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"The Tall Man" is the fifth episode of Season Fourteen and the 304th overall of Criminal Minds.


As the BAU attempts to connect the disappearance of three East Allegheny, Pennsylvania teenagers with a regional ghost story, JJ starts remembering the events surrounding her older sister's death.

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Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jennifer Jareau: "The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?" — Carl Jung
  • Jennifer Jareau: "There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future." — Eleanor Brown


  • Though this was the fourth-produced episode of the season, it is being aired as the fifth.
  • Brent and Sandy made another reappearance in this episode their first being in "Blood Relations". They are played by the same actors and their names are the same.
  • The ghost featured in this story is clearly based on Slender Man, an internet meme which eventually became a viral internet horror story which led to fanart, cosplays and online fiction stories. The story eventually led to two twelve year old girls non-fatally stabbing a classmate nineteen times in a move to become proxies for Slender Man which was part of a plot in an online story. After similar minor incidents related to the story and moral panic from parents and other adults about more crimes possibly being committed as a result of being influenced by the story, the story's popularity started to decline before briefly becoming a topic of interest again in 2018 when a movie based on the character was released. The movie was panned by critics and the story's popularity declined again.
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