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The first exercise my students have to complete is to confront their queen bee...but you find them and squash them.
Thomas to the BAU

Paul Thomas, a.k.a. "Viper", is a narcissistic pickup artist who appeared in the Season Four episode of Criminal Minds, "52 Pickup".


Little is known about Thomas' past, although Garcia mentions that he had "a major mullet" going on. At some point prior to the episode, he established a pickup artist class program, which became rather successful.

52 Pickup[]

The BAU first meet Thomas, who calls himself "Viper", at one of the pickup classes he teaches in Atlanta. He is immediately attracted to Prentiss, whom he flirts with diligently. He also makes it a point to tell Morgan that he destroys alpha males like him, mostly for fun and sometimes profit. Due to his personality and drink receipts that gives him an alibi, he is immediately ruled out as a suspect, but is kept under a watchful eye. The team realizes that the unsub used some of the same lines that Thomas uses, thus it is obvious that he learned his "tricks" from him.

As Morgan and Reid pass out fliers at a local club, Prentiss and Todd keep tabs on Thomas to watch how he works. Thomas eventually spots Prentiss and approaches her, saying that it's his "lucky day". After unsuccessfully flirting with her, Agent Todd approaches the table. Thomas tries flirting with her also, but is quickly shot down. He then explains that Todd is what he and other "pickup artists" call a Queen Bee; basically an Alpha Female. He explains that the first assignment his students must accomplish is to confront their Queen Bees, and "crush" them. Hearing this, the two Agents make the connection between the unsub and his first post-escalation victim, Vanessa Holden. It is presumed that Thomas simply went back to teaching his "class" afterwards.