Criminal Minds Season 1 Episodes
Season 1 Episode Guide
Episode 1 - Extreme Aggressor
After a fourth woman goes missing in Seattle in a period of four months, the BAU is brought in to track down the abductor before he kidnaps again.
Episode 2 - Compulsion
The team of investigators tries to capture a serial arsonist who has been terrorizing a college campus in Tempe, Arizona. Most of the evidence from the fires had been burned beyond recognition, so the BAU must rely on psychological analysis to identify the firestarter.
Episode 3 - Won't Get Fooled Again
Gideon and the BAU track down a copycat bomber who has been terrorizing Palm Beach, Florida. The team determines the bomber is mimicking Gideon's nemesis, Adrian Bale, who is the man responsible for murdering Gideon's team in Boston several years earlier.
Episode 4 - Plain Sight
The BAU travels to San Diego to stop a rapist and murderer who commits his crimes in the middle of the day. The suspect appears to blend into the neighborhood so well the local authorities have been unable to capture him.
Episode 5 - Broken Mirror
The unit are called in when the daughter of a district attorney is kidnapped. It soon becomes clear that the kidnapper is not after money, but the victim's twin sister.
Episode 6 - L.D.S.K.
The BAU is asked to identify a killer who is shooting at victims in broad daylight, and the team works with local law enforcement officers to recreate one of the shootings.
Episode 7 - The Fox
The BAU profiles a serial killer who takes families hostage and lives with them as a father figure during what is supposed to be their family vacations.
Episode 8 - Derailed
Elle, along with many others, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government is monitoring him. Hotchner and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage.
Episode 9 - Natural Born Killer
When an undercover cop in Baltimore involved in a mob investigation goes missing, the BAU believes a serial killer rather than organized crime has something to do with his disappearance. The probe leads to several unsolved missing persons cases.
Episode 10 - The Popular Kids
The BAU is called to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students in McAllister, Virginia, who may have been victims of a cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to believe it is possible that someone other than a cult member may be responsible.
Episode 11 - Blood Hungry
While Gideon is sidelined on crutches at BAU headquarters, Hotchner and the BAU go to Harrington, Tennessee, in an attempt to get inside the mind of a psychotic killer whose disorganized and erratic fantasies lead him to murder.
Episode 12 - What Fresh Hell?
When a young girl is abducted in broad daylight from a playground in a seemingly safe neighborhood, the BAU initially believes her father is responsible. When he is able to provide an alibi, the team is forced to look for clues near where the girl lives to determine who is really responsible.
Episode 13 - Poison
The team travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned, one fatally, with LSD 10 times more potent than the street version.
Episode 14 - Riding the Lightning
After interviewing a married couple sitting on death row for serial murder, Gideon suspects the woman is actually innocent. But since she's set to be executed in two days, it's a race against time to prove it.
Episode 15 - Unfinished Business
A serial killer reappears after 20 years of silence and contacts the BAU through Gideon's retired mentor, who had made his life's work tracking the killer, with the promise he will kill another victim in the next five days.
Episode 16 - The Tribe
When college students in New Mexico are found tortured and murdered in an unoccupied house, the BAU suspects a group of killers with a knowledge of Native American rituals is responsible.
Episode 17 - A Real Rain
The NYPD are investigating what they believe to be a series of random murders until links are drawn between the crimes and similarities emerge; the police suspect that a copy cat serial killer may be emulating the infamous Son of Sam murders.
Episode 18 - Somebody's Watching
Gideon and Reid are visiting Los Angeles to present a seminar for the LAPD when they and the rest of the Behavioural Analysis Unit are brought into a case involving the murders of several people linked to a young, television actress.
Episode 19 - Machismo
The team face opposition from the local law enforcement in charge of a murder investigation; when another victim is discovered, the two teams find a common ground and collaborate to identify the killer before further violence is perpetrated.
Episode 20 - Charm and Harm
A killer with a number of identities leads the authorities on a baffling chase through the South; the Behavioural Analysis Unit has a tricky job on their hands as they attempt to profile the man beneath the rapidly changing exterior.
Episode 21 - Secrets and Lies
The team attempt to uncover a CIA mole who is endangering the lives of operatives; during the investigation the CIA takes over the Behavioral Analysis Unit offices to prevent further electronic leaks which puts further pressure on the team.
Episode 22 - The Fisher King, Pt. 1
The squad are led into a psychological game with a budding serial killer, who challenges them to solve a series of complicated clues in order to prevent the murder of his next victim.
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