While the BAU are in Miami investigating a series of bizarre ritualistic murders, Reid suffers from intense migraines which makes him concerned about his health.



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Julio Ruiz
Professor Hollis Walker Jr.
Doctor Barnes
Jimmy Mercado
Barnaby De La Cruz ...
Elian Morales (as Barnaby Barrilla)


Reid is suffering from prolonged headaches and hallucinations, which he has not told the team. The symptoms are exacerbated by exposure to light, which will not be helped by needing to travel to Miami, Florida for their next case. Three people so far in a Latino neighborhood have been murdered in what looks to be some sort of Afro-Caribbean religious ritual. The victims, all murdered in their home (if you count that the one homeless man was murdered where he usually sleeps), had their eyes and mouth covered with shells. Hands or fingers were severed and some animals were also sacrificed. All the victims seemed to have willingly participated in the ritual ceremony before they were murdered, meaning that they knew their killer. The team's task in finding the unsub is made more difficult in that the residents of the neighborhood are suspect of outsiders, especially the authorities. In speaking to Hollis Walker Jr., a local college professor and authority on Afro-Caribbean religions, they... Written by Huggo

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19 January 2011 (USA)  »

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When Hotch and Prentiss are in the victim's room in the beginning of the episode, Hotch says the un-sub turned his crucifix upside down. This is incorrect- a crucifix is a cross with an image of Jesus on it. What was on the wall was just a cross made of many shells. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: Reid? Anything helpful?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah. Yeah... The Afro-Caribbean syncretic religions began when slaves mixed their traditional religions with Catholicism in order to camouflage them. The elements in this altar look to me like Santeria. It's a Yoruban-based religion developed in Cuba. Practitioners worship Orishas, deities that roughly correspond with Catholic saints.
Derek Morgan: And what about the shells?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Let's see. This is Ellegua, the deity of the crossroads, a trickster and the impartial enforcer of justice.
Ashley Seaver: So...
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Least favourite episode of the season
29 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

My least favourite episode of the season and one of my least favourite episodes ever. What have I said about episodes based on religion / cults? I do not like. Not only do I have no interest in such things but I think trying to explain your serial killing by linking it with a religion is a cop out. And the decapitation of cat and dog plus seeing the decapitated human corpse - is that really necessary? I can stand the occasional graphic dead body but killing animals, really??? And Reid's headaches? DO NOT WANT. Not only are we having another Reid-centric storyline but ever since Izzie's hallucinations/headaches I have been wary of all such story lines. No, no, no, no, NO! Don't make this into a storyline I grow to hate. This season already has so many things stacked against it! And what is the purpose of Seaver? I mean I want to accept her into the show and like her but how can I do that when her presence there is unexplained and how can she possibly make useful contributions to 90% of cases?! And the worst thing is that they didn't even explain it by having one of the other guys take her under their wing and explain everything to her in a clear teacher/student relationship to at least give her character progression

  • she's just ..... there. She contributed absolutely nothing in this

episode, not to the case and not to the characterisation and episode as a whole. I know some people used to question JJ's role in the team but at least she played a more active role in solving the case / comforting relatives / to the show as a whole by interacting with other characters more than Seaver does.

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