The BAU travels to Los Angeles to investigate unusual murders throughout the city. Also, more of Prentiss' mysterious past comes to light.



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Anisa Gold
Gray Stevenson ...
Linda Dean
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In Los Angeles, three women have been found murdered in three separate incidents. Each was knocked out by chloroform without a chloroform burn outside their nostril or mouth, drowned in methanol where they were submerged alive, dumped in a highly public place, and had a two-inch square piece of skin removed from the bottom of their right foot, the skin removed post mortem. The dump sites and the abduction sites span the entire breadth of the city. The BAU believe that the unsub is a highly anti-social man, has some sort of scientific background, and is able to move around the city easily without attracting attention especially in interacting with or abducting the women. They narrow in on taxi drivers, but because no licensed cab was within the vicinity of the time and area of one of the abductions, they believe the unsub drives an unlicensed cab. The chemicals used in the murders may provide the missing piece in zeroing in on the unsub. During this investigation, Morgan notices that ... Written by Huggo

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9 February 2011 (USA)  »

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The plot of this episode bears resemblance to the plot of the book Perfume by Patrick Süskind. See more »


While the agents are giving the profile, a bunch of phones start ringing. The first one has a British ring pattern which isn't used in the United States. See more »


Penelope Garcia: Spin the wheel, and it is sunny Los Angeles, people.
Derek Morgan: Two times in one year?
David Rossi: Remind me again why it's called the City of Angels.
Dr. Spencer Reid: It was originally called "The Town of our Lady the Queen of the Angels."... That was a rhetorical question, wasn't it?
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References Solaris (1972) See more »

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2 Ripoffs in as many episodes
15 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

First of I need to say, I enjoyed this episode a lot more that the previous one, but with a 1* rating in my opinion, this is not saying much.

I love this show, and I am very excited about the Emily's past, however I am saddened that the writers have resorted to copying well known movies, and for two consecutive episodes at that.

This was an obvious ripoff of Perfume (2006). The killer distilling the scent of beautiful women, please, this is scene by scene a copy.

And this is only saddened by the last episode being a ripoff of Natural Born Killers (1994).

As I said, I love Criminal Minds, but it is obvious that they are running out of ideas, and should rather quit before they resort to doing a clip show.

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