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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General Lee Whitworth, MD
Dr. Linda Kimura
Chad Brown
Dr. Nichols
Senator Baylor
Russ Daniels
Eric Brandon ...


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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Aaron Hotchner: Here's Cipro. Everybody needs to take it before we go
Dr. Linda Kimura: We don't know if it is effective against this strain, but it's something
Emily Prentiss: This is really happening
Aaron Hotchner: We knew this could happen, we've done our homework, we've prepared for this. This is it
David Rossi: Cent'anni! May you live a 100 years!
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What should have been the season finale
29 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Oooh I like this episode! I always thought that it made a better season finale than the actual season finale. I know the anthrax plot line is probably as cliché as the Season 3 "NYC terrorism" one but it had all the features for an epic season finale: national security, unpredictability, tension, Reid in danger, team love. I love it when JJ calls Reid "Spence". Love Prentiss' doubts about how they're handling the situation and the media blackout. Awwh! JJ worried about Henry and her convo with Hotch. <3 Reid/Morgan/anthrax. Garcia/JJ worried about Reid. Awwh Reid/Garcia/message to Reid's mum <3. Reference back to Reid's drug addiction! "I'm about to get naked. Is that something you really want to see?" Rossi/Prentiss: "Don't Emily me". Again with the Subways playing an important part. Morgan: "We are a team. We're going to go down as a team." Rossi: "I'm sorry for Emilying you back at the house". Awwh! Nice Rossi/Prentiss moment - they've had quite a few this season. <3 JJ and Hotch calling home, worried for their children. Reid/Morgan .... love how everyone, especially Morgan, calls Reid 'kid'. That's a real scary ass bio-chemical storage facility.

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