Criminal Minds: Season 1, Episode 3

Won't Get Fooled Again (5 Oct. 2005)

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A bomber in Palm Beach forces Gideon to confront an old adversary.



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Tim Kelleher ...
Adrian Bale
Detective Morrison
Gil Clurman
Mrs. Clurman
Chicu Reddy
Dan Tracy
Officer Worthy
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The FBI profiling team is called to Florida where a seres of efficient bombs killed every single target; this rules out a terrorist or politically motivated bomber. The bombs themselves carry the signature of Adrian Bale, a master-bomber who was jailed after taking out six FBI agents in Boston, who even pushed the next button when he knew it would only worsen his sentence. Then there's a lead to an alternative scenario: master forger David Walker, who had to commit a single murder to keep out of jail but covers it up by playing the Bale copycat. Or is there a link between these two suspects, perhaps via a Internet forum which contains suspicious messages? Written by KGF Vissers

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The title of this episode alludes to a song by The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again." See more »


When Garcia and Morgan are first going over the bomb fragments, Garcia says her father wishes she had chosen medical school instead of the FBI. In a later episode, it's revealed that her parents were killed when she was a teenager as they went out looking for her in the middle of the n. See more »


Elle Greenaway: [a hostage has been rescued from a necklace bomb] How'd you know?
Adrian Bale: [flashback] And the emotional release I would feel by pressing that button... well, that was just a little too... overwhelming to pass up.
Jason Gideon: He told me. He said given the opportunity of pressing that button, he'd have no choice. All I did was take his word for it.
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Great Ending Caps Good PB Bomber Episode
3 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a bomber in Palm Beach, Fla. We learn that "half of these bombers wind up blown up by their own bombs." With that in mind, one of the victims - a guy who lost a foot in one of the explosions - turns out to be a suspect.

From there, the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of the FBI - the people who make up this program - discover that whoever this bomber is, he's a copycat of a guy who is prison in Boston. That guy blew up six FBI people when "Gideon," the leader of this program, was involved. That case obviously haunts him (and has been mentioned in all three episodes) but they need this guy "Adrian Bale" (Tim Kelleher) to help find the guy in Palm Beach.

Things get really hairy at the end when a guy wearing a "necklace bomb" enters the police room and our guys have three hours to diffuse it. It's a good episode with a great ending, one of the better ones I've seen on these crime shows.

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