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In the Blood 

The BAU are called to Utah to investigate the murder of a women who died by being buried under stones. All while Penelope plans a Day of the Dead party.


Michael Lange


Jeff Davis (created by), Bruce Zimmerman




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
James Immekus ... Leland Duncan
Tom Irwin ... Sgt. Joe Mahaffey
Sarah Jane Morris ... Yvonne Carpenter
Jeff Griggs ... Herbert Sykes
Caitlin Carmichael ... Kylie Carpenter
John Lee Ames ... Parker Mills
Peggy Dunne ... Linda Grunwell, M.E.
Aubrey Manning ... Charlotte Novak


During the Halloween season as Garcia prepares for a Day of the Dead celebration at her apartment for the team, the BAU is called to Provo, Utah to investigate the murder of a Jane Doe, whose dead body was crushed beyond recognition beneath a pile of boulders in a state park outside of the city. The woman, who is eventually identified as Gloria Carlyle, had deep lacerations on her arms, a burn mark on her body, and all material embellishments removed from her person. Her recent past included leaving a Utopian sect three months earlier, that sect which was involved in a similar mysterious death five years ago. The team finds another dead body shortly after their arrival, the similarities being that the victim is young, female and blond. A third victim initially confuses the team as it is a he, who was morally perverse. It is that latter issue and the similar burn mark found on his body - which the team will eventually learn is a brand - that may provide the nature of the ritual ... Written by Huggo

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30 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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In the end scene with the team celebrating the Day of the Dead, Rossi commemorates a Marine buddy who "we lost in the Tet offensive" which took place in early 1968. In Criminal Minds: The Fallen, it was established that Rossi's first tour in Vietnam started in 1969. See more »


Linda Grunwell, M.E.: I've seen some bad ones in my fifteen years, but this was... bad.
Alex Blake: What was the C.O.D.?
Linda Grunwell, M.E.: It's hard to pinpoint. Virtually every bone in her body was crushed, and every major organ ruptured. My guess is skull fracture, but honestly, any one of these internal injuries might have killed her.
David Rossi: What about the lacerations? Could they have been defensive wounds?
Linda Grunwell, M.E.: No, they were in a distinct pattern. Quite deep, and severe, on the radius and ulna, but carefully placed so as not to cause death.
Alex Blake: There would ...
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Supernatural Science
4 September 2017 | by amckee-64063See all my reviews

This is one of those fascinating "Criminal Minds" episodes were the unsub could actually be seen as a hero from a different perspective. Despite the interference of the law, he uses ritualistic, often gory methods to curb dark and supernatural forces. That is pretty much what Sam and Dean do on Supernatural--only in their world, the monsters are real. Our unsub, however, was born in the wrong reality, turning from a monster instead of a savior.

Speaking of which(witch), one of the most fascinating and terrifying things about Criminal Minds is that all the villains are, at their core, completely human. I like how you don't need superpowers to be a villain in this show--all that's necessary is a dark past, a twisted brain, and a very large. And while no one every really worries about being attacked by a minor god (hopefully not, anyway), the threat of being snatched off the street by a human killer is very real. This show has made more vigilant about who to help start their cars, and I hope it makes you feel the same way, too.

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