Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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The Wheels on the Bus... 

The team searches for a missing school bus filled with students in Washington, DC.


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Jeff Davis (created by), Kimberly A. Harrison (as Kimberly Ann Harrison) | 1 more credit »


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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
David Gallagher ... Matt Moore
Andrew James Allen ... Josh Moore
Devon Werkheiser ... Billy Walton
Brittany Curran ... Addyson Jones
Reginald C. Hayes ... Detective Wiliam Richards (as Reggie Hayes)
Nicholas Brendon ... Kevin Lynch
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Sean Parker
Cole Bernstein ... Wendy Campbell


In the Washington DC area, a school bus transporting twenty-four high school students home after school is commandeered. The GPS on the bus is disabled, meaning that the bus disappears without a trace along with all its passengers, which not only includes the students, but also the driver, Roy Webster, and the bus monitor, Carol Roberts. Cell phone calls to the students are unanswered. The bus and the cell phones are eventually found, but the twenty-six are nowhere to be found. Initially the BAU believes the abduction has something to do with a previous altercation between Webster and the students, which resulted in the need for the bus monitor. However as the BAU gathers evidence on the case, Rossi notices that much of that evidence is remarkably similar to a video game called Gods of Combat, pointing to the suspicion that the unsubs are extreme gamers who are turning their love of the game into reality. So the team delves into the psyche of gamers and the codes by which they live in... Written by Huggo

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The character of Sean Parker (Robert Bailey Jr) is wearing a green and white diamond shirt with a medallion icon in the center chest. The shirt is of the Power Rangers, a show also regarding various teenagers being taken away from their normal lives to do battle against others. See more »


We see the students texting each other using iPhones in the opening scene. The first screen we see is that of Addyson's phone. The message she sent is in a white bubble. With an Apple iPhone, sent messages always have green or blue bubbles. When we see the next phone, the message is in a white bubble (which is correct for the recipient). A shot later, we see the same phone, and the message is in a blue bubble (incorrect for the recipient) and the message that he sent is in a white bubble (also incorrect). See more »


Derek Morgan: [closing, voiceover] Frederick Douglass said, "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
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this is only the beginning of the worst
15 August 2020 | by mimikylieSee all my reviews

I love criminal minds with all my heart and after binging this show up to this episode, i was ashamed. this episode made no sense and was so stupid. there was no real basis for anything and it was illogical. also, why can't the camera ever just sit still? every episode before this, the camera could just sit in a position for at least for an entire clip but this episode and every episode after this, it's always moving around or panning in and out like it's so weird. the writing was awful and it only gets worse along with the acting. it's like the budget was cut so all the good writers directors, and producers left. they were so bad i had to skip through a lot of this season and i couldn't even make it to season 9 and i had to come back and skip through the rest. the whole reason i came on here in the first place was because i was genuinely curious if the writers or something changed. don't waste your time watching this or the rest of the show.

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21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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