Criminal Minds

Season 2 Episode 3

The Perfect Storm

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2006 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The BAU has reason to believe a series of murders might have been committed by two people working as a team after the victims' families receive DVDs after each crime that includes psychological attacks.

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  • This episode didn't live up to potential.

    This episode started with two unsubs working together raping and killing girls in their late twenties and I thought the episode had potential but as it went on the episode was just going in the wrong direction and I just think it wasn't working I am not the type of person to normally rate episodes bad and I have rated the season 1 episodes mainly around 9's but I would do the same here but I don't think its worthy.moreless
  • It was good from the start till the end.

    I love this episode. This season seems to start off with a bang!!! Lol Reid and his glasses, he looks funny. JJ hair is nice, didn't notice it in last week show, and so must be new. I didn't figure who the bad guy was. My father on the other had predicted it, have no clue how he did that. Any way good to see the supernatural girl acted in it, Amber in this show (Meg in Supernatural).

    I nearly didn't watch this season because I know that someone is leaving and I thought I didn't want to see it, but this season is turning out great!!! Can't wait to watch more Criminal minds in NZ.moreless
  • Missing something

    This episode and previous one.. they both have strong message, very emotional cases but both lack the emotions of characters, if it is right said.. They seems not to concentrate on them.. and I liked it.

    Anyway - this case - one of those very brutal ones where it is really disturbing to watch and in some place you start to wonder why you even do it.. Why you watch it.. At least I did. I liked the profiling in season 1.. this season has so far lacked it.. ok, this episode had it a little - when they were dealing with the dominant thing.. but still..

    I do not know.. maybe too brutal episode to like..moreless
  • This episode didn't do a lot for me. The storyline was very predictable and often made it sound as though 'killer couples' of the male and female variety are practically an unknown species. Rare, yes, but unknown, most definitely not.moreless

    Young women are being abducted, tortured and then murdered in Florida. Their families are then sent a DVD of the events. When the BAU are called in, they correctly decide that they are dealing with a couple, even if for no other reason than the fact that a camera, seen to be moving, is being used and obviously, someone has to be operating it while the other partner tortures the victim.

    Investigation leads the team to a plausible suspect who lives with his disabled father and who has been to prison before. He is not their man but, unfortunately, one of the local cops shoots him when he pulls a gun which puts everybody back to square one.

    More leads take them to the home of another former felon, Tony Canardo, but only his wife, Amber, is at home and she is obviously terrified of her husband and too scared to say anything about him for fear of reprisals later on. When vehicles believed to be involved in the crimes lead to Amber Canardo being questioned again, (after she has received a black eye from her husband) the team place her in a room with him and are very interested to notice the body language between the two ...

    Fred and Rosemary West, Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck etc. There are more of these combinations out there than we might imagine and for me, this episode bordered on dull but, to each his own.moreless
  • OMG - The concept of a killer couple is really revolting if you ask me!

    This episodes theme was the abduction, torture and murder of young women. The parents of each of the last two victims had received a DVD of their daughter's torture, causing one father to actually have a heart attacjk, which was the saddest part of all, if you ask me.

    The storyline was interesting. At times, the episode seemed a little predictable, but I never guessed that the wife was going to be the partner! That was really shocking, and tht was why this episode hit it off for me!

    I had suspected the father in the wheelchair to be involved in some way, but I really enjoy the episodes that you don't guess the outcome, asn this is a prime example of those typpe of episodes!

    Great episode of Criminal Minds, which I would highly recommend! Keep it up, guys!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

Paul Norwood

Paul Norwood

Frank Clemensen

Guest Star

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell

Mary Clemensen

Guest Star

John Verea

John Verea

Detective Portillo

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Morgan follows Tony Canardo to arrest him, Morgan's shoes are clearly black leather boots of some type.  As Morgan and Tony begin rolling around on the ground, Tony is wearing black leather (motorcycle) boots and Morgan is still wearing black leather boots.  Yet as the green tent falls upon both of them, for a brief moment one can see Morgan is now wearing white leather sneakers.

      After the fight is over and both Morgan and Tony are in the house, they are wearing their respective black leather boots.

    • When Morgan is walking from his car to arrest Tony Canardo, his holster is on his right hip. In the next shot, his holster is on his left and his gun is in his left hand. In the next shot, the holster and gun are both back on the right side.

    • Over the course of the episode, the only time Reid put on glasses was when he needed to read or examine something up close. However, during the second half of the episode, when he put on the glasses to examine the photographs of the victims, he didn't bother taking them off again.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Reid: Wow. She obviously did nothing to protect Amber from the abuse. She... she feels betrayed by her mother and now receives extreme sadistic pleasure in watching the same thing that happened to her. Strange. In this case, the abused actually became the abuser.
      Garcia: That doesn't happen a lot?
      Reid: One in eight.
      Garcia: We found the one.

    • Gideon: Mark Twain wrote, "Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it."

    • Hotchner: Philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote, "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Perfect Storm is also the title of a 2000 movie starring George Clooney. It was based on the true story of a fishing boat that was caught in an unusually powerful storm, which was created by the confluence of three weather systems, including the remnants of Hurricane Grace (1991).