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"The Big Game" is the fourteenth episode of Season Two and the 36th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU pursues a religious killing team in Atlanta that sets up computer webcams to record their murders and post them on the Internet. As the team closes in on the unsubs, Reid faces a life-threatening situation.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Push It" by Rick Ross

Bookend Quotes

  • Jason Gideon: Condemned murderer Perry Smith said of his victims, the Clutter family, "I didn't have anything against them, and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they're just the ones who have to pay for it."


  • This episode marks the first of only three times in the show's history where a real-world criminal is cited as one of the episode's bookended quotes. The others are:
  • This episode was a special broadcast chosen to air after CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLI. It attracted 26,200,000 viewers (according to Nielsen preliminary numbers), which is the highest amount of viewers for a Criminal Minds episode in the show's history. Appropriately enough, the episode is titled "The Big Game."
  • Edward Allen Bernero made an uncredited cameo in this episode, appearing as a man in the bar the BAU are gathered at.
  • Phinneas Kiyomura, the actor who played one of the darts players, previously appeared in an earlier episode of Criminal Minds, starring as a medic in the Season One episode "Derailed."
  • At minute 26:25 of S2:E14 "The Big Game", the unsub calls from the victim's home once again. The biblical passage he recites to the 911 dispatcher is as follows: "Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and then, I commit adultery with her into great tribulation." He then gives the victim's address; 222 Smith Road. The bible passage is Revelation Chapter 2 Verse 22 (2:22) - 222 Smith Road.
  • James Van Der Beek and Meredith Monroe previously starred together on the WB breakout hit "Dawson's Creek" from 1998 to 2003.

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