Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 10

The Popular Kids (30 Nov. 2005)

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The apparent death by Satanic ritual brings the BAU to a small town, and the profiling morphs into a search when it's learned that a teenage girl is missing.



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Episode credited cast:
Cory Bridges
Brandi Dreifort
Deputy Harris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Davenport ...
Ashlee Johnson
Reverend Paul
Deputy #2


The police are investigating the murder of popular high school student Adam Lloyd, his body found in the woods on Massanutten Mountain in McAllister County, Virginia. The BAU are called in when the police discover a skeleton nearby, seemingly killed the same way as Adam, with the person's skull cut open and a message scrawled on an adjacent tree saying "Satan Lives LOD". No one knows what LOD means. Upon arriving at the scene, the BAU learn that a young woman named Cherish Hanson was running with Adam that morning, she is missing. The team are aware that someone local is the unsub and they use the tactic of recruiting locals as the search parties to lure the unsub into what is going on. The discovery of what LOD stands for leads the authorities in a certain direction, but Gideon's chat with a local girl uncovers the truth. Meanwhile, Reid admits to Morgan that he has been plagued with nightmares about work of late. Written by Huggo

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The character Mike Zissou is a reference to the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), in which Matthew Gray Gubler played a part. See more »


In one of the close shots Reid's scarf is wrapped around his neck, in the next shot, when Morgan and Elle approach him, it is hanging loosely. There was no time for Reid to change the position of the scarf. See more »


[Reid is pouring piles of sugar into his coffee]
Derek Morgan: Easy there tough guy. Have some coffee with your sugar.
Dr. Spencer Reid: I need something to wake me up.
Derek Morgan: Ooh, late night?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Very.
Derek Morgan: My man!
Dr. Spencer Reid: Not that kind of late night!
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Make Tomorrow Today
Written by Peter Gabriel
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Gosh, These Devil Worshipers Wouldn't Hurt A Fly!
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two young joggers are out in some remote hills in Virginia, about a half hour away from the BAU. The male, a local football hero, is in better shape than his cheerleader-girlfriend, and he goes on. Resting for about a minute, she hears noises, starts to get nervous and runs on and then discovers her boyfriend dead in the woods. Someone comes up near her, but all we see are boots.

After that beginning, we see the local cops examining the area. One comes upon skeleton and a Satanic message craved in a tree. The BAU is called in. They discuss the history of satanic rituals, etc., Dr. Reid being the usual know-it-all. Soon, they hear about a missing girl as the mother hysterically comes looking for her daughter, whom she knew was with the slain kid.

The team has to find whose behind this, of course, and if they can save this young girl who also was taken.

A so-so episode except for the obvious left wing preaching (Lord knows they would never make a Satan cult leader a truly bad person. A Christian, certainly, but not a man who condemns them. Instead, he's "thought-provoking!" In fact, the writers go out of their way to point out - several times - that Satan worshipers never hurt anybody!!! Yeah, right!

This is one of those shows where the viewer thinks, "This could have been so much better."

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