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episode recap
airdate: January 25, 2012
written by: Breen Frazier
directed by: Michael Lange
episode synopsis
The BAU team searches for a serial rapist in Houston known as "The Piano Man" who has resurfaced and is assaulting his previous victims. Also, Prentiss tries to come to terms with her trauma from last year and with rejoining the team.

Episode quotes

Said By: Quote: Author:
Hotch "We do not suffer from the shock of our trauma, but we make out of it what suits our purposes." Alfred Adler
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
Henry Ellis

Criminal Minds Quotes

The Turning Point in the Investigation
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episode unsub
  • Who dunnit and why?

  • Hamilton Bartholomew (the original "Piano Man") - it was never stated why he did it.

  • Herman Scobie was the 'copy-cat' rapist.

Best Moments
  • What were the best scenes in the episode?
  • When Hotch wanted Prentiss to make a deal with him - that if she has a bad day, to let him know.
  • The final scene when Hotch got on the plane and found Prentiss. When he sat down across from her, she told him, in tears, she was having a bad day.

Best Lines

    • Hotch: (after revealing to Prentiss that he knew she lied to her psychiatrist by saying she was dating a man named Sergio, who was really her cat) "Sergio?"
    • Prentiss: "He is the perfect man. He doesn't hog the covers and he poops in a box."

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  • Episode Guest Stars

    • Jay Karnes (Hamilton Bartholomew)
    • Leaha Boschen (Vanessa Campbell)
    • Judith Hong (Diana Mitchell)
    • Dina Meyer (Regina Lampert)
    • Matthew Alan (Herman Scobie)
    • Jim Pacitti (Peter Joshua)
    • Matthew Lott (Bill Campbell)
    • John Knox (Chief Wilson)
    • Maggie Contreras (Brittany)
    • Penny Peyser (Dr. Linda Merrill)
    • Catheryn J. Brockett (Susan)
    • Elia Cantu (Tammy)
    • Bianca Lopez (Reporter)
    • Daniel Hagan (Dr. William Shaw)

    Episode trivia

    • This marked the 150th episode for the series.
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