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Season: 1 Episode # 13 Original Air Date: January 18, 2006


Poison


Synopsis:
The team travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned (one fatally) with LSD ten times more potent than the street version.
Set in:
Beachwood, NJ
Best Moments Between Characters:
  • At the end when JJ asks Hotch why he chose the BAU. He told her it was because he wanted to stop the killers before they got to his desk but was still trying to figure it out.

Best Lines:
  • Gideon: "Mr. Fisher?"
    Eric Fisher: "Shrink or cop?"
    Gideon: "Well, I’m an FBI profiler, so I guess I’m a little of each."

The turning point in the investigation:
When the team is able to pinpoint that the unsub had filed a case or complaint with the police and that he was tied to the victim, Lynn Dempsey, who died after digesting a fatal dose of drugs.

Whodunit?
Edward Hill who worked for Hichcock Pharmaceuticals. He claims the company took everything from him. He had applied for a patent on a new drug at the same time Lynn Dempsey, his accomplice, had applied for a loan through a New Jersey bank, both were denied as Hichcock had already applied for the patent and their claim was filed through the 1st New Jersey Federal Bank. With the help of Lynn he poisoned both candy and envelopes with LSD and Rohypnol at a bank. He stepped up to a lethal drug called Botulism, which he used to kill Lynn when he was done with her and set up employees and the management team at Hichcock to ingest but his plan was ruined when the BAU and CDC got the victims the antitoxin on time.

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BertTehMighty Problems With LSD Lacing 0 Feb 26 2010, 8:21 AM EST by BertTehMighty
Thread started: Feb 26 2010, 8:21 AM EST  Watch
In the first scene with the father driving the car and starting to see apparitions, there is a huge inconsistency with actual LSD use. LSD causes many physiological effects before actual hallucinations appear and the hallucinations generally start out much more subtle than noticing that the trees look like the hooded monsters in the movie they just saw. Judging that it probably would've taken about two hours for them to get from the bank to the cinemas and back out on the road again, he would have experienced significant anxiety leading up to the hallucinations, most likely even made worse by being unaware of what was happening to him.

Also with an extremely high dose (the supposed equivalent of ten tabs) this would have caused more severe hallucinations and changes in sensory perception. He would have experience synaesthesia, additional spacial and temporal dimensions and perhaps even temporary dissociation, which means he would not have been able to have a lucid conversation with his son, and perhaps not even realise that he had a flat tire in the first place. Also, even though it does seem somewhat likely that it would take 18 hours to come down from a high dose of LSD, my understanding seems to be that higher doses increase the stimulating effects, but not the overall duration.

Also, LSD has a particularly fragile molecule base, which means exposure to light and air would lessen it's toxicity. Leaving the envelopes and candies in a public bank may mean that the effects would have been significantly less than the show portrayed.

Sorry for the long rant but I don't feel like it was an accurate portrayal of the effects of LSD on people.
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batgurl88 Poorly Executed Scene 3 Jan 19 2008, 8:09 PM EST by Bessie_Mae
Thread started: Jan 19 2008, 7:02 PM EST  Watch
I've been rewatching old episodes, and I finally came across this one, which was the first full episode of CM I ever saw (and the reason why it took me so long to get into the show). At the time, I just couldn't get over how silly one of the scenes was.

Towards the beginning of the episode, Reid mentions the tox screens for the LSD, and says that they contained traces of rohypnol. Then, Elle proceeds to explain to Hotch, Gideon, and Morgan (who, surprisingly, look like they're hearing something new) that rohypnol is a "central nervous system depressant, similar to valium, only ten times more potent. It's commonly known as a 'roofie' or a 'date rape drug'." Reid then adds that "one of its side effects is amnesia..."

Does this strike anyone else as an extremely unlikely conversation between FBI agents? I mean, I don't think there are many people over the age of 14 in North America who don't know what a 'roofie' is (as unfortunate as that is). Obviously, they have to include information like that for the small percentage of people who don't know, but couldn't they have done it in a more convincing way? Is there any chance on earth that every one of those characters, having worked in the Bureau for ANY length of time, wouldn't have known what a date rape drug is? They certainly deal with it on numerous occassions. Wasn't there some way to have the information said without making it look like Hotch, Morgan, and Gideon needed Elle to explain the basics of rohypnol to them? These are supposed to be some of the brightest minds in the country...

Sorry for the rant, but that scene still bothers me. Overall, the writers have gotten much better at keeping conversations realistic, but it was stuff like this that kept me changing the channel part way through the episode (Thankfully, I haven't had to do that in quite a while!!!).
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