The BAU team is on the trail of a serial killer targeting families throughout the Midwest. Meanwhile, Morgan is concerned when Ellie runs away from her foster family and pays him a visit.



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Two families consisting of a mother, father and two children are murdered in two consecutive days in the Iowa/Nebraska border area. The children are strangled, the mothers killed by blunt force trauma and the fathers stabbed multiple times. The father in the second set of murders was also eviscerated crudely postmortem, meaning that it was done not as torture but rather out of curiosity. The autopsies show that the mothers suffered the most pain in their deaths, making the BAU believe that the mothers are the key to the unsub's rage. In reviewing the crime scenes, the BAU come to the realization that the unsub was known to the victims and that he is a minor. As the BAU determine more about the unsub, including that he is a ward with a criminal record, the unsub is dealing with his next target, the Riverton family, its mother, Nancy Riverton who does her best to temper the inner rage of the unsub. Evidence at one of the earlier crime scenes leads the BAU to come to understand where the... Written by Huggo

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20 October 2010 (USA)  »

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The music video at the beginning of this episode is by Fitz & The Tantrums. It is called Moneygrabber. See more »


When Nancy Riverton is driving with Jeremy Sayer toward the end of the episode, one can see hills or mountains through Nancy's window in the near distance. The episode is set in eastern Nebraska/western Iowa, where the terrain is exceedingly level, and no such uplands exist. See more »


Derek Morgan: [voiceover] All humanity is one undivided & indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul. -Mahatma Gandhi
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References Grand Theft Auto IV (2008) See more »


By Fitz and the Tantrums
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6 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What an AMAZING Episode! I'm hooked on this show and can't turn it off and this episode sums up why. I thought the storyline was great focusing on a different type of killer from other episodes and previously I have thought that younger actors haven't done the show justice but Sterling Beaumon was FANTASTIC! What a performance. I can really see him going on to be extremely successful. Considering he is only 15 (when this episode was filmed) I thought he was one of the most convincing actors ever cast in the show.

There was smug humour when Rossi say "Nico Bellic is the name of a main character in Grand Theft Auto IV." The team looks surprised then he says "What? I know things." and when Sterling's character Sayer is arrested and dragged out the house shouting and nearly crying "Help me mom there taking me away" and then realises she doesn't care says "Fine I didn't want her to come anyway". Overall I thought the episode was very well constructed and thought about as usual and carefully dealt with the controversial issue of 'Safe Heavens'.

This is defiantly my favourite episode which considering 'Riding The Lightning' from season one has been up until now shows that the series still has surprises and is still going strong. I really can't wait to see the rest of the series. I think I will move to America just so that I don't have to wait six months for them to be broadcast here in the UK. A must see for all fans of the show and anyone that doesn't think Sterling can act... Do you not have eyes!

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