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The Big Wheel 

The team tracks down a highly obsessive-compulsive killer who targets blonde women and leaves messages to the police asking them to stop him.

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Kate (as Martha Anne Madison)
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Michelle Watson
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Michelle Watson, a Buffalo, New York based real estate agent, is found murdered inside a house at which she was showing. A week later, the Buffalo Police Department receive an audio-less and edited video recording from the murderer's viewpoint of the lead-up to the killing, including shots within the murderer's home, as well as the actual murder itself. From the video, it looks as if it was taken by a hidden camera located somewhere on the upper half of the murderer's body. From the actions on the video, the BAU can also tell that the murderer suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Reviewing past cases in the Buffalo area within the past ten years and another video visible in the background of the video sent makes them suspect that this murder was done by a serial killer. Two other key pieces of information on the video are the number "29", circled by the murderer on Michelle's day planner, and the murderer scrawling the words "HELP ME". The BAU have a race for time as they ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

Vincent's pea coat is a standard Navy issued pea coat. See more »

Goofs

Garcia points out that the footage of Vincent's mother's death is analog and has been digitized. She also says that the footage is seriously degraded. Whenever we see the tape being played (or the ripped version of it), we occasionally see a few horizontal degradation lines appear on the screen for a few frames and they are completely still. The only consumer camcorder formats available at the time were Betamax and VHS-C (and 1983 was the first year they were introduced). For analog tape formats like this, degradation lines would be moving downward. What is shown on the TV looks more like the loss of part of a signal from a TV broadcast. See more »

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Aaron Hotchner: [opening quotation, voiceover] "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." - Francis Bacon.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »

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Frio
Written by Carlos Villalobos
Performed by Carlos Villalobos
Courtesy of Alistar Records
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Brilliant!
18 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of episodes that concentrate too much on the unsub. But this one was done just right. Everything fit.

The writing was on point. We got the sense of who the unsub is and still there was enough time spent on profiling.

And the acting was just amazing, especially from Alex O'Loughlin. He made Vincent human. His presence disconcerting but there was a vulnerability to him. And his scenes with young Jake Cherry were beautiful as well.

This is an episode I can re-watch anytime.


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