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While at D.C.'s fictional version of Comic-Con, Sci-Fi Gate, Reid dressed as the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) – long scarf and fedora – while Garcia dressed as the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) – bow tie and fez.
The character David Zimmerman (portrayed by Zack Weinstein) was named by Virgil Williams as a shout-out to fellow writer on the show, Bruce Zimmerman.
The case presented in this episode was loosely based on Henry Lee Lucas, who was convicted of murder in 11 different cases and was once listed as America's most prolific serial killer. Lucas died in prison on March 13, 2001 from heart failure at the age of 64.
Around the 27-minute mark, Garcia brings up a map showing where a grocery store is located. Instead of Chicago, it's a map of Rockford, Illinois, which is about a 90-minute drive from Chicago.
Cindi introduces her son, Anthony, to Morgan as his Uncle Derek. However, if Cindi is Morgan's cousin, then Anthony would be Morgan's second cousin (or cousin once removed) and not his uncle.
During this episode, Laura Heathridge's left arm is missing and she wears a prosthetic limb. At the end of the episode, she opens the door to a mystery man using a real left hand (not seemingly part of her delusion), then also reaches to the man using a real left hand. It could be argued that her real left hand is part of her delusion, but if this is the case then she should have had a real arm from the moment the doorbell rang (presumably also part of her delusion).
Reid mentions the drowning test to discover if someone is a witch was used during the Salem witch trials. That is incorrect. There were never any kind of tests performed on supposed witches in the infamous 1692 trials; they were convicted based only on accusations and spectral evidence.
The challenge coin that Morgan gave to Angel as well as all the coins on Morgan's desk belongs to Jim Clemente.
When the team arrives at the unsub's house and Reid steps out of the car, Matthew Gray Gubler is wearing unmatched socks, which is the actor's trademark.
The opening scene of this episode almost exactly mirrors the kidnap scene in the movie Taken, including some of the dialog, the girl hiding under the bed with a cell, a bad guy entering the room and her scream.
In keeping with the "8" theme, the signal Spencer sends is given the encryption code H8-88. "H" is also the 8th letter of the alphabet.
The number 8 appears to be significant in this episode: In the final showdown, the mirror in which the unsub sees himself is an octagon (8-sided), the chandelier behind Rossi has 8 arms, all the windows in the house have 8 panes of glass, and the couch has 4 seats making 8 cushions on it.
During the opening scene, the attacker brings music on a USB drive to play. Herman Scobie was the copycat who attacks the Piano Man's victims the second time, but he misses part of the Piano Man's M.O. and does not play the piano ballads.
Dina Meyer ("Regina Lampert") and Shemar Moore co-starred together previously on the TV show Birds of Prey. Dina played Barbara Gordon/Oracle and Shemar played Jesse Reese.
Dina Meyer ("Regina Lampert") once dated Billy Joel, the American musician and pianist whose first hit in 1973 was titled "Piano Man," the name given to the serial killer in this episode.
The character names "Regina Lampert," "Hamilton Bartholomew," "Peter Joshua" and "Herman Scobee" were also characters in the film Charade (1963) starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
After The Inheritance and Dharma & Greg, this was the third time guest star Brigid Brannagh and series star Thomas Gibson had worked together.
When Garcia identifies Travis James, the DOB on his arrest report is 10/28/98, which would make him 13 at the time, rather than 22.
The tornado in this episode was referred to as an F-2, which is an obsolete classification and was discontinued in 2007. The correct classification should have been EF-2 from the Enhanced Fujita Scale that is currently being used to describe tornadoes.
The book about Baby Star that was being read to Henry by JJ in the final scene was especially created for this episode because no other classic children's books could be cleared due to copyright issues. Virgil Williams wrote the verses himself while thinking of his own children.
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