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Criminal Minds: Season 4: Episode 6 -- When a young boy is kidnapped in Las Vegas, Reid begins to have dreams that force him recall forgotten memories from his childhood as he investigates the case.


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Original Air Date:
4 November 2008 (Season 4, Episode 6)
A child abduction case in Las Vegas causes Reid to have strange nightmares which appear to be connected to an event in his past. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi

Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid

A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau

Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia

Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner

Jane Lynch ... Diana Reid

Kari Matchett ... Amy Bridges

Reed Diamond ... Craig Bridges

Melinda Page Hamilton ... Claire Bates

Shashawnee Hall ... Det. Ashby

Taylor Nichols ... William Reid

Bruce French ... Dr. Norman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Andrew Astor ... Young Spencer Reid
Sawyer Church ... Michael Bridge
Cynthia Harmon ... Waitress

Brad Heller ... Walter Davis

Marty Lodge ... Minister
Alan Mueting ... FBI Agent
Greg Watanabe ... Medical Examiner
Justin Wren ... Riley Jenkins
Jon Barton ... SWAT Leader (uncredited)
Troy Holden ... Young Hobo (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Rob Spera 
Writing credits
Jeff Davis (created by)

Chris Mundy (written by)

Produced by
Jay Beattie .... co-executive producer
Edward Allen Bernero .... executive producer
Charles S. Carroll .... producer
Gigi Coello-Bannon .... producer
Dan Dworkin .... co-executive producer
Debra J. Fisher .... co-executive producer
Breen Frazier .... producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Holly Harold .... producer
Glenn Kershaw .... supervising producer
Erica Messer .... co-executive producer
Simon Mirren .... co-executive producer
Chris Mundy .... co-executive producer
Deborah Spera .... executive producer
Andrew Wilder .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Marc Fantini 
Steffan Fantini 
Scott Gordon 
Mark Mancina 
Cinematography by
Greg St. Johns 
Film Editing by
Adam Wolfe 
Production Design by
Vincent Jefferds 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bri Hervey .... production assistant
Elion Olson .... additional second assistant director
Brian 'Coach' Rosett .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Buha .... set dresser
Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser
Gretchen Dalton .... set dresser
Ben Wolcott .... graphic designer
Michael Goss .... labor foreman (uncredited)
Joshua Milus .... art department production assistant (uncredited)
Craig Pittman .... lead man (uncredited)
Rick A. Young .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark McBryde .... additional foley
Todd Murakami .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark McBryde .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Michael Sana .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Snider .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jordan Wilby .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Brenczewski .... special effects technician
Andre G. Ellingson .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Barbara Genicoff .... visual effects producer
Michael D. Leone .... visual effects supervisor
Sean Tompkins .... visual effects coordinator
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Nick Beaird .... grip
Andrew Dumas .... assistant camera
Robert Forrest .... film loader
Daniel Helias .... video engineer
Daniel Stilling .... camera operator
Daniel Stilling .... steadicam operator
Cory Beaird .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Betts .... costumer
Katherine Dover .... set costumer
Eva Fredrickson .... wardrobe assistant
Becky Gelbart .... key costumer (uncredited)
Nicole Wiener .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kara Holcomb .... post-production coordinator
Roy Vasich .... colorist: dailies
Tony D'Amore .... colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Justin W. Hill .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Phill Kane .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Marc Fantini .... composer: main title theme
Marc Fantini .... score producer
Steffan Fantini .... score producer
Ben Zales .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Dulys .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Other crew
Ashley Beveridge .... production assistant
Kevin Patrick Bridger .... production assistant
Rick Dunkle .... script coordinator
Liz Graham .... script supervisor
Chris Gutierrez .... medic
Erika Harrison .... assistant to executive producer
Daniel Helias .... production assistant
Sarah Ivy .... production assistant
Jessamyn Land .... production assistant
Dauv McNeely .... supervising video playback engineer
Barbara Palka .... set production assistant
Heather Noël Aldridge .... assistant to line producer (uncredited)
Stephen Gillikin .... production staff (uncredited)
Andrea Gruber .... international publicist (uncredited)
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Gregg Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Sigloch .... police technical advisor (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Jagene Funk .... line producer
Casting by
Coreen Mayrs 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniella Eisman .... trainee assistant director
Marla Hudnall .... dga trainee
Joseph Payton .... dga trainee day player
Rudy Van Zyl .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser
Visual Effects by
Chad Buehler .... compositor
Cyntia Büll .... digital compositor
Danny S. Kim .... creative director
Michael Meagher .... visual effects producer (as Tony Meagher)
Tefft Smith .... digital artist
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Hydraulx
Jennifer Yu .... digital artist
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double: Lola Glaudini
Heidi Moneymaker .... stunt double
Lori Stewart .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Beaird .... grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric: second unit
Jon Callesen .... set lighting technician
John S. Campbell .... night light operator
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer
Jim Marquette .... camera operator
Bob Myers .... rigging grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... set costumer (as Lorraine Alexis Mahru)
Editorial Department
Hugo J. Mendez .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Scott Gordon .... score producer
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator
Other crew
Ryan Micahel Anderson .... production assistant
Todd Fullerton .... 24 frame video/computer engineer
Natalie Hartman .... photo model
Nicole Marostica .... publicist
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television
Michael O'Haver .... stand-in
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic
Michael Riley .... title designer
Jennifer Solari .... publicist
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in
Carlos Tower .... production assistant
John Trujillo .... layout board
Nic Wegener .... production assistant
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Additional Details

Netherlands:55 min (including commercials) | USA:42 min (excluding commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Dr. Spencer Reid:Dr. Norman gave me permission to sleep on the couch in your room tonight, if it's all right with you.
Diana Reid:[to Dr. Norman] If anyone tries to keep him in here any longer, I'll scratch your eyes out.
Dr. Norman:[to Spencer] One night only.
[Dr. Norman walks away]
Diana Reid:It helps if they think you're crazy. They don't argue.
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4 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
furious after the writers, 17 November 2008
Author: krystle83 from France

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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