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Bianca (as Kagiso Alicia Paynter)


As a favor owed, Rossi presents a lecture to a university undergraduate class, the lecture at which the entire team participates to support their respected colleague. Their presentation, which provides the basics of profiling, uses one of their cases as its centerpiece. The case, which so far spans twenty years since 1992, is of perhaps the most prolific serial killer they have ever tracked, he who killed up and down the west coast of the United States. The presentation makes the team not only reminisce about the case itself, but how the current team members first met each other and worked on this case. Through the process of preparing for, delivering and following-up on the lecture, Rossi is a little preoccupied on this specific day - his birthday - for the annual ritual he needs to attend to in relation to the case itself. Written by Huggo

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9 May 2012 (USA)  »

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The student that Rossi addresses on a few occasions, was named in honor of Co-Executive Producer Bruce Zimmerman. See more »


In the flashback to 1966 and Thomas the serial killer's birth, his mother is shown half-sitting, actively participating and assisting in the birth. In 1966, women giving birth in the US were made to lie down, often heavily sedated, and sometimes had their hands tied to the sides of the bed. This birthing scene is more reminiscent of the 1980s onwards, when "active birth" became popular. See more »


[first lines]
Aaron Hotchner: Morning.
David Rossi: Oh, hey. Morning.
Aaron Hotchner: Everyone's gathered. We're all ready if you are.
David Rossi: Yeah, let's do it.
Aaron Hotchner: You need that?
David Rossi: Listen, Aaron. Thanks for letting me set this up, but the whole team really didn't need to be here. I'm the one that owed the favor.
Aaron Hotchner: Everyone insisted. How you doing?
David Rossi: Sorry, what?
Aaron Hotchner: You okay?
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Pariahville (2015) See more »

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An oddity in an otherwise very formula driven show
27 May 2013 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

At last; an oddity in "Criminal Minds". Well, to be absolutely fair there have been a few in the seven seasons that have deviated slightly from the established formula but this one is a breath of fresh air.

I like the show. It's one of those that I can pop an episode in right before I turn in. Granted; it's a little more disturbing than many others of it's ilk but you know what you're in for and you can always count on the guilty party getting nailed by this crack team of Behavioral Specialists.

Here we have Rossi delivering a lecture in a university on how the BAU functions. The rest of the team have joined him as they backtrack a case that goes back 20 years. A nasty serial killer nicknamed "The Womb Raider" managed to outmaneuver the authorities for 17 years before being caught. Yet after capture and a death sentence the killer has an ace up his sleeve and a firm grip on Rossi for the unforeseeable future.

Rossi is an interesting character and he offers a wealth of possible background information that can be spotlighted at any time. For instance; early on after his character came aboard; he revealed that an old case had stumped him and he always felt responsible for the children whose parents had been murdered. But after the team gets involved; this age old mystery got solved in a matter of hours. This was cheap and severely undermined Rossi's investigative intelligence early on. This is a pretty common thing on "Criminal Minds"; the team simply looks to be TOO DAMN intelligent for viewers to fully accept.

But the Seventh Season has used Rossi's background history in better ways. We were introduced to one of his ex-wives who was suffering from a terminal disease. Mantegna is mostly on auto pilot in the stand-alone episodes, delivering fair but unimpressive performances, and when you see his character go through much personal turmoil as is the case with his ex-wive; you're reminded just how solid an actor Joe Mantegna can be.

Spoiler Alert

We're treading new territory (so to speak) in this episode here. When the killer reveals he has murdered over 100 people and authorities only know of 40; that simply means the team didn't come close on wrapping this case. In the end; Rossi and co. mostly failed despite capturing their Unsub. The killer's ace up his sleeve; revealing the dumping ground for one victim each year on a specific date in exchange for a life sentence instead of death penalty is a macabre one indeed. And choosing Rossi's birthday is quite devilish to boot. Rossi honors the deal, goes to see him every year and gets a name so families of the murdered can get closure.

End of Spoiler

"Profiling 101" is an exiting oddity in the "Criminal Minds" canon. Mantegna gets a meaty episode and he does well and the ending manages to be both chilling and immensely sad. Terrific episode in an overall above average suspense series.

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