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Ashes and Dust 

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

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Evan Abby
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Vincent Stiles
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Charlotte Cutler
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Paul Cutler
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Dennis Cutler
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Det. Leah Castro (as Mercedes Colón)
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Tom Dunleivy
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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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21 March 2007 (USA)  »

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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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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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Penelope Garcia: She shoots... she scores... the crowd goes wild...
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Dr. Spencer Reid: It's Garcia on line one
Penelope Garcia: Brace yourselves. I am gonna teach you the meaning of LUST!
Jason Gideon: Did she say: lust?
Penelope Garcia: Mm, mm, I cross-referenced every known fact on the victims and I just found a website that links both Dennis Cutler and Matthew Jarvis' companies: a list of companies guilty of L.U.S.T.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: I am missing something
Penelope Garcia: Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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creepy enya tune used before
30 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Actually that Enya tune ("Boadecia") was used some years ago in a creepy, campy thriller about shape-shifting, incestuous cat-people called "Sleepwalkers." Another Steven King movie adaptation gone horribly wrong.

This episode of "Criminal Minds" was quite effective and well written. Interesting to see the "unsub" portrayed so positively and to have Agent Hotchner sympathize with him.

The movie "Sleepwalkers" starred Alice Krige who went on to play the Borg queen in "Star Trek: First Contact." It also had cameos by King, Clive Barker, John Landis, Joe Dante, and Tobe Hooper. Mädchen Amick turns in a decent performance, well above the quality of the rest of the flick. Nice to look at, too.

But the haunting Enya tune is creepily effective. That movie also ended with a house on fire. (Sorry for the digression; just trying to satisfy the silly "ten lines" requirement for comments here.


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