Criminal Minds: Season 2, Episode 19

Ashes and Dust (21 Mar. 2007)

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The team tries to identify a serial arsonist who has escalated to murder.

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An arsonist has been at work in San Francisco, setting so far two house fires in three weeks. The two sets of residents - both families - all perished, except for one person. Unlike the work of most serial arsonists, these fires were meant to kill their inhabitants. Before she dies, the sole survivor of the those two initial fires tells Hotch and Prentiss of irregularities from that evening before and during the fire: that someone had turned off the water, that the smoke alarms did not work during the fire, that someone had locked the front door in such a way that they could not escape, and that she noticed a fireman inside the house just before she passed out. That fireman they know to be the unsub. Beyond general characteristics, Garcia finds one connection between the two families: the father figures both worked for different companies accused of LUST (leaking underground storage tanks) by an environmental activist/eco-terrorist (depending on one's viewpoint) group called the Earth... Written by Huggo

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No federal agent wears their weapon exposed in public, unless they're on the HRT or SWAT team. The weapons are kept covered at all times in public. See more »

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Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: Has she said anything about the fires?
Doctor: I'm giving her as much painkiller as I can. She asked about her husband and son. She passed out again before I had to answer.
Emily Prentiss: So she doesn't know.
Doctor: [shakes her head no] Whatever you tell her, she won't live long enough to know different. I'll be right back.
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Emily Prentiss: Did she just tell us to lie to a material witness?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: No. She told us that we could.
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Enya in opening scene
23 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just thought it was strange that they had an Enya song (can't be sure of which one) playing through the opening scene. I usually equate Enya with peace and serenity so it was a very strange juxtaposition to listen to her song as fire spread around a room, people crawled through the smoke in panic, even the killer manifests himself before the strains die away. Did anyone else find this strange? Of course there is the interesting fact that we have a man dressed in a fireman suit in the house, and the editor seems to continually cut to scenes of the bookshelf burning in between shots of the family in distress. It seemed very reminiscent of "Fahrenheit 451" to me. Of course, I could be just reading too much into it. Intentional homage, or over-analysis?


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