The BAU finds themselves sparring with the Russian Mob, but even more puzzling is the behavior of one of the victims.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss
Natalya Chernus
Arseny Lysowsky
Irina Davidoff ...
Gregory Wagrowski ...
Sergei Chernus
Lyov Lysowsky


The BAU work on a case on the urging of Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss, Emily's mother. The Chernuses - husband and wife, and their adult daughter Natalya - are a working class Russian family that knew of the Ambassador when she was posted in the Ukraine. The family now lives in Baltimore, Maryland having been smuggled out of the Eastern Bloc in 1988. Mr. Chernus has just been kidnapped. The family received a ransom note which includes Chernus' ring finger. Among other things, the note states that another body part will be cut off every six hours until the ransom is paid. In speaking to Josh Cramer from the FBI's Organized Crime Unit, the BAU learn that this case is typical of the Russian mob. Their victims are hesitant to speak to the authorities in general because of mistrust of the Russian authorities. In addition, the victims, generally with much money, are usually criminals themselves. Mr. Chernus does not seem to fit the typical victimology, the family having no money and he not ... Written by Huggo

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11 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Kate Jackson is credited in this episode as "Special Guest Star." See more »


Ambassador Prentiss consistently mispronounces Moscow is 'Moss-cow' rather than 'Mos-coe.' As someone who worked and lived there for a significant amount of time, she would know better. See more »


Penelope Garcia: It's breadcrumbs
Emily Prentiss: I'm sorry
Penelope Garcia: It's set of address strings and passwords, a path! See? I am jumping from site to site, country to country and each time I get a cursor I put in the next address and password. It's the equivalent of breadcrumbs to Hansel and Gretel!
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc and Steffan Fantini
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Morgan does it again. STUPIDITY AT ITS BEST.
26 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Morgan's stupidest moment is when he questioned why he did not see it coming that Natalya (the victim's daughter) was involve in the crime. You see, I watch a lot of series and movies in this genre and I knew she was involve during the airplane scene. She was not worried, keeps looking at her watch and my suspicions even got stronger when Morgan stated that she wear fake designer bag and shoes and that she's trying to be someone she's not. Morgan was the one who stated all those but he did not put two and two together. Some profiler he is. He is the most useless and pathetic character in this series. As I've said in my other reviews, Morgan is a waste of production cost. The writers wish to establish him as some "handsome/playboy type" as supported by the constant random comments of some characters...but in my opinion, he is NOT EVEN HANDSOME. Yuck.

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