Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Green Light 

When Reid fears his mother has been abducted, he asks the BAU to investigate while he's stuck in prison.


Alec Smight


Jeff Davis (created by), Erik Stiller | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Damon Gupton ... Stephen Walker
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Harold Perrineau ... Calvin Shaw
Richard T. Jones ... Officer Lionel Wilkins
Gia Mantegna ... Lindsey Vaughan
Fredric Lehne ... Jack Vaughan
Jeananne Goossen ... Fiona Duncan
Antonio Leon ... AUSA Manny Martinez
Chase Kim ... USMS Kevin Cho


A worried Reid informs Prentiss and Duncan about Lindsey Vaughan, who is now holding his mother without she knowing that she is in danger - Lindsey posing as Diana's new nurse, Caroline Atkinson - and is the woman in the motel room in Mexico that killed Rosa Medina. Although Prentiss believes Reid's story especially about Lindsey being Diana's nurse is a figment of his sleep-deprived imagination, she and the team investigate. Most of the team do remember Lindsey and her mob enforcer father Jack Vaughan as being involved in a BAU case about ten years ago, they placed in the witness protection program following, Jack in particular considered too valuable a witness not to face prosecution for his own crimes. In that specific case, Jack killed the unsub on Lindsey's urging in front of Reid. If Reid's story is indeed true, the belief is that Lindsey is working with Scratch. But the most urgent issue is that they have to locate Diana and her real nurse, Cassie Campbell. Regardless, Prentiss... Written by Huggo

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3 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashbacks)

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Rossi (Joe Mantegna) repeatedly uses a mock-paternal tone when discussing Lindsey Vaughn's evolution as a contract killer. Most notably, when Garcia uncovers a pattern of 15 execution-style murders, Rossi quips, "that's our Lindsay," in a sarcastic "that's my girl" kind of tone. Lindsay is played by Mantegna's real life daughter, Gia Mantegna. See more »


When Reid first talks to Emily about Lindsey's case, he tells her that the case was in April, 2007. This is wrong because it was broadcast on January 9th, 2008. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: [opening quote] "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another" - Ernest Hemingway
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Features Criminal Minds: Entropy (2016) See more »


Night Song
Performed by Family Band
[Played when the team scrutinizes the evidence in their conference room]
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Green Light
4 July 2017 | by bobcobb301See all my reviews

They kind of spoiled things for us when we saw Aubrey Plaza's name in the opening credits, but this was still an entertaining episode of the show. I am so beyond Reid being in prison so thankfully the show let go of that, even if it was only a few months too late.

Good episode and hopefully the finale delivers.

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