The BAU is called to Houston, Texas when a past masked serial rapist coined the Piano Man - so named because of the piano wire he used to bind his victims - starts to re-offend, with his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Hamilton Bartholomew
Regina Lampert
Diana Mitchell
Herman Scobie
Dr. Linda Merrill
Dr. William Shaw
Chief Wilson
Jim Pacitti ...
Peter Joshua


The BAU is called to Houston, Texas when a past masked serial rapist coined the Piano Man - so named because of the piano wire he used to bind his victims - starts to re-offend, with his targets being his past victims. His crimes have since evolved where one of the victims, Vanessa Campbell, is abducted from her home - something the unsub had never done before - which they believe is meant to show his victims that they are safe nowhere from his clutches. He used drugs mimicking a date rape drug to knock the victims unconscious before committing his rapes. With news of the new offenses hitting the media, many of the Piano Man's past victims resurface, telling that they were indeed victimized recently by him again. Most of the women tell similar stories of the second rape - being hyper-vigilant about never leaving their drinking glass unattended, and now having a 1980's pop piano ballad being a trigger to horrific memories of that rape - while one, Diana Mitchell, tells a completely ... Written by Huggo

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25 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Dina Meyer (Regina) and Jay Karnes (Hamilton) previously co-starred in an episode of Burn Notice, with roles reversed. Karnes played the villain and Meyer one of the protagonists. See more »


Regina Lampert: Why didn't you let me pull the trigger?
Emily Prentiss: Because you would be in prison.
Regina Lampert: As opposed to where I am right now? I mean, while he gets a lawyer and a fair trial.
Emily Prentiss: He will never see the light of day, ever.
Regina Lampert: Can you guarantee that? You know, when they talk about victims getting re-victimized by the system, they mean you.
Emily Prentiss: I know it's hard...
Regina Lampert: No, you don't. You have no idea what it's like
Regina Lampert: when the monster from your nightmares comes back for you.
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References Charade (1954) See more »


Total Eclipse of the Heart
Music & lyrics by Jim Steinman
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
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Great case
29 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another Criminal Minds episode with an awesome case! Well deserving of the 150 episode spot. I loved the idea of the importance of piano ballads and a nice twist having one of the victims becoming the perp and torture and innocent guy, except, oh wait, is he innocent?! And the two perps angle came out of profiling discussion which made sense rather than lucky assumptions. I was hooked on finding out if that man that the woman abducted was Piano man killer or not.

Great insight to Prentiss's state of mind post-Doyle as well. Definitely my favourite case-centric episode of the season. I want more episodes like this!

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