Derek is arrested as a serial killer, and the team must delve into his secrets in order to free him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Dennison (as James MacDonald)
James Barfield
Desiree Morgan
Keith Tisdell ...
Rodney Harris


When Derek Morgan visits his mother in Chicago, he always visits the grave of a teenager whose corpse he found at age 13. This time he's arrested by detective Stan Gordinski, as a suspected serial killer, blamed for the death of several other teenage boys, none of whom were ever identified, embarrassingly based on a profile Jason wrote without knowing the details. The team is baffled. Derek has a whole past he hid from them, including a gang-related juvenile criminal record expunged by a judge at the recommendation of the highly respected local youth center director Buford, who inspired his - also previously unmentioned - career as a college football-scholarship student until he had a knee injury. Finally, an unlikely alternative suspect is shown to have his own, ongoing hidden past... Written by KGF Vissers

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13 December 2006 (USA)  »

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We learn that Derek is from Chicago, and he goes back every year for his mother's birthday. We also learn that he has only sisters. See more »


When Karl Buford is arrested and struggles, his suit jacket falls open revealing a script in his inside pocket. See more »


Derek Morgan: Does he ever take you to his cabin?
James: What?
Derek Morgan: Fishing in Wisconsin? Camping? Two things you wished you had a real father for.
James: Sometimes.
Derek Morgan: Yeah, he's good like that.
James: You know about the cabin?
Derek Morgan: James, I told you I used to be you.
James: What do you mean?
Derek Morgan: The first you weren't even sure what was going on. He brushed up against you. You thought it might have just been an accident. But then at the cabin he let you sit and drink with him. You thought that was kinda cool. Made you feel grown. Gave you a glass of ...
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One of the best Morgan-centric episodes
27 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Morgan generally is not the most interesting BAU character on 'Criminal Minds', Gideon, Rossi, Prentiss and especially Reid to me have always been more consistently developed and more interesting.

However, there are some 'Criminal Minds' episodes that do well developing him, and he's hardly a dull or annoying character. "Profiler, Profiled" is up there among the best Morgan-centric episodes and one of Season 2's strongest episodes generally, with Morgan being an interesting character that only really roots for here.

Shemar Moore's outstanding acting here plays a very large part, some of the best acting he's given. He gives plenty of intensity, and "Profiler, Profiled" proves that with the right material Moore can handle emotional scenes incredibly well, particularly when he's been questioned (where one never doubts his innocence), his poignant chemistry with James and the intense one with Carl Buford.

All the lead actors do excellent jobs, Mandy Patinkin, Thomas Gibson, Paget Brester and Matthew Gray Gubler registering very strongly. As do the supporting cast, especially Julius Tennon's sinister Carl (such a repellent character when revealed that one really does want to see justice for Morgan), Jascha Washington's affecting James (one really feels sorry for him) and Skipp Sudduth's no-nonsense Gordinski.

Production values as always are very high in quality, being stylish, classy and atmospheric, while the music is suitably haunting and melancholic, suiting the mood well although not always enhancing it as such never once does it distract. The script is very thought-provoking, the story is ceaselessly compelling and suspenseful with Morgan's innocence never being doubted and the character always sympathetically drawn and the characters are strongly written and characterised.

Only the ending feels a little rushed, and Morgan illegally escaping custody is agreed far-fetched and sackable worthy.

That said, "Profiler, Profiled" is a wonderful episode, one of the best episodes of Season 2 (generally one of the better 'Criminal Minds' seasons, with "Honor Among Thieves" being one of the few disappointments) and one of the best Morgan-centric episodes. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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