Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Mr. Scratch 

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The BAU searches for a suspect who controls minds; the hunt puts one team member in danger.


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier





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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Bodhi Elfman ... Peter Lewis
Thad Luckinbill ... Larry Merrin
Kiko Ellsworth Kiko Ellsworth ... Daniel Karras
Andrew Borba ... Tony Axelrod
Suzanne Ford ... Dr. Susannah Regan
Joe Williamson ... Bill Kinderman
Anessa Ramsey ... Christine McNeil
Brittany Falardeau ... Tabitha Merrin


The BAU is holding three different murderers - Larry Merrin, Daniel Karras and Christine McNeil. In each case, the victim is a loved one, with each murder taking place in a different part of the country. Christine is in a semi-comatose state. In the other two cases, the male murderers tell similar fantastical stories of not killing the victim, but of smelling burning sage before feeling ill and then being attacked by a shadow monster with talons. In both instances, they use the exact same terminology of "shadow monster" and "talon". The BAU knows that the killers were somehow placed under a psychotic suggestion using a drug. Each of the three murderers were adopted in 1985 when they were three or four years old, leading to the thought that each crossed paths with the unsub in the adoption system. When a fourth similar story arises, they realize another similar link between the four situations are people who have had what they believed to be repressed memories but were actually ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

22 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The names of all the main characters have names of characters in "The Exorcist": Christy MacNeal is Chris MacNeal, Daniel Karras is from Father Damien Karras, Bill Kinderman is from Lt. William Kinderman, and Regan is named after Regan MacNeil, the child who was possessed. Larry Merrin was named for the exorcist himself, Father Lankester Merrin. See more »


Larry Merrin: Agent Hotchner? I'm not a murderer!
Aaron Hotchner: Yes, you are! And I'm gonna find out who turned you into one
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Written by Mark Mancina
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Scratch This Off Your List Of Good TV Viewing
19 May 2018 | by clintstevensSee all my reviews

Another idiotic plot line from arguably the worst crime series on TV. The story is so unbelievable it's laughable. The writers cater to the lowest intelligent audience in TV land, which may explain why some give this story 10 stars. Or perhaps it's because at least this episode doesn't follow the cookie cutter plot usually found on Criminal Minds. The worst part about this story is the fact that the plot line will undoubtedly continue in a subsequent episode. Oh spare me...PLEASE!

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