A number of bizarre, ritualistic murders prompts the team to search for the killer.

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The BAU investigates a series of what look to be ritualistic murders in Arizona. In separate incidents, two men have been found dead, their bodies stuffed in a coffin-like box, their hair dyed black, and several of their joints dislocated. Each died from hanging, although the autopsies show that they were each hung several times. Connie Foster, the girlfriend of one of young adult male victims, is also missing and is assumed abducted by the unsub, who they believe is holding her and trying to find the perfect match for her in whatever context, hence the reason for the two deaths, as those victims weren't the right match. When a third male victim is discovered, they believe their religious ritual theory is strengthened since that third victim had, in addition, holes in his hands, like he had been crucified. But when a father and son go missing, Reid comes up with an alternate theory that the unsub may be putting on a specific kind of show, those he is holding captive his puppets in ... Written by Huggo

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The song playing during the first marionette rehearsal scene (26:15-27:41) is a xylophone version of "Where's My Mind" by the Pixies. See more »

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Alex Blake: There you are! How's the geographical profiling going? And why are you doing it in here?
Dr. Spencer Reid: It's going good. I'm... I'm having trouble concentrating out there, as a result I came in here
Alex Blake: Hmm. So, what's with you today? Is this about... Phone Booth Girl?
Dr. Spencer Reid: She wants to meet
Alex Blake: Wait! You guys have never met?
[Reid shakes no]
Alex Blake: Aren't you curious what she looks like?
Dr. Spencer Reid: I don't, it doesn't matter what she looks like, I mean, she's already the most beautiful girl in the world to me, it's just... what if she ...
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Where Is My Mind
Performed by Michael Baiardi
Produced by Michael Baiardi
Courtesy Of Rockabye Baby!
Written by Black Francis
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Harrowing
6 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

This is what i consider a truly worthwhile episode in terms that not only did it touch on different arcs of the show but it also managed to deliver a compelling story. Watching it, i felt entrapped in its haunting atmosphere, a style that becomes Matthew Gray Gubler, as seen in his previous directorial efforts. Acting was excellent, especially Brad Dourif who is a master of disturbing portrayals. But what really makes the episode a stand-out in my opinion is the fact that it tells an ultra violent story without any gory bloodbaths or even a menacing villain. This is an emotionally eerie tale that sends shivers straight to the heart. The spine. And all ligaments indeed.


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