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Criminal Minds: Fear and Loathing

With community leaders in an affluent, predominately white New York suburb fearing the worst, Gideon and the rest of the BAU team arrive to investigate the murders of young African American teenagers who are found beaten and strangled. With little to go on and evidence that continually leads to dead ends, the team must work quickly to determine if the crimes are the result of a racially-charged serial killer before the potential fall-out from the crimes leads to even bigger problems.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 216
Airdate: Wednesday February 14th, 2007

Director: Rob Spera
Writer: Aaron Zelman

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Sat. 1) Jul 16, 2007
NL (Veronica) Jan 17, 2010

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Guest Stars
Billy Aaron BrownBilly Aaron Brown
As Detective Ware
David RamseyDavid Ramsey
As Wakeland
Denice J. SealyDenice J. Sealy
As Mrs. Davis
Yaani KingYaani King
As Tania

Co-Guest Stars
Ken MeserollKen Meseroll
As Mayor Hughes
David GuzzoneDavid Guzzone
As Beat Cop
Shaun OShaun O'Hagan
As Officer Cale
Tony WintersTony Winters
As Reverend Williams
Welton ThomasWelton Thomas
As Cop #1
Main Cast
Shemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Paget Brewster
As Emily Prentiss
Mandy Patinkin
As Jason Gideon
Episode Quotes
Prentiss: Why would the unsub use a date rape drug to commit a hate crime?
Reid: (after remembering being drugged by Tobias during his own captivity) Maybe he wants to weaken them, so they can't fight back.

Morgan: I was just thinking---I know how hard it is to grow up without a father.
Prentiss: Their father died a hero.
Morgan: Yeah. So did mine. Doesn't make it any easier.

Reid: (in voiceover) The life of the dead is preserved in the memory of the living. ---Cicero

Morgan: Reid, you all right?
Reid: (barely awake) Hmm?
Morgan: I said, are you all right?
Reid: I'm fine. (looks around) Thanks for broadcasting.

Morgan: Reid, listen to me. What you went through out there, nobody expects you to rebound---
Reid: I can still do my job, all right? I'm not going to freak out.
Morgan: You think I don't know that?
(Reid pauses, considering)
Reid: It was the crime scene photos.
Morgan: Crime scene photos?
Reid: Dead girls in the leaves.
Morgan: (not quite understanding) Reid, we've seen worse.
Reid: (softly) I know. (louder) I know we've seen worse, but...for the first time, I know. I look at them...I look at them, and I know. I know what they were thinking, and I know what they were feeling just before...
Morgan: It's called empathy. And it's a good thing.
Reid: (shaking his head) No, it's not. It's got me all messed up---I don't know how to focus, I can't do my job as well...so what do I do?
Morgan: You use it. Let it make you a better profiler. A better person.

Episode Goofs
The recording studio where the unsub takes his victims is located in Mount Vernon NY, which is located in Westchester County New York. At the climax of the episode when the latest victim is rescued, the local police responding are from the NYC PD. It should be the Westchester County Police department that responds.

Episode References
When Reid sees the crime scene photos, he flashes back to his ordeal in Georgia when he was held captive by Tobias Hankel (2x15 Revelations).

Warning: Criminal Minds season 2 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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