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"Criminal Minds" About Face (2007)

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Criminal Minds: Season 3: Episode 6 -- The BAU travels to Dallas to assist in the search for a murderer who scares his victims with "missing" flyers that display the soon-to-be victims' photos.


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Original Air Date:
31 October 2007 (Season 3, Episode 6)
The team gains a new, familiar. member and some growing pains while trying to find the latest victim of a killer who puts up wanted posters of his victims before he abducts them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Pretty good episode on the whole if slightly shaky introduction to David Rossi See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi

Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia

Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner

Michael O'Neill ... Det. Yarbough
Andrew Kavovit ... Max Pool

Jayne Atkinson ... Erin Strauss

Sandra Dee Robinson ... Michelle Colucci

Tarri Markel ... Enid (as Tarri Markell)

Elimu Nelson ... Det. Bowie

Kelli Kirkland ... News Reporter (as Kelli Kirkland Powers)
Robert C Sloan ... Uniformed Officer

Kelly McCracken ... Lt. Price
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Don Abernathy ... Office Employer (uncredited)
Jon Barton ... SWAT Leader (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Skipp Sudduth 
Writing credits
Jeff Davis (created by)

Charles Murray (written by)

Produced by
Jay Beattie .... supervising producer
Edward Allen Bernero .... executive producer
Andi Bushell .... supervising producer
Charles S. Carroll .... producer
Gigi Coello-Bannon .... producer
Dan Dworkin .... supervising producer
Debra J. Fisher .... supervising producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Glenn Kershaw .... producer
Erica Messer .... supervising producer
Simon Mirren .... co-executive producer
Chris Mundy .... co-executive producer
Charles Murray .... producer
Deborah Spera .... executive producer
Andrew Wilder .... co-producer
Jennifer Yates .... associate producer (as Jennifer Ketelsen)
Original Music by
Marc Fantini 
Steffan Fantini 
Scott Gordon 
Mark Mancina 
Cinematography by
Greg St. Johns (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jimmy Giritlian 
Casting by
Scott David 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Vincent Jefferds 
Art Direction by
Victoria Ruskin  (as G. Victoria Ruskin)
Set Decoration by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill 
Costume Design by
B.J. Rogers 
Makeup Department
Linda De Andrea .... department head hair stylist
Dayne Johnson .... department head makeup artist
Anna Fleiner .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Francis J. Conway .... unit production manager
Kiegan Downs .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bri Hervey .... production assistant
Michelene Mundo .... second assistant director
Ian Woolf .... first assistant director (as Ian Foster Woolf)
Brian 'Coach' Rosett .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Chad Silver .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Ben Wolcott .... graphic designer
Karen E. Burnett .... buyer (uncredited)
Michael Goss .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Craig Pittman .... leadman (uncredited)
Rick A. Young .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Beadle .... supervising sound editor
Dario Biscaldi .... foley mixer
Kenneth R. Burton .... re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Joseph Geisinger .... sound mixer
Mark McBryde .... additional foley
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Andre Perreault .... re-recording mixer
Mark McBryde .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Barbara Genicoff .... visual effects producer
Michael D. Leone .... visual effects supervisor
Bryan Shepperd .... digital artist (uncredited)
Sean Tompkins .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Beaird .... grip
Randy Glass .... chief lighting technician
Craig Gleason .... lighting technician
John Hatchitt .... key grip
Daniel Helias .... video engineer
Carol Kaelson .... still photographer
Paul V. Perkins .... dolly grip
Andy Shuttleworth .... camera operator
Darcy Spires .... camera operator
Cory Beaird .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Yarish .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Erica L. Silverman .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Esther Lee .... costume supervisor
Elizabeth Martucci .... costumer
Amelia McKinney .... costume assistant
Guy Miracle .... costumer
Sara Auhagen .... tailor (uncredited)
Katherine Dover .... set costumer (uncredited)
Becky Gelbart .... key costumer (uncredited)
Nicole Wiener .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roy Vasich .... colorist: dailies
Dana B. Wilson .... assistant editor
Tony D'Amore .... colorist (uncredited)
Kara Holcomb .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Travis McCann .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Walter Roshetski .... location manager
Serena Baker .... key location scout (uncredited)
Justin W. Hill .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (as Kevin Edelman)
Marc Fantini .... composer: main title theme (uncredited)
Marc Fantini .... score producer (uncredited)
Steffan Fantini .... composer: main title theme (uncredited)
Steffan Fantini .... score producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George A. Sack .... transportation captain
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator
David R. Blakely .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Dulys .... dispatcher (uncredited)
Other crew
Rick Dunkle .... script coordinator
Robert Forrest .... production assistant
Liz Graham .... script supervisor
Chris Gutierrez .... medic
Erika Harrison .... assistant to executive producer
Daniel Helias .... production assistant
Sarah Ivy .... production assistant
Jennifer Kern .... production coordinator
Kevin McEveety .... production accountant
Dauv McNeely .... supervising video playback engineer
Jeremy Thomas .... production assistant
Heather Noël Aldridge .... assistant to line producer (uncredited)
Liz Gaffney .... assistant production office coordinator (uncredited)
Stephen Gillikin .... production staff (uncredited)
Andrea Gruber .... international publicist (uncredited)
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Gregg Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Sigloch .... police technical advisor (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeff Davis  created by

Produced by
Jagene Funk .... line producer
Casting by
Coreen Mayrs 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniella Eisman .... trainee assistant director
Marla Hudnall .... dga trainee
Joseph Payton .... dga trainee day player
Rudy Van Zyl .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser
Visual Effects by
Chad Buehler .... compositor
Cyntia Büll .... digital compositor
Danny S. Kim .... creative director
Michael Meagher .... visual effects producer (as Tony Meagher)
Tefft Smith .... digital artist
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Hydraulx
Jennifer Yu .... digital artist
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double: Lola Glaudini
Heidi Moneymaker .... stunt double
Lori Stewart .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Beaird .... grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric: second unit
Jon Callesen .... set lighting technician
John S. Campbell .... night light operator
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer
Jim Marquette .... camera operator
Bob Myers .... rigging grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... set costumer (as Lorraine Alexis Mahru)
Editorial Department
Hugo J. Mendez .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Scott Gordon .... score producer
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator
Other crew
Ryan Micahel Anderson .... production assistant
Todd Fullerton .... 24 frame video/computer engineer
Natalie Hartman .... photo model
Nicole Marostica .... publicist
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television
Michael O'Haver .... stand-in
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic
Michael Riley .... title designer
Jennifer Solari .... publicist
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in
Carlos Tower .... production assistant
John Trujillo .... layout board
Nic Wegener .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

42 min | USA:42 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

First appearance of Joe Mantegna as David Rossi.See more »
Continuity: David Rossi's moustache and beard gets longer and shorter between scenes. It's long when he's preparing for his interview with Erin Strauss, clipped during the interview itself, but back to long for the next scene.See more »
Erin Strauss:So, you're coming in, in a subordinate position?
David Rossi:Is that a question?
Erin Strauss:The question is why.
David Rossi:To help.
Erin Strauss:Completely selfless act.
David Rossi:That's so hard to believe?
Erin Strauss:Yes.
David Rossi:I missed you too, Erin.
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Pretty good episode on the whole if slightly shaky introduction to David Rossi, 11 July 2016
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

"About Face" is chiefly remembered for being the first episode featuring Jason Gideon's replacement David Rossi. The episode is a pretty good one, even if one doesn't warm to him just yet.

Understandably, the character of Rossi is what keeps "About Face" being even better than it was. It was always going to be a tough call replacing Gideon after the character's and Mandy Patinkin's abrupt departure and in such a short space of time, less than five episodes worth in fact.

Again, understandably as it's his first episode and they did have to rush to write a replacement character and find a replacement actor, Rossi's introduction to the team is shaky and he does not settle in yet here. While the script handles the transition the best it can and at times beautifully, you can feel the awkwardness of the change in dynamic within the team as they initially struggle to get used to Rossi's more old-school, less intuitive approach than Gideon.

However, once Rossi does settle, and he does quicker than most other replacements on the show, and becomes more developed and interesting, his personality is warmer and more likable and the dynamic is more comfortable and often adorable. The only other criticism is that the ending feels rather rushed and abrupt.

Rossi aside, "About Face" is pretty good. The case is a very creepy and atmospheric one, with disturbing killing and modus operandi and a genuinely menacing unsub. It has many of the ingredients that makes the writing and storytelling elements of the best of 'Criminal Minds' present (especially some of the most creative and intelligent use of profiling of the earlier seasons), including the giving out candy touch at the end that brightens the general moodiness of the episode without being too much of a juxtaposition.

Production values are high in style and mood, the Halloween setting helps, and it's hauntingly scored, stylishly directed and smartly and thoughtfully written. The acting is fine, with a menacing unsub and all the regulars doing dependably fine jobs. Joe Mantegna does well actually with what he has, and once the character grows in his later appearances so does Mantegna's acting as the characters.

In summary, Rossi's introduction is not yet settled, but taking into account the circumstances and everything and taking the episode on its own terms, it is pretty and often very good episode. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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