Criminal Minds (2005– )
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When a bomb is found at what was thought to be a drug lab BAU is brought in, and while Hotch conducts a state-side investigation Gideon matches wits with a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Anthony Azizi ... Jind Allah
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Lauren Stamile ... DEA Agt. Bonnie Ryan
Kevin Chapman ... FBI Agt. Andy Bingaman
Roger Ranney Roger Ranney ... DEA Agent Ken Norwood
Wiley M. Pickett ... CIA #1 (as Wiley Pickett)
Michael Rose ... CIA #2 (as Michael Edward Rose)
Brad Blaisdell ... Sec. Chief


A DEA raid in Virginia 'accidentally' finds an Al Qaeda-type chemical bomb, presumably the work of Jind Allah and his Omega cell. Give her training and Middle Eastern experience, including speaking fluent Arabic, Hotch convinces Jason to take newcomer Emily Prentiss along for the interrogation in Gitmo (Guantanamo base, on Cuba). Gideon uses no further torture but Muslim-friendly reasoning, even invoking the Quran. Info makes a SWAT team find anthrax but lose a man at a second site; they learn his true identity is Egyptian: imam Jamal Abaza, who turned Jihad after his son Amir's death and set up a US MIS cell recruiting home-grown 'second choice' terrorists, who plan a bombing soon; Gideon tricks him... Written by KGF Vissers

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

22 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first instance where Derek Morgan uses the term "baby girl" while talking to Penelope Garcia. See more »


The terrorists time their ultimate attack when the crescent moon rises, shortly after sunset. However, the crescent moon after a new moon lags behind the sun. It would already have risen, shortly after sunrise. It's setting would similarly be after sunset. See more »


Jennifer Jareau: What the hack is going on here?
Penelope Garcia: The NSA is routing all messages to us for language analysis. You know, rumor has it, much to my chagrin that during national security emergencies our fair country turns all of its satellites homeward and record all electronic traffic in the whole of US of A
Jennifer Jareau: Is this even legal?
Penelope Garcia: Yeah, I don't really want to think about that right now
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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23 January 2012 | by hansenmv2002See all my reviews

Curious to me the first review was so hung up on Mandy P. - the lead actor. (He did do an excellent job.) What's more interesting is this is the first script from one of the real BAU FBI types approached when developing the show. He had since gone on to being a consultant, writer, etc for this and similar shows (not sure his current status - nor do i care).

The difference between the CIA and FBI approach has been roundly reported over the years of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gitmo.

This is an unvarnished thinly/none-veiled point of view from the FBI. What Mandy thinks is rather irrelevant.

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