Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 9

The Last Word

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2006 on CBS
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The daughter of high-powered diplomats, Special Agent Emily Prentiss, joins the team, and she must convince Hotch that she deserves the job based on merit and not on her family connections. The BAU is then called to St. Louis to investigate two serial killers who appear to be competing with each other. By setting a trap based on one killer's profile, the team creates a media event by which to capture the second killer.


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  • Two serial killers in one city.

    I really liked how this episode showed two serial killers in the same city killing at the same time and they know each other and are in competition The Mill creek killer and the Hollow killer are the two dangerous killers in the episode and at the beginning you see who the Mill Creek killer is and how he lures his victims and he goes back to where he killed her which later proves to be his weakness Also at the beginning you see the Hollow killer who shoots prostitutes I liked the part where the Hollow killer saved the Mill Creek killer so he wouldn't go back to the scene Gideon who believed the Hollow killer would be easier to catch was wrong when they catch the Mill Creek killer by making him go back to the scene It was amazing how when JJ did a press conference insulting the Hollow killer he just came into the BAU and held a officer hostage and went for the Mill Creek killer In the end we are introduced to Emily Prentiss who looks likely to replace Elle.moreless
  • Enter Emily Prentiss, confused.

    I was excited to get my first glimpse - and let's face it, it wasn't much more than a glimpse - of new BAU Agent Emily Prentiss in this episode. Backstory please? Just how did this woman finagle a place on the BAU with neither Hotch nor Gideon approving her transfer? She claims parents in high places had nothing to do with it, but how can no one know she's coming? Perhaps just another example of government bureaucracy at work. I look forward to the excellent CM writers fleshing out her character during the rest of the season.

    The adventure itself certainly could have been taken right out of Phoenix, Arizona, where locals had been dodging two serial killers in 2006 - one sexual and one shooter. I loved the puzzle at the heart of this show - that Dr. Reid solves oh-so-capably, I might add. Jason O'Mara - quite good and extremely twisted and eerie as the serial killer who just can't let a dead body go to waste. CM did a good job flying under the radar with this type of offender - "visiting" eh? The interrogation scene with Gideon was awesome - twist the knife some more, Oh Great Profiler! My only complaint is with the plan to catch the Hollow Man. Setting up a bogus press conference is all well and good, but were we really hoping this guy would be dumb enough to target JJ at the police station? He was smart, smarter than Mill Creek, so couldn't he wait until she left the station? He had to attack her in the middle of a room full of armed agents? I don't know, maybe this is an example of "stupid criminal tricks" and is more realistic than I imagine, but sheesh!moreless
  • New Profiler and great storyline with two serial killers!

    Elle is out and Emily is in as there is a new profiler as well as not one but two serial killers on the loose. The team must try to accept Emily as a member after what went down with Elle as the serial killer calls themselves the Hollow man. As they call on the media to help out with capturing the two who are ironcially competitng with one another. Great storyline and character development.moreless
  • Not bad, not good, not nothing

    For a moment I thought that the two serial killers were, in fact, only one person with split personality. It would have been interesting, the guys disconcerted after capturing one of the killers and finding out that the other is gone forever.

    But they decided that not, that were two guys... not bad but the resolution seemed to be very rushed, very deus ex machina.

    The classified ads idea was good, though. And the new agent could be cool

    I hope next episode is better. Pleasemoreless
  • It has been said,'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree.The wounds remain. In time,the mind,protecting its sanity,covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But,it is never gone.- R. Kennedy. Elle never came out of the trauma she experienced.moreless

    Now I think now that CM cast is more complete with Emily joining the team. I am not a big fan of Elle character. I think she serves it right that she was cut out of the show because she does not trust her team. I now see each cast stand out not just Reid. I beginning to see Gideon as Gideon not Greg of D&G show. They have each set of capabilities and strength but they one thing now in common - heart. They have a big heart not just mind.moreless
Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

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

Hanna Alltop

Hanna Alltop

Katie Carroll

Guest Star

Sara Alltop

Sara Alltop

Katie Carroll

Guest Star

Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara

Mill Creek Killer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Paget Brewster replaced Lola Glaudini in the series. The two actors worked together previously on the comedy Andy Richter Controls the Universe.

    • The character of Emily Prentiss was named for Special Agent Emily Vacher, the real-life agent who worked in the Cybercrimes Unit for the Albany division of the FBI.

    • Dayne Johnson, Department Head-Makeup Artist, makes an uncredited appearance in this episode as the person who applies make-up to the female police officer pretending to be dead as a lure to catch the unsub.

    • It is revealed in this episode that SSA Emily Prentiss was graduated from Yale University and has been with the FBI for 10 years.

    • When Reid discovers the killers are communicating through the classifieds, the ad they show is the exact same as what Reid writes to catch the Mill Creek Killer except the last line "Here's my gift to you."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Reid: When Mill Creek kills, the Hollow Man shoots another prostitute.
      Morgan: So, one doesn't want to be outdone by the other. Sounds like sibling rivalry to me.
      Hotchner: They've been killing independently of each other for a year now.
      Gideon: With each kill, they're learning something... from the other.

    • Gideon: (to the Mill Creek Killer) If killing those women made you an artist, the things you did to them after they were dead, what does that make you? I mean, really, it doesn't seem very artistic, does it?

    • Jim Meyers: This is all just a guessing game, isn't it?
      JJ: No, it's behavioral analysis.

    • Agent Sheridan: Sunny? Holden?
      Hotchner: They're characters from Catcher in the Rye.
      Reid: Widely accepted as a beloved book of sociopaths. Mark David Chapman quoted it after killing John Lennon.
      Hotchner: Deranged minds identify with Holden's alienation and detachment.

    • Reid: We always say serial killers make the best profilers.
      Hotchner: Yeah, but this guy's dead on.

    • Jim Meyers: I had no idea I could get on a serial killer's radar by writing about another one.

    • Gideon: (about the Mill Creek Killer) Because his victims willingly follow him in broad daylight, he looks harmless, most likely handsome.

    • Gideon: We want to draw the shooter out. The best way to do that is pretend he doesn't exist.

    • Hotchner: Mahatma Gandhi once said, "Remember that all through history there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seemed invincible. But in the end they always fall. Always."

    • Hotchner: Elbert Hubbard once wrote, "If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate."

  • NOTES (2)

    • Paget Brewster joins the cast as Supervisory Special Agent Emily Prentiss in this episode. She replaces Lola Glaudini's position in the credits and is added to the group photo at the end of the credit sequence.

    • The music featured in this episode was "Field Below" by Regina Spektor.


    • The two unsubs communicate via the newspaper by calling themselves Sunny and Holden from The Catcher in the Rye. This book is a controversial novel written by J.D. Salinger in 1951.

    • Reid mentions only three known instances where two different serial killers operated out of the same city at the same time. During 1977, both David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) and Paul Bateson were killing in New York City. In Phoenix, Arizona, in 2006, authorities were searching for both the Baseline Killer and a serial shooter. From 1991 to 1996, two different people were killing independently in New Orleans, leaving bodies in swamps. Police suspected that Russell Ellwood killed as many as 15 of the victims, but believed that another killer was responsible for the others.

    • The serial killer called himself Hollow Man because he uses hollow point bullets, but Hollow Man is also the title of a 2000 movie starring Elisabeth Shue and Kevin Bacon. It's about a scientist who invents a formula to make himself invisible but then tests it on himself and becomes deranged and violent when the invisibility can't be reversed. The Hollow Men is also the title of a T.S. Eliot poem that contains the well-known lines, "This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper."