Four years earlier in Roanoke, Virgina, the BAU were in pursuit of Brian Matloff, alleged to be the Blue Ridge Strangler who killed three women. While Morgan was chasing him, Matloff fell several stories from a building roof. Miraculously, Matloff survived, but fell into a coma, from which he has just awaken. The authorities may have problems now in convicting Matloff since he claims to have amnesia, and their only key witness has since passed away. All remaining evidence is circumstantial. Surprisingly, Matloff agrees to a cognitive memory recognition exercise, since regardless of guilt or innocence he states that he wants to know who he is/was. However, some argue that if Matloff does not regain his memory, he is no longer the person he was and thus no longer a threat to society. So, is this a ruse perpetrated by a cold blooded killer? An unknown woman who was Matloff's sole regular visitor may be able to shed some light on the case. Regardless, the father of one of the Blue Ridge ... Written by
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The title, "Tabula Rasa," is a Latin term that literally means "erased slate." It is used philosophically to refer to the state of a person's mind before it has any experience of the world -- and here refers to the suspected killer, Brian Matloff, awakening from a coma with no memory of his crimes. See more
When they flash back to Morgan, Reid, and Garcia, right before the first time Morgan calls Garcia 'baby girl', Morgan asks Reid what Garcia's name is. Reid, who is supposed to have an eidetic memory, says he thinks it is Gomez. Reid should have easily remembered her name. See more
Dr. Spencer Reid
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"Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."