|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Air date||September 22, 2005|
|Written by||Jeff Davis|
|Directed by||Richard Shepard|
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Jason Gideon is called back from six months leave from the Behavioral Analysis Unit to profile a killer. Meanwhile, the team flies across the country to Seattle when another young woman goes missing at the hands of another killer.
Guest Cast Edit
- Louise Grant - Mrs. Slessman
- G. Michael Gray - Imaginary Unsub
- Lukas Haas - The Footpath Killer
- Chelah Horsdal - Heather Woodland
- Andrew Jackson - Timothy Vogel
- Hiro Kanagawa - Seattle ASAC
- David Lewis - David Woodland
- Natalina Maggio - College Student
- Meredith Monroe - Haley Hotchner
- Alonso Oyarzun - FBI Student
- DJ Qualls - Richard Slessman
- Malcolm Stewart - Warden
- Joanne Whalley - Karen Donovan
Referenced Criminals Edit
- George Metesky, The Mad Bomber
- John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, The DC Snipers
- Theodore Kaczynski, The Unabomber
- Ted Bundy
- The Lipstick Killer
- David Berkowitz, Son of Sam
- Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris
- Charles Manson
- Henry Lee Lucas, The Confession Killer
- Jeffrey Dahmer, The Milwaukee Cannibal
- "Penitentiary" by Citizen Cope
- "In The Air Tonight" by GodHeadSilo
- "Rock Music" by the Pixies
- "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
Bookend Quotes Edit
- Jason Gideon: Joseph Conrad said, "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."
- Jason Gideon: Emerson said, "All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle."
- Jason Gideon: Winston Churchill said, "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see."
- Jason Gideon: Nietzsche once said, "When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you."
- As the first-ever episode of the show, Jason Gideon, Aaron Hotchner, Derek Morgan, Spencer Reid, and Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia, as well as then-future BAU member Elle Greenaway, are all introduced for the first time.
- "Extreme aggressor" is a term that refers to a strategy type for Go, a board game that Richard Slessman played. This was pointed out by Reid as an extremely difficult type of strategy due to its rather aggressive nature.
- The episode marks the most times a different bookend quote was recited in a single episode, with a total of four, all being recited by Gideon.