The description of a cilice – "Originally it was a garment made of coarse cloth or animal hair, used in some religious traditions to induce pain or discomfort as a sign of repentance and atonement." – was taken almost verbatim from the lead sentence of the Wikipedia article on them (at the time of broadcast).
Hotchner leaves the BAU because of Peter Lewis/Mr. Scratch. Hotchner is not, after all, on special assignment. After Lewis appears in Arizona, he shows up at one of Jack's soccer games in Virginia. Then Mr. Scratch is seen at Jack's school. Hotch and Jack are put under 24/7 surveillance, but Hotchner decides the risk is too great, turns in his resignation, and puts Jack and himself into the Witness Protection Program.
Before Garcia presents the case, Rossi says that Hotchner is still on TDY (temporary duty), but is available for consulting.
Prentiss says that the director tapped Hotchner for a special assignment, and he asked her to help out.
Of the thirteen serial killers who escaped prison, eight have been found with Agent Luke Alvez' assistance.
Agent Luke Alvez accepts Hotchner's offer to joint the unit. He also agrees to 560 hours of training to become a Supervisory Special Agent
This is Prentiss' first appearance since the episode "200."
SSA Derek Morgan leaves the BAU in order to protect his family.
The episode has no opening or closing quote.
When J.J. and Rossi are investigating the first truck stop bathroom, they pass a feminine hygeine products dispenser on the wall. Moments later, a wall of men's urinals can be seen in the same bathroom.
This is one of the few times an episode didn't begin with a quote.
Goof: When Reid and Morgan are interviewing Kyle, he tells them that he sent a message to Page with Internet Relay Chat. Morgan says, "IRC self-deletes when you close the window," and Kyle agrees.
Morgan and Kyle are not correct. Many IRC clients log activity by default, and IRC servers can also be configured to record chats.
When Duke and Tammy are standing next to the fuel tank, chatting about Cole needing his father, Duke's left sleeve is rolled all the way down. The scene cuts to an alternate angle and now it's rolled up to his elbow.
The opening quote told by Hotchener is similar to a quotation by Reid in the season four episode "Conflicted."
This is the third episode where the BAU has gone to another country to investigate a case. The first time was in the episode "Machismo," where the team went to Mexico, and the second time was in the two part episodes "To Hell" and "...And Back," where the team went to Canada.
The song heard during the closing montage is "Ancient Light" by Allman Brown.
Det. Rosenburg: (about Garcia) She has our entire I.T. department tasked with trying to take the picture down off the web. So like you probably already know...
Morgan: Well, the internet is forever.
A callback to the season five episode, "The Internet Is Forever".
Goof: Reid mentions the "Battle of Saint Scholastica Day" saying it occurred in 1335 and lasted two days. In reality the "St. Scholastica Day Riot" occurred on February 10, 1355 and did (indeed) last two days. In 1335 various scholars left Oxford, as they felt the city was unacceptable for various reasons, including the heat. The two day riot, though, wasn't until 1355. While this could be a simple typo, the real SSA Reid wouldn't make such a goof (thus a double goof).
This episode is partly based on the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash. Malayasia Airlines MH17 was shot down over Ukrainian airspace on July 17, 2014, killing all 298 souls on board.
When delivering the profile of the killer(s), Dr. Reid refers to Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka (Canada's Ken and Barbie killers) stating they "raped, tortured and killed at least nineteen people". This is incorrect, as Bernardo and Homolka were connected to only three deaths.
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