Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The Wheels on the Bus... 

The team searches for a missing school bus filled with students in Washington, DC.


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Jeff Davis (created by), Kimberly A. Harrison (as Kimberly Ann Harrison) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
David Gallagher ... Matt Moore
Andrew James Allen ... Josh Moore
Devon Werkheiser ... Billy Walton
Brittany Curran ... Addyson Jones
Reginald C. Hayes ... Detective Wiliam Richards (as Reggie Hayes)
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Sean Parker
Cole Bernstein ... Wendy Campbell


In the Washington DC area, a school bus transporting twenty-four high school students home after school is commandeered. The GPS on the bus is disabled, meaning that the bus disappears without a trace along with all its passengers, which not only includes the students, but also the driver, Roy Webster, and the bus monitor, Carol Roberts. Cell phone calls to the students are unanswered. The bus and the cell phones are eventually found, but the twenty-six are nowhere to be found. Initially the BAU believes the abduction has something to do with a previous altercation between Webster and the students, which resulted in the need for the bus monitor. However as the BAU gathers evidence on the case, Rossi notices that much of that evidence is remarkably similar to a video game called Gods of Combat, pointing to the suspicion that the unsubs are extreme gamers who are turning their love of the game into reality. So the team delves into the psyche of gamers and the codes by which they live in... Written by Huggo

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The character of Sean Parker (Robert Bailey Jr) is wearing a green and white diamond shirt with a medallion icon in the center chest. The shirt is of the Power Rangers, a show also regarding various teenagers being taken away from their normal lives to do battle against others. See more »


There's no way ELF could carry high-quality audio data, analog or digital, let alone video data. It would sound like a cell phone at best. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: [opening, voiceover] French novelist Jean Giraudoux said, "I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life."
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13 April 2020 | by mounabenjazia97See all my reviews

These kids were the worst. can they be any less horrible at acting. this is one of the most underwhelming episodes i'v ever watched

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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