"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."


  • It has been revealed that Gideon has been a profiler since at least 1985.
Criminal Minds Episodes
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