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While fixing a burst water main, a city works crew digs up the back yard of the home of the Johnsons - father Charles, mother Tina, and their middle aged son Lyle - upon Tina's approval. ... See full summary »

Director:

Constantine Makris

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Janine Sherman Barrois
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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
L. Scott Caldwell ... Tina Johnson
Seth Gilliam ... Lyle Johnson
Esai Morales ... Section Chief Mateo Cruz
Glynn Turman ... Charles Johnson
Alexandria Cree ... Cheryl Bishop
Jason Mac ... Mike Bishop
Paget Kagy ... M.E. Tamako Kimura
Jeremy Woodland ... Greg
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While fixing a burst water main, a city works crew digs up the back yard of the home of the Johnsons - father Charles, mother Tina, and their middle aged son Lyle - upon Tina's approval. The Johnsons have lived at the house for thirty-five years. The crew finds the skeletons of two human bodies buried in the yard. The BAU takes the three members of the Johnson family in for questioning, who they believe know something about the skeletons, primarily because Lyle ran when he saw the authorities at the house. While Hotch, JJ, Morgan, Rossi and Cruz question the Johnsons individually, Lyle initially comes across as the most guilty by his animosity, however the team eventually believes his attitude is more a facade hiding other issues. Charles also demonstrates a more reserved form of animosity, he being a history buff who continually implies how he and his family, as being black, have been persecuted, this situation being no different. The identification of the two bodies and of the ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

Because it was produced on a reduced budget, it is the first episode to not feature the BAU team presenting a profile to the local law enforcement officers. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Jareau: [Hotch is watching Rossi's interrogation] How's he doing?
Aaron Hotchner: I think he's making progress.
Jennifer Jareau: I'm surprised none of them have lawyered up yet.
Aaron Hotchner: Tina and Lyle haven't because they know that they're innocent. Charles is a sociopath. He thinks he can talk his way out of it.
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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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I hated this episode
22 November 2013 | by kryptoman102See all my reviews

We need to find justice for the 6 white men who castrate and hang an innocent man but there is no justice for the victim of this disgusting crime that was perpetrated? "I will keep your secret" ???? This episode is everything that is wrong with TV. I am not "holier than thou" but I missed the "justice" for the inconsistency in the victimology in this episode.

This was a terrible episode. I understand that murder is wrong however the evil that was done to this man...is ....HORRIBLE. To ask this man to "rise above" the humiliation and anger that he must have felt is in and of itself a tragic and demeaning.


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