Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The team tracks down a highly obsessive-compulsive killer who targets blonde women and leaves messages to the police asking them to stop him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... David Rossi
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Penelope Garcia
... Aaron Hotchner
... Vincent
... Det. Lynne Henderson
... Stanley Wolcott
... Kate (as Martha Anne Madison)
Giselle Jones ... Alice
... Michelle Watson
Terrence Edwards ... Jay
Quentin Prescott Price ... Carl


Michelle Watson, a Buffalo, New York based real estate agent, is found murdered inside a house at which she was showing. A week later, the Buffalo Police Department receive an audio-less and edited video recording from the murderer's viewpoint of the lead-up to the killing, including shots within the murderer's home, as well as the actual murder itself. From the video, it looks as if it was taken by a hidden camera located somewhere on the upper half of the murderer's body. From the actions on the video, the BAU can also tell that the murderer suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Reviewing past cases in the Buffalo area within the past ten years and another video visible in the background of the video sent makes them suspect that this murder was done by a serial killer. Two other key pieces of information on the video are the number "29", circled by the murderer on Michelle's day planner, and the murderer scrawling the words "HELP ME". The BAU have a race for time as they ... Written by Huggo

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29 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Vincent's pea coat is a standard Navy issued pea coat. See more »


At 11:11 Prentiss, Morgan, and Hotchner are at the house recreating the steps of the real estate woman's death. Morgan says the killer closed the door before stabbing his victim, but he did not close the door until after he stabbed her. Morgan then says the killer dragged the woman to the couch, when, in fact, he just followed her over to the couch then made her sit down. See more »


Emily Prentiss: [in the investigation room; looking at Reid] What's missing from the Michelle Watson murder is any sign of rage or overkill.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Yeah, instead on the tape we see signs of remorse. A complete and sudden emotional change. It's absolutely fascinating.
Penelope Garcia: [walking over to Prentiss, looking at Reid] I love you, Reid, but the stuff you find fascinating is sad.
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References Flashdance (1983) See more »


Written by Carlos Villalobos
Performed by Carlos Villalobos
Courtesy of Alistar Records
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Outstanding performance by Alex O'Loughlin!
6 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

In this very moving episode of Criminal Minds, we see another outstanding performance by the charismatic and mega-talented Alex O'Loughlin. With the brilliant portrayal of UNSUB Vincent, he shows his unique ability to make his audience feel a connection with the "bad guy" and see his humanity. We can't help but feel pity for Vincent, but we also see his strength and dignity with which he tries to break out of the terrible repetitive cycles he's locked in. We witness a marvelous character transformation that opens our eyes to how extraordinarily precious life is. O'Loughlin's finely nuanced acting and Simon Mirren's brilliant writing created one of the most memorable episodes of any crime series ever.

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