Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 1

Extreme Aggressor (22 Sep. 2005)

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Supervisory Special Agent Jason Gideon returns to the Behavioral Analysis Unit after an extended medical leave, and BAU team leader Aaron Hotchner must secretly evaluate Gideon's performance. Gideon's first case upon his return involves tracking down an unsub (unknown subject) in Seattle before he kills his latest kidnap victim. Written by Mark Cabot

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In this episode, Gideon profiles a killer and correctly predicts that he would have a speech impediment. This was based on a real life case, investigated by FBI agent John Douglas, former chief of the FBIs Investigative Support Unit. See more »

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The last scene is said to take place in Virginia, but there is a Canadian "No Public Washrooms" sign near the door of the gas station, and a small "No cigarettes Under 19" (the legal age in Canada). See more »

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David Woodland: [dog barks at Reid] Sandy! No, no, no, no! I'm so sorry.
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: It's okay. It's what we call 'the Reid effect'. Happens with children too.
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This is the pilot episode for the new-and-successful TV show delving into the minds of all kinds of criminals, from serial killers to arsonists to rapists, on and on. The first case deals with a guy up in Seattle who is luring girls - this latest case through a sports car ad

  • to him, then holding them for seven days in a cage before killing


them. He clips their fingernails, one of a few idiosyncrasies. But that doesn't turn out to mean anything. However, what does turn out is that he has a partner, so they have to find two people.

We are introduced to the main character, "Gideon" (Mandy Patakin), a grim- faced 50-something who apparently did this line of work before in this unit of the FBI but had a nervous breakdown. This is his first case back since the "major depression," as it is now labeled. The question is whether he can "cut it" and return to field action. We slowly get to see the people is going to be working with, I assume. (This DVD is my introduction to the series.)

It's an interesting and suspenseful opener. The final minute leads into a second show and a new case. I don't know if this is going to be the way the show operates on a regular basis or not.


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