Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Somebody's Watching 

In town to conduct a seminar, Gideon and Reid become involved in a stalker case that has escalated to murder.


Paul Shapiro


Jeff Davis (created by), Edward Napier (as Ed Napier) | 1 more credit »




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
Amber Heard ... Lila Archer
Ian Anthony Dale ... Detective Owen Kim
Peter Jacobson ... Michael Ryer
Katheryn Winnick ... Maggie Lowe
Jason Olive ... Parker Dunley
Melanie Mayron ... Becka Doyle
Jackie Geary ... Pinky Robertson
Alejandro Furth ... Joseph Martinez


When LAPD detective Owen Kim gives Dr. Spencer Reid and Gideon a ride to the airport after they gave his colleagues a lecture an profiling, they accept to join him when he's told about a murder, and decide to stay when they hear there has been a recent series of victims from the film industry, mainly acting. It soon appears the killer singles out persons he considers a danger to his idol, rising Hollywood star Lila Archer, such as a hostile producer, another actress which got 'her' part or looks too much like her... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

29 March 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?


On the plane ride to L.A., JJ mentions that the L.A. media is calling Natalie Ryan's murder "the biggest celebrity homicide since Sharon Tate". Tate was famously murdered by members of the Manson family in 1969 as part of Charles Manson's delusional attempt to start his "Helter Skelter" race war. See more »


Reid refers to the murderer "John Robert Bardo." This is incorrect; Bardo's name is actually Robert John Bardo. See more »


Jason Gideon: Bernard Shaw once said "An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country."
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Sees a more interesting side to Reid
7 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Not that he wasn't interesting already, having been the best thing for example about "Derailed", just that quite a lot of the best moments of the episodes before "Somebody's Watching" belonged to Gideon and Garcia.

"Somebody's Watching" sees Reid as much more than the geeky young doctor spouting facts or a smart-ass, not that he ever was the latter but this episode develops him very well and it was lovely to see a more romantic side to him. Matthew Gray Gubler as always does a splendid job, as did Amber Heard as his love interest. Their scene in the pool was one of the highlights of "Somebody's Watching" and both sweet and sensual.

This said, their scenes do not compromise the screen time and chemistry of the rest of the team, the characters carry the episode really well with well-established personalities and their dynamic delights enormously. Still am indifferent to Elle, who has always been cold and egotistical to me. The profiling was good, though there could have been more of it.

Regarding the case, it is engrossing and suspenseful with a shocking twist that one doesn't see coming. The opening scene is a bit clunky, and the whole stalking subplot after such great build up could have been better wrapped up, didn't seem believable enough to me. Script is tight and thought-provoking, while as ever the production values are high in quality as is the haunting music score and acting, leading and supporting alike.

All in all, very good episode that just falls short of being great.

Reid has always been one of my favourite characters on 'Criminal Minds', and one of the show's most interesting and best developed, but this saw an even more intriguing and different side to him compared to before and it was appreciated. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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