The team hunts a serial killer after a kidnapped woman is found murdered in an alley with her lips cut off.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
May Walden
Detective Craw
Penny Hanley
Kelly Landis
Rhett Walden
Dr. Karla Hecht
Taylor Conwright
Peter Hanley


Twenty-something Kelly Landis, who has been missing for three days, is found dead in a back alley in Georgetown. Although the D.C. police don't connect her death to any other murders, they call in the BAU because of what was done to her: her lips were cut off. The unsub wants press on the murder as he sent a photograph of Kelly to one of the Georgetown area newspapers. The BAU believe the unsub to be local and that the police have already interviewed him. Based on finding a homeless man living at the crime scene, they determine that the unsub is the man who reported Kelly's murder and who at the time was masquerading as a homeless man. Text found at the crime scene which matches text found on a piece of paper stuffed down Kelly's throat, the three day time frame and the way Kelly was made up when she was found suggest that the unsub is working in some 1950's movie or stage play three act scenario. Another young woman, Penny Hanley, is also determined to be missing and based on their ... Written by Huggo

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10 November 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


It's shown that Penelope Garcia does theater. In real life, so does the actress who plays her, Kirsten Vangsness (she's a member at Theater of Note in LA). See more »


The BAU's investigation focuses on the Georgetown neighborhood. But the maps and street references they use are for the Noma neighborhood, just north of Union Station and 3 miles east of Georgetown. See more »


Rhett Walden: Stunning.
Kiara: You think so?
Rhett Walden: No, I think you're an ugly little girl that has nothing to give to the world.
Kiara: Mommy!
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References Sunset Boulevard (1950) See more »

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A Cross Between "Sunset Boulevard" and "Psycho"
17 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a farfecthed but entertaining episode of the popular series. Here, a missing young woman is found dead in the Georgetown section of D.C. and the unusual nature of her death puts the squad on the case. Here, the killer turns out to be a Norman Bates type with a mother fixation, the mother in this case being a glamorous but faded 1950's film noir siren, and he kidnaps young women to act out the mother's one leading film role. If they fail to make the cut, they get cut up. The squad must put the case together or the latest missing woman will be the next victim. Overall, this is a satisfactory episode, in spite of Garcia taking up too much of the screen time, and most fans should enjoy it. Suspension of disbelief will matter more here than in other episodes.

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