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.

Director:

Gloria Muzio

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Chris Mundy | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Sheilynn Wactor ... Leanne Elmore
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the last part of the episode where New Yorkers were reacting to the death of the unsub, the Asian woman who commented was Oanh Ly, one of the writers of the series. See more »

Goofs

As Gideon is preparing to enter the building and confront the unsub, he puts on his bulletproof vest and starts toward the building. The camera changes angles and we see him briefly pass by with his vest in his hand. Then a third shot shows him putting on his vest again. See more »

Quotes

Jason Gideon: There's a lot we still don't know, but we do know this: these are not blitz attacks. They're too controlled. These are absolutely executions.
Dr. Spencer Reid: An unsub's signature is his own extremely rare combination of M.O. and ritual. An unsub kills to satisfy an inner need, and he'll continue killing until that inner need, which is based on a ritual, is lived out perfectly. Because reality never lives up to fantasy, this becomes an impossibility.
Jason Gideon: In other words, he's not gonna stop killing until we catch ...
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Connections

References Se7en (1995) See more »

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Hallelujah
(uncredited)
Composed by Leonard Cohen
Performed by Jeff Buckley
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Good, But Could Have Been Much Better
27 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

New York City is the scene where the BAU travels after a third person is killed the same way as two others. The victims are shot, then stabbed with a flint-type knife and then blindfolded. After a fourth murder, the team has a new profile: a vigilante serial killer. All the victims are people who walked after being charged with serious crimes. The blindfold supposedly represents the blindfolded lady justice figure you see on scales.

There were a lot of interesting profiling details about vigilantes. It seems these BAU guys can't stop talking about criminals, even at dinner out at a Chinese restaurant. Sometimes I wonder if the TV writers don't add to the profiling truths that are spoken, just to embellish and dramatize, but I don't know that for sure.

Anyway, the episode was interesting but not as suspenseful in the last 10 minutes as I would have expected since they were hunting a killer about to claim another victim. It almost was anti-climactic the way they portrayed it.

I detected a bit of elitism on the part of Gideon and his group who see themselves and knowing and being a lot wiser than the public.....in this case with their thoughts about vigilantes and justice. That was brought out a few times, especially at the very end with "the man on the street interviews."


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