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Sheriff Steve Rhodes and Dedaimia Swanson were named after professors at Franklin College, where Rick Dunkle studied for three years before moving to Los Angeles.
The "Xana-don't" line was improvised by A.J. Cook.
Franklin, Alaska, is a fictional town created by the writer of this episode, Rick Dunkle, as homage to his hometown of Franklin, Indiana. Lafayette and Bloomington are also mentioned, and these are towns in Indiana where he frequented his youth. There is, however, a town called Franklin in Alaska that is a ghost town now.
The names Garcia sees as she reviews the unsub's visitor log when he was in prison are actual names of various crew members.
In the beginning of the episode, Prentiss mentions the case is going to interrupt her "Sin To Win" weekend in Atlantic City. EA Games held a "Sin to Win" contest starting at 2009's Comic-Con to promote its game based on "Dante's Inferno" that was released in February 2010.
Greg Jennings, wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, guest-stars as an evidence tech at the crime scene in this episode. He received the opportunity due to a chance meeting between Ed Bernero and Jennings' parents, Greg and Gwendolyn, during a Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears game at Lambeau Field. The Jennings and Bernero, a huge Chicago Bears fan, told Greg's parents he ever wanted to be on the show to let him know.
Morgan says he played strong safety in college. However, in episode "Profiler, Profiled," it was stated that Morgan was a quarterback in college and he stopped playing after he hurt his knee.
Sheriff Ruiz says St. Jude is the patron saint of police officers. However, St. Michael the Archangel is actually the patron saint of police officers. St. Jude is the patron saint of impossible causes.
Jason Wiles, who guest-stars as Ben McBride in this episode, appeared previously on Criminal Minds as Unsub Sheppard in "Psychodrama."
Although Jodi would have been put in foster care after her father was deemed unfit, there is no legal way that she could be adopted. In order for a child to be adopted, the parent must willingly sign away their parental rights, which obviously was not done. A child with a parent deemed unfit is only put in foster care because the parent can once again be deemed fit at any time.
When the unsub is choking his first victim, and she scratches him on the hand. The image comes up several times throughout the episode. The scratches on his hand were large enough for a skin sample under the victim's fingernails. Forensics should have been able to find skin cells.
On the way home from Wyoming to Quantico, the team is seated in a Gulfstream V with six windows (tail number N5GV). A short while later, the team apparently has changed planes and is now on a Gulfstream G100 with four windows and a door above the wing (tail number N100GA).
At the end of this episode, the team makes jokes about how Reid can beat them at many games and Garcia mentions the board game "Go." This game was referenced in the first episode "Extreme Aggressor" when the game was used to profile a possible unsub as an extreme aggressor.
When SSA Emily Prentiss presents the Unsub's profile, she states the victims' wigs were sewn to their scalps, "a technique used in attaching hair to porcelain dolls." Doll wigs cannot, in fact, be sewn to porcelain. They are glued onto the dolls' heads.
The title of this episode refers to the hypothesis that holds when robots and other facsimiles of humans look and act almost like actual humans, this resemblance causes a response of revulsion among human observers. The "valley" is a dip in a proposed graph of the positivity of human reaction as a function of a robot's lifelikeness and explains why almost-human-looking robots scare people more than mechanical-looking robots.
The character Erika Silverman was named after casting director Erica Silverman.
Garcia calls Morgan "Shug" in this episode. Shug is the name of Shemar Moore's dog.
The reference to being out of town visiting family in Indianapolis alludes to Rick Dunkle's frequent visits to Indianapolis to visit his own family.
The list of names Reid reads to Garcia outside the night club are all named for Rick Dunkle's friends, three of whom work on the series.
Culpepper Valet Company was named for Rick Dunkle's aunt who lived in Culpepper, Virginia.
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