Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A family consisting of two parents and their son break into a home, kill the parents and kidnap their daughter. As the investigation proceeds, the BAU team begin to suspect that what they're dealing with is bigger than they thought.


Tim Matheson


Jeff Davis (created by), Mark Bruner (as Mark Linehan Bruner) | 1 more credit »




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 (credit only)
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Meta Golding ... Jordan Todd
Andrew Divoff ... Dad
Cynthia Gibb ... Kathy Gray
Brett Rice ... Det. Bates
Slade Pearce ... The Kid
Adair Tishler ... Cate Hale
John Bishop ... Jim Scheuren
Sierra McCormick ... Lynn Robillard


Ten year old Cate Hale is abducted from her rural Alabama home while her sleeping mother and stepfather are killed, their throats slashed. Although the BAU realize that time is of the essence since most abducted children do not survive past the first 24 hours, Cate is later released, physically unharmed. The BAU believe her release was due to the fact that she has epilepsy, which the unsub did not know of prior to her abduction. Cate recounts that her abductors were a family: a mother, father and son around her age. From Cate's stories of the abduction and later evidence found, the BAU piece together that the abduction and murders have a ritualistic nature to them. During the investigation, a second young girl in the area is abducted, her parents also killed in a similar manner. It isn't until Garcia does a search of past similar cases - abducted young girls with their parents killed - that the BAU begins to understand the full nature of this case and the rituals involved, in addition... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The father of the 1st abducted girl tells Hotch that he and Kate liked to go to the newly-built multiplex. "Multiplex" is a regional term that is not used in the South, particularly the deep South. As this episode takes place in Alabama, he would almost assuredly use the term "movie theater" instead. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: Garcia.
Penelope Garcia: Oh captain, my captain.
Aaron Hotchner: I need a list of crimes involving partners within a ninety mile radius of Harvest in the last two years.
Penelope Garcia: All crimes?
Aaron Hotchner: Anything. Violent crimes, break-ins, whatever's in the system. I need to be able to show Cate some mugshots.
Penelope Garcia: You got it. One scumbag yearbook coming up.
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Criminal Minds Theme
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Racist and untrue
17 June 2018 | by robinbankSee all my reviews

The idea that Romany people kill to steal a child to be the wife of their sons is an insane storyline that perpetuates racist concepts of Romany ("Gypsies") and failure of the writers, producers to think about what evil their show is perpetuating in the culture. Are the producers/ writers just racists, or are they believers and supporters of right-wing extremists, or Nazis, who were the ones who perpetuated lies about minorities that still persist today. The network should pull this episode from the show line up and stop perpetuating such racist falsehoods. I am so sad to see this topic in a program I enjoyed watching.

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