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The Big Game 

The slaughter of a wealthy couple just after a super bowl party puts the BAU on the trail of two killers.

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Gloria Muzio

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Edward Allen Bernero | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
James Van Der Beek ... Raphael / Tobias Hankel
Bill Smitrovich ... Det. Farraday
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Todd Grinnell ... Dennis Kyle
Jaime Ray Newman ... Lacy Kyle
Samantha Smith ... Helen Douglas
Cullen Douglas ... Dr. Wilson
Wolf Muser ... Samuel
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Storyline

Dotcom millionaire Dennis Kyle and his wife Lacy are bloodily slaughtered in their suburban Atlanta home, just like animals in the countryside. The police was too late, even responding within 5', to a call from the house that a certain Raphael there was about to kill the 'sinners', he left a Revelation(Bible) quote about the Pale Horse. While the team flies to Georgia, 911 gets another call about Raphael going to punish sinners who possess too much. Garcia reports an Internet video of the Kyle murder. It was made on the Kyles' private computer, with a remote-controlled web camera still active, watched by Raphael who turns it off after sending his message; as Reid suspects, he works at a computer tech support help line, where clients allow him to control their computer for help, only he leaves a Trojan horse. The team is puzzled about psychologically contradictory behavior by the perpetrators. The next victim, after a one-voice call, is a handyman who apparently intruded the Douglas ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

There is no end quote in the episode, probably because this story continues in the next episode Criminal Minds: Revelations (2007). See more »

Goofs

Although the beginning of this episode ostensibly takes place immediately following the conclusion of Super Bowl XLI, there is never any mention of which team won the game (the Indianapolis Colts) or which teams were playing (the Colts and the Chicago Bears). Moreover, none of the four people who watched the game in rural Georgia nor any of the people in the crowded bar are wearing any Colts or Bears paraphernalia. Since Derek Morgan grew up in Chicago and played football, he should seem more upset or at least should mention the fact that his hometown team lost.

The reason for the generic approach to the Super Bowl is this episode was filmed long before the Super Bowl contenders were known, and the episode aired on the same day as the Super Bowl. Still, the lack of Colts and Bears paraphernalia makes the opening very unrealistic. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Spencer Reid: You all right?
Jason Gideon: What?
Dr. Spencer Reid: You seem unhappy.
Jason Gideon: I am unhappy. I'm tired of people using religion to justify the terrible things they do.
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Connections

References Super Bowl XLI (2007) See more »

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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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Swoosh, BADAM and Swish!
20 April 2011 | by TentaculaSee all my reviews

Now I do not know if it is me this time, but from the intro onwards, in this episode I get annoyed at all the background noises that are supposed to make a scene more scary. Sometimes a huge *BAM!* seems kind of lost though. Then there is the obligatory shadow on the wall and at least two special effect sounds for that. Shadows are louder these days.

The logics in this episode are a bit weird, some pieces do not really fit together, however it is quite entertaining. This might not have been a gem - at all, yet I am hooked and really want to know what is going to happen (this is a two-piece episode).

Altogether this episode seems like a mumbo-jumbo of simple film making techniques for the easily-amused, with a few interesting ideas and a very likable A.J. Cook.

Favorite quote of the episode: "Wh.. Reid! Are you sure we should... Split up?" I love clichés!


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