Criminal Minds: Season 3, Episode 16

Elephant's Memory (16 Apr. 2008)

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When a spree killing begins in a small Texas town, Reid's identification with the killer may endanger the girl with him, and cause Reid to put his own life in jeopardy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Savage
Jordan Norris
Paul Barter (as Tim DeZarn)
Eileen Bechtold
Ike Stratman
Deputy Bart Lawford


A teen girl, Jordan, and her father are killed by a bomb planted in their house. When two cops arrive, they are shot by a shooter with a full-auto weapon. The BAU soon discover that the shooter is Owen Savage, a constantly bullied teen with learning difficulties, and that Jordan, who's also been abused and has learning difficulties, is still alive and in a relationship with Owen who's planning to kill again... Written by J. Rieper

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The plot of this episode is very similar to the events of December 24, 2012 in West Webster, NY. A fire was set and the arsonist shot the first responders, killing two and wounding four others. See more »


At the end when Rossi puts his hand up to stop the police cars after the Reid/Owen scene, his gun has already been put away. However, when Reid and Morgan start to walk Owen into the station, Rossi's gun is out and he puts it away again. See more »


Derek Morgan: You already checked his computer?
Dr. Spencer Reid: It's password encrypted
Derek Morgan: Well, smart move if your dad is a cop
Dr. Spencer Reid: Eh, assuming he cares enough to snoop
Derek Morgan: Hey Reid! Check yourself! That Sheriff out there wanted to take your head off. I think Hotch might have let him!
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