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"52 Pickup" is the ninth episode of Season Four and the 74th overall of Criminal Minds.


Prentiss and Jordan Todd go undercover in Atlanta, Georgia, to profile a serial killer who has perfected his skill as a pick-up artist and uses his masculine prowess to lure his next victims. Meanwhile, Morgan begins teaching Reid tricks on how to charm women.

Guest Cast


  • "Make U Wanna Dance" by Gen Rubin
  • "Suspicious Character" by The Blood Arm
  • "Around Here" by Peri
  • "28 Butts" by Little Jackie
  • "Back to You" by Puddu Varano
  • "Million Dollar Baby" by Phontaine

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: Author Harlan Ellison wrote, "The minute people fall in love, they become liars."
  • David Rossi: P.J. O'Rourke said, "Cleanliness becomes more important when Godliness is unlikely."


  • The title probably refers to both the unsub's habit of picking up his victims and the "card game" of the same name, which is sometimes used to teach children to pick up after themselves. In 52 Pickup, which is often "played" as a joke, one player tosses a deck of 52 cards into the air and the other picks them up, referring to the unsub's habit of disemboweling his victims and making them clean up the mess it leaves.
  • Cari Shayne previously costarred with Thomas Gibson on the made-for-TV movie The Inheritance, in which they starred opposite each other as lovers.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, A.J. Cook, who portrays JJ, doesn't appear in the episode. This is actually the 3rd of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
Criminal Minds Episodes