Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Beyond Borders 

When an innocent family of four is abducted while vacationing in Barbados, Hotch and Cruz enlist the assistance of the FBI's most elite team in handling international cases. They realize ... See full summary »


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Messer

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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
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Kate Callahan
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
Gary Sinise ... Jack Garrett
Anna Gunn ... Lily Lambert
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Tyler James Williams ... Russ Montgomery
Tom Everett Scott ... Greg Sullivan
Bonnie Somerville ... Colleen Sullivan
Darri Ingolfsson ... Jerry Tidwell
Sterling K. Brown ... Fitz


When an innocent family of four is abducted while vacationing in Barbados, Hotch and Cruz enlist the assistance of the FBI's most elite team in handling international cases. They realize that this situation closely resembles a case that the BAU once handled in Florida. Upon this discovery, the BAU contacts Jack Garrett, (Gary Sinise) the unit chief of the team with whom they will be working. The BAU will need to pool together their skills with Garrett's elite team in hopes to save this family. This will serve as the backdoor-pilot episode for the new spin-off, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders. Written by MissFortuneCookie

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8 April 2015 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Lily recalls the murderer of Natalee Holloway who was not locked up for his crime and then killed the Peruvian girl Stephany Flores 5 years later on exactly the same day. This real-life murderer is Dutch. Seconds later Gary realizes that the unsub makes a typical Dutch gesture and Rossi recognizes that the color orange is used for the Dutch national soccer team, so the unsub should also be of Dutch origin. And actually orange is for almost every Dutch sports team when competing international. See more »


The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown, not Bridgeport. See more »


David Rossi: So, how many of these do you think we've solved?
Lily Lambert: Hum, enough for another best seller!
Aaron Hotchner: These are the endings we want!
Jack Garrett: Amen to that!
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Entropy (2016) See more »


Criminal Minds Theme
Written by Mark Mancina
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Excellent Episode--Introduction of new CBS series
29 July 2015 | by Gracie96See all my reviews

Add Gary Sinese to any action TV show and you have a winner. The offshoot of Criminal Minds--entitled "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders"--is supposed to premiere in January 2016 and I will be watching.

Criminal Minds itself has gotten boring, repetitive, and predictable in the past few years. This new infusion is a welcome change to network TV. With Gary Sinise in the lead roll, this show is sure to be a winner. Thank you, CBS, for bringing Sinise back to network TV in an action roll.

Unfortunately the lovely Anna Gunn will not remain in the series--our loss.

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