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.
The character Grant Franklin is a shout-out to the town in which Rick grew up, Franklin, Indiana.
The character Ann Herron was named after Rick Dunkle's high school journalism adviser.
Kaminski was the surname of Rick Dunkle's high school Shakespeare and drama teacher.
The character Rose Smith was named in honor of characters on Doctor Who. Rose Tyler ends up in a parallel world with a version of The Doctor (aka John Smith).
The character Joe Belser was named for one of Rick Dunkle's fraternity brothers in college.
The title of this episode is the alternative title for Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the musical Hotch tried out for in high school so he could meet his future wife, Haley Brooks.
JJ's son, Henry, is played by A.J. Cook's real-life son, Mekhai Andersen, in this episode.
Professor James Fallon of the University of California at Irvine is a neuroscientist and appears as himself in this episode (credited as Jim Fallon). He is the director of the UC Irvine Human Brain Imaging Center as well as a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.
Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi was originally booked to appear as Dante in this episode.
The stalker case JJ discusses with Reid occurred during the first season in an episode titled "Somebody's Watching."
When Garcia confronted Morgan about his involvement with a victim's sister, she said she knows what she's talking about because she counsels the grieving families of victims. Her volunteer work was first mentioned in "Penelope."
In "52 Pickup", Hotch angrily disapproves when Jordan Todd lies in order to push forward in a case. However, Rossi lies in this episode and Hotch does not appear bothered.
When Judge Schuller first looks at Emma's photograph in his locket, the image is upright with the locket cover underneath. However, when Rossi opened the locket in reverse, the image was still upright.
It is revealed in this episode that SSA David Rossi was originally from Commack, New York, and he was a Marine.
This episode presented the first name of the character portrayed by D.B. Sweeney, which is Sam.
Hotchner is seen putting his weapon on the right side of his pants and drawing it with his right hand, although the actor is left-handed.
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