Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Mixed Signals 

The BAU is called to Taos, N.M. to investigate an UnSub who is targeting his victims' temporal lobes.


Alec Smight


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Meredith | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid (credit only)
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Billy Lush ... Caleb Sands
Alexis Carra ... Chief Karen Carlsen
Kelly Albanese ... Dee Montoya
Jeff Marlow ... Terry Rossett
Richard Wharton ... M.E. Darryl Sutton
David Villar ... Michael Uqalla
Karina Noelle Castillo ... Stacy Uqalla (as Karina Noelle)


The unit heads to Taos, New Mexico where in the span of a week two people were killed, each victim - a male teacher and female clinic physician - with a hole drilled into the exact same spot on the left side of their head. The M.E. is able to determine that the drilling took place pre-mortem and was the cause of death. By the time the unit arrives in Taos, a third victim, a male construction worker, is discovered. One lead is that the physician, Stacy Uqalla, was on the phone with her husband, Michael Uqalla, at the time of her murder, he being able to hear the unsub looking/asking for some specific unnamed item. The unit members discover that all three victims had money issues, and leading out of a subsequent attack and from the nature of the drill holes believe that the attacks have some auditory component to them, with the unsub possibly suffering from humming in the ears, such phenomena which was first attributed within the general population to the Taos area in the early 1990s. ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

18 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Mixed Signals See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Stephanie Nogueras, who plays deaf library worker Alma, is actually deaf in real life. See more »


When Prentiss and Tara arrive at the Taos PD and meet Chief Sorensen, Emily mispronounces Tara's name, calling her "Tare-uh" instead of "Tar-uh". See more »


Penelope Garcia: [picking up here phone] Talk to me with your face, Tara Lewis
Dr. Tara Lewis: Garcia, we need you to do some more digging
Penelope Garcia: I was born with a shuffle in my hand. No, a backhoe!
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No Spencer = 1/10 rating
17 July 2018 | by MissE7See all my reviews

I used to be such a big fan of Criminal Minds and although I still watch it, it's not the same. Sure, that's what happens when you introduce new characters. I don't mind the new ones that much, but it feels like they're trying to overcompensate for the characters who have left the series.

First Derek leaves, which was very sad, but clearly Shemar Moore wanted a bit of a change in his career. But when Hotchner left, the show's rankings already dropped in my books to an average of 5 to 6 out of 10. Then they brought Prentiss back who, somewhere along the line, lost her sense of humour and became more of a Hotchner wannabe. But now Spencer, my favourite character, is only in an episode every now and again. Consequently, whenever Spencer is not in an episode, I give it a 1 out of 10 rating.

If Spencer leaves, I'll be leaving too.

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