Criminal Minds (2005– )
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What Fresh Hell? 

The team must determine whether an abducted girl is the pawn in a bitter divorce, or something more sinister has happened.


Adam Davidson


Jeff Davis (created by), Judy McCreary (as Judith McCreary) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Jason Gideon
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Lola Glaudini ... Elle Greenaway
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Judith Scott ... Det. Charlotte Russet
Dwier Brown ... William Copeland
Tracey Needham ... Marilyn Copeland
Ned Vaughn ... Donald Curtis
Time Winters ... Kirk Lomax
Kevin Breznahan ... Martin Jones
Katie Cecil Katie Cecil ... Billie Copeland
Eric Christie ... Sergeant


The team hears that eleven year-old Billie Copeland is abducted from the playground where her mother coached. This occurred sometime after a man was seen around with a leash, asking for help to search for his dog Candy. First the teams suspects her only six months divorced, father William, who turns up nearly 24 hours later with his cell phone turned off. He was discretely in oncology, for terminal lymph cancer, and single-handedly attacks a local Internet-filed sex offender, but that man never attacked children. A girls body is dragged from the river, but this is an unrelated event. Then a neighbor reports Donald Curtis, same age, car, even a recently deceased Labrador named Candy and extensive porn, but no trace of Billie. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 January 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end of this episode the camera pans over the photos of Gideon's "survivors" (the people he helped rescue) and the second to last photo is of Josh Patel, the drunk passenger aboard the train that was hijacked in Criminal Minds: Derailed (2005) See more »


When the girl is being driven off by her kidnapper, she's banging on the window with her arms, one of which is in a cast. Anyone who has had a cast on could confirm that a hard cast could easily shatter a window if you hit it hard. It doesn't make sense that she didn't break out the window to signal for help, since she easily could have with her cast. See more »


William Copeland: I just... I can't just sit around here helpless.
Jason Gideon: When you were first diagnosed with cancer, you could have given up. You didn't.
William Copeland: But there was an enemy... Something to fight.
Jason Gideon: Yeah, but... There's a ghost enemy. Sneaks in, ravages you before you even know it's there, and by the time you do know, you're already losing.
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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Annoying Parents District From Crime Story
12 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A snotty 11-year-old girl, arguing with her mother the soccer coach, is told to take out her hostilities with a few laps around the park. Before she begins, she cellphones her recently- divorced, leaving a message that she wants to stay with him. Moments later a stranger comes by and says he's looking for his lost dog. The next we know, we the girl in the back seat of an SUV trying to get someone's attention as she is being driven off.

The BAU is called to the area - Wilmington, Delaware - to handle the kidnapping. They know from past child abductions that all of these kids were killed by the 24-hour mark. It is now 21 hours so they assume they have three hours at most to find this kid.

The episode is "fair." My complaint would be that there was a little too much soap opera stuff in here regarding the kid's parents (the mother having problems with the girl; the father battling cancer; the two just divorced; the father hot-tempered, the woman still bitter. etc.) This program, like CSI, is better when they concentrate more on the crime and not all the personal issues.

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