Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 12

What Fresh Hell?

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a young girl is abducted in broad daylight from a playground in a seemingly safe neighborhood, the BAU initially believes her father is responsible. When he is able to provide an alibi, the team is forced to look for clues near where the girl lives to determine who is really responsible.moreless

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  • This episode answers the question: Why do profilers do what they do?

    Besides being nerve-wrackingly suspenseful, this episode gives us insight into the character of Jason Gideon, and through him the real FBI profilers. How do these men, and women I guess, continue to face what they have to face? How do they keep their sanity when they see some of the horrible things people do to each other? Apparently, it is by focusing on those they are able to save. Gideon keeps a table full of photographs in his office to remind himself of the people he's helped. And when a co-worker asks him if this is his family, he says, "Yeah, sort of." Instead of focusing on the exhausting, detail oriented police canvassing that goes along with a crime like this, we saw the "people stories" - the breakdown of the family of the child, the self-questioning of the police detective in charge, and the ultimate fatalism of the BAU team itself. This is why Criminal Minds stands on a level above other crime shows on television these days - it's not about the nuts and bolts, it's about the characters.

    This episode also reveals Gideon's deep-down idealism. He is able to be hopeful, to counsel hope to the father, and to be confident in their success when no one else is. This leaves him open to crushing blows if and when he does fail, showing us why some cases bring him to the edge of desperation. By allowing himself to be open to hope, he lets in despair as well.moreless
  • girl taken from park, father accused ....

    Total tear jerker for me. having young kids I think about this often.I can't imagn losing my own daughter justs blocks away from my home.

    Amber alert for an 11 year old girl named Billy. missin gfrom a park a few blocks from her home. father and mother seperated fathers alibi checks out. With the father taken off the suspect list the team decides to take all uniform police off the case or atleast of the street. they do this so it won't scare the guy if he is still around.they believe he still close to home.They firgure he is a nice guy who lives in a nice neighborhood were everyone likes him.

    the parents of billy go on tv and ask about a witness(suspect)They say he is driving a green suv.They get a call from a guy whos nieghbor drives an greensuv. they ask him if he has a dog. he did named candy.

    The team went in his house and found the girl in the attic.

    everything the team suspected about the suspect was true is true.

    I can't inagn anything so horriable but I hope and pray that if my daughter were every to be kidnapped I would have people like them looking for her.moreless
  • Another great installment.

    Another great episode, though it shows ‘normal people’ as idiots, this can be very true from time to time, so no biggy. As long as it’s not a prevailing theme that they find nothing but idiots through out the show. The show was a good storyline, rescuing the child is always a good bet in the end.
  • By-the-book abduction of a white teenage female.

    This plot has been done so many times before and done better! Gideon\'s spastic running up the street and breaking into the suspect\'s home without a warrant was truly embarassing to watch. The geeky character just stood by throughout the episode and acted like, well... a geek.

    I expect more originality and clever writing from a modern crime show -- this episode was disappointingly shallow and dull.
  • What a great episode. Dealt with the issue of child abduction really well, with the respectful subtlety of slightly less comedy from Garcia making it even more real.

    What a great episode. Dealt with the issue of child abduction really well, with the respectful subtlety of slightly less comedy from Garcia making it even more real.

    Loved the touch of Gideon's photo collection at the end, developing him even more in the direction that the series so far has brought him in.

    Overall an enjoyable episode from a so far enjoyable series.
A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Lola Glaudini

Lola Glaudini

SSA Elle Greenaway

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

Senior SSA Jason Gideon

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Kathleen Mary Carthy

Helen Godfrey

Guest Star

Katie Cecil

Katie Cecil

Billie Copeland

Guest Star

Tracey Needham

Tracey Needham

Marilyn Copeland

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Reid: Long-term stranger abductions of children Billie's age are rare - they represent less than one-half of one percent of all missing cases per year. But they are usually more likely to be fatal.

    • Garcia: Thank you for the flowers! (reading from the card) "I know I can be challenging, but your work is appreciated. J. Gideon." I appreciate the appreciation and, by the way, you're not challenging. Oh, well, you're totally challenging, but you're not challenging at all in a bad way. Sir.

    • Hotchner: Mr. Jones isn't interested in pressing charges.
      Mr. Copeland: What am I supposed to be grateful? The bastard's a pedophile.

    • Garcia: Penelope Garcia's house of "How May I Save Your Ass Today?"
      Morgan: Well, you can give me the sex offender registry for Wilmington, Delaware.
      Garcia: Oh, that's always a fun group. Um, Morgan, did you hear that Agent Gideon sent me flowers?
      Morgan: No kidding?
      Garcia: Jealous?
      Morgan: SEX OFFENDERS, Garcia!

    • Gideon: What the hell does BTW mean anyway?
      JJ: Internet shorthand for "by the way."

    • Gideon: Hey, Hotch, did you send flowers to that tech room girl Garcia, and say they were from me?
      Hotchner: Yeah.
      Gideon: Why?
      Hotchner: Jason, people need to know that they're important and sometimes you forget that.
      Gideon: Well, I already sent her a gift, an MP3 player. They last longer unless you drop it or the batteries die, whichever comes first.
      Hotchner: So she got two gifts.
      Gideon: What if she thinks I'm sweet on her?

    • Journalist: Come on, JJ. Gimme something. For old times' sake.
      JJ: (sighs) OK... (looks around, steps closer,whispers) You may wanna rethink that tie.

    • Gideon: The poet W.H. Auden wrote, "Evil is always unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed, and eats at our table."

    • Gideon: "Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done," Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was based on the case of the kidnapped child that SSA Jim Clemente saved and keeps a photo of him in his wallet. The photograph was also the basis of the scene in the episode where Reid is having nightmares and Gideon ends up showing him the photo of the children in his wallet.

    • The song at the end of this episode was "When the Music is Not Forgotten" by Deadman.


    • Mr. Copeland tells Agent Gideon that he was at Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is one of the country's leading cancer research institutes.

    • The title of this episode, "What Fresh Hell?" is often attributed to Shakespeare, but is actually a quote from Dorothy Parker, who was interrupted by the telephone during her train of thought and exclaimed "What fresh hell is this?" This became something of a famous saying of hers and is reputed to be the way she continued to answer the phone.

    • The Wilmington Police and Agent Reid refer to CARP - the Child Abduction Response Plan, which puts into place CART - Child Abduction Response Teams. This program was established in 2005, and is used in an Amber Alert or when a child abduction does not meet Amber Alert guidelines.

    • Reid mentions Danielle van Dam and Samantha Runnion as examples of abducted children. Danielle was kidnapped from her bedroom at night by a neighbor named David Westerfield who murdered her and may have sexually abused her. Samantha Runnion was abducted and killed by Alejandro Avila while she was playing outside her home. Like the unsub in this episode, Avila used a "lost dog" hoax to lure Samantha. Avila and Westerfield were both convicted and sentenced to death and are currently awaiting execution.