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Bloodline 

A family consisting of two parents and their son break into a home, kill the parents and kidnap their daughter. As the investigation proceeds, the BAU team begin to suspect that what they're dealing with is bigger than they thought.

Director:

Tim Matheson

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Mark Bruner (as Mark Linehan Bruner) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 (credit only)
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Meta Golding ... Jordan Todd
Andrew Divoff ... Dad
Cynthia Gibb ... Kathy Gray
Brett Rice ... Det. Bates
Slade Pearce ... The Kid
Adair Tishler ... Cate Hale
John Bishop ... Jim Scheuren
Sierra McCormick ... Lynn Robillard
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Storyline

Ten year old Cate Hale is abducted from her rural Alabama home while her sleeping mother and stepfather are killed, their throats slashed. Although the BAU realize that time is of the essence since most abducted children do not survive past the first 24 hours, Cate is later released, physically unharmed. The BAU believe her release was due to the fact that she has epilepsy, which the unsub did not know of prior to her abduction. Cate recounts that her abductors were a family: a mother, father and son around her age. From Cate's stories of the abduction and later evidence found, the BAU piece together that the abduction and murders have a ritualistic nature to them. During the investigation, a second young girl in the area is abducted, her parents also killed in a similar manner. It isn't until Garcia does a search of past similar cases - abducted young girls with their parents killed - that the BAU begins to understand the full nature of this case and the rituals involved, in addition... Written by Huggo

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodline See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

The father of the 1st abducted girl tells Hotch that he and Kate liked to go to the newly-built multiplex. "Multiplex" is a regional term that is not used in the South, particularly the deep South. As this episode takes place in Alabama, he would almost assuredly use the term "movie theater" instead. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Spencer Reid: Slitting someone's throat is quick and efficient
Emily Prentiss: That's because the real target was down the hall
Agent Jordan Todd: She has a name
Emily Prentiss: What?
Agent Jordan Todd: She's not "the target". Her name is Cate, she's ten years old
Emily Prentiss: Right
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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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An X-files revival
4 July 2013 | by rolanddddSee all my reviews

As a distortion of a Romani family tradition, parents take their 10 year-old sons and break into homes, killing the parents and kidnapping their daughters. This forms the basis of this curious CM episode.

Mark Bruner's script makes me think of the first seasons of the X-files. It has all the mystery, the sense of something dangerous and foreign in your own country, and the general feeling of unease that I got from watching the X-files. It it also different from the usual CM episodes by having the "the danger is still out there"-ending that the X-files so often had.

However, I was a bit surprised at the very negative portrayal of Romanii people and gypsies in general, the show strongly confirms stereotypes of gypsies as traveling thieves with tinfoil in their bags to thwart theft alarms during their stealing sprees. I don't think Romani people are all too happy about the way they are portrayed here, and I doubt the show would have gotten away with it if another more vocal minority was portrayed in such unfavorable light.

Overall though, I liked the episode because it strayed from the usually all-to-obvious plot structure of most CM episodes.


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