Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The unit has to deal with the militia when they're called to rural Montana to track a killer who's obsessed with his mentor.


Jeff Davis (created by), Oanh Ly

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Michael Cudlitz ... Francis Goehring
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... Henry Frost
Jim Beaver ... Sheriff Williams
Pat Skipper ... Harris Townsend
Jenna Gavigan ... Becky
Danielle Kennedy ... Cashier
Kristopher Logan Kristopher Logan ... Trailer Park Manager
Jason Hamer ... Robert Miller


In Montana, a member of a local militia, Frances Goering, is identified as a sadistic serial killer. He then commits suicide by blowing himself up, taking a cop with him. Goering's M.O. was kidnapping young women, torturing them for a few days and then killing them. By the time of his death he had killed 3 and held another captive. The BAU is called in to locate the survivor and finds her freshly killed, meaning Goering had an accomplice who now has literally taken his identity... Written by J. Rieper

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Release Date:

7 November 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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It is revealed in this episode that SSA David Rossi is Italian-American and 52 years old. See more »


At the end Agent Rossi says that all anyone remembers about Ruby Ridge is that the government shot a mother holding her baby. Actually a lot of people remember more, like the fact the first person killed was the Weaver's 14 year old son. Also remembered is the fact that all the charges brought by the federal government against Randy Weaver in the aftermath were dropped except for the original failure to appear, and a charge stemming from his being in possession of firearms in violation of a bail condition. See more »


Robert Miller: The guy that took my wife... he took the other missing women, didn't he? He's a serial killer, that's why you're here?
Aaron Hotchner: No, we're here to help you find your wife.
Robert Miller: You do believe she's alive?
Aaron Hotchner: Unless I have evidence to the contrary, I very much consider her to be alive.
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Pride and Joy
Written by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
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5 June 2015 | by DextrousleftieSee all my reviews

I live in Montana, and first of all that's not Montana. Second of all, we're not all a bunch of hillbillies and hicks. We might sometimes be about thirty years behind technology-wise, but we don't all hole up in bunkers clutching our guns and waiting for the government to try to invade. That would be Texas! :P Joke. This episode was laughable from the perspective of a Montana resident. The only thing they got right was the Montana State Troopers' uniforms. Looks like they shot it in the mountains of California or maybe Nevada, certainly not up near Great Falls. And the Old West look of the grocery store - I laughed so hard! We have lots of old buildings here, but few of them look like that. Most of ours are heavy brick or stone because of the cold weather. We're not exactly the Wild Wild West like the Southwestern states are. Or we don't exactly look like it, anyway. They didn't even try to make it look like Montana. We just don't have sagebrush and sand everywhere, especially not up near Great Falls which is up by the Canadian border. And the aggressive stances of the 'locals' didn't fit, either. Montana people are actually pretty polite, even the gun toting ones. Fail.

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