Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Uncanny Valley 

An unusual personal obsession is at the center of a BAU abduction case. Meanwhile, Hotch struggles with his return to work.

Director:

Anna Foerster (as Anna J. Foerster)

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Jonathan Frakes ... Dr. Arthur Malcolm
Jennifer Hasty ... Samantha Malcolm
Rosalie Ward ... Bethany Wallace
Jeffrey Johnson ... Detective Marty Cotrone
Valeri Ross ... Linda Jackson
Christopher Boyer ... Shop Manager
Tacey Adams ... M.E.
Gregory Marcel ... Karl Wallace
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Storyline

In Atlantic City, New Jersey, two women have thus far been identified as having died at the hands of the same killer. Both victims were drug-induced paralyzed and still conscious during their two-month abduction, but otherwise well taken care of. Both were also petite but physically fit, and in life were fashion conscious, although the clothes in which they were found did not match what they would have worn in real life, these new clothes which were more doll-like. And both dead bodies were found in a place that represents a fun childhood, one on a playground swing, another on an amusement park carousel. Because the two women have no other similar characteristics beyond their small stature, the BAU believe the unsub to be a woman who is "collecting" the victims as surrogates for a doll collection that the unsub has lost. When the BAU learn more about the doll line that the unsub is mimicking and after one of the pieces of clothing is analyzed, they stumble across a lead to the unsub ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Once the team figures out the unsub, Garcia says "She was doomed... Like red shirted ensign in Star Trek doomed." The unsub's father is played by Jonathan Frakes who played Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

Goofs

The New Jersey license plates on the cars are shown to have a bright yellow stripe of about 2 inches across the top with the remainder of the plate being white. In actuality, New Jersey plates have a more beige-yellow tint at the top which fades very gradually toward the whiter bottom, so that there is no noticeable line differentiating the colors. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Hotchner: The unsub we're looking for is a woman. She's a collector. It's a psychopathology similar to hoarding.
David Rossi: So when we say "collector", we're not talking about stamps or baseball cards. It's not what your kids, or even you, might pursue as a normal hobby.
Aaron Hotchner: This is an attachment to objects that's become obsessive, by someone who is antisocial and extremely introverted.
Emily Prentiss: These people attach a part of themselves to their collection. If you try to separate them from it or take it away from them, they will...
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Such a Creepy Episode
18 April 2019 | by smith-71898See all my reviews

I love this episode so much!

The unsub was creepy but you felt bad for him/her, which I always enjoy.


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