Criminal Minds (2005– )
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The Lesson 

A number of bizarre, ritualistic murders prompts the team to search for the killer.


Jeff Davis (created by), Janine Sherman Barrois | 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
Brad Dourif ... Adam Rain
Mark Povinelli ... Mr. Conrad
Beth Riesgraf ... Dr. Maeve Donovan
Hanna Hall ... Connie Foster
Suzanne Krull ... Dr. Sarah Glenn
Hans Howes ... Mr. James
Jay Hayden ... Bobby Putnam
Sean Whalen ... Tucker White


The BAU investigates a series of what look to be ritualistic murders in Arizona. In separate incidents, two men have been found dead, their bodies stuffed in a coffin-like box, their hair dyed black, and several of their joints dislocated. Each died from hanging, although the autopsies show that they were each hung several times. Connie Foster, the girlfriend of one of young adult male victims, is also missing and is assumed abducted by the unsub, who they believe is holding her and trying to find the perfect match for her in whatever context, hence the reason for the two deaths, as those victims weren't the right match. When a third male victim is discovered, they believe their religious ritual theory is strengthened since that third victim had, in addition, holes in his hands, like he had been crucified. But when a father and son go missing, Reid comes up with an alternate theory that the unsub may be putting on a specific kind of show, those he is holding captive his puppets in ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

5 December 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Thomas Gibson and Mark Povinelli also appeared together on the Dharma & Greg episode Dharma & Greg: Pride & Prejudice (2001) See more »


Dr. Maeve Donovan: [phone rings] Hello.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Maeve, it's me. Listen, don't come to the restaurant.
Dr. Maeve Donovan: What are you talking about? I'm outside.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Go home.
Dr. Maeve Donovan: [pause] Spencer, if you don't want to meet me, you can just say it.
Dr. Spencer Reid: No, that's not it. Look, I think your stalker's here.
Dr. Maeve Donovan: What?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Please just go.
Dr. Maeve Donovan: Okay.
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Where Is My Mind
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Incorrect Grammar Usage
24 July 2018 | by deedeekaySee all my reviews

A person is always hanged not hung. The writers had different characters misspeak this several times.

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