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"Criminal Minds" The Thirteenth Step (2011)

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Criminal Minds: Season 6: Episode 13 -- The BAU hits the road to track down a pair of young lovers on an interstate murder spree.


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Original Air Date:
26 January 2011 (Season 6, Episode 13)
While the BAU chases a pair of young lovers on an interstate killing spree, Prentiss is contacted by an old friend with some bad news. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi

Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss

Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan

Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid

Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia

Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner

Adrianne Palicki ... Sydney Manning

Jonathan Tucker ... Ray Donovan

Angus Macfadyen ... Sean McAllister

Deirdre Lovejoy ... Agent Bates

Gary Hudson ... Tim

Kevin McCorkle ... Gary Manning

Colleen McDonnell ... Karen Manning

Harley Graham ... Heather Manning

Robert F. Lyons ... Mr. Donovan

Roberta Hanlen ... Mrs. Donovan

David Wells ... Store Clerk

Jordan Tartakow ... M.E. Tech

Daniel Buran ... Jason

Oleg Vidov ... Driver
Kerry Kilbride ... Newscaster #1
Walt Scott ... Store Owner

Meegan Godfrey ... School Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Alameda ... Tattooed Man (uncredited)

Bill A. Jones ... Newscaster #3 (uncredited)
Olga Ospina ... Newscaster #2 (uncredited)
Desary Vailencour ... BAU Agent (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Douglas Aarniokoski  (as Doug Aarniokoski)
Writing credits
Jeff Davis (created by)

Janine Sherman Barrois (written by)

Rick Dunkle (story editor)

Kimberly A. Harrison  staff writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Edward Allen Bernero .... executive producer
Charles S. Carroll .... producer
Gigi Coello-Bannon .... producer
Breen Frazier .... supervising producer
Mark Gordon .... executive producer
Randy Huggins .... producer
Glenn Kershaw .... supervising producer
Alicia Kirk .... producer
Erica Messer .... executive producer
Simon Mirren .... executive producer
Janine Sherman Barrois .... co-executive producer
Deborah Spera .... executive producer
Jennifer Yates .... associate producer (as Jennifer Ketelsen)
Original Music by
Marc Fantini 
Steffan Fantini 
Scott Gordon 
Cinematography by
Greg St. Johns 
Film Editing by
Adam Wolfe 
Casting by
Scott David 
Becky Silverman 
April Webster 
Production Design by
Vincent Jefferds 
Art Direction by
Adam Rowe 
Set Decoration by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill  (as Kathy Curtis Cahill)
Costume Design by
B.J. Rogers 
Makeup Department
Linda De Andrea .... hair department head (as Linda DeAndrea)
Dayne Johnson .... makeup department head
Production Management
Kiegan Downs .... post-production supervisor
Ian Woolf .... unit production manager (as Ian Foster Woolf)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... first assistant director
Anne Carroll .... second assistant director
Julia Lennon .... dga trainee
Brian 'Coach' Rosett .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Al Eisenmann .... property master
Steve Morey .... construction coordinator
Derek du Bellier .... construction foreman: locations (uncredited)
Derek du Bellier .... location gang boss (uncredited)
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Craig Pittman .... lead man (uncredited)
Christopher Schultz .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Rick A. Young .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Beadle .... supervising sound editor
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ken Burton)
Joseph Geisinger .... sound mixer
Mark McBryde .... additional foley
Andre Perreault .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark McBryde .... additional foley artist (uncredited)
Michael Sana .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Blumes Tracy .... special effects technician
Ian O'Connor .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Anthony Barcelo .... digital compositor: nuke (uncredited: FUSE FX)
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Josh Miyaji .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Aldo Ruggiero .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Pablo Wang .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Kanan Hooker .... stunt performer
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Hatchitt .... key grip
David Maddux .... chief lighting technician (as Dave Maddux)
Darcy Spires .... camera operator
Michael Walsh .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brooke C. Thatawat .... costume supervisor (as Brooke Thatawat)
Nicole Wiener .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jesús Borrego .... dailies operator
Wayne Hampton .... colorist
Callie Miller .... post-production coordinator
Dana B. Wilson .... assistant editor (as Dana Wilson)
Mike Ganzman .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Jason Koiter .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Walter Roshetski .... location manager
Brigette Pope .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (as Kevin Edelman)
Mark Mancina .... composer: additional music
Ben Zales .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator
Robert Dulys .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Lauren Levine .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Danny Barfield .... production staff
Cory Beaird .... production staff
Kyle Carden .... production staff
Jim Clemente .... technical advisor
Jason Ehlers .... production staff
Jason A. Elliott .... production staff (as Jason Elliott)
Jennifer Kern .... production coordinator
Pam Leonte .... script supervisor
Kevin McEveety .... production accountant
Scott Narvell .... production staff
Rachel Wolf .... production finance
Heather Noël Aldridge .... assistant to line producer (uncredited)
Travis Braun .... intern to writer (uncredited)
Desiree Finigan .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Mairead Gaffney .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Stephen Gillikin .... production staff (uncredited)
Catherine Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Gregg Pittman .... animal coordinator (uncredited)
Matt Sigloch .... police advisor (uncredited)
Jace Sparks .... executive assistant (uncredited)
Jeffery Wang .... production assistant (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jeff Davis  created by

Produced by
Jagene Funk .... line producer
Casting by
Coreen Mayrs 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniella Eisman .... trainee assistant director
Marla Hudnall .... dga trainee
Joseph Payton .... dga trainee day player
Rudy Van Zyl .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Tonya Brewer Hunt .... set dresser
Visual Effects by
Chad Buehler .... compositor
Cyntia Büll .... digital compositor
Danny S. Kim .... creative director
Michael Meagher .... visual effects producer (as Tony Meagher)
Tefft Smith .... digital artist
Edson Williams .... visual effects supervisor: Hydraulx
Jennifer Yu .... digital artist
Diana R. Lupo .... stunt double: Lola Glaudini
Heidi Moneymaker .... stunt double
Lori Stewart .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Beaird .... grip
Jon Callesen .... best boy electric: second unit
Jon Callesen .... set lighting technician
John S. Campbell .... night light operator
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer
Jim Marquette .... camera operator
Bob Myers .... rigging grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Alexis Mahru Toomey .... set costumer (as Lorraine Alexis Mahru)
Editorial Department
Hugo J. Mendez .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Scott Gordon .... score producer
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator
Other crew
Ryan Micahel Anderson .... production assistant
Todd Fullerton .... 24 frame video/computer engineer
Natalie Hartman .... photo model
Nicole Marostica .... publicist
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television
Michael O'Haver .... stand-in
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic
Michael Riley .... title designer
Jennifer Solari .... publicist
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in
Carlos Tower .... production assistant
John Trujillo .... layout board
Nic Wegener .... production assistant
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

42 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

A lot of key elements in the unsubs backgrounds are similar to Oliver Stone's Controversial Natural Born Killers (1994). The movie (like the episode) followed a murderous couple on a killing spree. One key element from the movie is Mallory attacking anyone that comes on to her in a sexual manner. Another element is the movie starts out at a gas station and the scene ends with Mickey and Mallory killing the patrons. Both elements are incorporated into the episode. And just like Mickey calling Mallory 'Mal', Ray calls Sidney 'Sid'.See more »
Miscellaneous: The captions show the last instance of Syd's name being spelled as "Sid."See more »
Emily Prentiss:[voiceover] Friedrich Nietzsche wrote "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Simpsons" (1989)See more »


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12 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Oh Great, Natural Born Killers Now, 27 January 2011
Author: oldpunkwebzine from United States

I guess the pull of the cheap, worn out plot-line won out on this episode. There's nothing less interesting than watching two crazy kids in love killing their way through the wasteland because their daddies either loved them too much or too little. As I have no pity for anyone who crosses the line into violent uselessness I could muster no pity for their situations as I only wanted them dead (and now).

Siena Goines is a better actress than the prototype of Juliette Lewis so the episode had that going for it. I'd normally compliment the rest of the cast but everyone else stood there stunned by the headlights of the Natural Born Killers cliché.

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