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The unsub in this episode, Darrin Call, was named after Erica Messer's friend from college, Aaron Call. Erica and Aaron attended a sociology class taught by Dr. Charlie Cipolla. The name of another friend, Tim Cureton, is mentioned when Darrin Call is at the door of the Sterner House.
The apartment building where Hotchner lives, The Langham, is the same building that he observed Elle Greenaway exiting in the Season 2 episode "The Boogeyman."
It is revealed in this episode that SSA Aaron Hotchner is 43 years old.
Garcia said Patrick Meyers (the father of the dead boy) was 45, but his ID showed he was born on 1-16-1990, which would make him his son's age.
Rossi repeatedly says all the available police in Ontario would soon be showing up. This would never happen. Ontario is geographically larger than any state in America. They would however be able to call in extra forces from surrounding areas like Toronto, London, Mississauge, etc.
Sarnia, Ontario, is less than an hour's drive from Detroit, Michigan. The team shouldn't have been surprised at the Detroit detective showing up.
The episode takes place in Sarnia, Ontario. However, Sarnia is a city by the water with lots of buildings and many large parks. It is not at all surrounded by a forest or woods.
This is the first episode that features a quote by a character (Aaron Hotchner) rather than by a famous person.
Towards the end of this episode, the bloodhounds were very close to where the unsub had been and didn't indicate they had his scent in spite of their being well within their range. Bloodhounds have the most sensitive noses in the canine world.
As a quadriplegic, Mason Turner would have required a full-time, skilled attendant to stay alive and to have his medical equipment maintained. Lucas Turner did not have the mental capacity, knowledge, or cleanliness to care for a patient who is extremely prone to infection and needs every aspect of his bodily functions taken care of by someone else. Also, Lucas Turner being gone for days at a time would be very risky for Mason.
Mason Turner was not asked about who takes care of him and the BAU did not investigate his medical records to determine when and how he was injured. As a person of interest in the case, the BAU would typically want to know everything about him, especially such important and obvious questions. It would be key to understanding the psychology and the motive of a suspect, and it was obvious that Mason would need an accomplice to carry out the alleged crimes.
It is revealed in this episode that Morgan has been with the BAU for seven years.
Goof: The map of Canada/Ontario is incorrect. The map does not show the geographic outline on Canada, or the Ontario province.
Reid states once the unsub crosses the border, there's nothing but woods to hide what he's doing. This is incorrect. The majority of southwestern Ontario, outside of towns and cities, consists of farmland and fields.
This story was most likely based on the case of Canadian serial killer Robert "Willie" Pickton, who targeted women, many of them prostitutes, in British Columbia. Pickton was a pig farmer, and remains of his victims were found in pig feces on his farm. Pickton was convicted of six murders, charged with another 20, and allegedly confessed to 49 murders in total to undercover police officers. He was sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
The attack on the guard post at the border crossing would not have resulted in the involvement of the RCMP from the way the episode was filmed. It appeared as though William Hightower never actually crossed the Blue Water Bridge, which made his attack and arrest occur in Port Huron, Michigan, and not in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.
The license tags on the car left by the unsub on the bank of the St. Clair River had the wrong tags for both Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Ontario generally has white tags with blue lettering on them and Michigan plates are a wide variety of color schemes, e.g., green and white, orange and pale blue sunset, or mainly white background with blue lettering. Also, license plates on the front and back of an automobile are not required in Michigan.
Although the Blue Water Bridge connecting Port Huron in Michigan and Sarnia in Ontario does make for a clean connection to the farmhouse, the Windsor Tunnel connecting Windsor and Detroit is much closer to where the abductions were taking place, thus making the extra 1-1/2 hour drive from Detroit to Port Huron unnecessary.
Reid's cell phone number includes the digits 1414, which can be seen when JJ presses these digits on the conference phone.
The entrance to the D.C. subway was substituted with an entrance to the New York City subway. Several of the subway station shots, before the final climax in the subway, are also New York City subway stations, and the shots of the train flying by the camera are also New York City subway trains. The final scenes appear to be shot in the Washington, D.C. system, which is much newer and has different train cars.
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