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CRIMINAL MINDS
Season 5, Episode 12
The Uncanny Valley
Air date January 13, 2010
Written by Breen Frazier
Directed by Anna Foerster
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"The Uncanny Valley" is the twelfth episode of Season Five of Criminal Minds.

Summary Edit

The BAU is called to Atlantic City to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession who is abducting certain types of women.

Guest Cast Edit

  • Tacey Adams - Medical Examiner
  • Christopher Boyer - Shop Manager
  • Joanne Casey - Phyllis
  • Megan Duffy - Cindy Amundson
  • Dan Ernst - Bob Stuart
  • Jonathan Frakes - Doctor Arthur Malcolm
  • Jennifer Hasty - Samantha Malcolm
  • Jeffrey Johnson - Detective Marty Cotrone
  • Butch Klein - Marc
  • Gregory Marcel - Karl Wallace
  • Anna Moore - Mary Newsome
  • Matthew Moy - Eric
  • Patrick O'Connor - Doctor Finn
  • Monique Patrice - Maxine Wynan
  • Leonard Robinson - Joe
  • Andy Rolfes - Don
  • Valeri Ross - Linda Jackson
  • Rosalie Ward - Bethany Wallace

Referenced Criminals Edit

  • Genene Jones
  • Amy Archer-Gilligan

Bookend Quotes Edit

  • Spencer Reid: Mildred Lisette Norman wrote, "Anything you cannot relinquish, when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions."
  • Spencer Reid: Isaac Asimov wrote, "In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."

Trivia Edit

  • The title is a reference to the uncanny valley, a hypothesis in the fields of robotics and 3D animation. It postulates that there comes a point when human replicas act and look so similar to real humans that the latter becomes uncomfortable around the former. The term refers to a graph that shows how human feelings of familiarity towards anthropomorphic robots or robotic parts (including prostethics) becomes lower the more life-like they seem. The use of it as a title refers to the unsub's obsession with dolls.

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