Why Ben Savage Was The Perfect Choice For Young Gideon

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That Intense Focus

1. That Intense Focus

Savage did an amazing job at capturing the focus and dedication that Gideon has while on a case. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Standing Up For What's Right

2. Standing Up For What's Right

Gideon was passionate about his cases, especially when a case didn't work out the way it should, something that definitely came through in Savage's performance. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
He Says

3. He Says "Mazel"

Short for "Mazel Tov," Gideon wished Rossi good fortune after figuring out that he was expecting a child. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
He Joked About Having a Plane

4. He Joked About Having a Plane

The current BAU has their own jet, and has practically made "Wheels up in 30" a trademark phrase. Evidently it was not always so. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Classic Gideon

5. Classic Gideon

That's called nailing it. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
He Looks Perfect Next to Young Rossi

6. He Looks Perfect Next to Young Rossi

Look at those two young FBI Agents on the case! Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon with Robert Dunne as Young Rossi in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Such a Good Listener

7. Such a Good Listener

Even his "Gideon Listening Face" was spot-on. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Origin of “Signature”

8. Origin of “Signature”

Did you catch on to the origin of some staple Criminal Minds terms? Gideon and Rossi came up with a killer's "Signature" (what a killer leaves behind as a sign of pride or recognition) in this very diner.
Origin of “Profiler”

9. Origin of “Profiler”

When joking around an analyzing each other, Gideon threw out the term "Profiler" to Rossi. That sure stuck. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon with Robert Dunne as Young Rossi in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Origin of

10. Origin of "Serial" Crime

When talking about a third killing, Rossi made a point to remind Gideon to refer to it as a "Serial" crime. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.
Gideon and Birds

11. Gideon and Birds

The old-school Criminal Minds fans will certainly remember Gideon's fondness for birds. He is seen studying one here in the first flashback of the episode. Ben Savage stars as Young Gideon with Robert Dunne as Young Rossi in "Nelson's Sparrow" - Criminal Minds S10 E13.