Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The BAU co-work with the U.S. Army to find the perpetrator behind an anthrax attack on a park in Annapolis, Maryland.


John Gallagher


Jeff Davis (created by), Oanh Ly | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Dan Lauria ... General Lee Whitworth, MD
Tamlyn Tomita ... Dr. Linda Kimura
David Dean Bottrell ... Chad Brown
Miles Anderson ... Dr. Nichols
Donald Sage Mackay ... Senator Baylor
Joe Howard ... Russ Daniels
Eric Brandon Eric Brandon ... Ethan
Traci Belushi ... Melinda


Within 18 hours of their common time together, 12 people who visited Quiet Hills Park in Annapolis, Maryland, have died from anthrax poisoning, with at least 13 more in emergency rooms headed in the same direction. It is a highly sophisticated strain of anthrax, meaning that it was developed by someone with a science background. The military is called in as the BAU believes that such scientific work is the specialty of the military, the resulting pathogen was used as a potential WMD. Although the strain of the pathogen is not being used by the military, military scientists are the most likely candidates able to develop such a strain. The attack site, a family-oriented public park, is contrary to such work, and thus the BAU believes the site is personal to the perpetrator. Because of the panic it could cause, there is a media blackout on the story, which negatively affects some on the team, some for personal and some for professional reasons. The team is hit even harder when deep into ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

13 May 2009 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When General Whitworth first arrives at the BAU, he and Hotch discuss the handling of Dr. Hatfill in 2001. Dr. Steven Hatfill was a virologist and biological weapons expert at Fort Detrick. In 2002, Hatfill became the prime suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks. His personal and professional life were severely damaged by the investigation. Hatfill sued the government. In 2008, the government settled the lawsuit by paying Dr. Hatfill $4.6 million (after attorney fees). The Justice Department also officially exonerated him, stating that after their intensive investigation, it was clear Dr. Hatfill was in no way involved in the attacks. See more »


The train that pulls into the station (filled with passengers) has a "Not in Service" message on its display. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [anxiously] Hotch, I really messed up this time.
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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Written by Mark Mancina
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Disappointing pseudo-propaganda.
14 February 2020 | by kemoritySee all my reviews

My issue with storylines like this is it glamorizes government lying to citizens because "they know best". True, they'll likely have to deal with whatever hysteria may (or may not) result from it, but that's the risk they agree to take when they sign up for that job.

Policy is not justification. Segregation was once policy/law. Age discrimination is still policy/law. Doesn't make it right.

When Rossi asks Prentiss if she thinks people would be better off knowing things... my reply would have been "I think that should be their choice to make". Government's role is to keep us free. Safety is our own responsibility. But that's what happens when 9-11 is the 24/7 excuse for everything.

When we lie to them, it's a felony. When they lie to us, it's politics.

Enjoyed the episode; opposed the message.

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