Criminal Minds (2005– )
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A Shade of Gray 

An AMBER alert is activated for a young boy in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and the BAU suspect it to be the work of a pedophile who has abducted and killed two other boys.


Karen Gaviola


Jeff Davis (created by), Debra J. Fisher | 2 more credits »

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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
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Spencer Garrett ... Capt. Lancaster
John Allen Nelson ... Dan Murphy
John Billingsley ... Hugh Rollins
Gretchen Egolf ... Sarah Murphy
Kendall Ryan Sanders ... Danny Murphy
Caroline Bielskis ... Mrs. Seager
Mark Arnold ... Mr. Seager
Robbie Tucker ... Kyle Murphy


Kyle Murphy is third in the string of boys abducted from their homes in Camden County, the first two ultimately found dead in the woods. For Captain Bill Lancaster, the chief police investigator working on the string of abductions, Kyle's disappearance adds poignancy to the case as he is friends with the Murphys, Kyle who called him "Uncle". As the FBI begin to investigate, they notice that there are slight differences between Kyle's abduction and the other two. When the FBI finds the person who they believe is the unsub, they are still uncertain if he had anything to do with Kyle's disappearance. Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

22 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Shade of Gray See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Garcia is sent a list of names to research as potential suspects, one of the names on the list is "Nate Phlox". John Billingsley (Hugh Rollins) plays Dr. Phlox on Star Trek: Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). See more »


When Danny asks if he can watch cartoons, Prentiss turns the TV on. The sound that is heard is that of a cathode ray tube television (a relay clicking and a transformer, namely), even though the TV on the wall appears to be a flat panel TV. Even if it is a CRT, the picture should not be visible as quickly as it is when the camera cuts to the screen (when it is first turned on, pictures on a CRT display will take at least fifteen seconds to appear). See more »


Penelope Garcia: [Phone rings] Tell me something, sunshine
Jennifer Jareau: Eh, Garcia, I need your brain and your computer system
Penelope Garcia: They're one and the same
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Elegy in C Minor opus 24: Molto Adagio
Written by Anne Gastinel
Performed by Anne Gastinel
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13 February 2012 | by paikiaSee all my reviews

I've been watching a lot of crime-drama movies and TV shows, so I don't get shocked by them very often. Most of the times I think to myself something like "Hmm... K, nice episode" and I move on. But every once in a while comes an episode like this one, which leaves me thinking, unable to shake it for a while, like I do most episodes.

And the thing is, I feel that way *despite* successfully predicting who the UnSub was right from the start. There was no surprise for me there, but I still found myself shocked. I suppose it goes a long way to show how well produced this episode really was from every possible aspect - writing, directing, acting, editing, and last but not least - the music, which tends to be underrated, but in my opinion, is very important.

I love Criminal Minds, and this episode made me love it even more. Well done, guys, and thanks for a memorable episode!

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