Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 13

Poison (18 Jan. 2006)

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The apparent spiking of citizens of a town in New Jersey, puts the BAU on the trail of a poisoner who may not be done.

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In Beachwood, NJ, Eric Fisher's recently divorced father, high-school teacher Jack Fisher, goes berserk while driving the boy back to his adulterous ex. He even hurts him under influence of rohypnol-poisoned LSD which has also affected other users. The team profiles an elaborate revenge plot by a clever social outcast with substance access. Written by KGF Vissers

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Both JJ and the nurse at the ER use the term "psychosomatic" to refer to cases of food poisoning that might not be real. The term they should have used was "psychogenic," which is often confused with "psychosomatic." The term "psychogenic" is interchangeable with "functional," which means that the patient believes that signs and symptoms are genuine, but the affected anatomy and/or physiology are "functioning" normally. Colloquially, most people refer to this type of illness as "being all in your head." The term "psychosomatic" refers to signs and symptoms of illness that may have had their origin in psychological trauma or belief of some sort but then begin to manifest as true physical signs of illness or disease. See more »

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Jason Gideon: We know there are four types of poisoners who target multiple victims.
Aaron Hotchner: There's the true believer, the political terrorist/religious cult.
Derek Morgan: There's the extortionist, product tamperer who holds a business hostage in exchange for money.
Elle Greenaway: Or the prankster, usually a younger offender who doesn't mean any harm and it's basically just a big practical joke.
Aaron Hotchner: And the avenger. Someone with a personal vendetta who choses poison as their weapon.
Jason Gideon: So we need to find out as quickly as possible which type he is, ...
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Grabs Your Attention With Unique Opening
12 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now here is a different kind of opening to a crime show!

We see a man in his car with his (about) 12-year-old son driving down a wooded road and, all of sudden, he sees a deer in the road, swerves and just misses it. His wise-ass kid never saw any deer. Then, they get a flat tire. While out fixing it, the dad hears noises and see bogeymen-type figures after him. He swings his tire iron wildly. The end result is that almost killed his kid and the fact is, there was no one there. The guy had been poisoned with LSD and was hallucinating.

The BAU team gets called into this case in Beachwood, New Jersey, when its revealed this guy and others were poisoned by the drug. Eventually, they deduce the guy is the "avenger" type poisoner and look for someone with a profile (too lengthy to go into here) and realize this was just a "test run." That means a lot of people could get hurt or killed with a big dose of poison. Since the drug was laced with another that made people conveniently forget where they were, it's harder to track down how and where this problem began.

As viewers, we learn about people who poison and, as usual these "profiles" are interesting. This guy is especially worrisome because it looks like he had someone poison some candy (which is how the people got sick) and then he killed her!

However, there are twists and turns in the last 12 minutes - the bomber consistently deceiving the BAU even after they catch him - that make this an above-average episode, by far the best in the last month.


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