Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The Pact 

The team suspects a pair of killers working together after discovering two seemingly unrelated bodies.


Karen Gaviola


Jeff Davis (created by), Janine Sherman Barrois | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Alex Blake
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Kim Wayans ... Darlene Beckett
Mackenzie Phillips ... Ellen Russel
Brandon Keener ... Jason Nelson
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Detective Angela Pratt (as Victoria Platt)
Bruno Oliver ... Dr. Ray Mathis
Paul Haitkin ... Kyle Wipley
Meghan Maureen McDonough ... Brenda Wipley
Stephen Jordan ... James Dolan


The team is called to southwest California when two murders occur within three hours of each other in San Diego and Los Angeles. Each victim was chained to the back of a vehicle and dragged. The first was dragged post mortem, while the second was still alive when initially dragged, which shows either two unsubs or a quick escalation in the evolution of the single unsub's psyche. The victimology is different, the first a middle class wife and mother, the second an ex-con drug addict. These differences are brought together when a third murder occurs. Garcia determines that a common factor is a connection to the violent deaths of two specific children, and people associated with those children being brought together through an online support group. They quickly identify the two unsubs and their intended fourth target. However, the nature of that fourth intended victim has an impact on how this final encounter will play out. Written by Huggo

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USA | Canada


English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When the unsubs are talking to their last victim, at one point, of them draws a revolver on him, and we hear the sound of the gun cocking. However, the gun the unsub is using does not have a hammer and thus cannot be cocked. See more »


Darlene Beckett: Does it bother you that none of this took the hurt away?
Ellen Russel: I never thought it would.
Darlene Beckett: Then why did we do it?
Ellen Russel: Because somebody has to pay, okay? I don't care what anybody says. Actions have consequences. Maybe not at trial. Maybe not in jail. Come on. Admit it, Darlene, this gave you a reason to live.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »


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