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Risky Business 

A rash of startling teen suicides in a small Wyoming town is the focus of a BAU investigation.


Rob Spera


Jeff Davis (created by), Jim Clemente | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
John Pyper-Ferguson ... Wilson Summers
Michael Bolten ... Christopher (as Michael Christopher Bolten)
Clare Carey ... Sheriff Samuels
D.C. Douglas ... Mr. Krouse
Tawny René Hamilton ... Mrs. Krouse (as René Hamilton)
Lauren Letherer ... Mrs. Leake
Christopher Weir ... Mr. Leake
Amanda Leighton ... Trish Leake


In Uinta County Wyoming, two sets of two teens apiece commit suicide by hanging in their respective homes on consecutive Fridays. The kids showed no prior signs of suicidal tendencies. Although the BAU do not deal with suicides, JJ talks Hotch into the team taking the case as she can feel that there is something more going on than just suicides. Being a Wednesday, the BAU have two days to figure out what's going on before the next potential suicides. Initial investigations show that all the kids were model students. Upon inspection of their computers however, they were all participating in an on-line "choking" game, the choking phenomenon said to be akin to a drug-less high. The BAU try to warn both parents and teenagers in the area about the site and not to participate in the game, but know that they still need to track down the unsub who set up the site. Their investigation takes them to a family dealing with a death among their own. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

20 January 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real Evanston high school is merely Evanston High School but James Evans was the founder of Evanston, Wyoming. See more »


In the closing scenes, the jet has a large "V" on the side above the windows, then the jet is seen to have a large "G" on the side at the end. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: I just wanted to say thank you. If you hadn't have pushed it, we would never have gone.
Jennifer Jareau: [fingers her necklace] My sister gave this to me when I was... 11? She just came into my bedroom and told me that no matter what happened, she loved me.
Jennifer Jareau: This was her favorite necklace, so I told her I couldn't have it, but she insisted. I, of course, was secretly very happy, because I always wanted one just like hers.
[pauses and fingers with necklace]
Jennifer Jareau: That's the last time I... ever...
Aaron Hotchner: I'm sorry.
Jennifer Jareau: I ...
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6 September 2017 | by amckee-64063See all my reviews

A decent episode. Wilson Summers is a horrifying villain, while his son is a fascinating victim. Also, I enjoyed seeing Reid prove to those high school students who's boss. There were some interesting turns, although the ending wasn't as intense as it could have been. But it was entertaining enough.

The thing that really kills me, though, is that the vast majority of this episode's "victims" didn't seem like that at all. No one forced them to hang themselves, and they could have at least bothered to research doing it probably. I understand that sometimes life is too much to handle, but why tempt death when you're perfectly happy with your life? People toss out terms like "peer pressure," but how could anyone be retarded enough to think that HANGING YOURSELF ON A WHIM is cool!

Maybe I just don't understand because I'm a bit of a loner, but the students seem so idiotic. And the worst thing is that although Wilson Summers will be punished and his son might one day be able to function, those games are still going on. If the death of their fellow players didn't deter those teens, then they'll probably just find another site and start the whole twisted cycle all over again.

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