Criminal Minds (2005– )
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False Flag 

The BAU is called to investigate when two members of a conspiracy group in Roswell, N.M., perish in quick succession.


Joe Mantegna


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid (credit only)
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Zelda Williams ... Melissa Miller
Richard Gilliland ... Bob Orci
Darrett Sanders ... Sheriff Mike Bowman
Amanda Howell ... M.E. Leslie Jackson
Antonio Robles ... Doug Downey
T.J. Alvarado ... Gary Hiles


The BAU team members are in Roswell, New Mexico where two murders have occurred among a group of truthers, more commonly referred to as conspiracy theorists. They have determined that the murderer is hiding among them. The team knows they have a difficult task in that the truthers believe that the authorities in general are working against them. A few days into their stay in Roswell, the team makes the unprecedented step of delivering the profile to the truthers themselves in the hopes that they can identify the murderer, possibly a faker, among them. But something that happens at that meeting turns the tables on the team. While most of the truthers decide to clam up and hire lawyers to protect themselves, one, Melissa Miller, at least decides to talk to the team on the caveat that she be able to record the proceedings and broadcast it on her podcast. As a forensic scientist, Tara is tasked with dealing with Melissa. She has to be able to prove to Melissa that she and the team are not... Written by Huggo

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6 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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After interrogating Bob, Prentiss then uses her cell phone to call Tara.

The whole reason for Prentiss and the sheriff flying out to Bob's house is there was no cell service in the desert where Bob lived. See more »


Melissa Miller: Organic tomatoes.
Emily Prentiss: Yeah.
Melissa Miller: "ANFO" stands for ammonium nitrate fuel oil. *Fuel* oil. You can't grow anything with it.
Emily Prentiss: We pointed that out to Bob. He said that must be why his tomatoes kept dying. We searched the whole compound anyway. There was no bomb. But Bob Orci had quite the story to tell.
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Miasma (2018) See more »


Written by Angus Powell
Performed by Angus Powell
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This is the episode that causes me to quit watching the show!
6 December 2017 | by ken_allen-83327See all my reviews

god, how many TV shows are going to go the full lameroute.

This episode starts off extremely strong insulting anyone and everyone that doesn't believe everything the government and it's agencies (FBI, CIA, etc...) proclaim. And when I say strong insulting, I mean really really strong. So strong it's obvious that's their intent.

There was another episode earlier this year that had me hating the show for it's overt propaganda...but this episode is 1000 times worse.

I will now not only NEVER watch another episode of this show, but I will also NEVER watch anything that contains ANY of the actors on this show EVER again.

Shame on you all! You would think with ALL the controversy surrounding Hollywood right now that the writers/producers/directors would know better than pulling a stunt like this...but I guess you don't have to have any real intelligence to work in Hollywood!

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