A young man seeks out Reid for help regarding his fantasies of killing prostitutes, just as a serial killer starts brutalizing prostitutes near the capitol.

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When Dr. Spencer Reid is approached in Washington, D.C. by high-school boy Nathan Harris, who attends his lectures out of fascination, he realizes only after the kid leaves he might be a serial killer, which seems to check out after having the details he mentioned verified, the victims being prostitutes marked in the flesh by a sick mind who is tortured and wants to get caught. However there seems to be another killer at work... Written by KGF Vissers

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29 November 2006 (USA)  »

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Anton Yelchin (Nathan Harris) is one of several Star Trek performers to guest star in an episode of Criminal Minds. Ethan Phillips (Voyager's Neelix) played a homicidal court reporter in Season 1, Connor Trineer (Enterprise's Tripp) played a sheriff in Season 4, Wil Wheaton (TNG's Wesley Crusher) played a serial rapist and killer in Season 4, Jonathan Frakes (TNG's Riker) appeared as a psychologist in Season 5, and Rene Auberjonois (DS9's Odo) played a commandant of a military academy. Yelchin is also the first Trek veteran guest-starring in Criminal Minds to pass away. See more »

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During the last scene which occurs at a motel, Dr. Reid is feeling guilty about misreading the profile of the young man who came to him for help. As Gideon attempts to reassure him, you can see palm trees over his shoulder in the background. This scene is supposed to take place in Washington, D.C. See more »

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Jason Gideon: Paramedics say he wouldn't have made it without you. You saved his life.
Dr. Spencer Reid: He wanted me to let him die.
Jason Gideon: He's sick. He needed saving.
Dr. Spencer Reid: And how many people's lives did I risk in the future?
Jason Gideon: Profiles can be wrong.
Dr. Spencer Reid: What if it's not? What if next time he kills somebody?
Jason Gideon: Then you catch him.
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I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)
by Eagles of Death Metal
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Disturbing, thought-provoking and emotional- a 'Criminal Minds' classic
5 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite episodes of Season 2 along with "The Fisher King Part II", "Revelations", "Profiler, Profiled", "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman". This said, Season 2 was a strong season, one of the better 'Criminal Minds' seasons in general, where only "Honor Among Thieves" was average at best.

What immediately drew me in with "Sex, Birth, "Death" were the story and the performances of and chemistry between Matthew Gray Gubler's Reid and Anton Yelchin's Nathan Harris. The story is one of the season's most disturbing (along with "Revelations" and "North Mammon"), but it is also one of the most thought-provoking and most emotional, also one that is not as obvious as one would think. A wonderful job is done exploring Harris' inner struggles and Reid's insights and instincts to help him, and it is easy for the viewer to empathise.

The chemistry between Gubler and Yelchin was crucial in making the episode work and that their chemistry is so riveting, so empathetic and tense is one of "Sex, Birth, Death's" many allures. The character of Reid and Gubler's acting were always one of the high points of the show, and helped make underwhelming episodes watchable, Reid is a sympathetic and likable character here and Gubler's acting is fantastically nuanced. Yelchin's performance is indeed gut-wrenchingly superb, being scary and heart-wrenching.

Despite the strong emphasis on these two, the rest of the characters are by no means neglected. The chemistry and dynamic within the team is adorable and charming and Garcia and Hotch are interesting too.

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. The acting is very good, with Gubler and Yelchin dominating.

Concluding this review, classic 'Criminal Minds' and one of the best episodes of Season 2. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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