The team travels to Manhattan to work with the NYPD in tracking and apprehending a serial killer who is intent on dispensing his own style of vigilante justice.



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Episode credited cast:
Det. Nora Bennett
Lance Wagner
Will Sykes
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In New York a hooded serial killer blindfolds and shoots, then stabs victims which seem to have nothing in common. The profiling team concludes that the cab driver could only be killed after thorough preparation. His latest attack is a priest, accused but cleared in court of child abuse. After this incident he lets a female witness escape to a church, suggesting that the setting is essential to his ritual. It turns out all the victims were acquitted or got the charges dropped. The killer turns out to be a vigilante who stabs his guilty victims in a 'poetically just' organ, probably continuing on the theme of a first crime against a perpetrator whose victim he once was. Gideon thinks it may be a cop, but can't scare off the NYPD from collaborating, and indeed the next victim is a double cop-killer. All victims have been on trial in one single court-house. Crime newspaper reporter Lance Wagner gets incredibly precise scoops every time. After shooting in panic an undercover cop in the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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22 March 2006 (USA)  »

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In 1976, Rupert Murdoch purchased the New York Post and it was the Post under his management that sensationalized the Son of Sam murders during the summer of 1977. The same Son of Sam frequently cited in this episode in regards to press coverage (from the New York Quest in this episode) and mass panic. See more »


After the killing of the priest in the church, Jason Gideon puts on a rubber glove before touching the knife blade in the head of the victim. As Gideon puts on the glove he clearly rips it accidentally. In the next closeup of Gideon's hand, the glove is without tear. See more »


[last lines]
Woman on the Street #4: They only killed him cause they were afraid no jury would convict him.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


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Among the best episodes of Season 1
7 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Season 1, like with all the seasons of 'Criminal Minds' (for me Season 4 is the best season), is not a consistent season. When it is good, it is very good to outstanding, when it isn't so much, it's average or worse.

There are some fantastic episodes in the season, such as "The Fox", "Charm and Harm", "Riding the Lightning", "Compulsion", "Extreme Aggressor" and "Broken Mirror" (also really liked "What Fresh Hell" and "Somebody's Watching"). Only "Machismo" (one of the lesser episodes of 'Criminal Minds' in general) is mediocre at best, though "The Popular Kids" and "Blood Hungry" also had potential to be much better.

"A Real Rain" is not without its flaws, but on the most part it was one of the season's best episodes. After such an intense build-up, it was somewhat of a disappointment that the ending was as anti-climactic as it was which did dilute the suspense. Also have never really warmed to Elle, she comes over as cold, egotistical and annoying often and played often with little personality by Lola Glaudini. While worse in other episodes, especially "Machismo", "A Real Rain" doesn't make me feel any different.

However, the production values are top notch as is the haunting and affecting use of music. The script is one of the tightest and most thought-provoking of the season, with some really nice personal touches like the interaction between Gideon and Hotch and the terrific Chinese Dinner scene so lovingly done, the profiling is one of the season's most interesting and the story is one of the season's most tautly paced and suspenseful ones.

Performances, with the sole exception of Glaudini, are very good indeed. Of the regulars, Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson are particularly strong and Ethan Phillips is cast beautifully as the unsub.

All in all, excellent episode and one of the season's best. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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