Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 13

The Thirteenth Step

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 26, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This episode was reminiscent of Natural Born Killers (1994), in which two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers who are glorified by the mass media.

    • Whether coincidence or intentional on the part of the network, "The Thirteenth Step" was the thirteenth episode of the season.

    • In the Alcoholics Anonymous program, the 13th step is a derogatory term that loosely refers to "hitting on newcomers." The phrase is most commonly used to refer to men who have several years of sobriety who make a habit of trying to date or take advantage of women new to A.A., but is not always limited to men.

  • Quotes

    • Garcia: How's it going, stranger?
      Prentiss: Oh, I'm a little tired. I went salsa dancing last night.
      Garcia: Oh my god, like I need another reason to find you amazing.

    • Rossi: Where's Seaver?
      Prentiss: She had to take a test at the Academy.

    • Prentiss: William Glasser wrote, "What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today."

    • Prentiss: Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – May 22, 2012 on Prima family

    • In Australia, this episode aired directly following "Sense Memory" rather than before it due to its increased AV15+ rating for high levels of violence.

    • In an unprecedented move, CBS added a disclaimer at the beginning of this episode that read, "Due to violent content, viewer discretion is advised."

    • This episode was originally scheduled to be aired on January 19, 2011.

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