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"What Fresh Hell?" is the twelfth episode of Season One of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called in to assist in the search for eleven-year-old Billie Copeland, who was abducted from the local community park in broad daylight twenty hours earlier.

Guest Cast[]


  • "When the Music's Not Forgotten" by Deadman

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jason Gideon: The poet W.H. Auden wrote, "Evil is always unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed, and eats at our table."
  • Jason Gideon: "Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning


  • During a conversation between Gideon, Reid, and Detective Charlotte Russet, the former two mention the "stranger danger" (commonly known as "Don't talk to strangers") program that was widely shown in public schools. Reid mentions it taught children about a "scary man", ignoring the fact that most child abductions and harm are not due to strangers, but instead by persons known to the child, resulting in children and others being misinformed about the risk of stranger abduction, leaving an entire generation of children unaware that strangers are only a fraction of the offenders.
  • Key parts of the case were taken from an unspecified case James T. Clemente, then the show's BAU consultant, worked on during his time with the unit.
  • At the end of this episode the camera pans over the photos of Gideon's "survivors" (the people he helped rescue) and the second to last photo is of Josh Patel, the drunk passenger aboard the train that was hijacked in Derailed. A photo of the Davenport twins who appeared in Broken Mirror can also be seen.


  1. Credited as "Martin Jones"
  2. Credited as "Uniformed Cop #1"

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