Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The Fight 

The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men and teams up with a separate group of BAU operatives who are working another case they think is connected.


Richard Shepard


Jeff Davis (created by), Chris Mundy (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




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
Forest Whitaker ... Sam Cooper
Michael Kelly ... Jonathan 'Prophet' Simms
Matt Ryan ... Mick Rawson
Beau Garrett ... Gina LaSalle
Jason Wiles ... Ben McBride
Jason Brooks ... John Vincent Bell
Lesley Fera ... Leslie McBride
Alexa Nikolas ... Jane McBride


The BAU's latest case takes the team to San Francisco, California. For each of the last three years at the same time of the year, three homeless men have been found murdered in three consecutive days, after which the murders stop. Each is killed execution style but show signs of blunt force trauma prior to death. The first of the murdered homeless men this year has been found, meaning that the BAU expect two more over the next two days unless they can find the unsub. Although he has direct orders not to get involved by Strauss, Special Supervisory Agent Sam Cooper, a former BAU member who now heads his own hand picked team, asks Hotch for a favor: he wants his team in on the case as he has a theory. He has noticed that immediately after the three murders, a father and his teen-aged daughter have also been found murdered, which he feels is connected. He suspects there is currently a missing father and daughter which no one is looking for in connection to being ultimately murdered. ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

7 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jason Wiles' second appearance. He previously appeared in Criminal Minds: Psychodrama (2006), as the unsub. See more »


The team is supposedly working in San Francisco, but during the nighttime surveillance scene, a large neon sign for the Rosslyn Hotel is clearly visible. The Rosslyn Hotel is in Los Angeles. See more »


Derek Morgan: So, he gets abducted off the street, quietly enough, that there's no witnesses, but then he fights for his life, only let the unsub shoot him execution style?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner: In other words: What the hell is he doing with them?
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Shine a Light
Written by Dan Boeckner
Performed by Wolf Parade
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Looking forward to the spin-off
18 June 2010 | by katm-769-267286See all my reviews

I gave an "optimistic" 8 out of 10 because I am looking forward to seeing what becomes of the spin-off. I personally think that the director has done a really great job on the 2 criminal minds episodes he has directed and hope that his style continues in the spin-off. I find that most c.m. episodes tend to be dark in lighting, etc. and find that S.1 Ep.1 and this episode are very distinct and "lighter" which make the episodes more intriguing for me. Regardless I will continue to be an avid C.M. fan but would love to see a spin-off. I think the characters have potential and it will be another adventure to follow a new group. -Optimistic

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