When two South Dakota men are poisoned, dismembered, and found with ritualistic markings on their bodies, the BAU juggles building a profile and identifying the motive behind the bizarre crimes. Meanwhile, Reid works with Rossi to determine the cause of his recent bouts of insomnia.
Provides examples of:
- Cursed with Awesome: The downside to having an eidetic memory is that you can't forget a single word your deceased girlfriend said to you.
- Distinction Without a Difference: Reid feels that "going digital" is the same thing as "discontinuing the newspaper".
- Evil Duo: Subverted.
- Insomnia Episode: Reid has trouble sleeping.
- Jerkass Woobie: The Unsub.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Exploited by the Unsub who dumps non-native victims on Native land.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The dreams about ghosts.
- Replacement Goldfish: The Unsub is trying to get pregnant to replace her dead child.
- Shout-Out: The hotel were the Unsub works bears muvh resemblance to the Outlook hotel in The Shining.
- The Subplot: Reids problems paralell the Unsub's. She struggles with her son's death as he struggles with Maeve's.