Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A Real Rain 

The team travels to Manhattan to work with the NYPD in tracking and apprehending a serial killer who is intent on dispensing his own style of vigilante justice.


Gloria Muzio


Jeff Davis (created by), Chris Mundy | 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
Tonya Pinkins ... Det. Nora Bennett
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Lance Wagner
Ethan Phillips ... Doyle
David Aaron Baker ... Will Sykes
Irene Roseen ... Parishioner
Munda Razooki ... Officer Clark
Sarah Scott Davis ... Uniformed Cop
Sheilynn Wactor ... Leanne Elmore


In New York a hooded serial killer blindfolds and shoots, then stabs victims which seem to have nothing in common. The profiling team concludes that the cab driver could only be killed after thorough preparation. His latest attack is a priest, accused but cleared in court of child abuse. After this incident he lets a female witness escape to a church, suggesting that the setting is essential to his ritual. It turns out all the victims were acquitted or got the charges dropped. The killer turns out to be a vigilante who stabs his guilty victims in a 'poetically just' organ, probably continuing on the theme of a first crime against a perpetrator whose victim he once was. Gideon thinks it may be a cop, but can't scare off the NYPD from collaborating, and indeed the next victim is a double cop-killer. All victims have been on trial in one single court-house. Crime newspaper reporter Lance Wagner gets incredibly precise scoops every time. After shooting in panic an undercover cop in the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

22 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gideon hands Hotch a newspaper in the lobby of the courthouse. When Hotch turns it over to read the headline, the viewer can briefly see the title of the paper - "New York Quest," not New York Ledger, which is the fictional NY newspaper of choice for most shows set in NYC. The format and design of both fictional papers is meant to emulate a real newspaper, the New York Post. See more »


Spencer talks about the Bernhard Goetz subway shooting in NYC that took place in 1984. Gideon replies "You weren't even born". Matthew Gray Gubler was born in 1980. Spencer mentions that he is 24, which puts his birth around 1981-82. See more »


[opening quote]
Jason Gideon: W. H. Auden said, "Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness."
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References Se7en (1995) See more »


Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton
[Played during police officer's funeral]
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Among the best episodes of Season 1
7 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 1, like with all the seasons of 'Criminal Minds' (for me Season 4 is the best season), is not a consistent season. When it is good, it is very good to outstanding, when it isn't so much, it's average or worse.

There are some fantastic episodes in the season, such as "The Fox", "Charm and Harm", "Riding the Lightning", "Compulsion", "Extreme Aggressor" and "Broken Mirror" (also really liked "What Fresh Hell" and "Somebody's Watching"). Only "Machismo" (one of the lesser episodes of 'Criminal Minds' in general) is mediocre at best, though "The Popular Kids" and "Blood Hungry" also had potential to be much better.

"A Real Rain" is not without its flaws, but on the most part it was one of the season's best episodes. After such an intense build-up, it was somewhat of a disappointment that the ending was as anti-climactic as it was which did dilute the suspense. Also have never really warmed to Elle, she comes over as cold, egotistical and annoying often and played often with little personality by Lola Glaudini. While worse in other episodes, especially "Machismo", "A Real Rain" doesn't make me feel any different.

However, the production values are top notch as is the haunting and affecting use of music. The script is one of the tightest and most thought-provoking of the season, with some really nice personal touches like the interaction between Gideon and Hotch and the terrific Chinese Dinner scene so lovingly done, the profiling is one of the season's most interesting and the story is one of the season's most tautly paced and suspenseful ones.

Performances, with the sole exception of Glaudini, are very good indeed. Of the regulars, Mandy Patinkin and Thomas Gibson are particularly strong and Ethan Phillips is cast beautifully as the unsub.

All in all, excellent episode and one of the season's best. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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