Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A killer is abducting women and forcing them to eat fingers before killing them, Rossi plays with Morgan's head, and Garcia meets a man at the local coffee shop.


Steve Boyum


Jeff Davis (created by), Andrew Wilder

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Bailey Chase ... James Colby Baylor / Jason Clark Battle
Nick Searcy ... Det. Jordan
John Lafayette ... Dr. Lorenz
Michael Beach ... Father Marks
Jamie Kennedy ... Floyd Feylinn Ferell
James Otis James Otis ... Dr. Nash
John Montana ... Dr. Fulton (as John Eric Montana)
Gwen Holloway ... Lee-Ann Kelton


In Bridgewater, Florida, nineteen year old Abby Kelton is found dead, the lower half of her body eaten by alligators. Of those parts of her remains still intact, the BAU know all her fingers were cut off at the knuckles, her throat slashed, and religious based satanic symbols carved into her chest. Murders purported to have a satanic ritual component are Rossi's specialty, "purported" as his published theory is that satanic cults do not exist. Because of the religious nature of the case, the authorities interview Father Marks, the pastor at the local church. During the investigation, two other women from Father Mark's congregation go missing. At the medical examiner's officer, they also learn that Abby's stomach contents include ten fingers from tip to knuckle. However, each finger belongs to ten separate individuals, and none of them are hers. When another dead body surfaces at Father Mark's church - that person who fits the type of those people identified as belonging to the fingers... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

14 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The quote "Abandon hope all ye who enter here", from Dante's Inferno, becomes a major theme later in Criminal Minds: Burn (2014). See more »


When Garcia is trying to fix Colby's laptop, she says that it's Windows. After she fixes it, there is a gray bar on top of the desktop, which is not typical of a Windows computer, but rather an older Macintosh. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Lorenz: Please. Listen. I'm telling you, he's not like our other patients. The crimes we got here are nothing compared to do with letting him out.
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Featured in Criminal Minds: Lucky Strikes (2017) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Definitely atop the top 5 of the most disturbing 'Criminal Minds' episodes
31 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

One of the best episodes of Season 3, and up to this particular point in 'Criminal Minds' run no other episode to me disturbed me as greatly as "Lucky". No, not even "North Mammon", "The Fox" or the "No Way Out" episodes.

"Lucky" is certainly Season 3 at its most disturbing, and few episodes before were this sadistic or graphic. Just like "Elephant's Memory" was Season 3 at its most poignant and the season finale "Lo-Fi" was the season at its most tense. Season 3 was not a perfect season certainly, starting off a tad bumpy (but still actually doing surprisingly well considering the circumstances) but there are some great episodes, even exceptional. "Lucky" is one of the exceptional ones.

'Criminal Minds' nearly always had top notch production values, apart from a few lesser episodes suffering from editing problems on top of everything else wrong with them. "Lucky" is no exception. Visually, it is dark and stylish stuff, reminiscent of what you'd find for a moody thriller or a truly creepy horror and actually a combination of both. The music is full of haunting atmosphere and never feels over-the-top.

Script is thought-provoking, taut and intelligent, while the story is unsettling, tense and suspenseful to the point of giving the viewer nightmares. As said, "Lucky" is a sadistic (especially the unsub and his sickening crimes), shocking (the ending was completely unexpected and makes one really care for the fate of the character in question) and graphic, but in a way where these elements add to the atmosphere instead of feeling gratuitous like it did in another graphic episode like "Corazon" from Season 6.

No disappointments to be had with the team's chemistry, their team-work and their dynamic. Particularly strong is the challenging relationship between Morgan and Rossi (whose initial appearance when joining the show was shaky but he is steadily settling and one likes him more with each episode and he has since gone on to be one of the few reasons why the show's still being stuck with).

The revelation of Morgan's lack of faith in God and the reason also well done. The moment of friction between Morgan and Garcia was the one slightly odd note, not enough to bring down the episode but while Morgan's intentions were meant well his way of words showed a less than pleasant side to him, considering how close the two characters are that was a little jarring.

With the acting, nothing to complain about either. Kirsten Vangsness is particularly terrific of the regulars, but Jamie Kennedy was the biggest surprise. Was expecting him to be a disaster (then again was expecting that too from Frankie Muniz in "True Night"), but actually not only was he unrecognisable but out of all the unsubs from Season 3 Kennedy's Floyd is easily the freakiest, a side that one does not expect at all from Kennedy.

In conclusion, a "classic/elite" Season 3 episode, not many episodes (speaking as a huge fan) of 'Criminal Minds' have properly disturbed me but "Lucky" is one of them. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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