Criminal Minds: Season 3, Episode 7

Identity (7 Nov. 2007)

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The unit has to deal with the militia when they're called to rural Montana to track a killer who's obsessed with his mentor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Goehring
Henry Frost
Sheriff Williams
Harris Townsend
Kristopher Logan ...
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In Montana, a member of a local militia, Frances Goering, is identified as a sadistic serial killer. He then commits suicide by blowing himself up, taking a cop with him. Goering's M.O. was kidnapping young women, torturing them for a few days and then killing them. By the time of his death he had killed 3 and held another captive. The BAU is called in to locate the survivor and finds her freshly killed, meaning Goering had an accomplice who now has literally taken his identity... Written by J. Rieper

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I live in Montana, and first of all that's not Montana. Second of all, we're not all a bunch of hillbillies and hicks. We might sometimes be about thirty years behind technology-wise, but we don't all hole up in bunkers clutching our guns and waiting for the government to try to invade. That would be Texas! :P Joke. This episode was laughable from the perspective of a Montana resident. The only thing they got right was the Montana State Troopers' uniforms. Looks like they shot it in the mountains of California or maybe Nevada, certainly not up near Great Falls. And the Old West look of the grocery store - I laughed so hard! We have lots of old buildings here, but few of them look like that. Most of ours are heavy brick or stone because of the cold weather. We're not exactly the Wild Wild West like the Southwestern states are. Or we don't exactly look like it, anyway. They didn't even try to make it look like Montana. We just don't have sagebrush and sand everywhere, especially not up near Great Falls which is up by the Canadian border. And the aggressive stances of the 'locals' didn't fit, either. Montana people are actually pretty polite, even the gun toting ones. Fail.

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