Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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While Reid copes with a loss in his personal life, the rest of the BAU travels to San Francisco to investigate victims discovered in the Mission District.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Jason Bernero (as Jason J. Bernero) | 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
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
John Patrick Amedori ... Bryan Hughes
Jamie Luner ... Madison Riley
Anna George ... Barbara Moore
Brian Mulligan ... Andre
Craig Watkinson ... Det. Lennon Miles
John R. Colley ... Alan Archer
Malachi Weir ... Tre
Amy M. Morgan Amy M. Morgan ... Elaine Porter


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Two weeks after the fact, Reid is still reeling over the murder of his girlfriend, Dr. Maeve Donovan, by her stalker. His friends try to reach out to him, but he remains in seclusion, not talking to anyone. They have to figure out a way to bring him back to a state where he at least reaches out for help in dealing with his grief. As such, he doesn't accompany the team on their next case, that of two murders in San Francisco, California, where the two seemingly unrelated victims were found in public places, wrapped in clear plastic and their bodies drained of almost all their blood while they were still alive. Early in their investigation, they find two more victims who have one more similarity: their eyelids were removed. The combination of the eyelids and the body placement of all four victims leads the team to figure out what the unsub is doing with the blood. They still have to figure out why the blood is so important to the unsub to discover who he is before he kills again. Written by Huggo

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When Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) joins the team in San Francisco, he is wearing a green sweater that looks suspiciously like the sweater that Diane (Michelle Trachtenberg) wore which she stole from the original owner, Maeve (Beth Riesgraf). See more »


Near the beginning, when the team is first reviewing the case, Penelope says that one of the victims was found near a cable car stop in San Francisco's Mission District. Cable cars don't go into the Mission District, they travel through the financial district, up to North Point and down California Street as far as Van Ness Street. See more »


Jennifer Jareau: Thought I'd check on Spence on my way into work.
Penelope Garcia: Yeah, me too.
Jennifer Jareau: Are these all from you?
Penelope Garcia: Maybe.
Jennifer Jareau: What's in that one?
Penelope Garcia: Mixed nuts and seeds. I'm trying to think of something that will help him feel better. So I went Reid-like and I did a bunch of research and it turns out that nuts and seeds have naturally occurring magnesium, and magnesium influences the production of serotonin, which is the happy-happy-joy-joy chemical in your brain. I don't know.
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References The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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You'll never believe what the unsub does with the blood
3 September 2017 | by bcameron-07042See all my reviews

Season 8 is a good overall season. However, there are at least 5 or 6 episodes that aren't that good. This is one of the weaker episodes of season 8. It's just "okay".

For those of you who've never seen this episode, you have an unsub who's draining the blood from his victims, but he's not a vampire wannabe. You'll never believe what this killer is doing with the blood. It's sick. The unsub is a real wacko. He's quite a pathetic creature too. You almost want to feel sorry for the sicko and give him a hug. He's completely out of his mind. There are a couple of scenes where the killer tries to sell off his "work" and he comes off as being completely pathetic (intentionally by the writers). And you just say to yourself that this guy needs to be put out of his misery. His mind is completely screwed up.

Some may say that Criminal Minds is just coming up with bizarre motivations for unsubs because they're running out of ideas. However, you have to remember that there have been killers in this world who have had INSANE motivations for killing. Look no further than serial killer Herbert Mullin. This real life serial killer claimed that by killing people, he would prevent earthquakes. So there's pretty much nothing Criminal Minds can do as a motivation for an unsub that could be too far fetched. People are NUTS.

This is the first episode to air after the classic "Zugzwang" (8x12). Reid is obviously grieving over Maeve's death and Matthew Gray Gubler does a wonderful job showing Reid's sorrow over his girlfriend's death. Reid still is able to call the team on the phone and help them out with their latest case from his apartment. Everyone tries to cheer him up but he's not in the mood to talk about it, only to help them every once in a while from home on the case they're working on.

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23 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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