A serial killer known as the Road Warrior is gunning down blonde women on roads in Orange County, California and the BAU suspect that the victims are surrogates and that it's only a matter of time before he kills the real one.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Hill
Detective Thea Salinas
Burke Manning
Judy Hannity
Vanessa Hill
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Victor Alvarez
Sasha Hill


Middle aged Caucasian blonde women are being gunned down on the freeways around Los Angeles. Based on victimology, the BAU determine that the women are surrogates for someone in the unsub's life, probably his wife or former partner. The unsub is feeling emasculated, this feeling onset by some specific traumatic event, but precipitated by perceived attitudes toward him. However, the killings are getting progressively brazen, where the BAU believes the unsub will eventually kill the real blonde woman in his life, and the children associated with that relationship. When the team locate the unsub, it may be too late. Written by Huggo

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17 December 2008 (USA)  »

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Mitch Pileggi (Norman Hill) played a FBI Assistant Director in The X-Files (1993) See more »


The unsub shoots out the driver's side window on his first victim's car, then when the car flips, the window is intact again. See more »


Jordan Todd: This is Orange County, California. Ten days ago, Judy Hannity, a real estate worker and a mother, was shotgunned on the 91 freeway.
Emily Prentiss: She survived this?
Jordan Todd: Barely. She's paralyzed from the waist down. The second and third victims were both DOA. There were different vehicles for each shooting. A small black SUV, a black sedan, a white sedan. No makes, no plates.
Derek Morgan: No solid witnesses?
Jordan Todd: The first victim described the shooter as a normal, middle-aged white guy in an SUV.
Aaron Hotchner: She gave that description but she ...
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »


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Mitch Pileggi Delivers A Great Performance In a Familiar Scenario
21 December 2008 | by (Arlington, VA.) – See all my reviews

This is not a show I usually watch. I've been aware of it for some time, and I'd heard about the trade-off of the lead role between Mandy Patinkin and Joe Mantegna, both excellent actors. But because my plate is already full as far as police procedural dramas go, between the LAW AND ORDER and CSI franchises, I figured I didn't have it in me to commit to one more show from that genre.

But for some episodes, I will make exceptions. And when I saw that this one featured one of my all-time favorite actors, Mitch Pileggi, I knew I'd have to record this one at the very least.

I don't know that I'd pick up this series on a regular basis, based on this one episode. Only for those who know what I mean, I guess it's a spoiler to say that the story is very derivative of the work of Brad Anderson, a writer/director who has tackled similar dark themes in his film SESSION 9 and in an episode of the Showtime series MASTERS OF HORROR called "Sounds Like."

But derivative or not, Pileggi, who has played everything from laid-back drifters to homicidal psychopaths and is best-known as Mulder and Scully's boss from THE X-FILES series, straddles that fine line between sympathy and sadism well in this turn as a mild-mannered family man who has a complete psychological meltdown after a horrific tragedy. Faith Ford (MURPHY BROWN) is also very good as his wife. And the rest of the cast, though I'm not at all familiar with the characters, handle themselves pretty well.

I would have to know and see more to fully appreciate their work, but Mitch is the reason why I tuned in to begin with, and I'm happy to say that I wasn't the least bit disappointed.

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