Criminal Minds

Season 4 Episode 15

Zoe's Reprise

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The local authorities in Cleveland enlist the help of the BAU to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer who appears to be copying the methods used by famous murderers from the past.

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  • A fan of Rossi's is killed by a serial killer

    In this episode of Criminal Minds, the following happens. Rossi launches a special edition of his bestselling book and goes along to a book signing. Once there, a young girl tells him that she believes that there is a serial killer in the town where she lives. She talks over the killings with him and he tells her he doesn't believe that there is a serial killer link to them. He hands her his hand and leaves. She goes to visit one of the crime scenes, and the killer is also her. He kills her. Rossi's card is found on her and so Rossi gets a phone call. The young victim's name is Zoe. When the team look at all of the cases they see that each of the cases is a copycat killing of a famous serial killer. So the team head out to help Rossi investigate. Soon another victim is found. Rossi pays for Zoe's funeral and when the mother finds out so goes mad at Rossi for his act of kindness. Soon through DNA found on one of the body's the team get the name of a suspect. They also learn once in his apartment that he is reading Rossi's book. They soon track him down, with another victim. But as soon as they save her, they learn that she is his girlfriend. Soon, through an interview with the girlfriend, they learn everything they need to about the killer.moreless
  • The BAU is after a serial killer imitating other serial killers.

    The next girl to be killed is one that is slightly obsessed with Agent Rossi. The killer is young and cannot figure his style out. BAU Investigates and finds that the victims have an swab of alcohol on their heads. They reprocess the be body of Zoe Hawkes and find DNA on her forhead. The DNA Leads to Eric Olson. The BAU apprehend Olson as he is apparently about to kill and rap another woman. The girl turns out to be his girlfriend and willing participant. Olson is taken into custody for questioning. Against his lawyers wishes he speaks o Rossi, telling him there may be more that the 8 he is charged with.

    Back at Olson's house while searing it, Reed finds for photos on his wall that do not fit. Using the photos the BAU are able to put together the location of of the bodies four more missing persons in the area.

    Eric Olson was a sick puppy.moreless
  • Very different and interesting case!

    This was yet another very enjoyable episode, that was actually quite different from any of its predecessors. Firstly, I really enjoyed the beginning, in which the victim actually meets Rossi as a big fan of him, and tells him about a case.

    They then killed her off, which was great, as it led to us seeing a few different sides to Rossi, as the case becomes somewhat personal to him!

    The rest of the episode was quite good too, and there were spome interesting things that I won't spoil, but I definitely say that my favorite apart was the beginning of the episode!

    Great week of Criminal Minds! I definitely recommend this sepisod,e, and I hope that the standard is maintained into the future!moreless
  • Process of finding himself..

    Mm.. I have vice versa feelings about this. I did like the concept - a random murders, nothing common at first sight and someone believes that they are connected.. and when it comes out - a copycat coping so many different murders what not in concept makes no sense.. and the way Rossi is involved, We do not see that from him so much.

    But on the other hand I do not like episodes where we know from the beginning who the unsub is and it is all the process of catching him.. this time there process of envelopment for unsub too but still. That liked take part of the story out.moreless
  • A young girl comes to Rossi for help but he is so absorbed in his book tour that he throws her off. Eventually she dies and Rossi goes to find the killer.moreless

    This episode is the reason I don't like Rossi at all. Gideon was a great person on the team but above nowhere near as arrogant and rude as Rossi.

    It's surprising and not surprising that Rossi has been here this long. He's an annoying character certain to get ratings. Actually more I think about the more similarities I see with Rossi and serial killer profile. Rossi is arrogant, an egomaniac, has a hard dealing with different opinions other than his. The episode starts with a beautiful young girl named Zoe who at Rossi's book tour. She goes to Rossi for help but Rossi just brushes her off.

    The girl who is a really smart crimonologist in the making decides to take matters in her own hands and tries to track down a serial killer. You can guess what happens next. I really didn't buy Rossi's sorry excuses for what happened. He knows better as a veteran but his brush off the young girl's pleas was just un-excusable.

    The unsub was an interesting character. Again it's funny the more I get caught up on this show the more similarities I see with killers and Rossi. The killer used Rossi's book as a manual to commit murder and like Rossi enjoyed all the attention given to him.

    Still an entertaining episode as they all are.moreless
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • JJ tells Rossi she heard him speak when she was at Georgetown University. However, in "North Mammon," JJ said she went to college in Pittsburgh.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Rossi: She came to me and I dismissed her.
      Hotchner: Try not to personalize it.
      Rossi: I was the last one she talked to before she was murdered. How is this not personal, Aaron?
      Hotchner: Okay. It's personal. But that doesn't change how we go about finding her killer.

    • Eric Ryan Olson: I always knew I'd end up back in prison; it was just a matter of when. You can come interview me if you want. I read in one of your books that's how you build your behavioral database, right? Maybe you can learn something from me. I got a lot of questions myself. I'll be honest with you if you're honest with me. 'Cause the one thing that you always ask is the one thing I don't understand: why. I've no idea why. I see a guy walking down the street with a stupid look on his face and I want to bash him over the head with a bottle. To me that's normal. It's weird to me that no one else feels that way. It's all I think about. I can't stop.

    • Rossi: Austrian novelist Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach wrote, "In youth we learn; in age we understand."

    • Rossi: "I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." Albert Einstein

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