Criminal Minds (2005– )
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As Reid narrates to one of the hitmen how they tracked her, the BAU works to get him out of the hitman's gunpoint.


Heather Cappiello


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier





Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Aubrey Plaza ... Cat Adams
Rochelle Aytes ... Savannah Hayes
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Erich Riegelmann ... Barry Winslow
V.J. Foster ... Daniel Adams
Victor J. Ho ... The Chemist
Pete Freeland ... Lawyer
Kai Stein Kai Stein ... Little Boy
Finn Carr ... Young Spencer Reid


Reid has what appears on the surface to be an Internet arranged blind date at an upscale restaurant with a young woman named Cat. It is, however, a supposed business date, with Reid pretending to be a potential client for her, one of the Dirty Dozen assassins, she the "Black Widow" of the bunch. In a break in the case, the team has determined that there are four assassins, all working independently, but acting like spokes on a wheel to a central axle, that axle being someone code named the Snowman. However, she, being good at her job, knows that the meeting is a set-up. When Reid and Cat come clean to each other, what results is a thirty minute game of psychological cat and mouse between the two. The outcome is affected by how well Reid and the team have Cat profiled, how well she in turn has calculated the strategic moves in their chess match, plus a little, or perhaps a lot, of what Reid just went through visiting with his mother on his recent time off from work. Written by Huggo

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13 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


A picture of a guy with a shoe on his head is shown in this episode. On a previous episode, Garcia promises an old boyfriend a picture of her and Morgan with shoes on their heads, if he wins. See more »


Tara says the bomber is wearing a blue dress but it is evident she is wearing black. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: I'm going to pretend to be a husband who wants his pregnant wife dead
Jennifer Jareau: Well, I'd want to kill you if you told me that
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References Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (2015) See more »


I Put A Spell On You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Performed by Hit Crew Masters
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Best episode EVER!!
14 January 2016 | by sven-45726See all my reviews

SPOILER: First of all. Im glad that Reid is finally back in criminal minds, it wasn't the same without him! our crime fighters had finally a break in the case 'the dirty dozen' there are 4 hit men known as the sniper, the poisoner, the bomber, and the key. Reid had a business date with 'the key' so that our crime-fighters could finally close the hit men ring ones and for all. But it won't go down without a fight. although they had the sniper and the poisoner really fast, the bomber and the key really won't go down without a fight. This episode reminds me also somehow from season 2 episode 13, the evil frank, Gideon told frank how they catch-ed him in the whole episode. Reid told that also in this episode to the key A.K.A his fake-date. I'm glad the network is down now so Garcia can go on with her life and also the rest of the team. And poor Reid, didn't like it to see he was emotional in the end... And the ending was also hilarious, drunk Garcia loll hope we can see that in a few other episodes in the future heehaw!! This was by far the best episode ever. Keep up the good work criminal minds, this season is way way better then the last 2 seasons!!

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