Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Instincts 

A child abduction case in Las Vegas causes Reid to have strange nightmares which appear to be connected to an event in his past.

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The team travel to Las Vegas to investigate the abduction and subsequent murder of 5-year old Ethan Hayes whose dead body was found in the desert but in a visible location, newly clothed and seemingly starved during his abduction phase but somehow with nutrients in his body without visible evidence of an I.V. marking on his body. Another adolescent, Michael Bridges, has been abducted but assumed not yet dead. The tie between the two abductions is that the killer has contacted both sets of parents telling them they are the cause of their child's abduction. This case is especially difficult for Reid whose hometown is Las Vegas and whose mother has been institutionalized there for the better part of her adult life. In addition, he has been having nightmares of late of himself and the team chasing the killer of a six-year old child. However, this child is seemingly someone he may have known from his own childhood. Written by Huggo

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5 November 2008 (USA)  »

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The following quote pokes fun at another CBS hit show, the original CSI series. In that series, the Crime Scene Investigators take on a larger role than their actual counterparts in the real world, who would never interrogate criminals or question witnesses.

[Walking into a messy crime scene in the middle of the desert] David Rossi: It's not exactly a well preserved scene. Emily Prentiss: It's the crime scene investigators. They all wanna play cop instead of just being scientists, and they end up trampling on everything. See more »

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Dr. Spencer Reid: Hotch? Do you think it would be possible to wait till tomorrow to return home?
Aaron Hotchner: [Shakes yes; then to Derek] You think you could find something to do in Vegas for the night?
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furious after the writers
17 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

usually i appreciate this show, (even if think that mandy patinkin was the most interesting character) but this season, they're really going down. apparently, to copy the scenario from the "csi"/"fbi without a trace" crossover in the "catching out" episode wasn't stupid enough so now, they set the investigation in Las Vegas, and criticize the crime scene lab ! if they want csi success, they should get good writers, first, it will be more fair play and second they would be less ridiculous. i'm very very angry !!! if they keep on going down this road, they won't just be less and less interesting, they'll get boring. i hope that they'll soon make progress, or they'll just become like csi Miami, my substitute for a sleeping pill !


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