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The BAU travels to New Orleans' French Quarter where a Jack the Ripper type serial killer is on the loose.


Steve Shill


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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
Josh Stewart ... William LaMontagne Jr.
Simone Kessell ... Sarah Danlin
Rhys Coiro ... Ethan
Randy Thompson ... J.R. 'Smitty' Smith
Edward Edwards ... William LaMontagne, Sr.
Jeff Doucette ... Coroner
Chris Eckles Chris Eckles ... John
John Edward Lee John Edward Lee ... Ronnie Tibideaux (as John Lee)


The New Orleans Police Department believe there is a serial killer on the loose in the French Quarter. He murdered three people pre-Katrina, in which he had been thought to have perished. A year and a half after the hurricane, a fourth dead body is found, killed using the same MO, which includes evisceration. Garcia locates a fifth potential victim in Galveston, Texas, that case which was not originally connected to the New Orleans killings. The unsub has been in direct contact with the lead investigator of the case, Lt. William LaMontagne, Jr. of the NOPD, by letter detailing the murder and mentioning that he is continuing what he started pre-Katrina. William LaMontagne, Sr., the previous lead investigator before he died in Katrina, also received such letters with the earlier murders. Most records of the first three murders were destroyed in the hurricane, so the BAU have only the latest murders from which to work. The significance of one piece of evidence from the earlier cases is ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

28 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of William LaMontange Jr. (Josh Stewart). See more »


When the BAU agents visit their first crime scene, William LaMontagne steps towards the blood stains and stands directly above one of the round stains. In the next shot he is about 1 foot away from the stain. See more »


William LaMontagne Jr.: Now you're leaving! Now how will I survive with a woman like you living so far away?
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: Well, despite what you may have heard
[hands her business card over to William]
Jennifer 'JJ' Jareau: cell phones can be very good for your health!
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Miasma (2018) See more »


Theme from Criminal Minds
Written by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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'Criminal Minds' goes to New Orleans
15 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 2 was a mostly solid season for 'Criminal Minds'. Boasting great episodes such as "The Fisher King Part II", "Sex, Birth, Death", "North Mammon", "The Boogeyman", the "No Way Out" episodes, "Revelations" and "Profiler, Profiled", with almost all the episodes missing that very high standard still being strong. The only real odd-one out, meaning barely average, was "Honor Among Thieves".

"Jones" has been criticised for its inaccurate representation of New Orleans (the French Quarter not looking like the French Quarter, the bad accents, the inaccurate way people behave and the lack of diversity). However while the accents are bad, 'Criminal Minds' (and speaking as a big fan before any stone-throwing) has never been strong when it comes to accuracy and this is not even the worst case, and like what was said with "Bloodline" inaccurate or demeaning portrayals of cities or groups shouldn't be the sole reason for dismissing an episode.

Other than the portrayal of New Orleans, "Jones" is a great episode and up there with the season's better ones, have seen enough episodes to feel, respectfully, that this is not even close to being one of the worst episodes of 'Criminal Minds' let alone the worst.

Visually, the production values are without complaint. It's very well shot and lit and is overall stylish, gritty, classy and atmospheric. The music is moody in the haunting and melancholic sense and fits well, without either enhancing or distracting from it. The direction keeps the momentum going but lets the case breathe, and all of the pacing is spot-on.

The script is thought-provoking, tautly paced and structured and nicely balanced. The story is absorbing and clever in construction, even the mention of Jack the Ripper or any crime resembling his crimes is enough to give anybody the creeps and it's the same here. There are many clever twists and turns and lots of tension and suspense, the identity of the unsub is shocking and despite such a trauma to lead them to do what they do the episode never becomes one-sided and try too hard to make one feel sympathy for them. The way the case is solved, the procedural aspects and profiling are just fascinating.

Every bit is good is the BAU and their interaction. Reid's subplot following on from his ordeal in "Revelations" is expanded upon and made clearer than in "Fear and Loathing" and it's pretty harrowing, while Will and JJ's chemistry is flirtatiously sweet. Love the brother-like bond between Reid and Morgan and the final scene between Reid and Gideon is like a trusting father-son-like relationship and sees a lovely sympathetic side to Gideon. Morgan and Prentiss talking about lion hunting is interesting, talking about Jack the Ripper is shocking and the whole stuff with Hurricane Katrina intrigues.

The acting is very good, of the regulars Mandy Patinkin, Matthew Gray Gubler and Shemar Moore are particularly strong while Josh Stewart is endearing as Will.

In conclusion, great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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