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 book about recovered memories that Dr. Reid refers to during the flight to the crime scene is probably 'Michelle Remembers', published in 1980 and marketed as the recollections of Michelle Smith, who claimed to have suffered ritual abuse by a Satanic cult in which her mother was involved. The book and the "events" it supposedly described have since been almost totally discredited, but not before it was used as a reference in over 1,000 cases, some of which resulted in prosecution and imprisonment of innocent people. Reid also uses the term "satanic panic". This also refers to a book, 'Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend' by Jeffrey S. Victor, which documents the hysteria regarding Satanic activity which swept the nation in the 1980s and 1990s, most of which was a result of the publication of 'Michelle Remembers'. 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 »


Jason Gideon: Sir Peter Ustinov said, "Unfortunately, a superabundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares."
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Look before you leap, Read before you preach!
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To those of you who seem to think that all Satanists are "evil-doers" and want only to hurt people/animals: read about the culture before making such assumptions. I am not a Satanist, but I do know a great deal about Satanism and their mores, values and customs are almost exactly the same as those of the Christians. How would you feel if I said that Christians are murderers who are just out to kill anyone who disagrees with you? Or that anyone who believes in any type of deity was just trying to make an excuse for being pathetic, weak and inept? Not so funny, is it? Also, is that kind of hostility not what caused this war? People assumed that one culture is set a particular way, and now people are dying because they do not agree on the name of the person who said to be a good person. Grow up!

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