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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Bale
Detective Morrison
Gil Clurman
Mrs. Clurman
Chicu Reddy
Dan Tracy
Officer Worthy
Prison Guard


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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5 October 2005 (USA)  »

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The unsub in this episode mirrors Mark Hofmann, who in 1985 went on a bombing spree in Salt Lake City, Utah to conceal his forgeries of historical documents. Like Walker, he committed several unrelated bombings to throw suspicion off his trail. See more »


When the BAU in Palm Beach receive the information about the three bombs matching the bomb of the guy who blew up some FBI people in Boston, when Gideon sits down, he grabs a water bottle with the brand name "Poland Springs". In Palm Beach, FL, this would have to be imported. The same parent company owns the names "Poland Springs", "Arrowhead", "Deer Park" and "Zephyrhills". The latter is the water that is distributed in Florida. See more »


[last lines]
Jason Gideon: [leading Bale back his jail cell] Despite the fact that you lied to us and your deal is void, I made sure to tell all your friends here how extremely willing you were to give up information on your fellow inmates. You're a rare bird, Adrian. I can't tell you how much pleasure I get just knowing I put you in this little, tiny cage. You might even call it an emotional release.
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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Three episodes in and showing no signs of tiring
7 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Won't Get Fooled Again" may not be as good as "Extreme Aggressor" and "Compulsion", the previous two episodes, but that it's still very good is testament really to how good those two episodes were so early on in the show's run.

Mostly Season 1 of 'Criminal Minds' was solid. There was a slow hit-and-miss patch between "The Fox" and "Riding the Lightning" (two of the season's, and the show's, best episodes) with episodes ranging between very good and blandly average, but to me the only really sub-par episode of Season 1 was "Machismo" (still one of my least favourite 'Criminal Minds' episodes). "Won't Get Fooled Again" continues the season's strong start, after one of the show's best season premieres in "Extreme Aggressor" and after a masterclass in how to make a riveting episode out of a done-to-death and not always interesting concept in "Compulsion" this follows on impressively, not as good as those two episodes but still very well done.

A couple of parts and connections (i.e. trying to figure out the plan through following internet usage) are introduced a little randomly from personal opinion, meaning not as much room to piece everything together for ourselves. Morgan's attitude towards Gideon saw a side to him that was disrespectful and unprofessional, there have been worse cases of unprofessional and jerk-ish behaviour since with Morgan but when we are reminded of how protective and caring he is like in his big brother-like bond with Reid one can't help be turned off a little.

There is so much to like in "Won't Get Fooled Again". It does wonders with a concept (bombing) that has been done many times on TV that varies hugely in effectiveness and interest of execution. Especially compelling are the scenes and interaction between Gideon and Bale, which create powerful chills, and the climactic moments that are full of non-stop tension, with the cut the wire part one gets really panicked as to whether the right thing was said.

Gideon and Bale's chemistry isn't the only well done chemistry, the trusting and quietly professional one between Gideon and Hotch and the sweet one between Morgan and Garcia (long before the banter became over-the-top and misplaced) are also strongly written. A great job is done with Gideon, who is like the heart and soul of the group, and one really sees the BAU work as a team here and with urgency. Not that they didn't before, but they particularly do in this episode and their personalities more defined.

Visually, there is much style, class and atmosphere, while the direction is taut and accommodating and the music haunting and melancholic. The script is thought-provoking and beautifully balanced and the story compelling in its suspense and emotion.

Nothing to complain with the acting either, with authoritative Mandy Patinkin and sadistic Tim Kelleher being worthy of particular praise.

In conclusion, a very good episode, remarkably so for at this point a show that was only three episodes in when for some shows this particular period is a rocky one. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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