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episode recap
airdate: October 12, 2011
written by: Breen Frazier
directed by: Larry Teng
episode synopsis
Survivors of a Boise high school massacre return to remember the event 10 years later, but the BAU team is called in when a new killer with a similar style targets the survivors. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack, may be a victim of school bullying.

Episode quotes

Said By: Quote: Author:
Reid "You may leave school, but it never leaves you." Andy Partridge
Hotch "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Kahlil Gibran

Criminal Minds Quotes

The Turning Point in the Investigation
  • Reid figured out that the unsub couldn't feel pain because of being caught in the original blast
  • When JJ realized that the Top Ten were all kids who went on talk shows to discuss what happened.
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episode unsub
  • Who dunnit and why?

  • Robert Adams. He was the only one who had the nerve to look the shooter in the eye, but he was knocked out by the bomb and when he awoke, a classmate had taken credit for it. He was an outcast who wanted recognition and had hoped for the event to be his rise to fame, but then he didn't get the recognition he felt he deserved and attacked those he felt were responsible or felt got what he deserved.

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Best Moments
  • Morgan giving the reporter Reid's number, causing a prank war. Later Reid records a message on Morgan's ipod and annoys him.
  • Reid's freak-out after answering the reporter that had been calling him, and the team's reactions.
  • Prentiss telling Hotch that she got by in Paris because she spent a lot of time playing online scrabble with 'some girl named Cheeto-breath', and then the camera showed a shot of JJ eating Cheetos.

Best Lines
  • Hotch: And the unsub didn't develop his sense of empathy because it was cut off. Does every person with asymbolia have this?
    Reid: Actually, most feel empathy just fine, which makes me think the rest of our profile is still accurate. Loner, invisible, (his cell phone rings again) outcast, boiling rage—son of a *****! Hi! This is Dr. Spencer Reid. I actually can come to the phone right now with a very special message that your mother is a dog.
    Reid:(hangs up on the caller) Sorry. I’m really sorry. I don’t know what got into me.
  • Reid: (mumbling) I'm going to crush you. Morgan: What? Reid: (immediate) What?
  • Reid: You don't even remember. Wait, were you one of the mean girls? JJ: No.. Reid: Valedictorian, soccer scholarship, corn-fed but still a size 0, I think you might have been a mean girl. JJ: I was actually one of the nice girls, even to guys like you. Reid: Guys like me, I have you know that my social standing increased once I started winning at basketball. JJ: Oh yeah, you played basketball? Reid: Not that I played. I coached basketball. I broke down the opposing team's shooting strategy. JJ: Is that why Morgan kicked you out of the pool last week? Reid: Yeah, took him three rounds to realize I was hustling him.
  • (Morgan listening to his iPod) Reid (recorded): We interrupted your regularly scheduled musical selection with an important announcement. Never wage a practical joke war against an MIT graduate because we have a history of going nuclear. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the dulcet sounds of me screaming in your ear. AHHHHHHH Morgan: Okay kid, that was cute. But that's all you got? Reid: snores.. (Morgan's phone rings) Morgan: Hey babygir--- Reid's voice on the line: AHHHHH Reid: snickers. Morgan: All right Reid, it's on. Just know that payback's a *****. Reid: snores..

Episode Guest Stars

  • Eric Jungmann (Bob Adams)
  • Don O. Knowlton (Principal Givens)
  • Tom Derek (Chief Cole)
  • Stacie Greenwell (Ms. McKee)
  • Julia Campbell (Martha Slade)
  • Terra Wellington (Reporter)
  • Michael Grant (Brandon Slade)
  • Trisha LaFache (Chelsea)
  • Joe Reegan (Lewis Ramsey)
  • Kerry Barker (Tiffany Gleason)
  • Patrick Cohen (Caleb)
  • Aaron Hill (Jerry Holtz)
  • Hudson Thames (Randy Slade)
  • James C. Burns (SWAT Commander)
  • Cade Owens (Jack Hotchner)

Episode trivia

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