Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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Nelson's Sparrow 

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The members of the BAU team are brought back to their origins as they look at one of Gideon and Rossi's old cases.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Kirsten Vangsness | 1 more credit »





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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Arye Gross ... Donnie Mallick
Ben Savage ... Young Jason Gideon
Eileen Grubba ... Young Mary Ellen Barnett
Robert Dunne ... Young David Rossi
Phoebe Neidhardt ... Josie Behdart
James Lentzsch James Lentzsch ... Stephen Gideon
Gina Garcia ... Agent Gina Sharp (as Gina Garcia Sharp)
Teresa Huang ... Dr. Weiss


The BAU team members convene at Gideon's isolated cabin where his murdered dead body was found, he killed by multiple gunshots. Each team member, especially those that knew him personally, grieves in his or her own way while they all investigate his murder. While Garcia tracks his last driving trip which included an extended stop in Roanoke, one hour away from his cabin, Hotch speaks to Gideon's now grown son, Stephen Gideon, and Rossi and Morgan examine the crime scene, most specifically trying to sequence the series of gunshots which led to Gideon's death. In piecing together all the information, Rossi believes Gideon was trying to send a message to them before being fatally shot, Rossi who travels back in time to a case the two worked on in 1978 when the BAU was then known as the Behavioral Science Unit. The unsub in that case, he who was never caught, was obsessed with birds, and strangled twenty-something Plain Jane, insecure, brunette women. The recent death of a woman leads the... Written by Huggo

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While he has been mentioned several times over the previous seven years, this was the first appearance (albeit only in flashbacks) of Jason Gideon since Mandy Patinkin's departure. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Aaron Hotchner: [to Rossi about Gideon] He never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: The Storm (2016) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
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14 May 2019 | by pehopkinsSee all my reviews

As much as I would have loved to see Mandy back for an episode, I absolutely LOVED that they cast Corey Matthews (ahem, Ben Savage) as a young Jason. Matthews and Gideon were both very quirky so I was in 90s heaven when I watched this episode! They couldn't have picked a better actor for that role

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28 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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