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"Criminal Minds" Cradle to Grave (TV Episode 2009) Poster

(TV Series)

(2009)

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Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: [voiceover] Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote: You don't really understand human nature, unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around, and why his parents will always wave back.

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David Rossi: What's this?

Dr. Spencer Reid: It's the pattern I've been looking for. The unsubs hid their tracks with the mothers, but they weren't so careful with the abandoned babies.

David Rossi: Did you find more children?

Dr. Spencer Reid: DNA-wise, no, but deductively, yes. I gathered all the records for all infants who entered into foster care in a two week window following each mother's death. Then I narrowed it down to babies that were abandoned at churches. This is where the guesswork begins. Monica Winmar's daughter was abandoned at a Presbyterian church. Let's assume the unsub, or the wife at least, is Presbyterian. That means all other unwanted children are gonna be left at the same denomination, right? That narrows it down to three babies left at three different Presbyterian churches all within this twenty-mile radius. This is where they live.

David Rossi: These kids you deduced to... have you looked at their files?

Dr. Spencer Reid: No. Right now I've only been tracking churches. Why?

David Rossi: Because you just uncovered another pattern.

[cut to Hotch in New Mexico]

Aaron Hotchner: Yeah, we're packing up now. We can be in Phoenix in about two hours. Are you sure about this?

David Rossi: The names of the babies Reid found tells us everything. Lisa, Elizabeth, Amanda.

Aaron Hotchner: We profiled there'd be a type they'd keep and a type they'd put into foster care.

David Rossi: They're keeping the boys.

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Derek Morgan: What is this?

Aaron Hotchner: It's a tactical arrest plan. I'd like you to write it up for this case.

Derek Morgan: You want me to write up how we apprehend these unsubs without risking the lives of the children.

Aaron Hotchner: Yes.

Derek Morgan: [scoffs] Hotch, I've led dozens of tactical assaults. You've never made me write up one of these before.

Aaron Hotchner: That's because I always do it for you after each case.

Derek Morgan: [scoffs again] You know what? I'm sorry Strauss is coming down on you.

Aaron Hotchner: This is not about Strauss.

Derek Morgan: Really? I disagree. Look, I understand that you're under the gun. But I gotta say it. I'm really not all that surprised. I've watched you walk away from a bunch of cops gunning down unsubs in D.C., you walked in unprotected to a hostage situation in Louisville. Of course the Bureau's worried about you. Man, *I'm* worried about you. But just because you're the one who's under the magnifying glass, that doesn't mean I can't do my job.

Aaron Hotchner: Morgan, there's a big part of your job that I do for you, because I don't need you worried about paperwork and politics. I need you in the field and focused in catching the next unsub. But I can't do that anymore. I don't have to justify my orders to you, and you do have to follow them.

Derek Morgan: I've always followed your orders, when they made sense.

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Derek Morgan: JJ, I need you to call these fertility specialists and get them over here for interviews

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: [Looks at the paper she got from Derek] Wow!

Derek Morgan: Yeah, I know. Hotch wants to focus on the prenatal drugs the unsub has given the victims. He thinks we can build a new suspect poolvand he wants it done yesterday

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: There's two pages of names here. Shouldn't we narrow it down?

Derek Morgan: JJ, just do it! Okay?

[JJ frowns]

Derek Morgan: I'm sorry

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Is everything okay?

Derek Morgan: Hotch has been on me ever since we got here. And for the life of me, I can't figure out why

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Penelope Garcia: Okay, know this: most adoption people are like the nicest, most dedicated people in the world. There are however real skeezy ones

Dr. Spencer Reid: How skeezy?

Penelope Garcia: Super skeezy. I've got a spreadsheet of one of them, expecting compensation for the baby I'm having

Derek Morgan: Something you want to tell me, Garcia?

Penelope Garcia: Uhm, that's the sad part, my prince. The genetically perfect offspring of Penelope Garcia and Derek Morgan wouldn't fetch top dollar

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Who does?

Penelope Garcia: White babies are in higher demand than minorities. Boys are more popular than girls, at least this year anyway. And then there is the Swedish supermodel rule

Emily Prentiss: The what?

Penelope Garcia: If I were to deliver a blond haired, blue eye, bundle of joy I would set for life. I would!

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Aaron Hotchner: [Considering possible new cases] What's next?

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Baton Rouge thinks have a white supremacist problem

Aaron Hotchner: What's you take?

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: [Surprised] Really?

Aaron Hotchner: Yeah, I'd like to hear it

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: We're dealing with an individual, not a group

Aaron Hotchner: Why?

Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: The angry letters. The writer switches pronouns from plural to singular: "We are a heavily armed militia", followed by "I will be forced to take action"

Aaron Hotchner: Good. Send it back to the police with our analysis

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