Criminal Minds (2005– )
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When the bodies of two murder victims are found in a backwoods community in West Virginia, the BAU uncovers a long-simmering feud between two families and must investigate which one of them could be responsible for the deaths.


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Adrienne Barbeau ... Cissy Howard
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Unsub
Ronnie Gene Blevins ... Miles Lee
Gregory Sporleder ... Sam Caplan
Tobin Bell ... Malachi Lee
Rocky McMurray ... Captain Rogers
Stephanie C. Allen ... Teenage Cissy
Ben Adams ... Teenage Malachi Lee (as Ben C. Adams)


The BAU travels to rural West Virginia, the area around Wheeling, where two men, Clark Howard and Mathias Lee, were killed in separate incidents, both by some form of barbed wire as the murder weapon. The BAU learns that the men hated each other, leading to the question of whether the second killing was done in revenge of the first. They also learn that the men's feud extends to their extended families. The feud is currently led by Cissy Howard and Malachi Lee, the respective matriarch and patriarch of the two families, the two who have not seen or talked to each other in years by choice. What concerns the BAU is that barbed wire was stolen from three local farms, meaning that at least one other person is being targeted to be killed. The feud seems to stem historically to moonshine, and the BAU believes the current feud concerns production of today's version of moonshine: meth. But when they learn what the product being fought over is, their attention turns to Caleb Howard as the ... Written by Huggo

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2 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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16:9 HD
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The story is loosely based on the real life feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border. 15 people were killed and 9 more were imprisoned as a result of the feud. See more »


When JJ's phone gets a text message while interviewing Mr. Lee, her iPhone uses an Android notification sound. See more »


Malachi Lee: Mrs. Jareau...
Jennifer Jareau: Agent Jareau!
Malachi Lee: It's Mrs. Jareau! Unless that ring on your finger is some kind of lesbian thing. I know how you all like to do it up there in D.C.!
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Theme from Criminal Minds
Composed by Marc Fantini and Steffan Fantini
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No attempt at creativity
3 April 2014 | by jmtaylor-965-170586See all my reviews

As a proud Wheeling, WV native I am offended by this episode of Criminal Minds. It is absurd to assume people of West Virginia behave this way. I understand this is just a TV show and for some reason West Virginia is blessed with this reputation of incest, moonshiners, and backwood hicks with no education, but when does it end? and come one Criminal Minds.. isn't it a little cliché? wheres the creativity? Maybe they should of done their research of this area and could of been proud to depict a correct interpretation. If they have done some research they might of discovered that Wheeling is a northern city, close to Pittsburgh, PA, its well developed, filled with educated people (not to say we don't have our share of rednecks, but they're everywhere!) established schools, universities, & hospitals... and we do not have southern accents.

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