Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student ... See full summary »

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Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student Randy Slade killed thirteen of his classmates in a lunch hour shooting and cell phone detonated bombing in the school's cafeteria. He himself was also killed. As several of the survivors return to Boise to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the massacre, a copycat killer seems to be on the loose. The local authorities and media believe that Randy's then seven year old brother, sweet but impressionable Brandon Slade, now a student at North Valley himself, may be involved, which Hotch and Rossi, based on what they knew of Brandon ten years ago, don't believe. What the BAU glean early in this updated investigation is that Randy did have a hit list of people he wanted to kill, and that the latest victims are on that hit list. The list itself is comprised of popular students and students on the ... Written by Huggo

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Goofs

In an early scene, Morgan pranks Reid by identifying himself as "Dr. Spencer Reid" to the press and gives them Reid's phone number, beginning with a 702 area code. This is the area code for Nevada/Las Vegas. As the BAU is based in Northern Virginia/Quantico, the team's FBI-issued phones should be assigned numbers with the prefix 703. See more »

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Emily Prentiss: And nobody got to find out that Bob Adams was a good kid, a brave kid. The kind of kid you'd want to hang out with.
Aaron Hotchner: We can give you back your story, Bob, but you have to drop the gun.
Bob Adams: Isn't it funny when your dream comes true, it's never the way you want.
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Sucker
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When Prentiss was in Paris she played loads of online games of scrabble with JJ. That is just <3 <3 <3 <3 <3. And the whole 'Cheeto breath' thing. Hee. I think that might be one of my favourite bits of Criminal Minds canon. I loved that JJ was there to help Prentiss through the tough times.

Reid's practical joke on Morgan was hilarious!!!!! I wonder if this is a storyline that will continue, maybe not have every episode full of Morgan/Reid practical jokes but one or two dotted throughout the season.

Jack = cutest kid ever. Jack/Hotch = cutest thing ever. And this is coming from someone who doesn't like children. Jack is just <3 <3 <3 <3. More Hotch/Jack scenes please! The case wasn't wow-worthy but it was interesting. Is it too early to say that the case writing as well as team moments are getting better this season? Also, it was nice to see Beaver from Greek on TV again!


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