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

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Evan Abby
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Lt. Ricardo Vega
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Vincent Stiles
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Charlotte Cutler
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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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The Earth Defense Front (EDF) in this episode has a similar name to the real-life group Earth Liberation Front (ELF). The ELF are radical environmentalists who have been involved in arson and other property damage. The FBI considers them to be "eco-terrorists." See more »

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The ID for a suspect shows the residence city to be "Freemont" while there is a so named city in the SF Bay Area, it is spelled "Fremont" See more »

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Dr. Spencer Reid: This place is great! They have their own espresso machine!
Jennifer Jareau: Eh, Dr. Reid? This is detective Castro, she is with the SFPD liaison
Dr. Spencer Reid: Burned my hand on the espresso machine
[picks up a first aid box and unintentionally drops the contents]
Det. Leah Castro: A genius you said?
Jennifer Jareau: Yeah, eh... his coordination drops off when he is thinking
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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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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