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.

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... David Rossi
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Jennifer Jareau
... Aaron Hotchner
... Caleb Rossmore
... Harvey Morell
... Mrs. Zablonsky
... Agent Rebecca Lin
... Marisa Devon
Joe Ford ... Dan Feinberg (as Joseph Fuhr)
... Nicole Puli
Jonny Jay ... David Atley
... Roger Smith
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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)  »

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The same Marin Police detective responds to the murdered couple in Albany Park, yet the City of Albany is not in Marin County; it's in Alameda County, across the San Francisco Bay from Marin County. The Albany Police Department has jurisdiction and should be investigating this murder. See more »

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[last lines]
Emily Prentiss: Hey, Reid. Hotch wants to talk to you. What's wrong?
Dr. Spencer Reid: He probably wants to talk to me about why I've been kind of weird lately.
Emily Prentiss: You are making a difference, you know, one person at a time.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Thank you. You know, I've been thinking a lot lately about why I stayed after Gideon left, why I didn't take any of those other offers.
Emily Prentiss: Nothing is accidental.
Dr. Spencer Reid: And I realized, I don't know, there's just something incredibly right about being here, with you guys.
Emily Prentiss: Well, I'm glad to hear that. ...
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Feelin' Alright
Written by Dave Mason
Performed by Joe Cocker
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A Return To 'Classic' Criminal Minds
1 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

For those that, like myself, are binge-watching Criminal Minds after having only previously caught the odd episode on the TV: this is the episode that you most likely vaguely remember, and that you really ought to watch again. There are only a couple dozen or so 'memorable' Criminal Minds episodes out there and this is certainly one of them!

The plot is incredibly engaging; though initially (and overall, to some degree) not one of the most original concepts for an episode, the plot is well-developed and the resolution seems just. Though season 6 and 7 are rife with forced-dramatisation and oddly placed emotional appeals, the development of this particular episode allows it to stand alone, but not as the typical 'Baddy of the Week' that we've come to expect. Instead, it is supported by its own merit: it is a good episode with great development, characters that are human, and above all it is worth the 44 minutes!

There is also an overall advancement in Reid's character, and development of the team as a whole, which is always something great to look out for in this series.


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