Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The BAU travel to Rapid City after two male victims are discovered murdered in a ritualistic manner. Also, Reid continues to grieve over Maeve's death.


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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
Angela Bettis ... Tess Mynock
David Hoflin ... Chad Dumont
John Posey ... Detective Tom Landry
Cooper Huckabee ... Raoul Whalen
Beth Riesgraf ... Dr. Maeve Donovan
Kate McDaniel ... Amber Moxley
Claudia Christian ... Agent Gretchen Stern
John Kerry ... Eli Grohl


The team travels to Rapid City, South Dakota after Reid, who is suffering from insomnia, stumbles across a case. Two thirtysomething men in separate incidents were found dismembered in the area, one in Rapid City, another in a nearby native reserve. The men were also poisoned with a natural herb. Both men were also not local, they were associated with the seasonal logging industry. When a third man, Chad Dumont, goes missing, he who is also not local but a military man on furlough, the team refocuses on the non-local aspect. Ritualistic markings on the bodies also leads to the team looking into the native angle as well as the naturopathic angle. After doing further interviews, they determine that the unsub is a woman who is luring the men away using the ruse of sex. The team has to piece together all these clues to find the unsub and her motivation. Meanwhile, Rossi tries to help Reid understand the cause of and deal with his insomnia. Written by Huggo

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The song Reid and Maeve dance to at the end is "Sleepwalk" and the lyrics make this a perfect song choice. "I sleepwalk cause I lost you" "Sleeptalk cause I miss you while the memory of you lingers" "The night fills my lonely place, I see your face, I know I miss you so, I still love you" etc even though it was instrumental, this song captures Reid's anguish of missing Maeve and being hesitant to allow himself to dream of her. See more »


At the end of Alchemy, Reid states that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied at the University of Edinburgh, he pronounces Edinburgh incorrectly. The city is properly pronounced ED-in-burra. See more »


David Rossi: You haven't been sleeping, have you?
Dr. Spencer Reid: I can't. There's too much work to do.
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Sleep Walk
Written by Ann Farina, Johnny Farina, and Santo Farina
Performed by Santo & Johnny
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Big problem
17 December 2016 | by Tristana-PalmerSee all my reviews

I'm a fan of Criminal Minds since episode 1 but I have a huge problem concerning Alchemy. I will not mention the plot, the acting or what is usually discussed on a review here. My problem is a line that upsets me a lot, and watching the whole show again, I come back here on IMDb to see if any comment about it is made, but no..So I decided to mention it as silence is consent. At the reunion ( first 5 minutes) Hotch says :(Leonard)"Peltier did kill two FBI agents". What a statement! I remember the first time I heard that, I was so angry and disappointed at the same time..angry with the writers, with Thomas Gibson and with everybody who thought it was good to say it this way, so with CM in general.."Peltier is in jail for being accused of killing 2 FBI agents.." would have been entirely different and...TRUE. This is the first time I realized as well that those kind of popular shows can be dangerous because we might believe everything that is said especially by an agent of the team. If we do not know much (or not at all) about Mr Peltier, it can be something stuck in people's mind as "Peltier? oh yeah I know, the man who killed...." It is presented as a self evidence truth, except that is not. This is an entertainment TV show, we know that they "act" but the way it was said, about a real person rotting in jail might be taken as granted and real for many, unfortunately. Please do not hesitate to watch Incident At Oglala for instance and make up your own mind.

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