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Gideon, Hotchner and their team attempt to catch a suspect who has poisoned multiple residents of a small town.

After determining that the suspect used LSD and "ruphies" to poison the town residents, the team must next identify what type of poisoner they are dealing with, such as vengeful or prankster, in order to ascertain his motive.

As they piece together a profile, they become certain that the poisoner intends to strike again and set out to stop him before he can claim any more victims.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x13
Production Number: 113
Airdate: Wednesday January 18th, 2006


Alternate Airdates:

DE (Sat. 1) Nov 19, 2006
FI (Nelonen) May 31, 2007
NL (Veronica) Oct 18, 2009

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kirsten VangsnessKirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Recurring
Nestor SerranoNestor Serrano
As Detective Hanover
Nick JamesonNick Jameson
As Edward Hill
Peter MacKenziePeter MacKenzie
As Jack Fisher

Co-Guest Stars
Matt Baker (2)Matt Baker (2)
As Danny Wallace
Recurring
Amy WieczorekAmy Wieczorek
As Office Manager
Annie QuinnAnnie Quinn
As Samantha DiForio
Bill DoyleBill Doyle
As Uniform Cop
Braeden Le MastersBraeden Le Masters
As Eric Fisher
David Miller (1)David Miller (1)
As Trooper P.
Fred OchsFred Ochs
As Doctor
James BartzJames Bartz
As Brian Devons
James HowellJames Howell
As Desk Sergeant
Jayne TainiJayne Taini
As Nell Trucco
Lynn OLynn O'Dell
As Lynn Dempsey
Sonia JacksonSonia Jackson
As Head Nurse
Stace McQueenStace McQueen
As Mrs. Hill
Suzanne WhangSuzanne Whang
As Reporter
Main Cast
Shemar MooreShemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. CookA.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Thomas Gibson (1)Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Mandy PatinkinMandy Patinkin
As Jason Gideon
Lola GlaudiniLola Glaudini
As Elle Greenaway
Episode Notes
We learn that there are four types of poisoners who target multiple victims:

True Believer - political terrorist/religious cult.

Extortionist - product tamperer, holds the business hostage in exchange for money.

Prankster - usually younger offender who doesn't mean any harm.

Avenger - someone with a personal vendetta.

We also learn that with the exception of the prankster, these types of multiple-victim poisoners usually test their methods out on a small, random group before moving on to their larger targets.

We learn that botulism is the deadliest form of toxin known to man. It paralyzes its victims and, without an antitoxin, will literally choke its victims to death within 36 hours.

Botulism is found in the popular anti-aging treatment Botox.

We learn that Hotch is still a card-carrying lawyer when he offers to take the unsub's case.



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
DeadmanWhen The Music's Not Forgotten 
KasabianClub Foot 
WilcoWishful Thinking 


Episode Quotes
Reid: (after one of the victims dies of botulism) The test run is over.

Gideon: Confucius told us, "If you go out to seek revenge, dig two graves."



Cultural References
Garcia refers to Morgan as Cochise; this is a reference to the Apache leader of the same name who resisted both Mexican and American attempts to overtake the area in which he and his people lived (the Mexican region of Sonora, New Mexico, and Arizona).



Warning: Criminal Minds season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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