Criminal Minds Episode Guide

Here is the episode guide for Criminal Minds. Each episode has the title, writer, director, and a description listed. The descriptions are sourced from locations such as Wikipedia and official press releases

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22 - The Storm

Written By: Erica Messer & Breen Frazier Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.84
The BAU is shocked when Hotch is apprehended by a SWAT team and suspected of conspiracy, and as the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon

21 - Devil's Backbone

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Félix Alcalá
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 9.14
When guards at a Virginia prison intercept a package with evidence relating to the kidnapping of two boys several years ago, the BAU questions a notorious serial killer who may have information on the boys’ whereabouts

20 - Inner Beauty

Written By: Haben Merker Directed By: Alec Smight
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 8.81
The BAU searches for an UnSub who is purposely disfiguring victims. Also, Rossi has an awkward reunion with his ex-wife, Hayden Montgomery, who kept his daughter, Joy, a secret from him for nearly 30 years

19 - Tribute

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.17
When former BAU team member and current Interpol Agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil. Also, the BAU deals with Morgan’s departure from the team

18 - A Beautiful Disaster

Written By: Kirsten Vangsness & Erica Messer Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.94
When an UnSub targets the BAU, and the team goes into action to find out who is responsible

17 - The Sandman

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Joe Mantegna
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.80
The BAU heads to Wichita in search of an UnSub abducting children while their parents sleep. Also, Morgan tries to find who was responsible for his attack

16 - Derek

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.22
When Morgan is abducted, the BAU scrambles to find him and save his life

15 - A Badge and a Gun

Written By: Jim Clemente Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.54
The BAU searches Los Angeles after the team discovers security footage that shows an UnSub being invited into victims’ homes

14 - Hostage

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Bethany Rooney
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.97
When an 18-year-old girl escapes from a suburban home where she was held captive for years with two other women, the BAU searches for the Unsub who kidnapped them

13 - The Bond

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 9.22
The BAU searches for a motive and an UnSub when victims are found in truck stop restrooms along highways throughout the South

12 - Drive

Written By: Karen Maser Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 9.25
When bodies are discovered in public places throughout Boston, the BAU investigates whether a taxi or ride-share service the victims used before their deaths could lead the team to the UnSub

11 - Entropy

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Heather Capiello
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 9.33
The BAU implements an elaborate strategy to try and take down the “Dirty Dozen” hitmen ring, with Reid playing a central role

10 - Future Perfect

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Laura Belsey
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.27
The BAU searches for an UnSub who may be fascinated with medical experimentation

09 - Internal Affairs

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Diana Valentine
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.75
After two undercover DEA agents are murdered and a third goes missing, the BAU joins the NSA to investigate whether an underground Internet drug syndicate is involved. Also, Hotch hopes the team’s work with the NSA brings them closer to finding the “Dirty Dozen” hitmen ring

08 - Awake

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Christoph Schrewe
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 8.14
The BAU hunts an UnSub in Phoenix who is kidnapping victims and depriving them of sleep. Also, Hotch and Garcia deal with the threat from the underground hitman group

07 - Target Rich

Written By: Jim Clemente Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.51
The BAU helps Rossi’s journalist daughter, Joy, investigate the disappearance of a college student. Also, the team is alarmed when Giuseppe Montolo dies in prison after he warns Morgan about the “Dirty Dozen,” an underground group of hitmen, and JJ returns from maternity leave

06 - Pariahville

Written By: Erik Stiller Directed By: Felix Alcala
Rating: 1.5 Audience: 7.79
When a woman is murdered in a small town in Florida inhabited entirely by sex offenders, the BAU faces a community full of suspects. Also, Lewis receives a career opportunity that may take her away from the BAU

05 - The Night Watch

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 7.64
When the BAU investigates incidents of bodies being incorporated into macabre graffiti art in Detroit, they suspect an elusive-yet-notorious street artist could be the UnSub. Also, Dr. Lewis struggles to balance her relationship with her fiancé and her work

04 - Outlaw

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 1.6 Audience: 8.47
When three restaurant workers are killed in a robbery/homicide in Las Vegas, N.M., the BAU looks at a cold case that happened in the town six years ago for leads

03 - Til Death Do Us Part

Written By: Karen Maser Directed By: Joe Mantegna
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 9.08
When brides-to-be in Savannah are killed on the eve of their nuptials, the BAU suspects a jilted UnSub is at work

02 - The Witness

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 1.7 Audience: 9.08
When a Los Angeles bus is attacked with sarin gas, the BAU must act quickly to find the suspect before a larger-scale incident occurs

01 - The Job

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.08
The BAU searches for a serial killer who leaves distinctive marks on victims’ faces with the help of an impressive potential new team member, forensic psychologist Dr. Tara Lewis
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23 - The Hunt

Written By: Glenn Kershaw Directed By: Jim Clemente & Janine Sherman Barrois
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 9.61
When Kate’s niece, Meg, and her best friend, Markayla, are kidnapped, the BAU suspects an online predator engaged in sex trafficking who poses as a teenage boy.

22 - Protection

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan
Rating: 1.8 Audience: 8.72
When shooting victims are found in the Los Angeles area with possible links to criminal activity, the BAU searches for a vigilante UnSub

21 - Mr. Scratch

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.06
When three people implicated in murders claim they were attacked by a “clawed shadow monster” at the moment each crime occurred, the BAU searches for an UnSub who is controlling their minds. Also, the search for the culprit puts one of the team in jeopardy

20 - A Place At The Table

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Laura Belsey
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.37
When a Maryland family is found murdered at their dining room table, the team tracks down other family members and friends to uncover secrets that may have led to it. Also, Hotch must try to make peace with his father-in-law, Roy, after discovering he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

19 - Beyond Borders

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.39
When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, the BAU is called to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his International Unit on their investigation. Garrett and his unit, the FBI's top division for handling cases involving Americans abroad, work jointly with Hotch and his team when they discover that this case matches one the BAU investigated last year in Florida

18 - Rock Creek Park

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Félix Alcalá
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.08
When the wife of an up-and-coming congressman disappears, the BAU investigates his political enemies as possible suspects

17 - Breath Play

Written By: Erik Stiller Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.32
The BAU is called to Wisconsin in search of a serial killer, and the team looks for a connection among the victims for clues to the UnSub. Also, Kate has trouble dealing with her niece, Meg, when she begins acting out

16 - Lockdown

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 10.37
When two guards at a privatized maximum security prison in Texas are murdered, the BAU suspects that more than one UnSub within the prison could be at work

15 - Scream

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 1.9 Audience: 9.89
Victims in California have the BAU searching for an UnSub who may have witnessed abuse as a child. Meanwhile, Kate shows parental concern when her niece, Meg, makes a date with a friend to meet a boy they met online

14 - Hero Worship

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.48
When an Indianapolis coffee shop is blown up and a hero emerges from the wreckage, the BAU tries to protect that person and his family while searching for the UnSub before more incidents occur

13 - Nelson's Sparrow

Written By: Kirsten Vangsness & Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.70
The BAU revisits its origins when they look at one of Rossi and Gideon’s old cases to track a killer that got away

12 - Anonymous

Story By: Bruce Zimmerman & Danny Ramm Directed By: Joe Mantegna
Rating: 2.0 Audience: 10.29
The BAU searches Tallahassee for a serial killer who calls the authorities to report the crimes prior to committing murder. Also, as Rossi prepares for a weekend visit with his daughter, Joy, he receives startling news about the death of a comrade in Vietnam

11 - The Forever People

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.31
When frozen bodies are found in Nevada floating in water, the BAU’s investigation leads them to suspect that the victims were part of a cult that could be behind the deaths. Also, JJ confronts old demons from her abduction and torture last year

10 - Amelia Porter

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson  Directed By: Alrick Riley 
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 10.12
When the BAU is called to Salt Lake City Utah to investigate a triple homicide, the search for a connection among the victims could lead them to a fugitive who could have ties to the UnSub

09 - Fate

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Rob Bailey 
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 11.00
The BAU investigates random murders in northern Virginia and searches for a conflicted UnSub who has an uncontrollable urge to kill but is also filled with remorse. Meanwhile, Rossi receives a visit from a woman who could hold a secret from his pastJanine Sherman Barrois

08 - Boys of Sutton Place

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison  Directed By: Laura Belsey
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.68
When a prominent attorney goes missing in Boston, the BAU unearths secrets in his past which could point to the reasons for his disappearance

07 - Hashtag

Written By: Rick Dunkle  Directed By: Gus Makris 
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.35
When victims with large social media followings are found dead in Maryland, the BAU searches for an UnSub taking on the persona of an Internet urban legend. Meanwhile, Morgan and Savannah struggle to find quality time for each other with their busy careers

06 - If The Shoe Fits

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman  Directed By: Bethany Rooney 
Rating: 2.1 Audience: 9.78
The BAU is stumped to find the common denominator among male victims in Montana, making it difficult to profile the UnSub. Also, JJ must confront her feelings about her sister’s tragic death

05 - Boxed In

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.48
When a young boy who went missing in San Diego on Halloween suddenly reappears one year later, the BAU must work fast when another trick-or-treater disappears under similar circumstances

04 - The Itch

Written By: Ben Frazier Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 9.92
When a body is discovered in Atlanta covered in scratches, the BAU finds that this death and subsequent murders could be linked to an UnSub with an obsessive skin disorder

03 - A Thousand Suns

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.89
When a passenger jet crashes in Colorado, the BAU team is called to build a profile around the suspicious circumstances. Also, the case hits close to home for Kate, who is reminded of a family tragedy

02 - Burn

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.45
A series of abductions and murders in Seattle send the BAU seeking an UnSub who was abused in the past and is out for revenge. Meanwhile, Garcia heads to Texas to confront the man she shot while defending Reid and herself, as he waits on Death Row

01 - X

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.65
The BAU team investigates a series of murders in Bakersfield, Calif., which have left the victims unidentifiable. Also, the team welcomes new agent Kate Callahan into the BAU fold, who assists them in their efforts in solving the cases.
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24 - Demons

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 12.03
The BAU continues its murder investigation in Texas, and clues uncover a deep web of corruption that could be the motive for the killings. Meanwhile, as one team member’s life hangs in the balance, another concerned BAU member must face a sad secret from the past, and Garcia is thrust into action to save a colleague

23 - Angels

Written By: Rick Dunkle, Breen Frazier and Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.52
When the BAU is called to Texas to consult on the murders of prostitutes, evidence points to killings with religious overtones. But as they delve further into the investigation, the team could put their lives at risk, on part one of the two-part ninth season finale of Criminal Minds

22 - Fatal

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.30
When victims are found dead from arsenic poisoning in Long Beach, Calif., handwritten death threats and other clues have the BAU looking for an UnSub fascinated with Greek mythology. Meanwhile, Hotch has concerns about participating in Jack’s third grade career day

21 - What Happens in Mecklinburg

Written By: Ticona S. Joy Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.85
A series of targeted kidnappings near Memphis have the BAU searching for a commonality between the missing persons and a motive to lead to the UnSub. Meanwhile, Savannah vents her frustration to Morgan about the amount of traveling he does for his job

20 - Blood Relations

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.47
When 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 side could be responsible for the deaths

19 - The Edge of Winter

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 10.14
As the BAU wraps up an investigation into unusual stabbings in Upstate New York, Morgan’s visit with one of the crime’s survivors could uncover more questions left for the team to answer

18 - Rabid

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 10.74
When three bodies are found with animal and human bite marks in a shallow grave near Milwaukee, the BAU has puzzling questions to answer. Meanwhile, Reid and Garcia work out for a company fitness test, but try to hide their preparation from Morgan

17 - Persuasion

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Rob Lieberman
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 11.42
Mysterious drowning deaths discovered in the Las Vegas desert have the BAU trying to figure out the true cause and motive for the murders

16 - Gabby

Written By: Jim Clemente and Erica Messer Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 2.2 Audience: 9.42
When a 4-year-old girl goes missing while staying with a relative in Mississippi, the BAU uncovers some startling truths as the team races to find the child and bring her to safety

15 - Mr. & Mrs. Anderson

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Felix Alcala
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.07
When the BAU investigates several murders in the Pittsburgh area, the team searches for a pair of UnSubs working as a team. Also, Garcia and Morgan share their Valentine’s Day plans for their respective significant others

14 - 200

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 12.92
In the series' 200th episode, when JJ is kidnapped, the BAU delves into her time at the State Department to find clues to her disappearance and uncover a secret mission that now puts her life in danger. To help with their search for JJ, the team calls upon Prentiss to help in the crisis

13 - The Road Home

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Joe Mantegna
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While the BAU looks for a vigilante killer on the loose in Cleveland, Rossi is concerned when his former Marine sergeant goes missing and heads to Los Angeles to find him. Also, the secret JJ has been keeping from the team may be catching up with her

12 - The Black Queen

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan 
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.35
When the BAU goes to San Jose to investigate a string of murders, Garcia delves into her hacker past and reconnects with her old flame to help the team with the case

11 - Bully

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 11.19
When the BAU is called to Kansas City to investigate a series of murders, a tense reunion ensues between Blake and her father, a retired police captain, and her brother, a detective, who must work together to help solve the crime

10 - The Called

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 11.10
When a young boy goes missing from his home in St. Louis, the BAU reinvestigates a similar cold case to search for the UnSub

09 - Strange Fruit

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Constantine Makris
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 12.40
When skeletons are found in the backyard of a Virginia home, the BAU centers its investigation on the family living there, unearthing family secrets rooted in the past racial divisions in the South

08 - The Return

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.63
When teenagers who were reported missing are suspected of a series of mass murders in Chicago, the BAU investigates their whereabouts to find a motive for the crimes. Also, Morgan has conflicting feelings when his girlfriend takes her job at a hospital as seriously as he takes his

07 - Gatekeeper

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 2.3 Audience: 9.70
After a series of strangulations in Boston, the BAU looks for an UnSub who likes to keep mementos of the victims, and the team wonders if a common link to the casualties could lead them to the culprit. Meanwhile, the BAU rallies around Rossi when his favorite bar is on the verge of closing

06 - In The Blood

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Michael Lange
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.54
When the BAU investigates victims of possible ritualistic murders in Utah, clues lead them to believe that the UnSub they are looking for might have a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials. Also, Garcia prepares for a “Day of the Dead” celebration at her apartment

05 - ROUTE 66

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.55
As Hotch fights for his life due to complications from his stabbing at the hands of George Foyet, a.k.a. “The Reaper,” he experiences visions of his late wife, Haley, and his nemesis, Foyet. Meanwhile, the BAU searches for a missing teenager and investigate her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance

04 - To Bear Witness

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.06
The BAU meets their new section chief, Mateo Cruz, who, unbeknownst to them, shares a long work history with JJ. Cruz joins the team as they comb the streets of Baltimore for an UnSub who leaves victims unable to communicate

03 - Final Shot

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Bethany Rooney
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.98
When a sniper strikes Dallas, the BAU investigates whether the upcoming anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor or if something else is driving the UnSub

02 - The Inspired

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.12
As the BAU zeroes in on the suspect of the ritualistic killings they’ve been investigating in Arizona, a bizarre connection within the UnSub’s family could lead them to finally nab the suspect

01 - The Inspiration

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.27
The hunt for a methodical killer takes the BAU to Arizona to search for an increasingly devolving UnSub, and the team speculates that Hotch is in the running to be the new BAU unit chief
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24 - The Replicator

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.80
The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. Also, the BAU is called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses, and Hotch discovers that his estranged brother, Sean, is caught in the middle

23 - Brothers Hotchner

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Rob Bailey
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 10.80
The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim. Also, the BAU is called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses, and Hotch discovers that his estranged brother, Sean, is caught in the middle

22 - #6

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.56
The BAU goes to Detroit to track an UnSub with a rapidly changing MO. Also, Blake’s husband returns from overseas with a life-changing career proposition for her

21 - Nanny Dearest

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 2.5 Audience: 10.08
The BAU travels to Los Angeles looking for an UnSub who is kidnapping nannies and the children they care for on the same day each year

20 - Alchemy

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 2.4 Audience: 10.13
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

19 - Pay It Forward

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.47
When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened 25 years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates that crime and a possible link to the death of a local police officer

18 - Restoration

Written By: Jim Clemente & Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Felix Alcala
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 10.79
The BAU goes to Morgan’s old neighborhood in urban Chicago in search of an UnSub targeting middle-aged men, and a clue leads Morgan to believe that they are after someone connected to the man who molested him as a child

17 - The Gathering

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Michael Lange
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.58
The BAU investigates victims who were documenting their personal lives and inner desires on blog posts and social media. Also, Kevin gets jealous when he learns Garcia may have a new love interest

16 - Carbon Copy

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 9.17
When victims are found in Philadelphia in a similar style to victims of The Replicator, the stalker who has been tracking the BAU’s every move, the team thinks this could be the break they need to try and apprehend him

15 - Broken

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 2.6 Audience: 10.69
The BAU heads to Austin to investigate victims found there with their watches set inaccurately, a clue which may connect the crimes. Meanwhile, the UnSub stalking the BAU inches closer in his pursuit of the team

14 -  All That Remains

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Thomas Gibson
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.98
When the daughters of Bruce Morrison, a writer whose wife mysteriously vanished a year ago, go missing on the anniversary of their mother’s disappearance, the BAU is brought in to study Morrison as a possible suspect

13 - Magnum Opus

Written By: Jason J. Bernero Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.84
While Reid copes with a loss in his personal life, the rest of the BAU travels to San Francisco to investigate victims discovered in the Mission District

12 - Zugzwang

Written By: Breen Frazier  Directed By: Jesse Warn 
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 12.64
When Reid discovers that his girlfriend has been kidnapped by her stalker, he and the BAU team band together to find her before it’s too late

11 - Perennials

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Michael Lange
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.01
The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving UnSub whose signature matches that of a serial killer from 30 years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is tracking their cases and replicating crimes the BAU is solving

10 - The Lesson

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.32

The BAU investigates a series of male bodies that have been oddly disposed of, finding themselves in search of a killer with ritualistic tendencies. Also, Reid gets anxious when faced with the possibility of meeting his mystery woman

09 - Magnificent Light

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: John Kretchmer
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 12.37
When a recent attendee at a popular motivational speaker’s conference in Seattle is murdered, the BAU looks at the speaker as the main suspect, but they have to refocus their investigation when the speaker himself goes missing. Also, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan declines to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend

08 - The Wheels on the Bus

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 2.7 Audience: 11.53
The BAU team goes in pursuit of a missing school bus full of children outside the Washington, D.C. area, and it becomes a race against time for them to bring them home safely

07 - The Fallen

Written By: Rick Dunkle and Danny Ramm Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski 
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 12.20
The BAU travels to Santa Monica when burned bodies of homeless people begin showing up by the famous pier. Also, Rossi reconnects with his former Marine sergeant from Vietnam

06 - The Apprenticeship

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By:  Rob Bailey
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 12.09
When prostitutes in Miami are discovered murdered in a similar style to local animals found dead there, the BAU must work fast to find an UnSub whose confidence is quickly escalating. Also, Morgan tries to increase Reid’s athletic skills by convincing him to join the bureau softball team

05 - The Good Earth

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 11.99
When four men go missing in rural Oregon, the BAU searches for a common link among them in order to track them down. Also, JJ gets upset when her son Henry doesn’t want to celebrate Halloween this year

04 - God Complex

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.61
When a legless body is found in the New Mexico desert and a second unwilling amputee shows up at the hospital, the BAU team searches for this amateur surgeon before he preys upon his next reluctant victim. Also, Reid’s phone calls to a mystery woman have the team intrigued

03 - Through The Looking Glass

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By:  Dermott Downs
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.81
When one Kansas family turns up dead and another goes missing, the BAU looks for a link between the cases to find out who is behind the kidnappings and murders. Also, Hotch gets surprising news from Beth

02 - The Pact

Written By:  Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By:  Karen Gaviola
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.49
When the bodies of two seemingly unrelated victims are found just hours apart in San Diego and Los Angeles respectively, the BAU suspects that that not one, but two killers are working together to commit these murders

01 - The Silencer

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 11.73
When a Texas prisoner escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with his unique trademark, sewing their mouths shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the UnSub “The Silencer.” While they investigate who he was and who he's become, the BAU also gets to know the newest member of the team.
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24 - Run (Part 2)

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Connor Norton
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 13.68
As the BAU team continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers, the team determines that the suspects have a bigger target in the Nation's capital, and with one of the team still a hostage, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Also, wedding bells ring for one of the BAU, and Prentiss ponders her future.

23 - Hit (Part 1)

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Michael Lange
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 13.68
When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when one of their own becomes a hostages. Also, wedding bells ring for one of the BAU, and Prentiss ponders her future.

22 - Profiling 101

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Felix Alcala
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 11.62
Rossi and the team present one of the longest-tenured serial killer cases to college students, and they take the class through a nearly 20 year chase for the murderer.

21 - Divining Rod

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.47
After a serial killer is executed in Oklahoma, a copycat shows up and the FBI agents are called in to find him. Meanwhile, Prentiss gets nervous about a real estate purchase.

20 - The Company

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Nelson McCormick
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.81
Morgan's sister sees a girl who looks like their presumed dead cousin. Morgan has to confess to his family about the lie he told, and the BAU re-opens her case.

19 - Heathridge Manor

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 3.0 Audience: 11.34
The BAU team heads to Oregon to investigate a series of gothic, ritualistic murders.

18 - Foundation

Written By: Jim Clemente Directed By: Dermott Downs
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.09
The BAU is in Arizona, when one young boy is found wandering the desert and another child goes missing, which hits close to home for Morgan.

17 - I Love You, Tommy Brown

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: John Terlesky
Rating: 2.8 Audience: 11.43
When married couples fostering young children end up being killed in Seattle, the BAU team looks for an unsub with a maternal-yet-murderous instinct. Also, Garcia fears a possible proposition from Kevin.

16 - A Family Affair

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.54
When the BAU travels to Atlanta to investigate the murders of women, the clues lead them to look for an unsub who is not working alone.

15 - A Thin Line

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.78
A series of brutal home invasions and murders in California’s Inland Empire initially appear to be gang-related, but the BAU investigation may uncover a more sinister motivation. Meanwhile, Prentiss suffers from a mild gunshot wound. 

14 - Closing Time

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Jesse Warn
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.20
The BAU are summoned to Southern California to investigate a series of murders near life guard towers.

13 - Snake Eyes

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.31
The BAU agents try their luck in Atlantic City when the team is called in to investigate a series of ritualistic casino-related murders. Meanwhile, after a spat with her boyfriend, Kevin, Garcia thinks she and Morgan may have gotten a little too friendly with each other.

12 - Unknown Subject

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Michael Lange
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 13.82
The BAU team searches for a serial rapist in Houston known as "The Piano Man" who has resurfaced and is assaulting his previous victims. Also, Prentiss tries to come to terms with her trauma from last year and with rejoining the team. 

11 - True Genius

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.83
A series of murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tale signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have the BAU wondering if the notorious serial killer has returned. Also, Reid ponders if he should be doing more with his genius abilities.

10 - The Bittersweet Science"

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 12.88
The BAU team investigates a string of brutal bludgeons in Philadelphia and is led to the city's boxing scene in search of the killer. Hotch makes a connection with an attractive runner as they both train for a triathlon. 

09 - Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Charlie Haid
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 12.41
When a small group of military academy youths commit a mass suicide, the BAU team looks into the real reasons behind their actions. Meanwhile, Hotch and Morgan disagree when a team member could be in jeopardy.

08 - Hope

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Michael Watkins
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 12.72
A case turns personal for Garcia when the BAU investigate the disappearance of a woman in her survivors' support group whose daughter went missing seven years earlier. 

07 - There's No Place Like Home

Written By: Virgil Williams Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 11.36
When a series of tornadoes hits Kansas, the BAU is called in to investigate bodies of young boys that turn up in the aftermath of the storms. Work pressures cause tension on JJ's home front.

06 - Epilogue

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Guy Ferland
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 12.94
The BAU search California's Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Meanwhile, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife. 

05 - From Childhood's Hour

Written By: Bruce Zimmerman Directed By: Anna Foerster
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 13.15
The BAU team investigates the abductions of young children with troubled mothers in St. Louis. Rossi reconnects with his first wife, who has shocking news for him. 

04 - Painless

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Larry Teng
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 12.87
Survivors of a high school massacre in Boise that occurred in October 2001 return to remember the event 10 years later, but the BAU team is called in when a new killer with a similar style targets the survivors. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack, may be a victim of school bullying, while Morgan and Reid exchange pranks.

03 - Dorado Falls

Written By: Sharon Lee Watson Directed By: Felix Alcala
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 13.43
The BAU team investigates a mass murder at an Internet security company in nearby Charlottesville but clues reveal it is not a typical serial killer at work. Meanwhile, Prentiss must complete recertification training under Morgan's watchful eye.

02 - Proof

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 12.58
Women are being found murdered after being robbed of one of their five senses in Oklahoma, prompting attention from the BAU. JJ and Prentiss get the cold shoulder from Reid as he deals with their deception about Prentiss' presumed death, while Rossi has a cooking lesson for the team to bring them together. 

01 - It Takes a Village

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 4.1 Audience: 14.14
The BAU team is at crossroads when they are questioned by a Senate Committee for their retaliatory actions to get revenge on Doyle with help from a familiar face, JJ, who returns. They find out that Morgan has been tracking Doyle since the day Prentiss "died" and that Doyle's son is in danger. The race against time to find Doyle before someone else does tests the team and the trust between them as it is shaken by a familiar face who is going to assist the team in this case.
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24 - Supply & Demand

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 12.84
The team tries to close the most challenging case involving two bodies and a human trafficking organization. In addition, Hotchner warns the team of possible changes in the team while a surprise team member returns.

23 - Big Sea

Written By: Jim Clemente & Breen Frazier Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.29
The discovery of bodies buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville prompts the BAU to intervene; Morgan's aunt suspects her missing daughter may be among the dead.

22 - Out of the Light

Written By: Roger Hedden Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.90
The BAU is called to a North Carolina resort town after a woman is found badly injured and another woman is missing. On arrival, the team discovers these two women are not the only victims.

21 - The Stranger

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison & Rick Dunkle Directed By: Nelson McCormick
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.59
The BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is targeting college students. Meanwhile, the team comes under Strauss' scrutiny in the wake of the loss of Prentiss.

20 - Hanley Waters

Written By: Alicia Kirk & Randy Huggins Directed By: Jesse Warn
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.08
As the BAU investigates targeted killings in Tampa, they deal with their own feelings about the loss of Prentiss.

19 - With Friends Like These...

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrios Directed By: Anna Foerster
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.05
The BAU is called to Portland to assist in catching a pack of killers who enjoys targeting victims. 

18 - Lauren (Part 2)

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 13.73
As Prentiss faces off against her sworn enemy, Ian Doyle, the BAU call in JJ in the hope that she can help them find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it's too late. Although JJ later tells the team that Prentiss is dead, it's actually revealed that Prentiss is still alive and that she faked her own death before going into hiding with only JJ and Hotch knowing.

17 - Valhalla (Part 1)

Written By: Simon Mirren & Erica Messer Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.37
Prentiss begins to feel the heat after she and Morgan assist in solving a series of suspicious murders that involves Prentiss's old Interpol nemesis, Ian Doyle. 

16 - Coda

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 13.15
As Reid tries to make a connection with an autistic child to help in finding the boy's missing parents in Lafayette, Louisiana, Prentiss enlists two former Interpol colleagues in hunting an old nemesis.

15 - Today I Do"

Written By: Alicia Kirk Directed By: Ali Selim
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.85
As the team tracks down a bogus self motivational coach who kills her patients in New York, Prentiss also receives some disturbing news about one of her former colleagues.

14 - Sense Memory

Written By: Randy Huggins Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 13.67
The BAU is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a series of unusual murders and Prentiss sheds some light on her past before she joined the BAU.

13 - The Thirteenth Step

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Doug Aarniokoski
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.77
Two young lovers embark on a murder spree in Montana that sends the BAU team to investigate and stop them before they kill again. Also, Prentiss receives shocking news from her previous boss at Interpol.

12 - Corazon

Written By: Katarina Wittich Directed By: John Gallagher
Rating: 2.9 Audience: 12.02
As the BAU investigates a series of ritual murders in Miami, one team member finds their health being compromised. 

11 - 25 to Life

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.77
Morgan testifies that a man should be released on parole but regrets his decision when, only days later, the man kills somebody. Things turn out to be not so simple.

10 - What Happens at Home

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Jan Eliasberg
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 14.23
The BAU searches for a killer targeting women in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Meanwhile, Hotch looks into a FBI trainee with an interesting past to help them out during the investigation.

09 - Into the Woods

Written By: Kimberly Ann Harrison Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 14.39
The BAU team has to go deep into the forests of the Appalachian Trail after a young boy is found murdered there. The unsub appears to be a man who targets young boys in the wilderness. 

08 - Reflection of Desire

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Anna Foerster
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.56
After Kelly Landis, a woman missing for three days, is found dead, the BAU is called in when the D.C. Police cannot connect the death to any previous cases. They call in the BAU because of the unsub's style of killing: cutting off his victim's lips. The unsub is easier to identify after Garcia reveals some of her personal life

07 - Middle Man

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 14.58
When the bodies of exotic dancers are found murdered in the corn fields of Indiana two days after being kidnapped, the BAU must race against time when they realize they only have two days to find the latest victim who has just been kidnapped. The unsub's true nature is revealed after he watches the reports of his killings on the news.

06 - Devil's Night

Written By: Randy Huggins Directed By: Charles Haid
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.94
After several people are found burned alive once a year before Halloween, the BAU is called in to Detroit to investigate. The team later finds out that the victims chosen by the unsub are not random.

05 - Safe Haven

Written By: Alicia Kirk Directed By: Andy Wolk
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 14.46
The BAU team is called in to investigate the murders of entire families. Profiling becomes a somewhat difficult task for the team after knowing that each member of the family is killed differently than the next. Also, Morgan receives a visit from someone unexpected.

04 - Compromising Positions

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 14.00
The BAU travels to Akron, Ohio to investigate a series of murders on couples, who are forced to have sex before being murdered. Meanwhile, Hotch looks for someone to fill JJ's role on the team. 

03 - Remembrance of Things Past

Written By: Janine Sherman Barrois Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.87
Rossi believes that an old murderer with Alzheimer's, whose case has haunted him for 25 years, has appeared again after several women are found dead in the same manner. 

02 - JJ

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.41
When JJ attempts to reunite a family whose daughter has mysteriously disappeared, she deals with a new job offer that she can not ignore. Meanwhile, the BAU braces for the loss of one of their own.

01 - The Longest Night (Part 2)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 14.08
After Morgan and Detective Matthew Spicer are ambushed, the BAU continues their search for the "Prince of Darkness" to retrieve Spicer's daughter, Ellie, and stop his killing spree once and for all. When they get into a stand-off with the UnSub, JJ is forced to negotiate for Ellie's freedom.
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23 - Our Darkest Hour (Part 1)

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.97
The BAU team hunts a serial killer in Los Angeles who preys on his victims in the dark, killing entire families except for one left alive to remember. The episode ends in a cliffhanger when Billy Flynn, the Prince of Darkness shoots and kills Detective Matt Spicer, before kidnapping his daughter, Ellie and fleeing the scene, leaving both Morgan and Spicer behind. Morgan then passes out seconds later and the scene goes to black with "To Be Continued" showing up on the screen.

22 - The Internet Is Forever

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.25
The BAU team travels to Boise, Idaho to profile a serial killer who uses the Internet as his hunting ground and posts the videos of his killings live on the Internet for his fans, bringing a whole new meaning to the term "social networking".

21 - Exit Wounds

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.07
The BAU with Garcia in tow head to a small town in Alaska where they begin investigating murders involving several members who had plans of leaving the town.

20 - ...A Thousand Words

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By:

Rosemary Rodriguez

Rating: 3.3 Audience: 12.39
The BAU team travels to Tallahassee to lead a case on a serial killer who commits suicide but leaves behind clues to the whereabouts of his last victim on the tattoos of his body.

19 - A Rite of Passage

Written By: Victor De Jesus Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 12.44
The BAU team heads to Brewster County, Texas to track a serial killer targeting illegal immigrants attempting to make safe passage into the U.S. 

18 - The Fight

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero & Chris Mundy Directed By: Richard Shepard
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 12.70
The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men and pairs of fathers and daughters and teams up with a separate group of BAU operatives who are working another case they think is connected. The episode launches the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.

17 - Solitary Man

Written By: Kimberley Ann Harrison & Ryan Gibson Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.29
The BAU profiles a highway serial killer in Edgewood, New Mexico who's abducting women and holding them hostage as he seeks to find a potential mother figure for his daughter, Jody.

16 - Mosley Lane

Written By: Erica Messer & Simon Mirren Directed By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.18
The BAU is called to Ashburn, Virginia to profile a child abductor who may have been harboring children for more than eight years. Based loosely on Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

15 - Public Enemy

Written By: Jess Prenter Prosser Directed By: Nelson McCormick
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.33
The BAU profiles a serial killer in Providence, Rhode Island who murders his victims in public places, hoping to spread widespread fear and panic by doing so.

14 - Parasite

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 14.76
The team profiles a con artist in South Florida who is descending into mental illness and this in turn is prompting him to kill people involved in his scams. The con artist met his downfall because he was experiencing a major identity crisis. 

13 - Risky Business

Written By: Jim Clemente Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 4.2 Audience: 14.91
The BAU is called to assist local authorities in rural Wyoming when teens are found dead from what appears to be suicides seemingly linked to the Internet. 

12 - The Uncanny Valley

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Anna Foerster
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 13.90
The team is called to Atlantic City to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession: abducting certain types of women from various places around the city and then transforming them into real-life dolls.

11 - Retaliation

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 14.60
A truck hits a car carrying Agent Prentiss, a detective, and an ex-convict, the criminal makes a daring escape from the BAU's custody and embarks on a killing spree in Lockport, New York. As Hotchner struggles with his return to work, the team must profile the criminal's past in order to catch him again. 

10 - The Slave of Duty"

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Charles Haid
Rating: 3.9 Audience:

14.43

While Agent Hotchner takes a leave of absence to contemplate his future with the BAU, the team is called to investigate a home invasion case in Nashville without him.

09 - 100 (Part 2)

Written By: Bo Crese Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 13.51

When the Reaper returns to Washington, D.C. for a final showdown, the team works frantically to catch him before he reaches Hotchner's family.

08 - Outfoxed (Part 1)

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 13.70
While investigating a series of murders of entire families in Hampton, Virginia, the BAU is forced to visit Red Onion Supermax Prison to seek advice from one of the most atrocious killers from the team's past, nicknamed "The Fox", from the episode 7 of the first season, The Fox, who delivers a portentous message to Agent Hotchner.

07 - The Performer

Written By: Holly Harold Directed By: John Badham
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 12.77
The BAU is called to Los Angeles to investigate a series of killings that lead to a Goth rock star who appears to have become lost in the creepy alter ego he portrays when he is on stage.

06 - The Eyes Have It

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 12.55
The BAU is called to Oklahoma City to help local authorities track a serial killer who removes the eyes of his murder victims and keeps them as souvenirs. A surprised Morgan becomes the lead in the investigation. Though at first the pressure gets to him, Morgan ultimately discovers that the murderer is a taxidermist with hunting experience. After he is brought to justice, Morgan is promoted to Unit Chief with Hotch stepping down until the Reaper is finally caught. Based on Charles Albright.

05 - Cradle to Grave

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 14.27
The BAU travels to Albuquerque in New Mexico to investigate the case of a serial killer who's kidnapping and impregnating young women before murdering them mere minutes after they've given birth.

04 - Hopeless

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 13.92
The BAU investigates a group of suspects with a pack mentality who are randomly selecting their victims in the nation's capital and then murdering them just for the thrill of the kill. 

03 - Reckoner

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.05
SSA David Rossi's personal and professional life is brought to the forefront when the BAU is called to investigate a case in Commack, Long Island, Agent Rossi's hometown where criminals released from justice are being killed by a professional hitman who is being paid by a judge to carry out the brutal slayings.

02 - Haunted

Written By: Erica Messer Directed By: Jon Cassar
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 14.24
The BAU is called to Louisville, Kentucky to help local authorities determine what caused a disturbed man to suffer a psychotic breakdown at a pharmacy and then murder several customers before fleeing the scene. The team must catch him before he kills anyone else. Meanwhile, everyone starts noticing a disturbing change in Hotch who's still recovering after being attacked in his home by the Reaper. Based on the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.

01 - Nameless, Faceless (Part 3)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 4.4 Audience: 15.84
While still recovering from the events in "To Hell and Back", Rossi, Morgan, Reid and JJ are called by local police to help profile a killer who's targeting an emergency room doctor and his son, believing that the doctor is responsible for the death of someone the UnSub knew. During the search Prentiss realizes that Hotch is missing and the team eventually discover that the Reaper has attacked Hotch and also taken personal information in regards to Haley and Jack's whereabouts, forcing the two of them to be put into government protection for their own safety. Also, Reid gets shot to coincide with Gubler's knee surgery.
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26 - ...And Back (Part 2)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 13.99
The BAU continues its search in Canada when they learn that the serial killer they were looking for is a pair of brothers who were kidnapping people to perform medical experiments on them. Meanwhile, Hotch finds himself in life-threatening danger when he arrives home to find the Reaper waiting for him

25 - To Hell... (Part 1)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Charles Haid
Rating: 3.1 Audience: 12.40
In one of its most difficult cases, the BAU is called to Detroit to help track down a serial killer who is killing homeless people who forces the team into Canada to catch him. Loosely based on Robert Pickton.

24 - Amplification

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.03
The BAU responds quickly after a serial killer releases a new strain of a deadly anthrax virus in Annapolis, Maryland that threatens the public and puts a member of the team at risk.

23 - Roadkill

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Steve Boyum
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 14.13
Local authorities summon the assistance of the BAU after a series of homicides occur that appear to have been caused by a serial killer's car near Bend, Oregon.

22 - The Big Wheel

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Rob Hardy
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.27
When a serial killer in Buffalo, New York who films his victims as they die sends a videotape of one of his crimes to the BAU, the team discovers a message from the murderer begging them for help in stopping his killing urges.

21 - A Shade of Gray

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Karen Gaviola
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.55
During an investigation of a series of child abductions and murders in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the BAU concludes the possibility that the last murder may not be the work of the suspect who had been apprehended, but one that they least suspected. \

20 - Conflicted

Written By: Rick Dunkle Directed By: Jason Alexander
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 13.25
The BAU is called to Texas to investigate a serial killer who is raping and killing male teenagers on spring break on South Padre Island.

19 - House on Fire

Written By: Holly Harold Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 14.02
The BAU is summoned to Indiana by local authorities when a serial arsonist threatens the residents of Royal by setting fire to community meeting places, killing many people.

18 - Omnivore

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Nelson McCormick
Rating: 3.2 Audience: 13.49
The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate a serial killer who's drugging and murdering high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.

17 - Demonology

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 3.6 Audience: 14.07
The BAU investigates a series of deaths involving possible exorcisms in the Washington area that appear to be sanctioned by the Vatican. Prentiss finds herself becoming personally involved in the case when it appears her friend might have fallen victim to the rogue priest.

16 - Pleasure is My Business

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.98
The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate a serial killer who's drugging and murdering high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.

15 - Zoe's Reprise

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: Charles S. Carroll
Rating: 3.7 Audience: 14.96
The local authorities in Cleveland, Ohio enlist the help of the BAU to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer who appears to be copying the methods used by famous serial killers from the past such as the Son of Sam, Jack the Ripper and the BTK killer.

14 - Cold Comfort

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Anna Foerster
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 13.26
The mother of an abducted child works with the BAU in Olympia, Washington to identify a serial killer who kidnaps, murders, and embalms his victims to spend more time with them. However the mother also hires a psychic, which comes in trouble with Rossi's skepticism.

13 - Bloodline

Written By: Mark Linehan Bruner Directed By: Tim Matheson
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 13.86
The BAU is called to Alabama when young girls are abducted and their parents killed by what appears to be a family of Romani people, working together in what may be a ritual seemingly designed to acquire wives for growing sons and introduce new blood into the family.

12 - Soul Mates

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Rating: 3.3 Audience: 14.05
When black and white young women are being alternately killed in an affluent community in Sarasota, Florida, the BAU suspects this may be the work of a pair of serial killers working together.

11 - Normal

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Steve Boyum
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 15.01
The BAU is called to assist local law enforcement in catching a serial killer, dubbed the "Road Warrior" by the media, who is shooting blonde women as they drive along freeways in Orange County, California. The case is complicated because the heinous acts appear to be at random and the shooter is described as looking normal. Meanwhile, JJ brings her new baby boy, Henry, to the BAU headquarters to introduce him to the team.

10 - Brothers in Arms

Written By: Holly Harold Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.9 Audience: 14.71
As a former uniform cop, Morgan takes it personally when a serial killer specifically targets officers on the police force in Phoenix, Arizona.

09 - 52 Pickup

Written By: Breen Frazier Directed By: Bobby Roth
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 14.03
Agents Emily Prentiss and Jordan Todd go undercover in Atlanta to profile a serial killer who has perfected his skill as a pick-up artist and uses his masculine prowess to lure his next victims.

08 - Masterpiece

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Paul Michael Glaser
Rating: 4.3 Audience: 16.38
A narcissistic psychopath obsessed with the Fibonacci sequence shows up at a FBI recruitment talk given by Rossi and Reid and turns himself in, confessing he has killed seven people and more will die, but doesn't reveal where his latest victims are being held, so it's up to the team to locate his latest victims before it is too late.

07 - Memoriam (Part 2)

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Rating: 3.8 Audience: 14.80
As Reid investigates the cold case of young boy that was murdered in Las Vegas during his childhood, he discovers possible connections to his own past, including his own father. While the rest of the team head back to D.C., Rossi and Morgan stay in Las Vegas to help Reid solve the case once and for all. Meanwhile, JJ's baby is born.

06 - The Instincts (Part 1)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Rob Spera
Rating: 3.5 Audience: 14.29
When a young boy is kidnapped in Las Vegas by what appears to be a woman having a psychotic attack, Reid begins to have dreams that force him to recall long-forgotten memories from his childhood as he investigates the case.

05 - Catching Out

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: Charles Haid
Rating: 3.4 Audience: 13.80
The BAU investigates a series of murders in the Central Valley of California that appear to be connected to a killer who jumps trains and chooses his victims based on their proximity to the railway. Based on Ángel Maturino Reséndiz.

04 - Paradise

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Rating: 4.0 Audience: 14.72
The BAU joins the manhunt in Sherwood, Nevada, to catch a serial killer who tortures and kills couples inside hotel bedrooms and conceals the manner of his crimes by staging car accidents.

03 - Minimal Loss

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Rating: 4.2 Audience: 15.90
After Prentiss and Reid go undercover in Colorado to investigate alleged child abuse at the compound of an underground cult in La Plata County, they find themselves being held hostage when a federal raid on the fortress ends up going disastrously wrong. Based on the Waco Siege.

02 - The Angel Maker

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Rating: 3.87 Audience: 14.51
After a series of murders in Lower Canaan, Ohio, are found to be connected to a serial killer named the Angel Maker who had been executed a year ago, the BAU must stop the copycat before they finish the work of the original serial killer. Hotch struggles with his ear problem, a result of the explosion in the previous episode.

01 - Mayhem (Part 2)

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Rating: 4.2 Audience: 15.12
After a bomb explodes under a SUV in New York City that might be carrying a BAU member, the team goes into high gear to determine who might have been injured in the explosion and to apprehend the terrorists responsible for causing the carnage.
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20 - Lo-Fi (Part 1)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Audience: 13.15
The BAU faces one of its toughest cases when the team is called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as everyone gets into their separate cars and then one of the SUV's explodes. This episode also announces to the team that JJ is pregnant.

19 - Tabula Rasa

Written By: Jay Beattie & Don Dworkin Directed By: Steve Boyum
Audience: 12.88
After a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma, the BAU reopens the case but are surprised to learn that he has amnesia and doesn't remember the murders he had committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia. The team now must find a way to recover his memories so they can try him for his crimes.

18 - The Crossing

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 12.88
The team members try to identify a stalker before he can attack a woman in Silver Spring, Maryland. Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi are called as consultants on a possible battered woman syndrome murder case in Boston. JJ discovers that she is pregnant.

17 - In Heat

Written By: Andi Bushell Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Audience: 13.03
The BAU is called to Miami to investigate a serial killer who appears to have a confused sexual identity. Meanwhile, JJ reveals her relationship with Will to the team.

16 - Elephant's Memory

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Bobby Roth
Audience: 12.98
The BAU is called to West Bune, a small town in Texas, to investigate what appears to be spree killings that involve a teenaged boy and his girlfriend who were both victims of bullying. Reid empathizes with them, causing friction with Hotch when he risks his life to try to talk the boy down. 

15 - A Higher Power

Written By: Michael Udesky Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 13.33
The BAU is called to Pittsburgh after an unusually high suicide rate appears to be the work of an angel of death. 

14 - Damaged

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Audience: 12.81
Rossi goes to Indianapolis to continue his investigation into the two unsolved murders that have plagued him for 20 years, and he is joined by Prentiss, JJ, and Morgan when they learn about the case. Meanwhile, Hotchner and Reid interview a death row inmate in a Connecticut prison, but the interview doesn't go as they expected when the prisoner reveals his motive for calling them. Based on Robert Ressler's third interview with Edmund Kemper.

13 - Limelight

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Audience:  
After the contents of a self-storage unit purchased at an auction take the BAU to Philadelphia to investigate a series of murders, the ambitious local agent becomes the center of the case. To catch the killer, the team must profile the items inside the unit. 

12 - 3rd Life

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Anthony Hemingway
Audience: 14.30
When one teenager is found murdered and her best friend is abducted in Chula Vista, California, the BAU must profile the killer and find him before he kills the other teen. The case takes a twist when it is revealed that the girl still missing is in the witness protection program and her disappearance may be related to a crime her father witnessed.

11 - Birthright

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Audience: 14.18
The new sheriff of Fredericksburg, Virginia, requests the BAU's assistance in the investigation of a series of mutilation murders that appear to mimic similar crimes that had occurred over two decades earlier. To identify the person responsible for the new killings the team must interview the only surviving victim of the original killer.

10 - True Night

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Audience: 16.23
The BAU and local authorities in Los Angeles investigate a series of brutal serial killings of gang members that appear to involve a famous comic book artist who is suffering a psychotic break.

09 - Penelope (Part 2)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 15.88
As Garcia fights for her life in the aftermath of her shooting, the BAU rally around her and also begin searching for her attacker which leads them to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation. 

08 - Lucky (Part 1)

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Steve Boyum
Audience: 15.73
The BAU pursues a cannibalistic Satanist serial killer in Bridgewater, Florida, that leads Morgan to a crisis in his faith. Garcia believes she has met her dream man, but her first date with him doesn't go exactly as she had expected when in a surprise twist, she ends up being shot by her date and is left for dead. 

07 - Identity

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Audience: 14.65
The BAU is called to Montana to investigate the case of three kidnapped and murdered women. When another woman disappears, the search leads to a man who has apparently assumed the identity of his partner who had committed suicide earlier. Based on Lake and Ng.

06 - About Face

Written By: Charles Murray Directed By: Skipp Sudduth
Audience: 14.94
During Halloween the BAU travels to Dallas to assist in the search for a serial killer who scares his victims with "missing" flyers that display the soon-to-be victims' photos and kills them by taking off their faces. Meanwhile, a retired agent returns to the BAU to find it a very different place than it was when he left it. First appearance of Joe Mantegna as David Rossi.

05 -

Written By: Andi Bushell Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Audience: 15.05
The BAU and local authorities race against time to locate a young girl, six year old Katie Jacobs, who has disappeared from the Potomac Mills shopping mall in Woodbridge, Virginia and may have been kidnapped by a serial killer, but as the time passes the investigation turns to the family of the girl.

04 - Children of the Dark

Written By: Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 15.03
When home invasions involve the murder of entire families, the BAU is called to Denver to identify the killers who might have been abused while in foster care.

03 - Scared to Death

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 14.55
The BAU travels to Oregon to assist local authorities in investigating the disappearances of people who are new to Portland and have no strong social ties in the city. All the clues lead to a psychiatrist who is using his patients's worst fears in the most dangerous way possible: by killing them. Meanwhile, the BAU team is still struggling to come to terms with Gideon's departure, especially Reid.

02 - In Name and Blood (In Birth and Death)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Chris Mundy
Audience: 14.56
With Gideon missing, and Hotch and Prentiss off the team, Prentiss having resigned and Hotch seeking a transfer, Morgan, Reid and JJ investigate one of its most difficult cases yet as they track a serial killer in Milwaukee who's abducting women in public places by using his son as bait. Hotch comes home from the case to find Haley and Jack gone, while Reid arrives at Gideon's cabin in search of Gideon but finds a letter along with Gideon's weapon and badge. The episode ends with Gideon driving off into the sunset, hoping to regain some kind of belief in happy endings.

01 - Doubt

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Gloria Muzio
Audience: 12.66
After being left grief-stricken by the death of his girfriend, Sarah Jacobs at the hands of his sworn enemy, Frank, Gideon, seeking peace of mind retreats to a winter cabin and begins writing a letter to someone while flashbacks show the team investigating a serial killer who is targeting brunette women at a small college in Flagstaff, Arizona. The BAU shuts down the campus, creates a detailed profile of the unsub, and arrests a suspect. However, the team members begin to have doubts about themselves when another woman is killed while the suspect is in custody which raises the possibility of a copycat being around the college campus. The episode ends with both UnSubs dying, Hotch getting a two-week suspension for his actions from Erin Strauss and Gideon's unseen departure from the BAU for good, leaving the team in shambles.
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23 - No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Audience: 13.21
When the prolific and psychopathic serial killer Frank last seen in "No Way Out", returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend and old school friend, Sarah Jacobs in his own apartment, Gideon's own life is torn apart and he starts his own investigation before disappearing altogether. The BAU is forced to circumvent the local authorities to help Gideon find Frank, as a conflict of interest means that there's no way they're going to be asked for help on the case. Meanwhile, Strauss asks someone to give her inside information on Hotch and the way he runs the team. It's soon revealed that the mole she's chosen is none other than the BAU's newest recruit, Emily Prentiss.

22 - Legacy

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Audience: 12.92
When homeless people begin mysteriously disappearing from the streets in Kansas City, a local detective who believes that something sinister is afoot calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances and from the evidence gathered, the BAU determine that the detective is right in his worries and they also believe that the UnSub is someone who is "cleaning house" which means fixing what he believes is wrong with the world and the homeless people he regularly snatches off the street are his victims. 

21 - Open Season

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 13.28
The BAU is called to investigate after the bodies of missing people are discovered in a remote region of the Idaho wilderness. The gruesome find also leads the team to determine the two unsubs who happen to be brothers are possibly capturing their victims before releasing them into the wild and then proceeding to go hunting with human beings as the target. Based on Robert Hansen.

20 - Honor Among Thieves

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Jesús Salvador Treviño
Audience: 12.80
Elizabeth Prentiss, a foreign ambassador and SSA Emily Prentiss's mother, seeks the aid of the BAU when a Russian immigrant is kidnapped and held for ransom. While the rest of the team are at the BAU HQ, Gideon, Reid and Morgan fly to Baltimore to meet up with Agent Josh Cramer who returns to help them with the case.

19 -

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: John E. Gallagher
Audience: 15.19
A serial arsonist who targets the homes of upper middle class families in South San Francisco as they sleep is investigated. The BAU determines the arson victims are linked together through corporate development companies that have been accused of building on contaminated land. 

18 - Jones

Written By: Andi Bushell Directed By: Steve Shill
Audience: 14.50
A case involving a serial killer believed to be copying Jack the Ripper takes Gideon to New Orleans after three victims are found with their throats cut. Once thought to have been killed in Hurricane Katrina, the discovery of a fourth victim in the French Quarter confirms the murderer is still alive. All the evidence and files had been lost in the flood, so the only clue the team has is the word "Jones" that the lead detective wrote on the wall just before he drowned. Meanwhile, Reid meets up with an old rival as he continues to struggle with the aftermath of being held hostage.

17 - Distress

Written By: Oanh Ly Directed By: John F. Showalter
Audience: 13.70
The BAU travels to Houston to investigate a series of murders that have occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings. Because the murders appear to be random, the team believes the killer could be a homeless person. Meanwhile, everyone is noticing an apparent change in Reid's behavior.

16 - Fear and Loathing

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Rob Spera
Audience: 15.16
The BAU becomes involved to prevent a possible race riot when the murder of four black teenage girls in a mostly white New York suburb appear to be hate crimes. Reid struggles with his drug addiction and also begins having flashbacks of being kidnapped and tortured by Tobias Hankel in the previous two episodes.

15 - Revelations (Part 2)

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 16.27
The BAU realizes Reid is being held captive when the unsub, Tobias Hankel (James Van Der Beek) who's suffering from multiple personality disorder begins sending live videos of him being tortured to the team while Garcia, having been drifted out into the field begins working at Hankel's computers in hopes of uncovering any possible clues as to Reid's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness. He is drugged for two days before he is able to rescue himself and becomes addicted to Dilaudid as a result.

14 - The Big Game (Part 1)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Gloria Muzio
Audience: 26.31
The BAU are called to investigate after a wealthy couple is murdered in their home following a Super Bowl party. The team pursues what they believe might be multiple killers who use webcams to record murders and upload the tapes on the internet. Hotchner, Morgan and Prentiss soon discover the unsub is actually one man with multiple personalities. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as JJ finds herself trapped in a barn with bloodthirsty dogs who have already killed one woman and Reid is left alone in a cornfield, trying to reason with Hankel before he is eventually knocked unconscious and kidnapped.

13 - No Way Out

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: John E. Ghallagher
Audience: 12.99
Gideon is pitted against Frank, the scariest and most evil murderer in his entire career and who has been killing for thirty years. When Gideon and Morgan confront the sadistic killer in a remote diner in the Nevada desert, the local authorities want to move quickly and make an arrest. But Gideon bides his time as he attempts to persuade the man, who has sworn not to be captured, to reveal the whereabouts of a woman he's holding hostage and the stakes are soon raised even higher when Frank reveals that he has also taken several young children prisoner as well.

12 - Profiler, Profiled

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Glenn Kershaw
Audience: 16.06
Morgan is arrested as a serial killer after he goes home to Chicago to visit his family. Because the detective making the arrest had used a profile provided by Gideon, the team travels to Chicago to help the local authorities find the real killer and exonerate Morgan who they believe is being framed for the crimes despite the local detective insisting that Morgan's responsible.

11 - Sex, Birth, Death

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Audience: 17.92
The BAU is called to investigate a series of murders of prostitutes in Washington D.C. and Reid suspects a teenager he met asking for his help is guilty of the crimes. The case becomes complicated when a congresswoman, who about to make a speech to praise the city's lower crime rate, threatens to take away the case if Hotchner calls a press conference to discuss it.

10 - Lessons Learned

Written By: Jim Clemente Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 16.56
Gideon, Reid and Prentiss travel to Guantanamo Bay to interrogate the leader of a terror sleeper cell being detained there after a chemical weapons dispersal device is discovered during a raid at a suspicious house. Working with Reid, Emily's fluency in Arabic proves to be useful as they scrutinize the suspect while Gideon interrogates him. The man keeps giving Gideon cryptic hints on where his next target is and with millions of lives at stake the team must decipher them before time runs out.

09 - The Last Word

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Gloria Muzio
Audience: 16.48
The daughter of high-powered diplomats, Special Agent Emily Prentiss joins the team, and she must convince Gideon and Hotchner she deserves the job based on merit and not on her family connections. The BAU is then called to St. Louis to investigate two serial killers who appear to be competing with each other. By setting a trap based on one killer's profile, the team creates a media event by which to capture the second killer.

08 -

Written By: Ed Napier Directed By: Elodie Keene
Audience: 17.57
The BAU travels to Seattle to identify and catch a serial bomber who has been terrorizing the city and targeting centers of automated techology. Working with the author of the science fiction novel of the same name that has become a guide for the bomber, the team attempts to determine why certain sites have been chosen as targets. Loosely based on the Unabomber.

07 - North Mammon

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Matt Earl Beesley
Audience: 16.97
After a man kidnaps three teenaged girls and locks them in a cellar, he tells them only two of them will live and they must choose which one will die. The BAU takes the case when the mother of one of the girls travels to Quantico to ask JJ to intercede with the FBI on the girls' behalf. 

06 - The Boogeyman

Written By: Andi Bushell Directed By: Steve Boyum
Audience: 16.77
The BAU travels to Ozona, Texas to investigate the murders of children. Meanwhile, Elle is having readjustment issues after being shot and Hotch becomes worried about her when she misses a mandatory psych evaluation and isn't answering her cell phone. In the end, she hands in her gun and ID badge before resigning from the BAU for good. Final appearance of Lola Glaudini as Elle Greenaway.

05 - The Aftermath

Written By:

Chris Mundy

Directed By: Tim Matheson
Audience: 16.20
The BAU investigates a serial rapist who had been attacking young women at religious schools in Dayton and stopped for six weeks. He has resumed his attacks, but is now targeting a different demographic of women. Elle is to go undercover posing as a victim-to-be, but finds and stops the suspect before the operation is accomplished. After the suspect, who is revealed to be the rapist, is released due to lack of evidence, Elle, enraged over his actions, confronts him and eventually ends up shooting him dead in cold blood although she seemingly claims self-defense for her actions. 

04 - Psychodrama

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 16.73
The BAU is called to investigate a series of bank robberies in Los Angeles after it becomes evident the crimes are not based on money because the robber abuses his victims by forcing them to undress before he leaves the crime scene.

03 - The Perfect Storm

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 15.19
The BAU has reason to believe a series of murders might have been committed by two people working together as a team after the victims' families receive DVDs after each crime that includes psychological attacks. 

02 - P911

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Adam Davidson
Audience: 16.54
A young boy who had disappeared a year ago turns up for sale by a child pornographer on an online auction. A former profiler who now heads the FBI's Innocent Images Unit asks Gideon and the BAU to help her save the boy's life before it's too late.

01 - The Fisher King (Part 2)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Gloria Muzio
Audience: 15.65
The team continues to decipher the clues given to each of them by a psychopath in order to save his most recent victim. Gideon decides not to focus on the personal aspects of the case. Rather, he tells the team to profile the killer as they would in any other BAU investigation. Reid stays behind to work on a personal connection that could solve the case, while Elle finds herself fighting for her life after being ambushed and shot in her home. 
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22 - The Fisher King (Part 1)

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Edward Allen Bernero
Audience: 12.67
While on their separate vacations, each member of the BAU receives a clue from a psychotic killer obsessed with Arthurian legend who challenges them to save his next victim. The episode ends in a cliffhanger where Elle, exhuasted from the day's events is confronted in her home and shot by the enraged UnSub because the team broke the one precious rule of the game: no outside help allowed.

21 - Secrets and Lies

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Matt Earl Beesley
Audience: 12.17
The BAU works with the CIA to identify a mole within that organization whose leaks are putting operatives at risk.

20 - Charm and Harm

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 13.53
The BAU works to capture a serial killer in Florida whose identity is known to police, but who has evaded capture by altering his appearance, enabling him to pick up more random victims before torturing and drowning them in the privacy of hotel rooms. 

19 - Machismo

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 11.76
The BAU travels to Mexico to aid in the capture of a serial killer who has targeted elderly women. They encounter skepticism from local law enforcement, however, who believe that the American profiling tools cannot account for the machismo of Mexican culture. Based on Juana Barraza.

18 - Somebody's Watching

Written By: Ed Napier Directed By: Paul Shapiro
Audience: 12.54
While in Hollywood with Gideon to teach a profiling seminar to the local police department in Los Angeles, Spencer finds himself in danger when he falls for a starlet named Lila Archer whose stalker has turned into a killer by shooting all those who they deem to be a threat to Lila.

17 - A Real Rain

Written By: Chris Mundy Directed By: Gloria Muzio
Audience: 13.03
The BAU travels to New York City to investigate a series of murders that appear to have been committed by a vigilante who's exacting revenge on criminals who have been released by the justice system. And the team aren't helped by the fact that the local press is praising the UnSub, calling them someone committing "street justice".

16 - The Tribe

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Matt Earl Beesley
Audience: 15.27
When college students in New Mexico are found tortured and murdered in an unoccupied house, the BAU suspects a group of killers with a knowledge of Native American rituals is responsible. Based on the Manson family murders.

15 - Unfinished Business

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: J. Miller Tobin
Audience: 11.72
A serial killer in Philadelphia reappears after 18 years of silence and contacts the BAU through Gideon's retired mentor, who had made his life's work tracking the killer, with the promise he will kill another victim in the next five days. Based on BTK.

14 - Riding the Lightning

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Chris Long
Audience: 14.36
After interviewing a married couple sitting on death row for serial murders in Florida, including the murder of their son, Gideon suspects the woman is actually innocent and that her son may actually be alive. Since she's set to be executed in two days, it's a race against time to prove it. 

13 - Poison

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Thomas J. Wright
Audience: 14.65
The team travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned, one fatally, with LSD 10-20 times more potent than the street version but they soon suspect that the victims were only a test group and that the UnSub is planning something much bigger.

12 - What Fresh Hell

Written By: Judith McCreary Directed By: Adam Davidson
Audience: 14.10
When a young girl is abducted in broad daylight from a playground in a seemingly safe neighborhood in Delaware, the BAU initially believes her father is responsible. When he is able to provide an alibi, the team are forced to look for clues near where the girl lives to determine who is really responsible.

11 - Blood Hungry

Written By: Ed Napier Directed By: Charles Haid
Audience: 15.92
While Gideon is sidelined on crutches at FBI headquarters, Hotchner and the BAU go to Tennessee in an attempt to get inside the mind of a psychotic killer whose disorganized and erratic fantasies have led him to cannibalism. Based on Richard Trenton Chase.

10 - The Popular Kids

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Andy Wolk
Audience: 15.23
The BAU travels to McAllister, Virginia to investigate the murder of two small-town high school students who may have been victims of a Satanic cult killing. Based on the crime scene evidence, the team begins to believe it is possible that someone other than a cult member may be responsible for the killings.

09 - Derailed

Written By: Jeff Davis Directed By: Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Audience: 15.56
Elle, along with four civilians, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government are monitoring him through a microchip in his arm. Reid and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage. Based on Ralph Tortorici.

08 - Natural Born Killer

Written By: Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher Directed By: Peter Ellis
Audience: 14.36
When an undercover cop involved in a mob investigation in Baltimore, Maryland goes missing, the BAU believes a serial killer rather than the mob has something to do with his disappearance. The probe leads to several unsolved missing persons cases. Based on Richard Kuklinski.

07 - The Fox

Written By: Simon Mirren Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 15.09
The BAU profiles a serial killer in Alexandria, Virginia who takes families hostage and spends time with them acting as a father figure during what is supposed to be their family vacations. Events of this episode continue in episode 8 of season 5.

06 - L.D.S.K.

Written By: Andrew Wilder Directed By: Ernest Dickerson
Audience: 16.22
The BAU is asked to identify a long distance serial killer, or a sniper, who is shooting at victims in broad daylight in Des Plaines, Illinois, and the team works with local law enforcement officers to recreate one of the shootings. Meanwhile Reid fails his gun qualification and is forced to work without a gun which becomes a problem when he and Hotch are taken hostage by the UnSub.

05 - Broken Mirror

Written By: Judith McCreary Directed By: Guy Norman Bee
Audience: 12.79
The BAU investigates the kidnapping of a U.S. District Attorney's daughter from New Haven, Connecticut and determines the kidnapper isn't seeking money - he's after her twin sister as well. The case becomes complicated because the kidnapper is always one step ahead of them and may actually be infiltrated into the investigation.

04 - Plain Sight

Written By: Edward Allen Bernero Directed By: Matt Earl Beesley
Audience: 13.76
The BAU travels to San Diego to help stop a serial rapist and murderer called the "Tommy Killer" by the local media because he glues his victim's eyes wide open after raping and murdering them. The suspect appears to have blended into the neighborhood so well that the local authorities have been unable to capture him so far. Meanwhile, Reid celebrates his birthday.

03 - Won't Get Fooled Again

Written By: Aaron Zelman Directed By: Kevin Bray
Audience: 11.98
Gideon and the BAU track down a copycat bomber who has been terrorizing Palm Beach, Florida. They determine the bomber is mimicking Gideon's nemesis, Adrian Bale (Tim Kelleher), the man responsible for murdering Gideon's team in Boston several years earlier. When a hostage appears with a bomb around his neck, Gideon must swallow his pride and ask Bale for help in disarming the bomb after the copycat bomber blows himself up when Hotch and Elle attempt to arrest him. Based on Mark Hofmann.

02 - Compulsion

Written By: Jeff Davis Directed By: Charles Haid
Audience: 10.57
The team of investigators tries to capture a serial arsonist who has been terrorizing a college campus in Tempe, Arizona. Most of the evidence from the fires had been burned beyond recognition, so Gideon and the BAU must rely on psychological analysis to identify the firestarter.

01 - Extreme Aggressor

Written By: Jeff Davis Directed By: Richard Shepard
Audience: 19.57
When a fifth woman goes missing in Seattle in a period of four months, the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is brought in to track down the serial killer. They arrest a suspect, but after seeing that the profile doesn't match, they quickly realize that he has a partner who they must locate before he kills again.
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