Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Won't Get Fooled Again 

A bomber in Palm Beach forces Gideon to confront an old adversary.


Kevin Bray


Jeff Davis (created by), Aaron Zelman | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Tim Kelleher ... Adrian Bale
Jay Acovone ... Detective Morrison
Tom Virtue ... Gil Clurman
Caryn West ... Mrs. Clurman
Indrajit Sarkar ... Chicu Reddy
Scott Conte ... Dan Tracy
Asante Jones ... Officer Worthy
P.J. Marino ... Prison Guard


The FBI profiling team is called to Florida where a seres of efficient bombs killed every single target; this rules out a terrorist or politically motivated bomber. The bombs themselves carry the signature of Adrian Bale, a master-bomber who was jailed after taking out six FBI agents in Boston, who even pushed the next button when he knew it would only worsen his sentence. Then there's a lead to an alternative scenario: master forger David Walker, who had to commit a single murder to keep out of jail but covers it up by playing the Bale copycat. Or is there a link between these two suspects, perhaps via a Internet forum which contains suspicious messages? Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

5 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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When Hoch is talking about collecting coins he said he spent a lot of time searching for the 1944 penny. In reality the expensive one he would have been looking for is 1943. See more »


At the unsub's home, Hotch and Elle walk toward a backyard garage, from which the unsub had burst through the drive-in door with his car, so the front is now wide-open. The very next scene shows Hotch and Elle following a SWAT operative through a man-door, which they have pried open with a crow bar. See more »


Derek Morgan: You ready to do some work?
Garcia: Why not? I haven't slept this week,I might as well give up eating too.
Derek Morgan: Awwh,poor baby. Try not to let the tears hit the paper, it gets a little messy.
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Three episodes in and showing no signs of tiring
7 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"Won't Get Fooled Again" may not be as good as "Extreme Aggressor" and "Compulsion", the previous two episodes, but that it's still very good is testament really to how good those two episodes were so early on in the show's run.

Mostly Season 1 of 'Criminal Minds' was solid. There was a slow hit-and-miss patch between "The Fox" and "Riding the Lightning" (two of the season's, and the show's, best episodes) with episodes ranging between very good and blandly average, but to me the only really sub-par episode of Season 1 was "Machismo" (still one of my least favourite 'Criminal Minds' episodes). "Won't Get Fooled Again" continues the season's strong start, after one of the show's best season premieres in "Extreme Aggressor" and after a masterclass in how to make a riveting episode out of a done-to-death and not always interesting concept in "Compulsion" this follows on impressively, not as good as those two episodes but still very well done.

A couple of parts and connections (i.e. trying to figure out the plan through following internet usage) are introduced a little randomly from personal opinion, meaning not as much room to piece everything together for ourselves. Morgan's attitude towards Gideon saw a side to him that was disrespectful and unprofessional, there have been worse cases of unprofessional and jerk-ish behaviour since with Morgan but when we are reminded of how protective and caring he is like in his big brother-like bond with Reid one can't help be turned off a little.

There is so much to like in "Won't Get Fooled Again". It does wonders with a concept (bombing) that has been done many times on TV that varies hugely in effectiveness and interest of execution. Especially compelling are the scenes and interaction between Gideon and Bale, which create powerful chills, and the climactic moments that are full of non-stop tension, with the cut the wire part one gets really panicked as to whether the right thing was said.

Gideon and Bale's chemistry isn't the only well done chemistry, the trusting and quietly professional one between Gideon and Hotch and the sweet one between Morgan and Garcia (long before the banter became over-the-top and misplaced) are also strongly written. A great job is done with Gideon, who is like the heart and soul of the group, and one really sees the BAU work as a team here and with urgency. Not that they didn't before, but they particularly do in this episode and their personalities more defined.

Visually, there is much style, class and atmosphere, while the direction is taut and accommodating and the music haunting and melancholic. The script is thought-provoking and beautifully balanced and the story compelling in its suspense and emotion.

Nothing to complain with the acting either, with authoritative Mandy Patinkin and sadistic Tim Kelleher being worthy of particular praise.

In conclusion, a very good episode, remarkably so for at this point a show that was only three episodes in when for some shows this particular period is a rocky one. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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