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"Scared to Death"
airdate: October 10, 2007
written by: Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer
directed by: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
episode synopsis
The BAU travels to Oregon to assist local authorities in investigating the disappearances of people who are new to the city and have no strong social ties in Portland. All the clues lead to a psychiatrist who is using his patients's worst fears in the most dangerous way possible: by killing them.

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Episode quotes

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Hotch"He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."Lao-tze, Taoist philosopher
Hotch"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; you must do the thing which you think you cannot do."Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Turning Point in the Investigation
  • After Patrick drowned, Reid realizes that fear plays a part in these murders.
  • Prentiss's and Reid's find of the flier in the laundromat leads to the discovery of how the Unsub "nets" his victims.
  • Morgan and Prentiss notice the date on one of fliers to be during last summer, which leads them to believe that there are more victims than the team previously attributed to this serial killer.

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  • Dr. Stan Howard, a professional psychiatrist.
    • He was abused by his mother during childhood. She would scare an already frightened young Howard of the dark along with embarrassing him for his frequent bed-wetting (an early sign that he was to be a serial killer).
    • Howard had a controlling wife who reminded him of his mother.
    • He targeted new residents of Portland, Oregon by posting fliers in places visited by his victims.
    • Killed his victims by putting them in situations that they most feared, preying on their "phobias"
    • Killed at least fifteen people

Best Moments
  • Reid and Morgan getting stuck in the elevator.
  • Prentiss's conversation with Reid concerning Gideon's abrupt departure.
  • Hotch confiding in Morgan on the jet ride home that Haley has left him and he doesn't know if she's coming back.

Best Lines
  • [while arguing about the elevator situation]
    Reid [to Morgan]: "I'm not scared. I don't want to be in an elevator with you to be honest."
  • Reid: "I think it's someone who's afraid of drowning."
    Hotch: "What do you mean?"
    Reid: "Yeah, it hit me when Morgan freaked out when were stuck in the elevator."
    Prentiss [to Morgan]: "You got stuck in an elevator?"
    Morgan [to Reid]: "I freaked?"
    Reid: "That's not important."
  • Prentiss [to Reid]: "Yeah, I don't think he's luring them with pretzels."
  • Dr. Stan Howard [to Hotch]: I think your greatest fear is that you can't save everyone. It is worse than I thought.

Episode Guest Stars

  • Michael O'Keefe (Dr. Stan Howard)
  • Matt Bushell (Bill Calvert)
  • Stephanie Venditto (Jane Howard)
  • Jayne Atkinson (Erin Strauss)
  • Danielle Sapia (Missy)
  • John Babek (Patrick)
  • Jennifer Lee Keyes (Jenny)
  • Randy Crowder (Apartment Superintendent)
  • M.J. Karmi (Howard's Mother)
  • Brandon Killham (Young Howard)
  • Casey Kramer (Landlady)
  • Melody Hollis (Jessica Howard)

Episode trivia

  • The episode is dedicated to the memory of Mark Kamps, who was the sound supervisor and editor for Criminal Minds. He died in August of 2007.

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