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Mosley Lane 

The BAU profiles a child abductor who may have been keeping children for more than eight years.


Jeff Davis (created by), Simon Mirren | 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
Bud Cort ... Roger Roycewood
Ann Cusack ... Sarah Hillridge
Beth Grant ... Anita Weld Roycewood
Toby Huss ... Frank Lynch
Evan Peters ... Charlie Hillridge
Cameron Protzman ... Aimee Lynch
Brooke Smith ... Barbara Lynch
Debra Sullivan ... Mrs. Shepherd


The BAU's latest case brings a face familiar to J.J. into their office. The familiar face is that of Sarah Hillridge, whose son Charlie was abducted eight years ago when he was eight. Sarah, who believes Charlie is still alive, comes to see J.J. anytime the BAU work on a child abduction case, the latest abducted child being eight year old Aimee Lynch. However J.J. cannot deny that Aimee's abduction bears a striking similarity to Charlie's: the abductions took place in northeast Virginia, the parents were distracted from their own child upon hearing another mother yelling for her own missing child, and the children were abducted in an extremely public location. Upon further investigation, Garcia discovers twelve children in total, all abducted within Virginia in the last ten years, all around the same age, none of the bodies ever found. The BAU come up with a profile of unsubs who could easily keep a lot of children without seeming unusual, and what agencies would have contact with ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

3 March 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sarah lists off the names and abduction details of the kids she's researched, she mentions that one of them is abducted from Rock Creek Park, which is a location of the eponymous season 10 episode "Rock Creek Park." See more »


The initial scenes are at a winter festival in Virginia, but all the trees still had foliage. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [Typing on her computer] I don't think I'm gonna find anything and I am rarely wrong, so...
[a result pops up]
Penelope Garcia: I'm wrong!
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The directorial debut of Matthew Gray Gubler
15 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

When good or at its best, 'Criminal Minds' is one of my favourites. "Mosley Lane" is one of Season 5's best episode, and left a real impression on me, even when only seeing it once or twice it is difficult to forget it.

The procedural re-enactment of the crime scene is clumsily inserted and done and doesn't really add very much. More of a problem is that the episode could have provided a reason for why the unsubs were committing their crimes, that was never made clear.

However, Matthew Gray Gubler in his 'Criminal Minds' directorial debut does fantastically well, "Mosley Lane" is one of his most talked about and acclaimed of his directed 'Criminal Minds' episodes and it is not hard at all to see why, providing a genuine tightness, creepy atmosphere, suspenseful tension and truly raw and often heart-rending emotion.

Scenes with the unsubs are chilling, enhanced by the creepy setting and particularly the quite terrifying performance of Beth Grant, the profiling and procedural aspects are very intelligently done and the ending is bittersweet, harrowing and heart-breaking, one of the most powerful endings of the show easily with the moment with the parents of the latest victim finding out that their son could have saved if found a day earlier being one of the show's most emotional.

Writing is taut and thought-provoking, visually the episode is one of the most atmospheric and striking and as ever the music is haunting and melancholic while never intrusive or distractingly over-bearing. The acting is very good from all the regulars and the unsubs particularly Anita are third only to George Foyet and Billy Flynn as Season 5's most frightening unsubs. The parents are very movingly portrayed, especially David Youse and Debra Sullivan, and Brooke Smith and Ann Cusack really add to the urgency and emotional power of the story.

Overall, a more than promising director's job from Gubler and a truly powerful episode that stays with you for a long time. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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