The BAU is called to San Francisco to investigate a possible Zodiac Killer copycat. Meanwhile, Reid wonders what he's done in his life as he reaches 30.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Caleb Rossmore
Harvey Morell
Mrs. Zablonsky
Claudia Choi ...
Agent Rebecca Lin
Marisa Devon
Dan Feinberg (as Joseph Fuhr)
Nicole Puli
Jonny Jay ...
David Atley
Jimbo Barnett ...
Roger Smith


The BAU is called to the San Francisco Bay area when a young couple named David Atley and Nicole Puli are found shot to death, with evidence pointing to the unsub being the Zodiac Killer, who has not been heard from since 1974. The local police detective leading the investigation believes it to be the work of the real Zodiac Killer, but Hotch, Rossi and Reid believe that it is not, especially since there has been no evolution in the nature of these latest killings since those by the real Zodiac Killer. The team nonetheless follow leads back to the original investigation, including tracking those who were involved in that investigation as well as anyone who either wrote about it or tracked the investigation. They are hindered in the investigation by an anxious and sometime media hungry public who want to cash in on the Zodiac Killer's notoriety. They are also helped and hindered when they learn the unsub has a genius IQ, he who may understand the BAU's tactics. As the BAU goes through ... Written by Huggo

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18 January 2012 (USA)  »

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The fictional Marin Police Department handles the initial murder investigation, yet the murder took place in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, so it should be handled by either the US Park Police or the Marin County Sheriff's Department. See more »


Caleb Rossmore: We don't need her.
Harvey Morell: Are you insane? I love her!
Caleb Rossmore: [shoots a gun] Do you even know her? She doesn't know you. She's an inferior being, Harvey.
Harvey Morell: She's a good person.
Caleb Rossmore: She is an imbecile! How you ended up with her has confounded me from day one. She'll never understand you like I do.
Harvey Morell: You've lost your mind.
Caleb Rossmore: Why do things have to change?
Harvey Morell: Grow up, Caleb! We couldn't keep doing the same things forever.
Caleb Rossmore: Why not? I know you had fun tonight. Almost as much fun as what we did when we were 15. He didn't tell you...
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CRIMINAL MINDS - "True Genius"
21 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Matthew Gray Gubler takes center stage in this Reid-centric episode. Once considered a boy wonder, the years are adding up. It's a bittersweet birthday he tries to ignore, suspending reality by leaving it unannounced. What distinguished Reid as a youth doesn't seem so rare at thirty, especially as a psychopathic genius taunts that he's not as smart as he thinks he is. As the case mirrors a high stakes chess game, Reid searches for the culprit as well as a renewed sense of personal validation.

Eerily written, "True Genius" plays upon the echoes of the past, demonstrating just how easily the innocent can become pawns in the hands of the criminally insane. Distant deeds, good and evil, unearth a reluctance to set aside the notoriety of youth for both hunter and hunted. For the prey, it's much more than escaping a present danger. It's the past that threatens to overtake, precluding safe passage into the future.

Guest star, Jeff Newburg, delivers an unsettlingly layered performance as the brilliantly disturbed Caleb, drawing sympathy and repulsion in turns. The way Newburg's Caleb gets under one's skin is reminiscent of the creep-factor Michael Emerson elicited when he turned a guest shot into a series regular role on LOST. Perhaps the unresolved nature of Caleb's fate could likewise lead to a CRIMINAL MINDS recurrence that only a true genius could devise.

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