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Criminal Minds: Psychodrama

The profilers are brought onto the case when it becomes clear that the perpetrator's behavior is escalating from simple crimes for profit to abusing his captives. The team believes his motives are not based on money and must identify what is causing his behavior to become more violent in order to catch the culprit.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 204
Airdate: Wednesday October 11th, 2006

Director: Guy Norman Bee
Writer: Aaron Zelman

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Sat. 1) Apr 23, 2007
FI (Nelonen) Feb 14, 2008
NL (Veronica) Dec 20, 2009

Guest Stars
Jason WilesJason Wiles
As Dale Sheppard
Meredith MonroeMeredith Monroe
As Haley Hotchner
David FabrizioDavid Fabrizio
As Agent Wallace
Gary WolfGary Wolf
As Roland Lynch
Marco SanchezMarco Sanchez
As Detective Murad
Michael ChieffoMichael Chieffo
As Bill Henderson

Co-Guest Stars
Asher AxeAsher Axe
As Jeffrey
Austin David YoungAustin David Young
As Darren Henderson
Brian HattonBrian Hatton
As F.B.I. Professor
Chris WarnerChris Warner
As Security Guard Jiminez
Connie CooperConnie Cooper
As Karen Sheppard
Jean St. JamesJean St. James
As Claire Henderson
Jennifer Lynne WetzelJennifer Lynne Wetzel
As Scared Woman
Terrell Clayton (1)Terrell Clayton (1)
As Parole Officer
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
Kirsten VangsnessKirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Thomas GibsonThomas Gibson
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Mandy PatinkinMandy Patinkin
As Jason Gideon
Lola GlaudiniLola Glaudini
As Elle Greenaway
Episode Notes
It turns out that Hotch's son has a condition but it's treatable.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Hilary and Hailey DuffOur Lips Are Sealed 

Episode Quotes
Elle: So, he's a violent sex offender in denial.
Hotch: And a sexual predator who's just escalated his crimes.
Gideon: He's a serial killer in the making.

Haley Hotchner: Look, I know this job is important to you. But we're important, too.
Hotch: You don't have to tell me that.
Haley Hotchner: I don't want you to wake up someday in some random city and realise that you don't know your own son.

Hotch: "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth." -Oscar Wilde.

Elle: "Stripping Bandit". That's terrible, that makes it sound like the Bandit's doing the stripping.
Reid: What would you call him?
JJ: Pervert.
Elle: Scumbag.
Morgan: I'd call him an ass...
Hotch: (interrupts) Hey, focus, please.

Garcia: Honey, if he opens his mouth, I'll give you the length of his teeth.
Hotch: Just keep it clean and don't call me 'Honey'.

Morgan: What's that?
Hotch: My son's first steps. I was out of town, Haley sent me the file.
Morgan: That's nice.
Hotch: It was five months ago, I haven't loaded anything on here since.
Morgan: Okay, so you film a new one when you get home.

Reid: It's like he's compelled to direct these fantasies using these people as actors.
Morgan: Actors on a stage, it's a play.
Reid: It's a psychodrama.
JJ: What's that?
Reid: It's a form of psychotherapy whereby actors serve as surrogates for actual people in the patient's life.

Morgan: (pounding on unsub's door) Sheppard! FBI!
Elle: (handing over a key) Key?
Morgan: No, I got one. (kicks open door)

Hotch: Look at these people! Look at them! They're children! They're children! God's sake!

Hotch: "The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours but that this humiliation is seen by everyone." -Milan Kundera.

Hotch: It gets worse and worse with each case.
Gideon: Save one life, we save the world.
Hotch: Yeah. Oh, the one thing that I didn't tell the trainees...
Gideon: What's that?
Hotch: We do not get paid enough.
Gideon: You got that right.

Episode Goofs
When the team approach Sheppard, he has a small moustache and beard but soon after, in the ambulance, he only has stubble.

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