The team investigates the burned bodies of several homeless people near the Santa Monica Pier in California.


(as Doug Aarniokoski)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Mills
Sarah Mapes
Dr. Stacey Carroll
PFC Anthony Hernandez
Amanda Bell


The BAU travels to Santa Monica, California where three bodies, burned beyond recognition, in three separate incidents, have been found at the famous pier. After the autopsies, it is learned that the victims were stabbed to death, with the burning being a cover. When a fourth victim is discovered with a slightly different mode of death, they determine that the victims were all homeless who were trying to make a living on the street. In the process of the investigation, Rossi unexpectedly runs into an old colleague among the homeless. For Rossi, finding the unsub thus becomes as much part of his regular job as it is as a means of repaying his old colleague, who refuses Rossi's help to clean up his life. Written by Huggo

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14 November 2012 (USA)  »

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At the end when the unsub has Rossi's friend doused in gasoline and holding the lighter right at his face, with the amount of gasoline that was on the victim, that close proximity of the flame would have ignited an explosion. See more »


Harrison Scott: You remember what they did to him over there?
David Rossi: He was captured outside Hue, I think.
Harrison Scott: They held him for three nights. No eyes. No ears. No arms.
David Rossi: But he was still alive.
Harrison Scott: You remember why they did that to him? Hell, you were the first one to figure it out.
David Rossi: Fear. They were trying to scare us.
Harrison Scott: Same thing's happening here.
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One of the best episodes ever
4 April 2013 | by (norge) – See all my reviews

one of the best episodes in the whole show the show is still holding out after all these seasons Meshach Taylor did a fantastic job in this episode and i hope he will return for another episode in the future:) i have watched this show for years now and i never get tired of watching the show, even if its watching same episode over and over again, its my favorite crime show ever, all the cast did a great job in this episode the show has survived for great 8 seasons and i wish it would continue for another 8 seasons:) i hope it gets renewed for season 9 and that all the cast stay and don't leave the show, Reid, Hotch and Derek are my favorite characters

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