Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The team travel to Boise,Idaho where a serial killer is murdering the survivors of a high school massacre that took place exactly ten years earlier.


Larry Teng


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 2 more credits »




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
Eric Jungmann ... Bob Adams
Julia Campbell ... Martha Slade
Aaron Hill ... Jerry Holtz
Joe Reegan ... Lewis Ramsey
Cade Owens ... Jack Hotchner
Kerry Barker ... Tiffany Gleason
Stacie Greenwell ... Ms. McKee
Michael Grant ... Brandon Slade


Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student Randy Slade killed thirteen of his classmates in a lunch hour shooting and cell phone detonated bombing in the school's cafeteria. He himself was also killed. As several of the survivors return to Boise to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the massacre, a copycat killer seems to be on the loose. The local authorities and media believe that Randy's then seven year old brother, sweet but impressionable Brandon Slade, now a student at North Valley himself, may be involved, which Hotch and Rossi, based on what they knew of Brandon ten years ago, don't believe. What the BAU glean early in this updated investigation is that Randy did have a hit list of people he wanted to kill, and that the latest victims are on that hit list. The list itself is comprised of popular students and students on the ... Written by Huggo

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When Reid and JJ are walking through the first crime scene, he asks her if she was one of the mean girls in high school. Julia Campbell (mother of the original school bomber/shooter), portrayed Christie Masters in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997). Christie Masters was the leader of a group of mean girls. See more »


It was said that Randy Slade shot 3 students and killed 10 more with the bomb, totaling 13 victims, but in Emily's interview with Jerry Holtz in the cafeteria, his flashback showed Randy shoot 4 students, and he said the bomb then killed 10 more, which would have brought the total to 14 victims. See more »


Ms. McKee: As you can see, his scores are high across the board. But he seems to be holding back in the classroom.
Aaron Hotchner: Why do you think that is?
Ms. McKee: Has he ever mentioned a classmate named Paul?
Aaron Hotchner: Paul Cain? Yes, he's been over. He's a friend of Jack's.
Ms. McKee: Paul is being mean to Jack for some reason.
Aaron Hotchner: How long has that been going on?
Ms. McKee: A few weeks. Jack's just his latest target. We've moved Jack away from Paul, and we're documenting everything, of course.
Aaron Hotchner: Jack says that things are going very well at school, so the steps you're ...
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Team love
29 December 2015 | by LoveIsAStateOfMindSee all my reviews

When Prentiss was in Paris she played loads of online games of scrabble with JJ. That is just <3 <3 <3 <3 <3. And the whole 'Cheeto breath' thing. Hee. I think that might be one of my favourite bits of Criminal Minds canon. I loved that JJ was there to help Prentiss through the tough times.

Reid's practical joke on Morgan was hilarious!!!!! I wonder if this is a storyline that will continue, maybe not have every episode full of Morgan/Reid practical jokes but one or two dotted throughout the season.

Jack = cutest kid ever. Jack/Hotch = cutest thing ever. And this is coming from someone who doesn't like children. Jack is just <3 <3 <3 <3. More Hotch/Jack scenes please! The case wasn't wow-worthy but it was interesting. Is it too early to say that the case writing as well as team moments are getting better this season? Also, it was nice to see Beaver from Greek on TV again!

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