Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A family consisting of two parents and their son break into a home, kill the parents and kidnap their daughter. As the investigation proceeds, the BAU team begin to suspect that what they're dealing with is bigger than they thought.


Tim Matheson


Jeff Davis (created by), Mark Bruner (as Mark Linehan Bruner) | 1 more credit »

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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 (credit only)
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Meta Golding ... Jordan Todd
Andrew Divoff ... Dad
Cynthia Gibb ... Kathy Gray
Brett Rice ... Det. Bates
Slade Pearce ... The Kid
Adair Tishler ... Cate Hale
John Bishop ... Jim Scheuren
Sierra McCormick ... Lynn Robillard


Ten year old Cate Hale is abducted from her rural Alabama home while her sleeping mother and stepfather are killed, their throats slashed. Although the BAU realize that time is of the essence since most abducted children do not survive past the first 24 hours, Cate is later released, physically unharmed. The BAU believe her release was due to the fact that she has epilepsy, which the unsub did not know of prior to her abduction. Cate recounts that her abductors were a family: a mother, father and son around her age. From Cate's stories of the abduction and later evidence found, the BAU piece together that the abduction and murders have a ritualistic nature to them. During the investigation, a second young girl in the area is abducted, her parents also killed in a similar manner. It isn't until Garcia does a search of past similar cases - abducted young girls with their parents killed - that the BAU begins to understand the full nature of this case and the rituals involved, in addition... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

21 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bloodline See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The father of the 1st abducted girl tells Hotch that he and Kate liked to go to the newly-built multiplex. "Multiplex" is a regional term that is not used in the South, particularly the deep South. As this episode takes place in Alabama, he would almost assuredly use the term "movie theater" instead. See more »


David Rossi: You're okay?
Agent Jordan Todd: Yeah, I just need to build a thicker skin
David Rossi: You don't need to anything you don't want to! You understand?
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Disturbing, suspenseful and emotional
11 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 4 is a strong contender for the best season of 'Criminal Minds'. One where the lesser episodes, such as "Demonology" and "Catching Out", are still better than the worst episodes of particularly Seasons 9 and 11, and where there are so many classic episodes that picking a favourite is like trying to say what your favourite ice cream flavour is.

"Bloodline" is not quite one of the season's best episodes in the way "The Big Wheel", "Zoe's Reprise", "Conflicted", "Minimal Loss", "The Instincts" and "Memoriam", but it's close. It has been criticised strongly for its stereotypical and negative portrayal of Romanis, and for understandable reasons, it is far from an accurate and flatting portrayal and some may even find it demeaning. However, "Bloodline" shouldn't be dismissed solely because of it, as it has a lot of things that makes it an impressive episode.

Other than the above criticism, my only other complaint for "Bloodline" is the rather bland character of Todd, and Meta Golding both overdoes it as the character and doesn't bring much distinctive personality.

However, the episode does look great as usual, being made with the usual stylishness, class, grit and atmosphere. The music is suitably haunting and moody, the direction keeps the momentum taut but allows breathing space and the pacing is taut and never rushed or dull.

Scripting is thought-provoking and maintains interest throughout, while the team's family-like bond is adorable. The story is an extremely compelling one, often disturbing in the sinister portrayal of the family, very suspenseful in the race against time and its numerous surprising twists and turns and with a lot of poignancy, the final moments are emotional. Love the role of Prentiss, such as her sympathetic bond with Cate and the firm and sympathetic leadership of Hotch.

Acting is strong as it typically is, Thomas Gibson and Paget Brewster particularly so, Adair Tishler is touching as Cate and the family are a sinister and sick lot especially the truly abhorrent father. Cynthia Gibb is excellent especially in the latter half.

In conclusion, very good episode and almost one of the best of the season. Can understand the controversy and the criticisms, but there are so many well done elements in "Bloodline" that it would be a shame to dismiss it entirely just for one thing no matter how major it is. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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