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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Jennifer "JJ" Jareau: [news of the LSD poisoning has been leaked to the media] They didn't name the restaurant.
Detective Hanover: Wh-what is it?
Jason Gideon: Call the local hospital. Make sure they know what's coming. Excuse me.
Aaron Hotchner: Where do your 911 calls get routed?
Detective Hanover: Uh, there's a county phone bank. They contact first responders, the fire department.
Aaron Hotchner: Alert them, too. They're gonna need additional personnel. And any other backup you've got, auxiliary cops, you're gonna have to call them.
Detective Hanover: But why?
Aaron Hotchner: Because we're gonna have a heck of a time calming ...
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Not bad
8 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now this episode of "Criminal Minds" I actually enjoyed. It wasn't extremely gripping or thought-provoking like some other television shows, but I found myself interested enough and it followed along nicely.

It started by showing the tragic consequences of one man's hallucination. Several others had similar symptoms and testing showed they had all been poisoned. There was no threatening letter or ransom letter. The F.B.I. profilers were called in to try and determine the motive and criminal.

I actually found this episode had some nice scenes. The plot went along nicely enough, it felt less stereotypical and preachy than the other episodes I have seen. I also noticed that there was some nice editing (well, jump-cuts used appropriately, which always make me feel cheerful, although they did start to overuse them towards the end) and music, which generally made it all more exciting. Unfortunately, the criminal himself didn't seem particularly interesting nor believable - typical motive which they figured out, but his character just didn't seem to ring true. Having said that, I don't know any psychopathic revenge poisoners, so I'm probably not the best person to judge.

Overall, quite a good episode.


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