Criminal Minds (2005–2020)
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Penelope is the victim of an abduction.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Erica Messer | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Daniel Henney ... Matt Simmons
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
James Urbaniak ... Owen Quinn
Karen David ... Mary Meadows
Michael Hogan ... Benjamin Merva
Daniella Alonso ... Lisa Douglas
Stafford Douglas ... Theo Holston
Brian Appel ... Agent Grant Anderson
Randy Evans ... Armed Guard


The BAU learns that the emergency situation at FBI headquarters was a means to free Benjamin Merva from captivity. What has happened to former FBI agent Owen Quinn, he part of the Violent Crimes Apprehension Program (ViCAP), over the past year has all been leading to this moment. What the BAU members also learn is that Quinn's ViCAP colleague Mary Meadows was the inside person orchestrating Merva's escape, and that Reid, among the BAU team members, was chosen as their next target, he who has been abducted as part of Merva's escape. They also discover that Garcia, in being in the wrong place at the wrong time, has also been abducted by Meadows, Merva and their team. In his precarious situation, Reid is able to get some cryptic messages to his colleagues, who have to decipher the meaning of those messages if they are to save him and Garcia. They hope that what Reid is trying to tell them pertains to Merva and Meadows' core goal. In the process, the team also learns that Merva has not ... Written by Huggo

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On the plane ride to Kentucky, the team determines that Merva and his followers are taking Reid to a town called Arcadia. Joe Mantegna previously starred in Joan of Arcadia (2003). See more »


Throughout, they refer back to an earlier case (Criminal Minds: Minimal Loss), where the BAU is in charge of a hostage situation at Liberty Ranch, a religious cult, led by Benjamin Cyrus (Luke Perry). The team reports that Cyrus was not born at Liberty Ranch, however in the original case, Cyrus's predecessor testifies that Cyrus was in fact born at the ranch and lived there into his teens before being asked to leave after sexually harassing the younger female members. He returned years later and overtook the ranch after threatening the life of Kane. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [closing quote] "The family: that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our inmost hearts ever quite wished to" - Dodie Smith
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Features Criminal Minds: Minimal Loss (2008) See more »


Just To Save Me (Through The Fire)
Performed by Jake Etheridge
Played at the end
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Good start
12 October 2018 | by nokyaSee all my reviews

Super performance from Matthew Gubler's throughout the entire episode, he really succeeded in showing a critical evolution in Reed's character following the huge traumatic experience he just went through. Whether it/he turns out into something good or not for the "future Spencer" remains to be seen, but there should definitely be a before/after. Let's hope CM writers won't fail us on this.

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3 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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