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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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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Both Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) and Dina Meyer (Regina Lampert) previously had roles in Friends (1994) as Joey Tribbiani's lovers. See more »

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Chief Wilson: I just got the breakdown of Vanessa Campbell's vomit, and there's no trace of Rohypnol or GHB.
David Rossi: Date rape drugs are fast, but not that fast.
Aaron Hotchner: However he's dosing them, it's not through their stomachs. Chief, have you, uh, been able to contact all the victims?
Chief Wilson: Yeah, the ones that we could find. Some moved, and some wouldn't take our call. But then the press got a hold of it, and the women started to contact us. Three more victims admitted they'd been re-assaulted.
David Rossi: Eighty percent of women who are ...
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References Charade (1953) See more »

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Total Eclipse of the Heart
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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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