Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The team travel to Boise,Idaho where a serial killer is murdering the survivors of a high school massacre that took place exactly ten years earlier.


Larry Teng


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Eric Jungmann ... Bob Adams
Julia Campbell ... Martha Slade
Aaron Hill ... Jerry Holtz
Joe Reegan ... Lewis Ramsey
Cade Owens ... Jack Hotchner
Kerry Barker ... Tiffany Gleason
Stacie Greenwell ... Ms. McKee
Michael Grant ... Brandon Slade


Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student Randy Slade killed thirteen of his classmates in a lunch hour shooting and cell phone detonated bombing in the school's cafeteria. He himself was also killed. As several of the survivors return to Boise to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the massacre, a copycat killer seems to be on the loose. The local authorities and media believe that Randy's then seven year old brother, sweet but impressionable Brandon Slade, now a student at North Valley himself, may be involved, which Hotch and Rossi, based on what they knew of Brandon ten years ago, don't believe. What the BAU glean early in this updated investigation is that Randy did have a hit list of people he wanted to kill, and that the latest victims are on that hit list. The list itself is comprised of popular students and students on the ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

12 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Reid's voiceover: "You may leave school but it never leaves you- Andy Partridge". That is the last line of the XTC song "Playground" which is the first song from their "Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)" album, released on May 23, 2000. See more »


In an early scene, Morgan pranks Reid by identifying himself as "Dr. Spencer Reid" to the press and gives them Reid's phone number, beginning with a 702 area code. This is the area code for Nevada/Las Vegas. As the BAU is based in Northern Virginia/Quantico, the team's FBI-issued phones should be assigned numbers with the prefix 703. See more »


Bob Adams: Is it that hard for you people to tell the truth about me?
Bob Adams: To notice me? Like you. Do you even know my name?
Tiffany Gleason: Ralph?
Bob Adams: [shots a gun] Guess again.
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References Heathers (1988) See more »


City Boy
Written by A.M. and Shawn Lee
Performed by A.M. (as AM & Shawn Lee) and Shawn Lee (as AM & Shawn Lee)
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Team love
29 December 2015 | by LoveIsAStateOfMindSee all my reviews

When Prentiss was in Paris she played loads of online games of scrabble with JJ. That is just <3 <3 <3 <3 <3. And the whole 'Cheeto breath' thing. Hee. I think that might be one of my favourite bits of Criminal Minds canon. I loved that JJ was there to help Prentiss through the tough times.

Reid's practical joke on Morgan was hilarious!!!!! I wonder if this is a storyline that will continue, maybe not have every episode full of Morgan/Reid practical jokes but one or two dotted throughout the season.

Jack = cutest kid ever. Jack/Hotch = cutest thing ever. And this is coming from someone who doesn't like children. Jack is just <3 <3 <3 <3. More Hotch/Jack scenes please! The case wasn't wow-worthy but it was interesting. Is it too early to say that the case writing as well as team moments are getting better this season? Also, it was nice to see Beaver from Greek on TV again!

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