Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for ... See full summary »


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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
Bruce Davison ... Father Davison
Carmen Argenziano ... Father Paul Silvano
Walton Goggins ... John Cooley
Roxanne Hart ... Andrea Benton
James Remar ... Tom Benton
Pamala Tyson Pamala Tyson ... Medical Examiner
Dana Cuomo ... Valerie
Joanne Ryan ... Marie Valentine


Prentiss learns from an old friend, John Cooley, that their mutual friend, Matthew Benton, just died from a heart attack. Prentiss had not seen either man in several years, both for different reasons. John also mentions that Matthew thought he was going to be killed just like "Tommy V." In searching, Garcia does find someone matching that name in the area who recently died from dehydration. There are similarities between the two deaths but no medical rationale for tying the two together as murders. A third person in the area then dies in a similar way but again no medical indication of an unnatural death or rationale tying the death to the first two. However, Prentiss and Rossi, in particular within the team, are certain the three deaths are related and that they are indeed murders. They have to tread lightly and carefully since the families of the deceased refuse to speak to the FBI - especially Matthew's family who know, and do not like, Prentiss - and since there is no official ... Written by Huggo

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Thomas Gibson (Hotch) previously starred with Roxanne Hart (Andrea Benton) in Chicago Hope (1994). See more »


Emily tells the fiance of one of the victims that if she sanctioned an exorcism that caused her fiance's death she could be charged as an accessory to murder. Murder could only be charged if there was intent to kill the person the exorcism was being performed on, which there does not seem to be any such intent. However it would still constitute a homicide, strapping someone to a bed for days and not allowing them to eat or drink and causing so much stress they have a heart attack or die from dehydration is a negligent act, therefore those participating in the exorcism could be charged with criminally negligent homicide. And if anyone performing the exorcism knew the person had a serious medical condition that was life threatening they could even potentially be charged with involuntary manslaughter. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: This is kind of starting to freak me out a little bit.
Derek Morgan: Let's figure out if we have a crime before we start freaking out.
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References The Dead (1987) See more »


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No. Just no.
30 September 2020 | by suzieoSee all my reviews

For a series about criminals and people profiling them this kind of religious nonsense just doesn't work.

Leave the overly religious themes to the Touched by an Angel crowd and ACTUAL supernatural shows.

This was just too meh 😬

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11 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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