Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 22

The Internet Is Forever

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 19, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU travels to Idaho to profile a serial killer who is using the internet to find his victims on social networking sites in Boise.

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  • permanently scarred

    this show can be the best on the box at stages but for the writers and director to show lady's frozen and hooked is too far i agree with Patinkin with this sort of behavior been shown on tele i dont want to diss a show i like but there is a line of what your stomach can take on guts gore and morality
  • The BAU travel to Boise, Idaho to track down the killer of several women who appear to be linked by their activity on social networking sites.

    The safety or otherwise of people on social networking sites is regularly in the news as privacy settings are repeatedly hacked and violated. In this episode, Hotch and the team travel to Boise where several women have disappeared and are believed dead. The only connection between the victims is their internet activity, most particularly on social networking sites. All the victims are single women living alone and the team soon realise that the killer is hacking into their networks in order tolocate, stalk and murder them.

    The plot takes on a sinister twist when Garcia finds that the unsub is highly sophisticated in his use of the net and may prove very difficult, if not impossible to isolate due to his skill. When live feeds of murders begin appearing, it takes all of Garcia's talent to find the unsubs location in time to save the life of a recently kidnapped woman.

    This episode should be a 'must see' for all those who believe that social networking sites are safe havens to hang out when on the internet because they are not. Good to see some television with a social conscience. Using a popular program and its characters to relay a message is a great idea and let us hope that people will take notice.

    A terrific episode.moreless
  • The most amazing of storylines!

    This episode featured an absolutely amazing storyline. I loved the idea of a serial killer stalking killers off of Facebook and such sites. Definitely a good reality check though, and I really wouldn't want this to happy to anybody in real life!

    The episode was very well-executed, and I loved how there were many revelations right throughout the episode. They came to new conclusions right throughout the episode, with many new discoveries.

    Definitely Season 5 continues to be great, and I hope the season finale keeps that trend going. This episode was just amazing, and I can't wait to see some more! Fantastic efftort, Criminal Minds, and keep it up!moreless
  • One of the worst researched episodes yet.

    Criminal Minds usually holds a much higher standard than this episode. Some cut off writer must have acted out his own wet dream about computers in a total massacre of facts.

    Starting all the way from interpreting regular HTML/CSS design -code as a chat room code, to really awkward lies and myths about internet hacking and server bouncing.

    They even managed to pull one of the most idiotic myth classic of all time, "Garcia, can you magnify the [...pipe lines on the video]". Iiick! And this is 2009?

    This episode is almost as bad, research wise, as it can get. Mostly like a worst-of-research-bloopers.

    No wonder, the writers were so afraid of computers and internet, when they obviously have no clue on how to use them :Smoreless
  • one of my favourite episode

    all social networking portal users such as facebook, twitter and so on must see this episode. they might get some lesson: don't reveal all your personal information to the internet. you might become a victim! story writer should write similar episode like this. like other episode, this episode give a quotations about the internet said by david rossi (joe).

    don't suprise if it is happen in real life, someone stalking you in social portal, and track you down in real life. be careful what you reveal about yourself. like david rossi said: who do you think you are want to tell everyone about your daily life?moreless
Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • JJ: (as Reid enters and sits down) Well, hello. (the team exchanges looks at Reid's new haircut)
      Hotchner: What? Did you join a boy band?

    • Prentiss: Social networking sites?
      Garcia: Yeah. Facebook, Twitter - you name an online life-sharing time suck, the victims were on it. And if you look at each of their last posts, they say kinda the same thing - going out of town, going on a business trip, going on vacation. But, when you look at the time and date stamp of each of these, cue the Twilight Zone music, because they were all posted the morning after the women went missing.

    • Hotchner: "The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it's taken place." George Bernard Shaw

    • Rossi: Can somebody explain to me the appeal of these sites? "Eating sushi tonight yum." "Boss is keeping me late tonight grrr." Whose life is so important that we'd be interested in this kind of detail?

    • Rossi: "The internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." Eric Schmidt

  • NOTES (1)

    • Crew additions and clarifications: Charles S. Carroll (Produced by), Dayne Johnson (Department Head Make-Up Artist), Linda DeAndrea (Department Head Hair Stylist), MICDI Productions, Inc. (Music Editorial), Technicolor Creative Services (Post Production Services), Lion Visual Effects (Visual Effects by)