Criminal Minds (2005– )
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When a spree killing begins in a small Texas town, Reid's identification with the killer may endanger the girl with him, and cause Reid to put his own life in jeopardy.


Bobby Roth


Jeff Davis (created by), Andrew Wilder




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
Cody Kasch ... Owen Savage
Chris Mulkey ... Sheriff Britt Hallum
Lindsey Haun ... Jordan Norris
Tim DeZarn ... Paul Barter
Alexandra Krosney ... Eileen Bechtold
Tracey Walter ... Ike Stratman
Michael Ironside ... John
Boo Arnold Boo Arnold ... Deputy Bart Lawford


A teen girl, Jordan, and her father are killed by a bomb planted in their house. When two cops arrive, they are shot by a shooter with a full-auto weapon. The BAU soon discover that the shooter is Owen Savage, a constantly bullied teen with learning difficulties, and that Jordan, who's also been abused and has learning difficulties, is still alive and in a relationship with Owen who's planning to kill again... Written by J. Rieper

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Release Date:

16 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The plot of this episode is very similar to the events of December 24, 2012 in West Webster, NY. A fire was set and the arsonist shot the first responders, killing two and wounding four others. See more »


At Around 25:51 you can see Matthew(Reid) look down quickly at the floor to make sure he was on his mark. He moves to stand on his mark after looking down. See more »


[first lines]
Rod Norris: [speaking to a creaking tree] You wake me again tonight, it'll be a chainsaw for you!
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Superb Episode! Personified Criminal Minds!
16 February 2019 | by hiltonsmithjrSee all my reviews

Amazing Episode!! Agree Completely with The Little Songbird! Reid Really shows us a Lot about himself! He's the Youngest Character but, is EASILY the most Interesting and Diverse!! Episode is Definitely Top 5 of the Entire Run! One Question I Really wish they had let us know: Who was Michael Ironside's character "John"? I'm Guessing Sr Division Head in FBI. Maybe higher. His Scene with Reid is ONE I Never Miss when I rewatch this episode! Staggering!!! PS - Lest we NOT Forget the Johnny Cash theme song!!🏅

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