if he had asked the right question, the Fisher King would have been healed.

    • The episode title may be an allusion to the 1991 Terry Gilliam film, The Fisher King, starring Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges. The plot surrounds two characters, each the victim, in different ways, of pride, and how one involves the other on his quest for the Grail — in this case forgiveness.

    • The words "All Work And No Play" that appear over and over on the monitors Garcia is watching are a reference to the 1977 Stephen King novel and 1980 Stanley Kubrick film, The Shining. In it, Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson in the movie), works obsessively on writing a novel, but all he actually writes is, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" repeatedly.

    • Aaron Hotchner reminisces with his wife about appearing in the Gilbert & Sullivan musical The Pirates of Penzance as "the worst fourth pirate ever."