Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Two teenage girls go missing, one of which is soon found dead and freshly buried. The team soon suspects that the killings are related to the witness protection program.


Anthony Hemingway


Jeff Davis (created by), Simon Mirren




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Fredric Lehne ... Jack Vaughan (as Fredric Lane)
Michael Harney ... Pat Mannan
Brian McNamara ... Bruce Owen
Cheryl White ... Lori Owen
Riley Smith ... Ryan Phillips
Gia Mantegna ... Lindsey (as Gina Mantegna)
Rick Otto ... Det. Payton
Hayley McFarland ... Katie Owen


In Chula Vista, California on a holiday long weekend, a dead body is found with the hands and face damaged to prevent identification. The authorities believe it is either one of two teen-aged girls, Katie Owen or Lindsey Vaughan. Both went to the movies together eighteen hours prior, but who have been missing ever since. The BAU also believe that the victim knew her murderer, hence the reason for the obliterated face and hands which will give the unsub extra time to escape capture. From a telephone call made just prior to the murder, the BAU have an identity of the dead girl and hope to find the other girl still alive. Profiling victimology, the BAU discover that one of the fathers of the missing girls is not who he appears to be on the surface. Following up on other leads, the BAU find another dead body - not one of the missing girls - which provides a clearer profile of the unsubs and thoughts of vigilante-ism. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

9 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The William Shakespeare verse Hotch quotes is from Act 2, Scene 2 of "The Merchant of Venice". See more »


When trying to figure out the identity of Douglas Silverman, the first of the group of boys to be found dead, Reid lists off his physical attributes from a picture of the boy's body to help Garcia narrow down possible kids. Because of back lighting, you can see through the photo, and it is Douglas's school picture. They would not have this until he was identified. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [Jack has his daughter's kidnapper at gunpoint] Jack, you swore to your wife you'd protect Lindsey. Listen to her, Jack. Listen to what she wants. She's... she's begging you to kill somebody right in front of her. What do you think your wife wanted you to protect her from? Jack... your life has been, uh... it's been about violence, and if... you do this, Lindsey's will be, too. Do you want that?
Ryan Phillips: [pleading] No, you don't want that.
Dr. Spencer Reid: When does it end, Jack?
Ryan Phillips: Put down the gun.
Lindsey: [whispering] Kill him.
Dr. Spencer Reid: ...
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Featured in Criminal Minds: Unforgettable (2017) See more »


Written by Jay-Z, Kuk Harrell, Christopher Stewart and The-Dream (as Terius Nash)
Performed by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
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Solid episode marred by laziness
24 June 2019 | by ralphv1See all my reviews

Well, we have to have some kind of setting for the script, so throw a dart at that map across the room and let's see what comes up. I don't know if Chula Vista was chosen that way, but the producers might as well have. The lovely art deco cinema was actually in Los Angeles, but they could have used the art deco Vogue Theatre in Chula Vista. Chula Vista has some nice noir locations. As much as I enjoyed the plot and performances, the fact that they made no effort to justify the setting annoyed and rankled me, and continues to do so after all these years. I forgive the writer for using my name for the duplicitous father, but not for not at least creating the illusion of a real place -- sorry, but throwing random non sequitur locations around higgly-piggly doesn't count. Yes, a small-town attitude, I know, but that's the nature of Chula Vista.

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