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"The Popular Kids" is the tenth episode of Season One of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students who may have been victims of a cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to suspect that someone other than a cult member may be responsible.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Hate" by Drowning Pool
  • "Make Slow" by Agents of the Sun
  • "Always Leaving" by Cowboy Mouth
  • "Make Tomorrow Today" by Paul Buchanan

Bookend Quotes

  • Jason Gideon: Sir Peter Ustinov said, "Unfortunately, a super abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares."
  • Jason Gideon: Playwright Eugene Ionesco said, "Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together."


  • During the episode, Gideon claims that there has been no confirmed examples of ritual murder. This would no longer be true six months after this episode aired, as Gerald Robinson was convicted of murder for the ritual killing of Margaret Ann Pahl.
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