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"Sex, Birth, Death" is the eleventh episode of Season Two and the 33rd overall of Criminal Minds.


A vigilante starts killing prostitutes when he feels that his efforts to clean up the city aren't being appreciated. Meanwhile, a young man seeks out Reid to help him understand the murderous urges he has had his whole life and fix them.

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  • "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies
  • "I Gotta Feeling (Just Nineteen)" by Eagles of Death Metal

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Spencer Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote, "Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow."
  • Spencer Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote, "Between the desire and the spasm, between the potency and the existence, between the essence and the descent, falls the shadow. This is the way the world ends."


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