Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Sex, Birth, Death 

A young man seeks out Reid for help regarding his fantasies of killing prostitutes, just as a serial killer starts brutalizing prostitutes near the capitol.


Jeff Davis (created by), Chris Mundy | 1 more credit »




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
Anton Yelchin ... Nathan Harris
Mel Harris ... Congressman Steyer
Jessica Tuck ... Dr. Sarah Harris
Thomas Crawford ... Ronald Weems
Annie LaRussa ... Linda Weems
Susie Kantar ... Crystal
Emily Brooke Hands ... Rhonda
Katy Magnuson ... Holly


When Dr. Spencer Reid is approached in Washington, D.C. by high-school boy Nathan Harris, who attends his lectures out of fascination, he realizes only after the kid leaves he might be a serial killer, which seems to check out after having the details he mentioned verified, the victims being prostitutes marked in the flesh by a sick mind who is tortured and wants to get caught. However there seems to be another killer at work... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

29 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?


Nathan mentions the that he attended Dr. Reid's lecture on Mill Creek Killer. The case in question occurred in Criminal Minds: The Last Word (2006). See more »


When the team is coming up with their initial profile there is a white board behind Gideon. It is a notice for a mandatory seminar. Mandatory is spelled incorrectly. It is spelled "manditory". See more »


Penelope Garcia: Come on. You and me. We're hitting the town.
Dr. Spencer Reid: No offense, Garcia, but I'm not really feeling like I'd make the, uh, best company right now.
Penelope Garcia: Oh, no! Up! Up! Do not make me hurt you!
[Reid sighs and gives in]
Penelope Garcia: There you go, there you go.
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Criminal Minds (TV Show Intro / Main Song Theme)
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Disturbing, thought-provoking and emotional- a 'Criminal Minds' classic
5 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

One of my favourite episodes of Season 2 along with "The Fisher King Part II", "Revelations", "Profiler, Profiled", "North Mammon" and "The Boogeyman". This said, Season 2 was a strong season, one of the better 'Criminal Minds' seasons in general, where only "Honor Among Thieves" was average at best.

What immediately drew me in with "Sex, Birth, "Death" were the story and the performances of and chemistry between Matthew Gray Gubler's Reid and Anton Yelchin's Nathan Harris. The story is one of the season's most disturbing (along with "Revelations" and "North Mammon"), but it is also one of the most thought-provoking and most emotional, also one that is not as obvious as one would think. A wonderful job is done exploring Harris' inner struggles and Reid's insights and instincts to help him, and it is easy for the viewer to empathise.

The chemistry between Gubler and Yelchin was crucial in making the episode work and that their chemistry is so riveting, so empathetic and tense is one of "Sex, Birth, Death's" many allures. The character of Reid and Gubler's acting were always one of the high points of the show, and helped make underwhelming episodes watchable, Reid is a sympathetic and likable character here and Gubler's acting is fantastically nuanced. Yelchin's performance is indeed gut-wrenchingly superb, being scary and heart-wrenching.

Despite the strong emphasis on these two, the rest of the characters are by no means neglected. The chemistry and dynamic within the team is adorable and charming and Garcia and Hotch are interesting too.

Visually, there is much style, class and atmosphere, while the direction is taut and accommodating and the music haunting and melancholic. The script is thought-provoking and beautifully balanced and the story compelling in its suspense and emotion. The acting is very good, with Gubler and Yelchin dominating.

Concluding this review, classic 'Criminal Minds' and one of the best episodes of Season 2. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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