Criminal Minds

Season 1 Episode 3

Won't Get Fooled Again

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gideon and the BAU track down a copycat bomber who has been terrorizing Palm Beach, Florida. The team determines the bomber is mimicking Gideon's nemesis, Adrian Bale, who is the man responsible for murdering Gideon's team in Boston several years earlier.

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  • Review

    This episode didnt have a lot of the past connections that the first two episodes have had. There wasnt a real trail of evidance that the people at home could follow to try and guess the killer at the end. The bomber was found in a kind of random way and the connection with the man in jail was also pretty random - following his internet usage to see who he was talking to...there was nothing for us to piece together really. I did like the interaction between Gideon and the man in prison this time around, I thought all of those scenes made the episode really stand out on its own. The final pulse pounding moments which concluded with "cut the blue" instead of "cut the red" was a great scene. Overall I thought it was a very solid epsiode, though weaker then its two episodes before it.moreless
  • Bomb attacks.

    If there's one plot that has never, ever intrigued me when it comes to crime dramas, it's episodes about bombers. I always get bored with them. This one was no exception, although it wasn't as bad as other shows.

    BAU investigates what appears to be a serial bomber mimicking a previous case that Gideon was assigned to. However, things aren't exactly what they seem. The highlights of this episode were some of the more humorous dialogue between characters and the end, when Gideon realizes what the bad guy's doing, and then his pleasure in winning and getting to lock the guy up. Based on the last three episodes it seems like Gideon takes a little pleasure in causing a little torment to the unsubs who torment others.

    Overall, a fairly mediocre and forgettable episode.moreless
  • Blowing up things..

    So.. this time it is a bomber - there are packs left behind peoples doors and ofcourse they have bombs on them.

    So the hunt goes for bomber and trying to guess why those people are killed - and first it looks all little illogical and when they get the bomb fragments, they realize they have seen it before - a old case returns.. but he is in prison and someone is totally copying him.

    It all gets more dangerous when one mother realize the box her daughter is holding is next one - they save the girl, find the man, dealarm the bomb.. great but.. something missed in this episode.moreless
  • Every Hero has an arch nemesis. In this show, we are treated to Gideon's. However, their story plays out as something from the past. The current threat is a copycat.

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then this show has a very flattered bomber. The show examines a mistake that Gideon made which allowed six agents to be killed.

    Apparently, federal prison inmates have access to te internet. They are able to get around firewalls and communicate how to attack and bomb to other would be bombers. While this is a scary thought, it was the most unrealistic aspect of the show. That type of activity would have to monitored in order to alleviate the state from liablity.

    Other than that, it plays like a great cat and mouse game. Thankfully, this time the winner is the mouse.moreless
  • learnign more about the charecters.

    i was glad to see more about gideon in this one. i think he is not only an important central charecter, but understanding who he is and what he really knows about the criminals and himself is important. i am really starting to like garcia as well. i hope that she continues on the show and takes on bigger and better roles. i totally cringed when the guy ran over his wife, but was glad to see that they didn't assume elle would be a victim just because she is a woman. i like the way this show is shaping up...moreless
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

Joan M. Blair

Joan M. Blair

Mrs. Walker

Guest Star

P.J. Marino

P.J. Marino

Prison Guard

Guest Star

Tom Virtue

Tom Virtue

Gil Clurman

Guest Star

Kirsten Vangsness

Kirsten Vangsness

Analyst Penelope Garcia

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • A crowbar is used to break into David Walker's garage, where his wife says he spends most of his time. However, when Elle was walking up the driveway to talk to him there earlier, he drove his car right through the garage doors to escape. There should have been a gaping hole and they could have just walked right through it.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hotchner: I spent a good chunk of my childhood looking for a 1944 penny worth thousands (Elle stares at him).
      Hotchner: Yes, I was a little bit of a nerd. Is that so surprising?
      Elle: Not to me.

    • Garcia: (as they assemble the bomb) No, it could have been part of a longer rod that fit through the top and went all the way through... (Morgan looks at her) ...Tetris.

    • Gideon: (as Bale is being led back to his cell) Despite the fact that you lied to us and your deal is void, I made sure to tell all your friends here how extremely willing you were to give up information on your fellow inmates. You're a rare bird, Adrian. I can't tell you how much pleasure I get just knowing I put you in this tiny cage. You might even call it an emotional release.

    • Morgan: (to Garcia as she is about to take a bite of her sandwich) You ready to do a little work?
      Garcia: (puts sandwich down) Why not? I haven't slept all week. I might as well give up eating too.

    • Elle: I may have something. Barbara Keller was having some trouble insuring some coins she bought. The insurance company thought they might be fake.
      Hotchner: So the insurance company's blowing up annoying clients?

    • Morgan: These are my bomb fragments. We can start putting this bad boy together.
      Garcia: Why bother? Don't you just look at the pieces for prints and stuff?
      Morgan: Garcia, what are you doing in the FBI?
      Garcia: I didn't get into medical school?
      Morgan: Why does that not surprise me?

    • Gideon: Samuel Johnson wrote, "Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble."

  • NOTES (1)


    • The title of this episode alludes to a song by The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again."

    • The necklace bomb featured in this episode was inspired by the collar bomb that took the life of Pennsylvanian pizza deliveryman Brian Wells in 2003. Not only does the fictional device share much of the detail of the collar bomb, but one of the lines spoken by the character ("It's not me") reflects some of the last words of Wells.