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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.
In the first victim's home, Hotchner comments that the unsub turned the victim's crucifix upside down. However, this is incorrect. The object shown on the wall is a cross, not a crucifix. In order to be considered a crucifix, it must have some image of Jesus on it.
Reid takes off his FBI jacket in the room, then goes into the old house without wearing it. However, when he goes up the stairs to open the door, he has the jacket on, then in the house the jacket is gone again.
When James Stanworth is confronted by Morgan, he calls him "Congressman." However, Garcia had just uncovered that he was currently running for office for the first time and had not yet been elected.
Don Sanderson is a convicted murderer on parole and under arrest for a new murder. However, when he is taken to his former residence, he is not wearing handcuffs.
One of the props seen on Rossi's desk in this episode is a photograph of Joe Mantegna and Ringo Starr.
When Morgan is chasing Mary Rutka's assailant from her apartment, there is a shot of Morgan from behind after he runs in front of the car and he runs down an alley, and his gun is missing from its holster. In the next scene, his gun has reappeared.
When Garcia is speaking to Hotch and Rossi, she says, "Safe travels, mon ami." In the French language, this phrase should have ended mes amis.
At 23:25 Matthew Gray Gubler walks on camera, says his line, then tries to stifle a laugh. He looks at Rachel Nichols, who does the same. In the United Kingdom, this is called corpsing, which is a theatrical slang term used to describe when an actor breaks character during a scene by laughing or by causing another cast member to laugh.
Meredith Joy is played by internet personality iJustine (Justine Ezarik), who Rick Dunkle met at ComiCon this past summer. About two minutes into meeting her, he asked if he could kill her in a cornfield. Several months later, he did.
This episode takes place in Johnson and Tippecanoe Counties, Indiana, where Rick Dunkle grew up. Meredith Joy is named after two writers assistants: Erica Meredith and Ticona Joy. Ernstrom College is named for a writers production assistant, Greg Ernstrom. Rick's traditional Franklin reference is seen on one of Garcia's screens when she locates the address of Michael Kosina.
Director Charlie Haid and guest star Michael Warren worked together previously on Hill Street Blues.
Garcia stated in this episode that she was an only child. However, it was established in "P911" that she has four brothers.
Mike Smith, who portrayed Paul Wilson, is a professional stuntman. As such, he performed his own stunts in this episode.
Chris Marquette (Jimmy Barrett), Michael Welch (Syd Pearson), and Joe Mantegna all starred together in Joan of Arcadia.
The number "62" on the jersey worn by Ellie Spicer in this episode was intended as a shout-out to Ed Bernero, who was born in 1962.
Reid says he doesn't have email, but in "Cradle to Grave" he checks his email after Morgan asks about new cases.
Goof: Garcia, given her colorful wardrobe, would not have packed a black dress and earrings for a trip to Alaska. Especially for a death she didn't know would happen, or affect her.
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