The BAU team investigates a mass murder at an Internet security company in Charlottesville, Va., but clues reveal it is not a typical serial killer at work. Also, Prentiss must complete recertification training under Morgan's watchful eye.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Dolan
Jenna Dolan
Mark Dolan
Wendy Milgram
General Boyd Milgram
State Trooper Brian Long
HRT Commander Powell


The BAU investigate a mass murder at Synalock, an Internet security company located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Five people were shot, while three others were stabbed. By the severity of the killings, the company's CEO, Adam Werner, was the supposed intended target. They also surmise that despite the different styles of killings, there is only one unsub. When Mark and Mary Dolan are later that day found shot to death in their home, the BAU tie the two sets of murders together, the connection being the Dolan's son, Luke Dolan, who the BAU are certain is the unsub. Luke Dolan and Adam Werner were not navy communications men as their official records state, but rather Navy SEALs in the same unit, where Werner was the leader and Dolan the second in command. Dolan seems to be on a mission of some sort and seems to be facing some delusional break from reality. They have to figure out what caused the initial break from reality and what his current mission is. As Dolan had a loving ... Written by Huggo

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5 October 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The phone number that appears when Rossi calls the unsub is the same number as the pay phone in S6E24 Supply and Demand (703-555-0123). See more »


The license plate (WLT-62X3) used on the vehicle of the neighbor, near the beginning, was the same license plate used on Gideons car when he left town in season three. This license plate was also used on the unsub's car that was in the accident. See more »


David Rossi: [voiceover] "We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone; only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for a moment that we're not alone." ~~ Orson Welles
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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One of the best episodes of Season 7
11 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While nowhere near as inconsistent as Seasons 6, 9 and 11, Season 7 has had a mix of very good episodes and a few mediocre ones (especially "I Love You Tommy Brown" and "There's No Place Like Home").

Along with "Foundation" (an episode worthy of 'Criminal Minds' in its prime period) and the very powerful "The Company", "Dorado Falls" is one of the best of the season, and like those two it's a great episode, and at this point (being the third episode of the season) the best one in some time.

'Criminal Minds' has always been a well made show. "Dorado Falls" does nothing to change that with stylish and atmospheric filming that enhances the mood. The music is suitably haunting, without being too intrusive or one-note, and "Dorado Falls" generally is one of the best directed and written 'Criminal Minds' episodes.

It's directed in a way that ensures that the tension doesn't slip and keeping the mystery alive with some very tight pacing. The script is very well-crafted, with some genius and thought-provoking profiling (some of the best written in recent years), little team character moments that will one squeal with delight and the odd bit of welcome humorous and emotional levity. Particularly standout worthy are Rossi's negotiation skills (with the on-the-phone "where are you" exchange with the unsub genuinely unsettling the viewer) and Reid, justifying why he is the favourite of so many being so intelligent but also so funny, talking about Dr Who.

It was nice to see tough and sympathetic sides to JJ and Hotch actually not being invisible. The story in "Dorado Falls" is rich in tension, suspense and entertainment value, keeping one gripped from start to finish. Loved what was done with the unsub, despite the identity being shown at the start the motives are kept mysterious and despite being ominous for a good deal of the episode a tinge of sympathy is felt at the end once it's revealed why. The acting is very good all round, lead and supporting.

Very little to complain about actually with "Dorado Falls". Although the scene with Prentiss and Morgan at the end was lovely and sweet and sees a caring side to Morgan towards Prentiss, at the same time to me Morgan was acting too gentle and forgiving too easily and too hastily, especially when he could be seen as the one most affected by what happened to Prentiss in Season 6. Also Morgan and Garcia's banter really needed to be toned down and less inappropriate for the job, there were moments (the genie exchange was hilarious) but too much of it was overdone and forced.

In summary, a great episode, one of the best episodes of Season 7 and at this particular point in the show one of the best in a while. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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