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"Extreme Aggressor" is the first episode of Season One of Criminal Minds and the first of the two-part season and series premiere.


Jason Gideon is called back from a six-month 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 "The Seattle Strangler," another serial killer.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Penitentiary" by Citizen Cope
  • "In The Air Tonight" by GodHeadSilo
  • "Enter Sandman" by Metallica
  • "Hold Back" by The Living Sisters
  • "Rock Music" by The Pixies

Bookend Quotes

  • 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."


  • "Extreme Aggressor" is a term referring to a strategy type for Go, a heavily strategic yet relatively simple Chinese board game that was played by Richard Slessman. This strategy was pointed out by Reid as a challenging type of strategy due to its rather aggressive nature.
  • This episode marks the most times a different bookend quote was recited in a single episode, with a total of four, all recited by Gideon.
  • The Metallica CD found in the laptop of Richard Slessman is the soundtrack to Some Kind Of Monster, which does not include "Enter Sandman", the song that allowed Reid to solve the laptop's password.
  • First appearance by Jason Gideon, Elle Greenaway, Aaron Hotchner, Dr. Spencer Reid, Derek Morgan and Penelope Garcia

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