Criminal Minds: Season 4, Episode 24

Amplification (13 May 2009)

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The BAU co-work with the U.S. Army to find the perpetrator behind an anthrax attack on a park in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Within 18 hours of their common time together, 12 people who visited Quiet Hills Park in Annapolis, Maryland, have died from anthrax poisoning, with at least 13 more in emergency rooms headed in the same direction. It is a highly sophisticated strain of anthrax, meaning that it was developed by someone with a science background. The military is called in as the BAU believes that such scientific work is the specialty of the military, the resulting pathogen was used as a potential WMD. Although the strain of the pathogen is not being used by the military, military scientists are the most likely candidates able to develop such a strain. The attack site, a family-oriented public park, is contrary to such work, and thus the BAU believes the site is personal to the perpetrator. Because of the panic it could cause, there is a media blackout on the story, which negatively affects some on the team, some for personal and some for professional reasons. The team is hit even harder when deep into ... Written by Huggo

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Prentiss says to Morgan that the "suspect" in the 2001 anthrax attacks sent letters to 2 senators with whom he had conflicting religious views. The 2001 suspect that is spoken about is never named in the episode. However, it can be assumed that she is talking about Bruce Ivins. Ivins worked at Fort Detrick as a biodefense researcher, microbiologist and vaccinologist. His name is most likely left out because Ivins committed suicide when he believed the FBI were about to file criminal charges against him. See more »

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Palm trees could be seen in the rear view mirror as the team travels from Washington D.C. to Frederick, MD. See more »

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Dr. Linda Kimura: Feels like the plagues of Egypt
Dr. Spencer Reid: Ten Scourges created by God. Plague six was unhealable boils, believed by biblical scholars to be caused by anthrax
Dr. Linda Kimura: Never missed Sunday school, did you?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Actually, never been before
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Not sure if there are really any spoilers, but just to be safe...Possible spoiler alert! I like this episode despite the overall topic being a bit overdone. Since around 9/13/2001 we have seen a lot of shows with "terrorist" flavor or a WMD as the main focus, and most of them are pretty predictable. This episode had a lot of that in it, but it had a lot to make it good as well.

First off, it is a "Spencer Heavy" episode, which I always like. I think the Dr. Reid character is one of the best, though it's the great characters all around that I think make the show so good. Also, while there are predictable aspects to the story, it has enough in it to keep it interesting.

Definitely one to watch, especially if you are a Dr. Reid fan. The only negative I can give it is the sort of cheesy "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ending, which if nothing else was good for a laugh.


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