Criminal Minds (season 3)

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Criminal Minds (2005–2020) is an American television show, airing on CBS, about an elite squad of FBI profilers that analyzes the country's most twisted criminal minds and anticipates their next move before they strike again.

Doubt [3.01][edit]

Gideon: [writing the first lines of his letter in voice over] I knew it would be you who came to the cabin to check on me. You must be frightened – I apologize for that. I never meant to cause you any pain. I also never envisioned writing this letter. I've searched for a satisfactory explanation for what I'm doing. All I've come up with is... a profiler needs to have solid footing and I don't think I do anymore. The world confuses me, the cruelty, indifference, tragedy. When my dear friend Sarah was murdered. It tore a hole in me. And I truly believe the way to hand the pain was to get back to our work as quickly as possible. Get on to helping somebody else. I thought I could handle Sarah's murder. Work through it. Remember the very first case we had after? It was on a college campus.

Hotchner: We'd like to give you a rough profile of the man we're all looking for. This is someone with access. He's managed to move in a small community with a high police presence without raising suspicion.
Prentiss: Which means there's a good chance that this is someone you've seen.
Morgan: This Unsub has killed three women in four days. That's what we call a spree killer. Now, most likely something has happened in the past few days to set him off.
Gideon: And because he kills white, brunette women, that stressor probably has to do with a woman in his life that fits the same description. Wife, mother girlfriend. Women he's killing, they're most likely a substitute.
Prentiss: What we need you to do is look at people who are part of the campus fabric. See if anyone fits the bill, students, professors, support staff.
Det. Jim Griffith: I'm sorry, how are my men supposed to know about somebody's home life?
Hotchner: Well, the people around him have seen him devolving. If you suspect someone on campus, talk to anyone who knows him, find out if he's recently found religion, been drinking, even if he's been harming himself.
Morgan: He may feel emasculated. Considering the stressor and the victimology, there's a good chance that rejection is a recurring theme in his life.
Gideon: This Unsub displays a great amount of anger, stabs his victims repeatedly, even after their dead. Seconds later, he feels remorse. It's possible that his guilt is because his victims were in a position to trust him.

Hotchner: How goes it in here?
Prentiss: Means of subduing the victim, potential weapon, source of displaced rage, stressor, evidence of a self-destructive spiral and trophies of his kills. Everything that points to the profile, yet nothing we can hold him on!

Gideon: How long can you hold that lawyer off?
Hotchner: Are you kidding? I was a prosecutor. I can hold him off for days.

Erin Strauss: Did you actually allow a disturbed college student to meet with a man you believed to be a serial killer?
Hotchner: We didn't know who, but we knew the meeting would take place.
Erin Strauss: We?
Hotchner: I, ma'am. It was my decision.
Erin Strauss: And now, that student is dead.
Hotchner: She committed suicide, yes... after killing the Unsub.
Erin Strauss: How could you let this happen?
Hotchner: It was not the outcome we had hoped for.
Erin Strauss: It wasn't the outcome you had hoped for? That's your answer to me?
Hotchner: Yes, ma'am.
Erin Strauss: Give me your badge.
Hotchner: Ma'am?
Erin Strauss: You're suspended for two weeks without pay, pending an investigation of your conduct. And Agent Hotchner, if it were solely up to me, you would never get these credentials back.
Hotchner: Always a pleasure.

In Name and Blood [3.02][edit]

Hotchner: George Washington said, "Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone."

Morgan: Garcia, baby girl, please tell me something I wanna hear.
Garcia: You're a statuesque god of sculpted chocolate thunder.
Morgan: How about something I don't already know.
Garcia: I have a sweet tooth?

Rose: Where you headed?
Gideon: Nowhere in particular.
Rose: How will you know when you get there?
Gideon: That's a good question... [reads her nametag] Rose. That's a very good question. Have a great day.

Garcia: [answering the phone] Talk dirty to me.
Erin Strauss: This is section Chief Erin Strauss!
Garcia: Ma'am, I think it goes without saying that I expected to be someone else.

Erin Strauss: Call in S.W.A.T., secure the perimeter, wait for him to come out.
Morgan: Ma'am he's holding a woman inside.
Erin Strauss: We don't know that for certain. We don't have probable cause.
Hotchner: She's right.
Erin Strauss: If he's got her he waits 48 hours, he's not gonna kill her yet.
Morgan: He's changed the pattern of the dump sites, now he's changed how he abducts them. Do we really want to gamble that he's sticking to the rest of the model?
Cop: So let's pound on the door! Maybe he'll panic.
Hotchner: But he could spook just enough to kill her early.
Prentiss: I want to go in alone. The boy's in the family room, he'll answer the door.
Erin Strauss: No.
Prentiss: We need to get invited in that door. He's looking for female authority figures. If he lets me in I can signal as soon I see anything that gives us cause.
Erin Strauss: Technically you're not even in the FBI.
Hotchner: All the better.
Erin Strauss: She's interfering with a federal investigation!
Prentiss: Well if I'm no longer in the FBI then you have no authority over me. I'm just a civilian knocking on a little boy's door.
Morgan: Prentiss. [hands her a gun]
Prentiss: Thanks.
Hotchner: As soon as you have probable cause, give us the signal and get out of there.
Prentiss: Okay.

Scared to Death [3.03][edit]

Hotchner: The Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu once wrote, "He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still."

[Reid and Morgan get stuck in an elevator; Morgan starts pushing buttons]
Reid: Don't do that!
Morgan: Why not?
Reid: Because there are 6 elevator related deaths per year, not to mention 10,000 injuries that require hospitalization. Chill out.
Morgan: That sounds like pretty good odds to me. Are you scared, Reid?
Reid: I'm not scared. I don't want to be in an elevator with you, to be honest.
Morgan: How about I push that? What if I push--:[the elevator falls a few feet]

Prentiss: So Hotch is even more intense now that Gideon's gone.
Reid: Yeah, I've noticed.
Prentiss: Do you think that's gonna change?
Reid: I certainly think we'll find out.
Prentiss: What about you? You okay?
Reid: Oh, I'm- I'm great.
Prentiss: Do you want to talk about it?
Reid: What's there to talk about, really?
Prentiss: Gideon.
Reid: Oh, no. He, uh- he left a letter explaining everything. Just like my dad did when he abandoned me and my mom.
Prentiss: He addressed it to you.
Reid: Yeah, yeah. You know, Gideon stood toe to toe with some of the... the sickest people on this planet. I think that took a lot of courage, right?
Prentiss: Yeah.
Reid: So, why'd he do this? It's addressed to me, but I'm- I'm not- I'm not the only one that he abandoned.
Prentiss: But why is it addressed to you? I think you need to read that letter again.
Reid: I have an eidetic memory, Emily.
Prentiss: Ah, yeah, I know, and an IQ of 187, but what do you remember about your father?
Reid: What do you mean?
Prentiss: Well, he gave you ten years before he left, and yet you've erased all those memories. And it's too painful, I get it. But then Gideon leaves. I think you need to read that letter again, and ask yourself why, of all the people he walked away from, did he only explain himself to one person: you.

Morgan: I, um... can't sleep.
Hotchner: Want me to turn off the light?
Morgan: No. I wouldn't be able to sleep.
Hotchner: What's the matter?
Morgan: What's the matter with you, Hotch? You're sitting here doing work when you'd normally take a break. Please don't tell me it's about Gideon leaving.
Hotchner: You know, we made a deal a long time ago not to profile each other.
Morgan: Am I wrong? You know, Hotch, today was a huge, huge victory for all of us. I mean, I never thought I'd say this, but... we're doing just fine without Gideon. Hotch. What's keeping you up tonight?
Hotchner: Haley's left. And I don't know if she's coming back.

Hotchner: Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

Children of the Dark [3.04][edit]

Prentiss: "In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it's intimate and psychological; resistant to generalization; a mystery of the individual soul." Barbara Ehrenreich

Morgan: Hey girl, you're on speaker. Behave.
Garcia: Or what, you'll spank me?

Hotchner: Prentiss, this is the job, and I need to know that you can be objective.
Prentiss: And I need to know that I can be human.

Hotchner: We're looking for two men. Probably white, given the neighborhoods that they hit, mid to late twenties, intelligent, and organized.
Morgan: These are career criminals. One or both has done hard time, but neither presents as a convict. They would appear clean-shaven, well dressed...
Prentiss: Neighborly. This helps them talk their way into the homes. They may also be using a ruse.
Lt. Nellis: What kind of ruse?
Hotchner: Given that the invasions have taken place in the evening, it could be anything. Could be door to door sales, person in distress, car trouble.
Reid: Uh, Derrick Todd Lee used a tape of a baby crying to get women to open their doors in Baton Rouge. Never underestimate their creativity.
Prentiss: These men share a very tight bond, and a mutual compulsion to kill, but their signatures reveal two very distinct personalities.
Hotchner: One brutalizes the parents. This is the dominant one. Sadistic, remorseless, extremely volatile.
Prentiss: The other prefers a needle. His injections are consistent with an angel of death. He's more withdrawn, sensitive, and he has a warped sense of mercy.

Seven Seconds [3.05][edit]

Hotchner: Dostoyevsky once said, "Nothing is easier than denouncing the evildoer. Nothing more difficult than understanding him."

Marie Samuels: Realistically, it'll take at least three hours to cover this place.
Morgan: Realistically, we have less than half that time.
Marie Samuels: How do you figure?
Reid: 99 percent of abducted children were killed or died within the first 24 hours, 75 percent within the first three hours, and like, of course you know, Jessica Davis, 44 percent of children were abducted and killed in the first hour.

Hotchner: I read the Jessica Davis report. I know you found the remains last week.
James Franklin: Twenty years, never seen anything like it. Can't get the image out of my head. I joined the Bureau to rescue people, not to stand over another dead kid today.

Garcia: Another seven seconds I was able to decipher, but it's 7 more than we had.
Hotchner: What are we looking at?
Garcia: Surveillance footage I retrieved of the second camera on the first floor. It show Katie exiting the arcade, follows her movements through the crowd, she went north
Hotchner: Until she disappears.
[... ]
Hotchner: Seven seconds...
Garcia: All the images I could find, sir.
Hotchner: all that it takes for a child to disappear!

Hotchner: G.K. Chesterton wrote, "Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."

About Face [3.06][edit]

Hotchner: Erasmus wrote, "What else is the whole life of mortals but a sort of comedy, in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and plays each one his part, until the manager waves them off the stage?"

Rossi: Now your face is going to be on one of those tapes. When I find it, I'm going to paper the city with it, just like you did with those women. Everyone will see it. They won't be able to ignore you now. But you won't inspire fear, you'll inspire hatred and ridicule because the only power someone like you has is a mask. Once that mask is removed you'll be as insignificant as you've always been. A loser!

Rossi: His hand needs to be forced.
Hotchner: I know that Dave. The point is you did it by forcing ours.

Morgan: [after Reid sneaks up behind him in a mask and scares him] See, that right there is why Halloween creeps me out.
Reid: You're scared of Halloween?
Morgan: I didn't say I was scared, I said I was creeped out. There's a difference there, youngster, you should look it up.
Prentiss: What creeps you out about it?
Morgan: I don't know, people wearing masks. I don't like folks in disguises.
Reid: That's the best thing about Halloween! You can be anyone you wanna be!
[Reid throws Morgan a piece of candy]
Morgan: Nah, I'm pretty good just being me.
Prentiss: Yeah, why is it that neither of those points of view surprise me?

Rossi: You said out there, team shares everything.
Hotchner: That's right.
Rossi: There is no I?
Hotchner: Yeah.
Rossi: It seems a big thing to withhold separating from your wife and child.
Hotchner: What are you talking about?
Rossi: You used to call Haley ten times a day. We've been together 48 hours and I haven't seen you call her once or mention her. And you're not going home now.
Hotchner: What's your point?
Rossi: I guess you are not used to sharing.
Hotchner: My private life is not the same as a case.
Rossi: I'm just saying, sharing is a learning skill.

Identity [3.07][edit]

JJ: Go ahead, Garcia.
Garcia: You were spot-on, crime fighters. Military records match. Francis Goehring, forty-two years old. Did a year in the Army, before a bad conduct discharge. Highlight of which was an arrest during a bar brawl in which three other people were hospitalized. Uh, he also appears in the federal database for - get this - aggressive militia groups.
JJ: Aggressive militia groups. Is there any other type?
Garcia: Mm-hmm. That's your federal government at work. We specialize in redundancy.

Robert Miller: You do believe she's alive?
Hotchner: Unless I have evidence to the contrary, I very much consider her to be alive.
Sheriff: I wouldn't have called them in if i believed otherwise.
Miller: [To Hotch] What do you believe?
Hotchner: I believe you spent all morning... going over and over in your head about the last time you saw her. And asking yourself, "How could it happen, why did it happen?"

Reid: I'm with the FBI.
Trailer Park Manager: FBI? You're not serious. You look like a pipe-cleaner with eyes. I could snap you like a twig.

Hotchner: Sheriff, someone around here must know who Goehring's partner is.
Rossi: We should try Goehring's pals, the militia. Maybe they can help.
Sheriff: Militia leader is Harris Townsend, he owns a bar called the Horse Post.
Rossi: I'd suggest sending Morgan.
Morgan: What? All due respect, Rossi, but you've got an entire team to pick from. You're choosing me? Are you serious?
Sheriff: No offense, but, do you really want to do that?
Hotchner: Take J.J with you.
Rossi: They know we're here. But you're the last face they expect.

Townsend: I never understood, how someone like you could trust them.
Morgan: Someone like me?
Townsend: How has the federal government ever helped your people? Slavery, ghettos, poverty. The CIA got you all hooked on heroin in the sixties, crack in the eighties. Now, I hate the government, but you... you should despise them. They sure as hell don't care about you now. There are five other members of your team. Look around you. Why the hell did they send you in here?
Morgan: Francis Goehring and a partner abducted and killed 4 innocent women, the last of which we just found dead in a bed of roses, shot in the back twice. Nobody sent me anywhere. I came here to do right by her. Now, Goehring's partner is out there somewhere, so we completely understand if you boys are just too afraid to tell us about him. I get it. But just say so. Don't go hidin' behind your vague little gun threats and tired conspiracy theories, please.

Lucky [3.08][edit]

JJ: So killer satanic cults don't exist, but satanic serial killers do?
Rossi: Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch'intrate
[walks out the door]
JJ: Huh, thanks for clearing that up.
Reid: Eh, it's from Dante's Inferno: Abandon hope all he who enter here.
JJ: So that was a "yes"?
Hotchner: A big "yes".

Garcia: Gotta go. Bye.
Morgan: Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa. What, no snappy rhetoric? What's goin' on?
Garcia: Not in the mood.
Morgan: Penelope?
Garcia: Uh, that guy from the coffee shop asked me out, and I took your advice, and I blew him off.
Morgan: Oh, um. Well, good. Smart move. Something was definitely wrong with him.
Garcia: Wow. You are some profiler. You could tell how wrong he was from what little I told you.
Morgan: Garcia, I didn't mean to --
Garcia: I wonder was it that he was too handsome or too interested in me that tipped you off on how wrong he was?
Morgan: Garcia, I--
Garcia: Just because you wouldn't cross a crowded room to hit on me does not mean that a more perceptive, less superficial guy wouldn't. Hey, Derek, you want snappy? You suck. [Hangs up]

Father Marks: What happened to you? Only someone who grew up with religion could have so much contempt for a priest he hardly knows.
Morgan: When I was a kid, something bad was happening to me. And I went to church every day, and I prayed. Oh, I prayed for it to stop. You know what God did? Nothin'
Father Marks: He never gives us more than we can handle.
Morgan: Your God expects way to much of 13-year-old boys.

Rossi: Father Marks looked pretty shaken up when he left.
Morgan: Yeah, well he had enough reason to be.
Rossi: You're still pissed I threw you under the bus with him yesterday.
Morgan: Am I?
Rossi: You know, in my day, if your partner made a request like that- Well, I was just giving you a chance at personal growth.
Morgan: [Chuckles] I get you, Dave. You're not a mystery to me, man. They said you couldn't interview serial killers. You did. They said you couldn't put together a profiling team. You did. They said there was no way in hell you would ever come back here. You did. It's in your nature Rossi. It's who you are.
Rossi: Well, if you knew all that, why would you tell me you didn't want to talk to the priest?
Morgan: I was giving you an opportunity for personal growth.

Rossi: [about Feylinn] Blaming the devil for his cannibalism wasn't enough to lessen his guilt, so he tricked others into participating. He made them all as guilty as he was.
Morgan: He caught every break possible, Rossi. Gets released from the hospital. His records get destroyed. Gets pulled over with a victim in the trunk of his car, and they let him go. I've never seen anyone that lucky.
Rossi: What's your point?
Morgan: You've been doin' this a long time. You've seen a lot of things. You think it's possible Feylinn would... I don't know. That he was getting some kind of help from something else?
Rossi: It's irrelevant. The job is to find evil, to stop it, not to know where it came from. Let somebody else take that job. This one's tough enough.

Penelope [3.09][edit]

Hotchner: [about Garcia getting shot] I don't care about protocol, I don't care whether we're working this officially or not. We don't touch any new cases until we find out who did this.

Morgan: I asked her to go out last night. But she was pissed at me. She blew me off.
Reid: So you ended up in church?
Morgan: Yeah. What does it mean? On one hand, if she'd gone out with me, she would have never got shot. On the other hand... what are the odds that the first time I pray in twenty years, she's on the table?

Garcia: When I was in the ambulance, I could hear the song Heroes, playing in my head. I kept flashing in and out of consciousness. Everything was really bright. And I remember thinking, wait, is David Bowie really God?

Rossi: All right, let's cut the crap! You need to be straight with us. Right now. Look at me, not them!
Garcia: I am not hiding anything...
Rossi: You got shot! Most people get shot for a reason!
[Garcia looks around]
Rossi: Eyes here!
Morgan: Ease up Rossi!
Rossi: You got a room full of people here, willing to believe that an FBI agent is trying to kill you! We need to know everything you do on company time that we don't know about!
Morgan: Come on, man!
Garcia: It's nothing bad...
Rossi: What? Spit it out!
Garcia: It's nothing bad! It's just... I counsel victim's families and they know where I work, so sometimes they ask to look into their cases for them.
Rossi: What does that mean?
Garcia: Just means that the cases, the unsolved ones, I tag them, so whoever investigates them knows that the FBI considers them a priority.
Hotchner: You're not authorized to do that.
Garcia: I know! I was just trying to help.

Garcia: I never wanted you to have to do something like that.
JJ: I never even blinked. You do whatever it takes to protect your family. I think someone's watching you.
Garcia: Do you believe everything happens for a reason? [J.J. shrugs. Garcia walks up to Kevin] You.
Kevin: You.
Garcia: You're good.
Kevin: You're better. Kevin Lynch.
Garcia: Penelope.
Kevin: [whispering] Penelope.

True Night [3.10][edit]

Reid: [arriving at the crime scene] Should have listened to me.
Morgan: It wouldn't have saved that much time, Reid. Let it go.
Reid: The interchange between the 405 and the 101 freeways is consistently rated the worst interchange in the entire world.
Morgan: Why do you know that?
Reid: It's a government report.
Morgan: So what?
Reid: So, you work for the government. What, you don't read the reports?
Morgan: On traffic patterns in a city twenty-five hundred miles from where I live?
Reid: Twenty-two hundred and ninety-five miles.
Morgan: Don't make me smack you in front of all these people.

Reid: Sometimes for an artist, the only difference between insanity and genius is success.

Morgan: [On the phone with Garcia.] Just leave it alone until I get there. Hey. Hey. Hard-head. Don't make me spank you when I get back.
Reid: [Yelling so Garcia can hear him] Don't listen to him Garcia! He's all talk. [Morgan hits him on the head] Ow! J.J! He just hit me!
J.J.: Boys behave, or I will ground you both.

Rossi: Something wrong?
Prentiss: He's the first Unsub I've worked who wasn't a bad guy. You know? Six months ago, Johnny McHale was just a regular person.
Rossi: Every Unsub is ill on some level. Most can't help what they do any more than Johnny could.
Prentiss: But he went from successful writer and artist to brutal killer in six months.
Rossi: He suffered an unbelievable tragedy.
Prentiss: I know. I get it.
Rossi: So what's bugging you?
Prentiss: It just makes me wonder... are we all capable of becoming something like that?
Rossi: Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.

Garcia: Hey, do you know who Frank Miller is?
Morgan: Frank Miller. Um... it sounds familiar. Unsub?
Garcia: No. Graphic novelist. 300? Sin City?
Morgan: Oh. Right, right, right. Cool movies.
Garcia: Anyway, he said something once and it makes me think of you. "The noir hero is a knight in blood-caked armor. He's dirty, and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time."

Birthright [3.11][edit]

Hotchner: The American poet Anne Sexton once wrote "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."

Hotchner: Ever since we had Jack, I always dread it when you bring me a case involving kids.
JJ: Why are you telling me this?
Hotchner: Every case we work, every case we don't work comes across your desk.
JJ: Yeah.
Hotchner: And most of the victims are women. And most of them are about your age. It's okay if you lose it every once in a while. It reminds people that we're human.

Rossi: I wanna show you something. I carry this wherever I go.
[Rossi hands Caulfield a bracelet with three names on it]
John Caulfield: Your kids?
Rossi: Indianapolis, Christmas Eve. One of my first cases on the job. Three kids watched their parents get beaten to death. Every year, I call to tell them I haven't forgotten, I'm still looking.
[Rossi takes the bracelet back]
Rossi: Last year, not one of them bothered to return my call.

Man: Agent Hotchner?
Hotchner: Yes.
[signs for package]
Prentiss: What is it?
Hotchner: Haley's filing for divorce. I've been served.

JJ: Wordsworth wrote, "A simple child, that lightly draws its breath, and feels its life in every limb, what should it know of death?"

3rd Life [3.12][edit]

Hotchner: "No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies." Daisy Bates

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.
Reid: When does it end, Jack?
Ryan Phillips: Put down the gun.
Lindsey: [whispering] Kill him.
Reid: When does it stop?
Jack Vaughan: Tomorrow.
[shotgun blast]

Morgan: Are you okay, Reid?
Reid: I tried. [pause] I tried, but I couldn't.

Rossi: I have interviewed hundreds of killers. All types of crazy motives for doing what they did. They all share one thing in common, all of them: it's in their eyes!
Hotchner: 'Till what they hold most precious is gone... and then they're lost. Just like the rest of us.

Hotchner: "It is a wise father who knows his own child." William Shakespeare

Limelight [3.13][edit]

Rossi: "I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury; fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils." Euripides

Rossi: When I interviewed Bundy, he had a theory about pornography. He said "If you wanna stop people from becoming like me, don't burn Catcher in the Rye."
Hotchner: "Burn 'Hustler'." I read your books, too, Dave.

Hotchner: With four known victims, we should start by re-interviewing friends and family. We're looking for a white male in his thirties to forties. And with his knowledge of circuitry and wiring, we think that he's either an electrician or an electrical engineer.
Rossi: It's a job that may give him access to a victim's home or workplace, the opportunity to observe his targets.
Prentiss: They're attractive, professional women. He sees them as strong, righteous, unobtainable. So he seeks to tear them down, to reduce them to base sexual creatures and punish them.
Hotchner: He's a true sexual sadist. A typology we refer to as anger-excitation, meaning he becomes sexually aroused by the suffering of his victims.
Rossi: Killing these women is an afterthought. Their pain is what he's after. And he takes his time, to exact maximum stimulation.
Philly Agent: What about his trophies? He keeps their clothes, right?
Prentiss: Yes. We believe he's using them for rehearsal fantasies. By dressing as his victims, he can relive the torture. It's during this time that he most likely pleasures himself in order to reinforce his association between suffering and gratification.
Hotchner: And when he becomes dissatisfied with this, he seeks out a new victim.
Rossi: Keep in mind he's been this for a long time, and he's been thinking about doing it most of his life. He'll continue to evolve, finding new ways of challenging himself, increasing his stimulation threshold. There are no boundaries for this man.

Hotchner: Agent, I don't know how you usually do things, but you need to let my team know if you're planning on holding a press conference.
Jill Morris: No, I... it wasn't a conference. It was just an announcement.
Hotchner: I think you know what I mean.
Jill Morris: We're sending half the cops in the city out to canvass. The story would have leaked. I was just putting a reassuring face on the situation.
Hotchner: Your face.
Jill Morris: I'm the case agent.
Hotchner: And you're also outranked by every member of my team.
Jill Morris: Meaning what, you vote me off the island?
Hotchner: Nothing tears a case apart faster than an agent trying to make his or her name on it.

Hotchner: It's unacceptable behavior. Why do you keep defending her?
Rossi: Because I know what she is. She is me, twenty years ago.
Hotchner: She is nothing like you, Dave.
Rossi: Come on Hotch, I know what people think. I took serial killer's mass market. Now everyone knows their names, but not the victims, right? Somewhere along the line, I put myself first. I admit it. I can't go back and change it. But it's not too late for her.

Rossi: "For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world, and, although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won." Lucy Maud Montgomery

Damaged [3.14][edit]

Rossi: "Within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be." Neuroscientist Dr. R. Joseph

Garcia: [mortified that Kevin will talk with Rossi about their relationship] If you get within a hundred feet of Agent Rossi, I will unleash an unrecoverable virus onto your personal computer system that will reduce your electronic world into something between a Commodore 64, and a block of government cheese.

Prentiss: He might need our help.
Garcia: He didn't ask anyone for help.
Prentiss: Penelope, Rossi is a guy who color-coded his hand-written notes in his notebooks. Blue pen for evidential items, red pen for supposition and theory. The guy is a fussy, anal-retentive, neat freak who never leaves anything out of its place. I would say this is a scream for help.

Rossi: Hi, Connie. I brought the team with...
Connie Galen: You need to stop this.
Rossi: Excuse me?
Connie Galen: We thought that if we didn't call you back the last couple times, you would just give up and leave us alone.
Rossi: I know that it hurts, but I'm only trying to make sure someone pays for your parents' deaths.
Connie Galen: We don't care anymore. It's been twenty years! We need to be able to move past it. Please!
Rossi: I won't bother you kids again.
Connie Galen: And you'll stop it with the gifts, too?
Rossi: Gifts?
Connie Galen: What are we suppose to do with... a bunch of toys that remind us of the worst day of our lives?
Rossi: I never sent you any gifts.

Rossi: Morgan, obsessional crimes are your specialty.
Morgan: Well, there's two kinds of obsessional offenders that would send gifts to survivors. Sadists, who want to make the families keep reliving the crime, or guilt-laden offenders, desperately trying to find some type of way to apologize.
Rossi: Sadists usually use something they know will remind the family of the person or the crime. Jewelry, newspaper clippings.
Prentiss: These don't look like the kind of things you would send to inflict pain on someone.
Rossi: So, guilt-laden.
Prentiss: You know, they actually look like the kind of thing a child would send.
Morgan: Okay. Well, it's rare, but an unsub who feels this much guilt sometimes commits the crime unintentionally. They tend to be developmentally disabled, extremely low IQ offender, and generally, well, they're physically large and they're very strong. Strong enough to hurt somebody accidentally.
Prentiss: Like Lennie in Of Mice and Men.

Hotchner: "There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." Arthur Rubinstein

A Higher Power [3.15][edit]

Rossi: "There is no refuge from confession but suicide, and suicide is confession." Daniel Webster

Hotchner: I need a favor.
Rossi: Of course.
Hotchner: I need some personal time, no more than a day.
Rossi: Take all the time you need.
Hotchner: [about his divorce from Haley] I need to talk to Jack. I've lost her, but I'm not gonna lose him. I need to try to... tell him what's going on. I don't know how much he's going to understand, but...
Rossi: All he needs to understand is that you love him.

Morgan: Hotch would never have taken this case. And I say "case" in the loosest sense.
Rossi: Profile the facts as they are without bias. Isn't that what we do?
Morgan: What facts, Rossi? Look at us. We don't have a single file.
Rossi: Okay, let me help you out. Jump right in anytime. Fact one - there are no files, so it seems no case.
Prentiss: But what if there is?
Reid: One fire, fourteen deaths, five suicides.
JJ: All the suicides are connected to the original fire.
Prentiss: And all exactly two weeks apart.
Rossi: Come on, Derek, you can't tell me that doesn't feel a lot like a pattern.
Prentiss: And a timeline.
Rossi: Right?
Morgan: A lot of people lost their kids in that fire. That's a whole world of grief, and for a few... suicide's their only way out.
Rossi: Or someone decided it was.
Morgan: And made it look this way?
Rossi: What if they have?
Morgan: Then we're looking for one very smart unsub.

Rossi: How'd it go with Jack?
Hotchner: I just told him that I wasn't going to be around as much.
Rossi: How'd he take it?
Hotchner: He gave me a hug, and he said that everything was gonna be all right.
Rossi: Smart kid. Like his dad.

Prentiss: "The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering." Ben Okri

Elephant's Memory [3.16][edit]

Reid: "A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ." John Steinbeck

Sheriff Hallum: [referring to high-school bullying] Oh, boys have a way of working these things out for themselves.
Reid: I'll say: Owen's out there right now working things out with an assault rifle.

Morgan: You said I was a high school jock. I was, but not at first. My freshman year, I was five foot three. I weighed a buck twenty soaking wet, so trust me when I tell you I got my ass kicked every day. So the following summer, I hit the weights. And I got lucky, I grew six inches. But it was never about vanity, Reid. It was about survival.
Reid: I was in the library and, um... Harper Hillman comes up to me, and she tells me that, uh... Alexa Lisbon wants to meet me behind the field house. Alexa Lisbon's like, easily, the prettiest girl in school.
Morgan: So what happened? Alexa wasn't there?
Reid: No, she was there. So was the entire football team. They... stripped me naked and tied me to a goalpost. So many kids were there, you know, just watching.
Morgan: Nobody tried to stop it?
Reid: I begged... I begged them to, but they just... just watched. And... finally, they got bored and they left. It was like midnight when I finally got home. And my mom had... mom was having one of her episodes, so she didn't even realize I was late.
Morgan: You never told her what happened?
Reid: I never told anybody. I thought... it was one of those things that I thought if I didn't talk about it, I'd just forget. But I remember it like it was yesterday.
Morgan: [sighs] Oh, Reid, you don't need an eidetic memory for that. You know, we forget half of what they teach us in school, but when it comes to the torment and the people who inflicted it, we've all got an elephant's memory.

Reid: His life was one torment after another. His teachers gave up on him, his classmates bullied him and his father blamed him while giving him access to guns. Given these conditions you're actually quite fortunate
Deputy Lawford: It sounds like you're saying these victims deserved this.
Hotchner: We're not. Nobody deserves this.
Reid: But you could have prevented it.
Hotchner: Reid, can I talk to you?
[They walk out into another room]
Reid: It's the truth! They could have done something! They work with his father, they knew Owen.
Hotchner: So what? All adolescents profile like sociopaths. There's a reason you can't diagnose them until they're 18.
Reid: Yeah, they could have seen the signs!
Hotchner: Nobody sees the signs, Reid. You know that. And making it their fault is not only unfair, it's dangerous. I want you to go back to the Savages' house and I want you go through Owen's room.
Reid: Morgan is already doing that.
Hotchner: Yeah, and you're going to join him.
Reid: Oh? You're punishing me?
Hotchner: No, I'm using you! You know this kid better than anybody. Go find us something we can use!

Hotchner: You knowingly jeopardized your life and the lives of others! I should fire you! You're the smartest kid in the room, but you're not the only one in that room. You pull something like this again, you will be! Am I clear?
Reid: Yes sir. It won't happen again. Thank you.
Hotchner: What were you thinking?
Reid: I was thinking that would have been, ah, the second time a kid died in front of me.
Hotchner: You're keeping score, just like Owen.
Reid: It was my turn to save one.
Hotchner: It doesn't work like that.
Reid: It should.
Hotchner: I know it's painful when the person you identify with is the bad guy.
Reid: What does that make me?
Hotchner: Good at the job! I know it's none of my business, but when we land I think you should go and catch the rest of that movie.

Reid: "We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered." Tom Stoppard

In Heat [3.17][edit]

JJ: "There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses." George Bernard Shaw

Prentiss: [looking through a victim's personal belongings] It's always sad seeing someone's life reduced to the things they had with them when they died. It's just so clear they didn't know how short their time would be.

Detective Tina Lopez: I am gonna take the skinny kid and Derek to the dumpsites. So, I got my cell, radio if anyone doesn't give you anything, just call me
Prentiss: Great
[Detective Tina turns and leaves]
Rossi: She did say she wasn't good at names
Prentiss: Remembered Derek
Rossi: Wonder how she'll describe us?
Prentiss: Oh, I am sure I don't wanna know!

Prentiss: He could be suffering from Cluster B
Detective Tina Lopez: Cluster B?
Reid: Ah, cluster of personality disorders. It's also called a erratic, dramatic emotional cluster. An enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that differentiates itself markedly from the expectations the individual's cultures. It manifests...
Morgan: [Interrupts Reid] This guy is a sick dude!
[Reid nods yes]

JJ: "If we knew each other's secrets, what comforts we should find." John Churton Collins

The Crossing [3.18][edit]

Prentiss: Author Christian Nestell Bovee once wrote, "No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities."

Rossi: The only people I ever made happy were divorce attorneys.

Detective Steve Berry: Aren't you guys a little overqualified for this case? I mean, this guy's no serial killer.
Reid: We construct behavioral profiles for a variety of investigative scenarios. That includes stalking.
Morgan: We've seen this kind of thing before, and it can get ugly real fast.

Prentiss: What was that?
JJ: Bureaucratic red tape. Every case we take, I have to explain why, in terms of cost and size relative to the BAU. They don't always think it's worth it.
Prentiss: They do have four agents doing the work that locals should.
JJ: Just because there isn't a dead body doesn't mean we shouldn't take the case.
Prentiss: Hey, I... the fact that law enforcement, including the FBI, can't help someone until they've been injured is appalling. All I'm saying is it is a drain on the system.
JJ' Jareau: Emily. Last year in Denver, a woman was being harassed by her ex-boyfriend. Cops knew who we was, but they couldn't arrest him. We didn't take that case. She was finally granted a restraining order three days after he threw acid in her face. Right now, I don't... I don't care about limited resources. I cannot make that same mistake again.

JJ: Susan B. Anthony said, "A woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself."

Tabula Rasa [3.19][edit]

Hotchner: "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." Anatole France

[Hotch is on the stand being questioned by the defense attorney, Lester Serling]
Lester Serling: Fact is, behavioral analysis is really just intellectual guesswork. You probably couldn't tell me the color of my socks with any greater accuracy than a carnival psychic.
Cece Hillenbrand: [standing] Objection.
Lester Serling: Withdrawn.
[Not expecting an answer, Serling turns away from Hotch to head back to his seat]
Hotchner: Charcoal gray.
[Serling, surprised that Hotch provided an answer, turns around and lifts his pants to reveal his socks, at which he points]
Lester Serling: [sarcastically] Well look at that. He got one right.
Hotchner: You match them to the color of your suit to appear taller. You also wear lifts, and you've had the soles of your shoes replaced. One might think you're frugal, but in fact you're having financial difficulties. You wear a fake Rolex because you pawned the real one to pay your debts, my guess is to a bookie.
Lester Serling: I took this case pro bono. I am one of the most successful criminal attorneys in the state.
Hotchner: Your vice is horses. Your BlackBerry's been buzzing on the table every twenty minutes, which happens to be the average time between posts from Colonial Downs. You're getting race results, and every time you do it affects your mood in court, and you're not having a very good day. That's because you pick horses the same way you practice law: by always taking the long shot.
Lester Serling: Well, you spin a very good yarn, agent, but as usual you've proven nothing.
Hotchner: [looking at his watch] If I'm not mistaken, the results from the fifth race should be coming through any minute.
[Serling's BlackBerry on the table starts to buzz]
Hotchner: Why don't you tell us if your luck has changed?
Lester Serling: Your Honor, this is...
Judge: What do you want me to do? Either show us your BlackBerry or cut him loose, counselor.
[Serling ponders the question for a second]
Lester Serling: Nothing further.
Judge: Wise decision.

Reid: [looking at a piece of paper] It's remarkable. Something like this makes you question everything you thought you knew.
Garcia: Yeah. It's like the Monolith in 2001.
Reid: So there was actually a time when something like this was socially acceptable?
Garcia: Oh... you're young. [takes the paper from Reid] The eighties left a lot of people confused.
[a photo of Prentiss from high school is revealed]
Garcia: This is, uh, especially sad, though.
Prentiss: All right, very funny, you guys. Very funny. [snatches the paper from Garcia] What'd you do to it?
Garcia: Do?
Prentiss: You obviously altered it in Photoshop or something. [shows the photo to Garcia] That hair?
Garcia: Oh, no, Pussycat. That - that's all you. Garfield High, Class of '89.
Prentiss: [looking at the photo again] You really didn't change anything?
Garcia: I hacked it, as is. You're seriously trying to tell me you don't remember rocking that look?
Reid: Perhaps your lack of recognition stems from a dissociative fugue suffered in adolescence. Say, at a Siouxsie and the Banshees concert?
[Garcia laughs]

Garcia: [On the phone] Right! 54, native American. Ma'am, I have all that. Look...
[JJ enters]
Garcia: All I really need now is identifying information.
[Garcia shakes no to JJ]
Garcia: Yes, I... I know what a closed adoption means. Do you know what a court order means?
JJ: [Whispers] Wow, we don't have time for a court order
Garcia: You know what ma'am? I am done being nice! If you look to your cursor, you'll notice it's moving on its own. That's me hacking your secure network. Now I got her file, now I got her social and now, cause you're grumpy, I'm gonna send your boss these Jamaican vacation photos. Check you out, no tan lines!

Mr. Corbett and Reid: "What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."

Lo-Fi [3.20][edit]

Hotchner: Voltaire said, "The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities, is an enthusiast. The man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic."

Garcia: [while entering the plane] How come I only get to travel with you guys only like every two years?
Morgan: Trust me mama, it can get old.
Garcia: Oh, right, like the way spa treatments in five star hotels can get old.
Prentiss: Remember the time we got on-board and they hadn't chilled the Cristal?
Morgan: Oh, I almost quit the BAU that day!
Garcia: Hey, you know what? You guys can joke all you like, 'cause I am never leaving this plane!

Reid: I'd like to get a map of the borough. I want to a comprehensive geographical profile of the area in order to ascertain the unsub's mental map before it's clouded by our own linkage blindness.
Detective Brustin: [Looking at Reid] I see you brought your own computer.

Morgan: [about telling off SSA Joyner] I know, I was out of line.
Rossi: You get too emotionally involved sometimes. I know the feeling.
Morgan: I just felt like Hotch was taking her side.
Rossi: There are no sides here.
Morgan: I know.
Rossi: The word is, they have an eye on you if SSA Joyner gets canned. People talk. But if she were to get fired, it would be because we didn't solve this case.
Morgan: Rossi, I hope you're not saying you think I want her to fail.
Rossi: Of course not. But I've never seen you push a superior like that before. So would you take the job?
Morgan: I don't know. It might be nice to finally be the one making the calls.
Rossi: And dealing with the politics of running a field office? That doesn't seem like you.
Morgan: BAU wears people out, man. Look at Gideon. That man was the best, and in the end, he simply ran away. I mean, Hotch hasn't even thought about cracking a smile in over a year. That man has to take a personal day just so he can have a conversation with his own kid. What about you? How many times you been married?
Rossi: I get it. But I'll make you a deal. If I think you're losing it, I'll pull you out myself. But right now, I see someone who wants to get back on the job. Or is there another reason why you haven't even touched that beer?

Morgan: Who in the hell thinks they can get away with murder in the middle of the day in New York City?
Rossi: Someone patient, who waits for the one who gets separated from the flock.
Morgan: [pantomimes holding a gun to Rossi's head] Bang.
JJ: Is that the spot?
Detective Brustin: Yeah, thereabouts.
Rossi: Are we boring you? Look, I know you don't like SSA Joyner. Fine, I get it. But we're here to do a job.
Detective Brustin: Have any of your people ever been cops?
Morgan: Chicago.
Detective Brustin: Then you'll understand. I take it real personal if something like this happens in my city. I was a beat cop during the Son of Sam. This is worse. He's not just going after one type; he's going after everybody. And I need everybody working on this case taking it personally.
Morgan: You have that.
Detective Brustin: We'll see.

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