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Alchemy 

The BAU travel to Rapid City after two male victims are discovered murdered in a ritualistic manner. Also, Reid continues to grieve over Maeve's death.

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The team travels to Rapid City, South Dakota after Reid, who is suffering from insomnia, stumbles across a case. Two thirtysomething men in separate incidents were found dismembered in the area, one in Rapid City, another in a nearby native reserve. The men were also poisoned with a natural herb. Both men were also not local, they being associated with the seasonal logging industry. When a third man, Chad Dumont, goes missing, he who is also not local but a military man on furlough, the team refocuses on the non-local aspect. Ritualistic markings on the bodies also leads to the team looking into the native angle as well as the naturopathic angle. After doing further interviews, they determine that the unsub is a woman who is luring the men away using the ruse of sex. The team has to piece together all these clues to find the unsub and her motivation. Meanwhile, Rossi tries to help Reid understand the cause of and deal with his insomnia. Written by Huggo

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1 May 2013 (USA)  »

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The name of the newspaper Reid presented to Rossi was titled 'Rapid City Sentinel.' The actual name of Rapid City's newspaper is 'The Rapid City Journal.' See more »

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Dr. Spencer Reid: Solanine is a potent toxin and hallucinogen that comes from a black nightshade plant. The unripe berries were used in the Middle Ages for torture. The effect it has is like a bad acid trip.
David Rossi: That's not fun. Trust me.
[chuckles]
Dr. Spencer Reid: More recently it's been used in small doses for asthma.
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Big problem
17 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm a fan of Criminal Minds since episode 1 but I have a huge problem concerning Alchemy. I will not mention the plot, the acting or what is usually discussed on a review here. My problem is a line that upsets me a lot, and watching the whole show again, I come back here on IMDb to see if any comment about it is made, but no..So I decided to mention it as silence is consent. At the reunion ( first 5 minutes) Hotch says :(Leonard)"Peltier did kill two FBI agents". What a statement! I remember the first time I heard that, I was so angry and disappointed at the same time..angry with the writers, with Thomas Gibson and with everybody who thought it was good to say it this way, so with CM in general.."Peltier is in jail for being accused of killing 2 FBI agents.." would have been entirely different and...TRUE. This is the first time I realized as well that those kind of popular shows can be dangerous because we might believe everything that is said especially by an agent of the team. If we do not know much (or not at all) about Mr Peltier, it can be something stuck in people's mind as "Peltier? oh yeah I know, the man who killed...." It is presented as a self evidence truth, except that is not. This an entertainment TV show, we know that they "act" but the way it was said, about a real person rotting in jail might be taken as granted and real for many, unfortunately. Please do not hesitate to watch Incident At Oglala for instance and make your own mind up. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104504/


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