Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The team investigates a serial rapist-turned-murderer in Illinois, whose sporadic timing of the attacks puzzles Sam as well as the connection between his victims whom are left in the woods. Sam figures out that the killer is an angry and frustrated married man taking out his rage and frustration on about-to-be-wed women. Meanwhile, with Jack-of-All-Trades (Donald Lucas) finally captured and imprisoned, Sam begins searching for a new house for her and Chloe.moreless

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  • The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

    When I first saw this episode I was underwhelmed and if I'd rated it then would have given is a 6. So why the change? Well on viewing it again, I realized this is actually a fully fleshed out episode, involving a very real and very meaningful stylistic change for Profiler.

    The show is still visually compelling - the change is the story telling method. In previous episodes we got no vision of the killer - he/she operated off camera. In this episode we see the killer, even get a glimpse into the forces driving him to do what he does, how you responds to those forces and importantly how he picks his victims.

    "Cravings" introduces us to a more cohesive VCTF team - we see them working together to create a profile - John provides victimology, Grace the usual medical, George the fundamentals of information, Sam and Bailey the overall profile; its a method Criminal Minds has used from its first episode. We see Sam assemble the profile, look at the clues, take what she knows about this type of crime and assemble them into a picture of the killer. But, and this for me is what set the episode apart, she provides a series of key insights and distinctions. In one scene she says, "No this isn't a killer, this is a rapist who kills." In another scene she talks about him as a caregiver - he knows how to do it but it's not central to his identity. In another scene, Sam talks about returning the victims - with clean clothes, neatly arranged, in an easy to access location - as a gift, he's giving them back to their families so they can mourn.

    There were only a couple off notes through most the episode - Bailey and Sam's discussions about her life and moving forward being a one and Sam's visit to Donald Lucas in prison. We see in this a fundamental plot problem - if Sam wishes to understand his motives, interviewing him won't work since he's not going to tell her; the scene between them is unfortunately awkward. Those missteps however don't undermine an otherwise strong episode.moreless
  • sam as starling jack as hannibel

    A complete insult to one of the best films ever made, The Silence of the Lambs. The prison visit by Sam is as complete a rip off as I have ever seen. They writer even goes so far as to copy a line from the movie when Jack tells Sam "I love what you have done to your hair". Jack is no Hannibel.

    I can only respect this show if this episode was intended to make a joke of the series by pretending to be something it is not, nor ever will be.

    A sad acting job by the kevin bacon look a like.moreless
Ally Walker

Ally Walker

Dr. Samantha "Sam" Waters

Julian McMahon

Julian McMahon

Det. John Grant

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

George Fraley

Robert Davi

Robert Davi

Agent Bailey Malone

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Grace Alvarez

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bailey: What does he do in between attacks?
      Sam: I don't know.
      Bailey: 'I don't know'? Your salary and you give me 'I don't know' ?
      Sam: Oh you know, that reminds me. I filled out an application for a house in Buckhead, you'll be getting a call. So don't tell them my salary or they'll be asking me more for it.
      Bailey: That's called fraud.
      Sam: As opposed to theft which is what I call what they're asking for rent.

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