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CRIMINAL MINDS
Season 6, Episode 13
613 THE 13TH STEP
Air date January 26, 2011
Written by Janine Sherman Barrois
Directed by Doug Aarniokoski
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"The Thirteenth Step" is the thirteenth episode of Season Six of Criminal Minds.

Summary Edit

As the BAU goes to Montana to track down two young lovers who have embarked on an interstate killing spree, Prentiss receives alarming news from an old friend.

Guest Cast Edit

  • Tony Alameda - Tattooed Man
  • Daniel Buran - Jason
  • Harley Graham - Heather Manning
  • Meegan Godfrey - Schoolteacher
  • Roberta Hanlen - Mrs. Donovan
  • Gary Hudson - Tim
  • Bill A. Jones - Newscaster #3
  • Kerry Kilbride - Newscaster #1
  • Deirdre Lovejoy - Agent Bates
  • Robert F. Lyons - Paul Donovan[1]
  • Angus Macfadyen - Sean McCallister
  • Kevin McCorkle - Gary Manning
  • Colleen McDonnell - Karen Manning
  • Olga Ospina - Newscaster #2
  • Adrianne Palicki - Sydney Manning
  • Walt Scott - Store Owner
  • Jordan Tartakow - M.E. Tech
  • Jonathan Tucker - Raymond Donovan
  • Desary Vailencour - BAU Agent
  • Oleg Vidov - Driver
  • David Wells - Store Clerk

Referenced Criminals Edit

  • Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow

Music Edit

  • "Six Pack and Smokes" by Tara Novick Teaser
  • "The Hop" by Radio Citizen
  • "Revival" by JVC Mix Maritine Girault
  • "Green Haze" by Miles Davis Bar Source

Bookend Quotes Edit

  • Emily Prentiss: Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, "What really raises one's indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering."
  • Emily Prentiss: William Glasser wrote, "What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today."

Trivia Edit

  • The "thirteenth step" is an aptly-titled extra "step" for the twelve-step recovery process, which dictates that someone, usually a man who is a veteran Alcoholics Anonymous member, must not start making romantic advances on another person who had just entered Alcoholics Anonymous. It is also a term referring to the fulfillment of only the first step (admitting that one was powerless over alcohol) and the twelfth step (having a spiritual awakening after completing the entire process and then sharing it with other alcoholics), while ignoring the other steps.
  • A promo for the episode is accompanied with the narration: "They're young. They're in love. And...they're killers." This is extremely similar (almost word to word) to a tagline for the film Natural Born Killers, which this episode is based from: "They're young. They're in love. And they kill people."
  • Robert F. Lyons, the actor who portrays Paul Donovan, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as a murdered bartender in the Season Five episode Hopeless.

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Credited as "Mr. Donovan"

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