Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The BAU is called to San Francisco to investigate a possible Zodiac Killer copycat. Meanwhile, Reid wonders what he's done in his life as he reaches 30.


Glenn Kershaw


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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
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Jeff Newburg ... Caleb Rossmore
Finn Wittrock ... Harvey Morell
Toni Sawyer ... Mrs. Zablonsky
Claudia Choi ... Agent Rebecca Lin
Marissa Armijo ... Marisa Devon
Joe Ford ... Dan Feinberg (as Joseph Fuhr)
Christine Garver ... Nicole Puli
Jonny Jay Jonny Jay ... David Atley
Jimbo Barnett ... Roger Smith


The BAU is called to the San Francisco Bay area when a young couple named David Atley and Nicole Puli are found shot to death, with evidence pointing to the unsub being the Zodiac Killer, who has not been heard from since 1974. The local police detective leading the investigation believes it to be the work of the real Zodiac Killer, but Hotch, Rossi and Reid believe that it is not, especially since there has been no evolution in the nature of these latest killings since those by the real Zodiac Killer. The team nonetheless follow leads back to the original investigation, including tracking those who were involved in that investigation as well as anyone who either wrote about it or tracked the investigation. They are hindered in the investigation by an anxious and sometime media hungry public who want to cash in on the Zodiac Killer's notoriety. They are also helped and hindered when they learn the unsub has a genius IQ, he who may understand the BAU's tactics. As the BAU goes through ... Written by Huggo

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18 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Best-selling crime author Patricia Cornwell makes a guest appearance as herself. See more »


At the beginning of the show two men are playing chess in a park. The gray haired man moves, and calls check on his opponent. The man in the white shirt moves what looks to be his queen, across the board then calls check on the gray haired man. Since the man in the white shirt did not first move to get his king out of check, and the one move with the queen could not have accomplished this, he lost the game. See more »


Roger Smith: [Reid is walking up to a press conference] The dates match, eh, when Zodiac stopped killing, my cousin was put in mental hospital in Mexico. He was released two month ago
Reporter: Do you have anything more specific?
Roger Smith: He was, eh, working on a production The Mikado in '68. Zodiac talked about The Mikado in a letter
Dr. Spencer Reid: Excuse me. I'm Dr. Reid with the Behavior Analysis Unit. Was your cousin by chance a fan of Wagner? Because, eh, a CD of the Tragic Overture was sent to the police this morning
Roger Smith: He loved Wagner, ...
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Written by Jeremy Silver
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Gripping Episode
22 January 2012 | by mewstevensSee all my reviews

I have been a fan of Criminal Minds for a long time. I am a loyal viewer and want to say that this episode was particularly gripping. Since Caleb has such a mind for crime and he wasn't killed off is is possible that the character may come back to actually help solve crimes? I found the twists from the beginning well played out. The character of Caleb from the very beginning was complicated. I found him sinister and very off balance and then at the end actually felt sorry for him. Perhaps if he comes back Criminal Minds can explore this person more and viewers can better understand what led to his actions. Could he actually possibly be "reformed"?

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