Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Fisher King: Part 1 

Team members become pawns of a psychopathic killer.


Jeff Davis (created by), Edward Allen Bernero | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Meredith Monroe ... Haley Hotchner
Charles Haid ... Unsub
Jane Lynch ... Diana Reid
Diane Venora ... Doris
Challen Cates ... Dr. Jesson
Judith Moreland ... Det. Lindo
Treva Etienne ... Det. St. Pierre
Amanda Bernero Amanda Bernero ... Rebecca Bryant


The team is splitting up for a holiday. Although they are on different locations, only Derek Morgan and Elle Greenaway stay in the same Jamaican hotel where a friend gave him a good rate. Suddenly they all get abrupt proof of the activity of a killer who calls Hotch -at his family home- telling him not the mind the first victims but save the girl. The diverse, personal clues prove he knows each team member well, as it turns out hacked from Garcia's computer files, and all fit in one grand scheme. Several clues converge to a certain Frank Ginley who got many convictions, but at his Langley home they find his corps, the start of a new elaborate series of clues for what he calls the team's quest, and it's obviously unusually personal, not sexual. There is a cliffhanger... Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first appearance of Reid's mother. See more »


When Morgan removes the CD from the secret compartment the lock of hair is in it, even though we just saw that the hair was completely out of it, and Morgan even seemed to pull the last few strands away. See more »


[the team has two weeks of vacation time]
Aaron Hotchner: Haley's got a list of chores a mile long, and I can't wait. The biggest decision I've gotta make is what I'm gonna do first.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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What a cracker of a season finale
11 July 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Both of "The Fisher King" episodes are classic examples of why this reviewer loves 'Criminal Minds' as much as she does. At its best (like in this season this, "The Fox" and "Riding the Lightning"), it was riveting television and even the weakest episodes (and admittedly there are some weak ones) have redeeming values.

The only real criticism of "The Fisher King Part I" for me is the slow-moving first fifteen minutes, which does feel like filler. However, this reviewer is actually willing to overlook that because the rest of the episode is so brilliant. And as well as having a general indifference to Elle (usually this reviewer finds her annoying and coldly played), she is actually tolerable here, this is an example of where her vulnerability is relatable. Even if you're indifferent or dislike someone, nobody deserves to go through what she goes through here.

As always with 'Criminal Minds', "The Fisher King Part I" looks great. Stylish, atmospheric and never cheap-looking, as well as beautifully and cleverly shot. The music is suitably haunting and hypnotic, while never being over-the-top, melodramatic, intrusive or ill-fitting. As with the best of 'Criminal Minds', the writing is incredibly thought-provoking, structurally tight, smart and achieves a perfect balance of moods.

It's tautly paced, strongly directed and the tension and suspense keeps piling until it rises to fever pitch. The cliff-hanger is quite easily one of the best in the series, 'Criminal Minds' has been a mixed bag when it comes to cliff-hangers, but the one in "The Fisher King Part I" is suspenseful, nail-biting and overall brilliantly executed, and leaves one hungry and thirsty for more.

Here the characters are very well written as always and love the chemistry and support for each other once again, even when apart for a good deal of the episode. Really loved how strong and independent characters show a more vulnerable side in this episode. The acting is typically very good all round, even with the unsub spending much of his fairly limited screen-time almost unseen he still evokes chills from his voice alone.

In summary, a cracker of a season finale. One of the best 'Criminal Minds' season finales without a doubt as well. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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