Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving.


Michael Lange


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Bill Tangradi ... Willie Kestler
Steph DuVall ... Otis (as Stephan Duvall)
Kristen O'Meara ... Jane Sissler
Kim Robillard ... Sheriff Mitchell
Scott Vance ... Dr. Frank Chapman
Sarah Benoit ... Doris
Erika Godwin ... Floressa
Danielle Hoetmer ... Brianna Wells


The BAU travels to the southeastern US where two similar murders of two very different victims - beyond both being involved with extreme religions - have happened 100 miles apart in the matter of days. Both victims were killed by being chiseled over the head, were in a submissive position, had urban wildlife hair residue in their system, and had wood residue in their back teeth (signifying that they were biting on a stick). And at each crime scene, there was an infestation of maggots inconsistent both with the location and the amount of decomposition, meaning that the unsub brought the maggots to the kill sites. When a third victim is discovered upon the BAU's arrival, they further learn from witnesses that the unsub is calling his victims by a name other than their own, and that he is being quite open about his activities. The BAU notices that many of the murders are reminiscent of the serial killings of Russell Smith, who killed eight prostitutes in the area over a twenty year ... Written by Huggo

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The boy who Willie was going to kill couldn't have been one of the eight because Russell died before the boy was even born. It is clearly explained, however, that the killer chooses Aidan because he was born immediately after one of the the eight surrogates died. The killer is concerned that the dead man was reincarnated as Aidan, so he (the killer) intends to kill Aidan just in case. See more »


Brianna Wells: Need a menu?
Willie Kestler: No. But thanks for asking, Carol.
Brianna Wells: You've got the wrong gal. I'm Brianna.
Willie Kestler: I don't think so.
[shows a cut on his face]
Willie Kestler: Recognize me yet? I made it easy for you.
Brianna Wells: So just coffee, then?
Willie Kestler: The sign up there says I get a free dessert if it's my birthday.
Brianna Wells: And today happens to be your birthday?
Willie Kestler: Yes, ma'am.
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One of the worst Criminal Minds episodes
3 September 2017 | by bcameron-07042See all my reviews

I thought season 8 of Criminal Minds was a GOOD season overall. However, three episodes that I really dislike are in this season. Those episodes are "The Good Earth" (8x5), "Perennials" (8x11) and "Nanny Dearest" (8x21). Those 3 episodes do nothing for me. But I do think season 8 is still a good season. I loved episodes like "The Pact" (8x2), "Through the Looking Glass" (8x3), "The Apprenticeship" (8x6), "The Fallen" (8x7), "Zugzwang" (8x12), "The Silencer" (8x1) and a number of others.

This episode involved an unsub that believes in reincarnation. He believes he's been reincarnated as a serial killer. And none of the actors to me seem like they're having fun in this episode. I know a show has to try to come up with new ideas and try something different when you've had many seasons under your belt, but I don't think anyone really got into this story. The way the unsub chose his new victims based on when old victims were killed was interesting though. And getting some Replicator stuff at the end of the episode was fun. But overall, this episode is just boring and the story is flat. Everyone just seems to be going through the motions.

The actor that plays the unsub just seems all wrong for this role. It's one of those episodes where the unsub is revealed early. He's probably not a bad actor but he just doesn't work and the story is just a stinker.

This episode definitely ranks in my bottom 10 Criminal Minds episodes. It joins episodes like "Nanny Dearest" (8x21) and "Sense Memory" (6x14) as some of my least favorite episodes to watch.

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12 December 2012 (USA) See more »

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