Reid has been kidnapped, and the BAU's only things to profile are a house, a computer, and the live feed the kidnapper is sending to them.



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Episode credited cast:
Mickey Bates
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Young Tobias (as K'Sun Ray)
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Serial killer Tobias Hankle, a religious fanatic, keeps kidnapped Dr. Spencer Reid in a wood cabin, and forces the brilliant, terrified kid to 'confess' by belting his head and bare foot, then injects his own addictive drug; in trance Spencer thinks back to his own dysfunctional mother when he was a minor, till he could get her committed. The team learns Tobias was systematically abused by his Bible-obsessed father Charles, killed the fiend but developed a split personality, including his father's abusive one as Raphael, an angel of violent 'divine' vengeance. Tobias arranges a web-cam to the team showing Reid in his power, ordered to pick the next victim from his six profiling colleagues in order to be allowed saving another, but refusing to take the psycho's word. When he chooses Hodge next time, misquoting from Genesis for an absurd reason, Aaron himself cracks that clue... Written by KGF Vissers

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7 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mandy Patinkin was dressed in warm clothes during the final scenes of the episode because he was going to be doing a concert in New York soon after and was afraid of getting sick. The temperature being 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). See more »


The first time the team members see Reid, Hankel is clearly standing behind the camera. When we switch to the teams point of view, they can see Hankel standing in front of the camera. When we go back to the shack, he is back behind the camera. See more »


Jason Gideon: I don't understand: why can't we shut it down?
Penelope Garcia: Because I can't point his IP-address
Jason Gideon: Just remove it once he sends it
Penelope Garcia: It's the internet. Sir, once it out there, you can never take it back
Jason Gideon: Just like history: you can't undo anything
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Spencer (2017) See more »


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They need to hire new writers
25 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

For a genius, he was kidnapped stupidly. This is becoming a pattern, the team were established as intelligent people but they get into trouble like idiots. It is common sense...Reid identified him as their Un Sub but they still tried to catch him even if they do not have a back up. I used to like Reid but this episode really was out of character. He was supposed to be this guy who can recite statistics. I'm sure there is a statistic about policemen splitting up in an uncharted territory. His teammates however were U-S-E-L-E-S-S!!!! All they do was watch him getting tortured. I mean it is freaking rural Georgia, everybody knows everybody and they got journals too and still cannot locate him. I was hoping Reid would die to teach them a lesson. They were all stupid and pathetic.

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