The BAU are called to Louisiana to get information from an autistic boy who has witnessed his parents' abduction. Meanwhile, Prentiss calls in two old colleagues to track down Ian Doyle.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... David Rossi
... Emily Prentiss
... Derek Morgan
... Dr. Spencer Reid
... Penelope Garcia
... Ashley Seaver
... Aaron Hotchner
... Ian Doyle
... Clyde Easter
... Tsia Mosely
... Bill Thomas
... Alison Sparks
... Lizzie Sparks
... Miss Rogers
... Sammy Sparks


The BAU travel to Lafayette Parish, Louisiana to work on the case of Sammy Sparks, a ten year old autistic boy who is seen splattered with blood. His parents, Alison and Charlie Sparks, are missing. At the Sparks home, the BAU find evidence that Charlie was shot and has a serious wound. The Sparks recently were issued a large loan to be able to keep their music store, their long time family business, open. As Lafayette Parish is in an area hit hard by the oil spill, anyone who gets a loan is considered to have won the lottery. The BAU therefore believe the Sparks were targeted for the money, and that the unsub knew the family and knew that Sammy would not be able to identify him. They try to decipher Sammy's drawings and his music and piece it to the strict routine by which all the Sparks lived to find the unsub. Meanwhile, two of Prentiss' Interpol colleagues, Tsia Mosely and Clyde Easter, try to track Ian Doyle's movements, while Prentiss considers asking her BAU colleagues for help... Written by Huggo

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23 February 2011 (USA)  »

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This episode marks the first time a non-cast member says the bookend quote, in this case being said by criminal Ian Doyle. See more »


When the boy goes to the door, Reid goes after him and goes through the door. But then Rossi calls Hotch, Reid is seen going through the same door again. See more »


Aaron Hotchner: Sammy's autistic. So getting him to tell us what happened is going to be difficult.
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References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »


Written by Road Hawgs
Performed by Skyler Brigmann
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Review of episode "Coda"
25 February 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode of Criminal Minds was great! "Coda" was amazing! As a piano teacher, I'm always telling students that music does have math as well as reading and history in it and Reid proved me right!! Even though "Sammy" was autistic, glad they used music as a way to help solve his case. Unlike what many people may think or believe, music can be a way of communication too. Downer to this season is new character, Seaver, she's not very bright and will most likely gonna kill the show or get kicked off. "Is Sammy the unknown suspect" How dumb can she be?! He's autistic!!! BRING JJ BACK!! Somebody please help Garcia dress better! NOBODY in ANY office of ANY line of work should or is allow to dress like that! I don't know how she has made it so long. Dying to know the song that Sammy and Reid were playing. Hope they air it again soon or at least post the name of the song.

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