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The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes.

Director:

Larry Teng

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Rick Dunkle | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Patrick John Flueger ... Paul Westin
Yani Gellman ... Mitchell Ruiz
Ken Weiler ... Connor Drake
Corey Mendell Parker ... Dr. Ellsworth
Daniel E. Smith ... Will
Hank Cheyne ... Detective Edward Sanchez
Ryan Caltagirone ... Doug Warn
Evelyn Edwards ... Isabella Grant
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The BAU travels to Austin, Texas where three separate murders have taken place, the victims being two young women, and one young man. Each was last seen at a large but different social gathering. All three victims were savagely beaten, however the two women were stripped naked, while the first victim, the male, was re-clothed after being beaten while naked. Upon further investigation, they learn the male victim was a closeted homosexual, leading the team to believe that the unsub is a repressed homosexual who murdered the female victims after not being able to perform sexually with them, and murdered the male victim after feeling guilt after having had sex with him. When a fourth victim, another male, is discovered, another emerging piece of evidence is the exact same style men's watch placed on the last two victims, both watches deliberately set at a different time than what is actual. The team has to uncover the meaning of the watch and the time to which the watches were set to ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

For some reason, on the Season 8 DVD (at least on some copies), clicking the button for this episode will play the previous episode, "All That Remains," and clicking the button for that episode will play this one. See more »

Goofs

The second victim is found in an area with mountains in the distance. There are no mountains in central Texas. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Spencer Reid: Maybe, the UnSub suffered abuse at the hand of someone citing God's will that he should change.
David Rossi: It wouldn't be the first time someone took the good book and twisted it for their own agenda.
Derek Morgan: Okay, but if you wanted to change someone's sexual orientation, how could you do it? I mean, you're not gonna guilt somebody into that.
Penelope Garcia: I'm seeing some stuff about an ex-gay movement. It looks like some kind of a 12-step program.
David Rossi: A 12-step program usually doesn't traumatize the participant.
Dr. Spencer Reid: But conversion ...
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Connections

References The Hangover (2009) See more »

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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Good solid episode
29 May 2013 | by ronnie_asaSee all my reviews

The episode was pretty good. This isn't the first time the show has done an issue storyline nor is it the first to feature a killer who is sympathetic and a victim themselves. Neither is this the first time where the fate of the killer isn't known, we can assume that the killer will be in prison for a very long time but that doesn't mean that the torturers and abusers at the camp shouldn't be arrested for the crimes they committed. CM has often shown the grey world where sometimes the killer is a victim too such as season 5 episodes "Haunted" and "The Uncanny Valley". Also the "therapy" camp may seem extreme but sadly there are documented cases that make the camp featured in the episode feel sadly very real.

Not the best episode of the season or series as a whole but a very solid episode indeed.


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