Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Charm and Harm 

Team members track a known "chameleon" serial killer across the southeastern U.S. trying to stop him before he kills again.


Félix Enríquez Alcalá (as Felix Alcala)


Jeff Davis (created by), Debra J. Fisher | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Mark Totty ... Spec. Agt. Raymond McCarthy
Robert Pine ... Doug Gregory
Andy Comeau ... Mark Gregory
Michael Catlin Michael Catlin ... Hank Bloomberg (as Michael W. Catlin)
Alicia Ziegler ... Allyson
Joey Honsa ... Kelly Dalton
Brian Groh ... Motel Clerk
Sathya Jesudasson ... Motel Manager


The team flies to Tampa where a disappearance is believed to be the work of businessman Mark Gregory, who was never convicted but presumably tortured and drowned at least four women. His house proves better equipped for disguises than most theaters. As he is found to have left another body in a Georgia hotel where he checked in under his own name, the team believes this is his last, most aggressive phase, no longer giving priority to covering his tracks. They revise his profile after studying his family history, which his indulgent father always pushed away. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

19 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Elle and Morgan arrive at the motor vehicle wreck, the police vehicle that pulls onto the scene behind them reads "Tennessee State Police." There is no law enforcement agency in Tennessee that uses that name. It would either be the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, or a local police department. (However, it is possible that the show was not cleared to use any of the actual law enforcement names.) See more »


Aaron Hotchner: [picks up his mobile] Hotchner
Penelope Garcia: Who's your Daddy?
Aaron Hotchner: I'm sorry?
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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Pretty phenomenal episode
2 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

One of my favourites from Season 1 that's for sure. Was not expecting it to work so well with the unsub's identity being known from the beginning, when so much of the appeal of 'Criminal Minds' is figuring it out eventually with the profiling.

However, unlike a lot of the latter season episodes (especially Season 11's), this decision actually works really well. The profiling is really interesting here as is the pathology and delving into the criminal's mind (which basically is what the show is all about, something that Seasons 1-5 understood and Season 11 especially missed the point of).

The unsub is also one of the creepiest and most formidable of the season, not quite as much as Karl Arnold who is in a class of himself when it comes to Season 1 unsubs, but this one is definitely memorable. Not everybody where a 'Criminal Minds' unsub is that much of a master of disguises. Another part of 'Criminal Minds' appeal is the chemistry in the team and their little moments. "Charm and Harm" does a wonderful job with that too, Reid and Gideon work surprisingly well together for two so very different but both intuitive personalities and Garcia's double entendres induce a few good giggles without feeling out of place.

"Charm and Harm's" story is incredibly tense and suspenseful. Not just the unsub himself but also the almost frightening scenes between him and his latest victim and the team rushing constantly to get one step ahead of him which really makes one bite their nails. Stylishly made, tautly directed, deliberately but also never dully paced (allowing the palpable suspense to increasingly mount up) paced and hauntingly scored, "Charm and Harm" as ever is a well made episode.

Plus a brilliantly written episode too, where everything feels relevant and nothing feels padded or like filler. Who also cannot help loving Reid's hilarious talking about corn kernels. All the acting is terrific, and it was great to see Robert Pine again.

All in all, phenomenal and one of the season's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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