Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Compulsion 

The team are called to an Arizona college when an arsonist who operates in a very unusual way kills a student.

Director:

Charles Haid

Writers:

Jeff Davis (created by), Jeff Davis | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Lukas Haas ... Clerk (The Footpath Killer)
J. Karen Thomas ... Dean Ellen Turner
Jennifer Hall ... Clara
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Michael David Cheng ... Arson Investigator
Evan Lee Dahl ... Jeremy
Sage Mears ... 1st Chem Student
Kristen Caldwell Kristen Caldwell ... 2nd Chem Student
Bob Jesser ... Professor Wallace
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Storyline

Jason Gideon's FBI profile team is called to an Arizona College campus where students and teachers fall victim to arson. However the pyromaniac profile doesn't quite apply: the culprit didn't make sure (s)he could enjoy the crimes by observing the victims perishing. Dr. Spencer Reid finds a better way to fit the facts with a rarer serial killer logic: a 'religious' compulsion, in this case both triggered and given form by a boundless obsession with the number three- if this theory holds true a third, possibly triple, arson is at hand... Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

As the gas station clerk is walking outside you can clearly see the window cling showing you have to be 19 years of age. This window cling is showing the age for alcohol purchase in the province of British Columbia and is was supposed to be taking place in Dumfries, Virginia. See more »

Quotes

Agent Trainee: Weren't you a little bit worried he might just shoot you?
Jason Gideon: I was a lot worried.
2nd Agent Trainee: But how did you find him?
Jason Gideon: I was just stopping for gas. I walked into that store and I saw pieces of a profile that I'd given the Virginia PD almost a year ago. Truck in disrepair, a disheveled young man, severe stutter. James Reese once said "There are certain clues at a crime scene which, by their very nature, do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How does one collect love, rage, hatred, fear?" ...
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References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Criminal Minds Theme
Composed by Mark Mancina
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Compulsion
10 April 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The end of the first episode saw Jason Gideon encountering Lukas Haas, a gas station attendant. Haas plays the Footpath Killer, a serial killer with a stutter. Gideon talked about him at the beginning of the first episode in Quantico.

At the start of the second episode, Haas holds Gideon at gunpoint. I thought this could be great, but it is a story told in flashback. The main story is about an arsonist in a college campus and the lesson for this week is, if you want to be as good as Gideon, then think outside the box.

I would rather had witnessed more of Haas's story than more back-draft.


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