Criminal Minds (season 4)

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Criminal Minds (season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original run September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24) – May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)
Season chronology
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List of Criminal Minds episodes

The fourth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 24, 2008, and ended May 20, 2009.

Cast[edit]

Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
David Rossi Joe Mantegna entire season N/A
Emily Prentiss Paget Brewster entire season N/A
Derek Morgan Shemar Moore entire season N/A
Dr. Spencer Reid Matthew Gray Gubler entire season N/A
Jennifer "JJ" Jareau A. J. Cook 21 episodes N/A
Penelope Garcia Kirsten Vangsness entire season N/A
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner Thomas Gibson entire season N/A
Jordan Todd Meta Golding N/A 8 episodes
Kevin Lynch Nicholas Brendon N/A 3 episodes
Diana Reid Jane Lynch N/A 2 episodes
William "Will" LaMontagne Jr. Josh Stewart N/A 1 episode
Jack Hotchner Cade Owens N/A 1 episode

Guest stars[edit]

Wil Wheaton guest starred in the episode "Paradise" as Floyd Hansen, a serial killer and rapist who makes his crimes look like car collisions.

In the season premiere "Mayhem", Sienna Guillory and Erik Palladino reprise as Kate Joyner and Detective Cooper, respectively. Adoni Maropis guest starred as Ben Abner, a member of the NYC Terrorist Cell who disguises as a paramedic, and Michael Steger guest starred as Sam, another member of the cell. In the episode "The Angel Maker", Lauren Bowles guest starred as Chloe Kelcher, the copycat killer and love interest of Courtland Bryce Ryan, aka "The Angel Maker", played by Neil Hopkins. Blake Lindsley guest starred as Shara Carlino, another attempted copycat of Ryan. In the episode "Minimal Loss", Luke Perry guest starred as Benjamin Cyrus, the leader of a religious cult known as the "Seperatarian Sect". Jeff Fahey, guest starred as Leo Kane, an inmate and fervent libertarian who founded the Liberty Ranch.

Joanna Cassidy guest starred in the episode "52 Pickup" as Mrs. Holden, a mother whose daughter, Vanessa, is murdered by pick-up artist Robert Parker.

In the episode "Paradise", William Mapother and Robyn Lively guest starred as Ian and Abby Corbin, a couple who go on vacation, but are later held captive by Floyd Hansen. In the episode "The Instincts", Melinda Page Hamilton guest starred as Claire Bates, a child abductor who kidnaps a young boy. In the episode "Memoriam", Taylor Nichols guest starred as Spencer Reid's father, William, who confesses to murdering a man named Gary Michaels, a pedophile who intended to rape and murder Spencer, after he already raped and murdered another young boy. In the episode "Masterpiece", Jason Alexander guest starred as Henry Grace, a serial killer obsessed with the fibonacci sequence.

George Newbern guest starred in the episode "Soul Mates" as Steven Baleman, a serial rapist who rapes and murders women alongside William Harris.

In the episode "52 Pickup", Gabriel Olds guest starred as Robert Parker, a serial killer who has perfected his skills as a pick-up artist. Courtney Ford guest starred as Austin, a bartender who develops a crush on Spencer Reid. Currie Graham guest starred as Paul "Viper" Thomas, another pick-up artist who was a suspect in the murders, and Riki Lindhome guest starred as Mrs. Holden's daughter, Vanessa. In the episode "Normal", Mitch Pileggi guest starred as Norman Hill, aka "The Road Warrior", a man who goes on a murderous rampage after murdering his entire family. Faith Ford guest starred as Norman's deceased wife, Vanessa, and Gina Torres guest starred as Detective Thea Salinas, who leads the investigation of the murders.

Brianna Brown guest starred in the episode "Pleasure is my Business" as Megan Kane, a call girl who lures men into a hotel room and murders them with poison.

In the episode "Soul Mates", Michael Boatman guest starred as William Harris, a serial rapist, who, along with his partner in crime, Steven Baleman, would rape and murder their victims. Dana Davis guest starred as William's daughter, Andrea. In the episode "Bloodline", Andrew Divoff and Cynthia Gibb guest starred as Lewis and Kathy "Sylvia" Gray, a gypsy couple who abducted young girls for their son, who had to have a bride by the time he turned ten. In the episode "Cold Confort", Michael Biehn guest starred as Detective Ron Fullwood, who aids the BAU with the investigation of necrophilic serial killer Roderick Gless. Vondie Curtis-Hall guest starred as Stanley Usher, a self-proclaimed psychic whom David Rossi is skeptical of.

The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker guest starred in the episode "House on Fire" as Chief Brad Carlson, who aids the BAU with the investigation of serial arsonist Tommy Wheeler.

In the episode "Zoe's Reprise", Amy Davidson guest starred as Zoe Hawkes, an admirer of Rossi who aspires to join the BAU, only to be murdered by Eric Olson, played by Johnny Lewis. Shannon Woodward guest starred as Eric's girlfriend, Linda Jones. In the episode "Demonology", Carmen Argenziano guest starred as Father Paul Silvano, an Italian priest who murders his victims through exorcisms. Bruce Davison guest starred as Paul's accomplice, Father Jimmy Davison. In the episode "Omnivore", Louis Ferreira guest starred as Roy Colson, the author of the Novel "Night of The Reaper", a book based on perhaps the series most notorious criminal, George Foyet, aka "The Boston Reaper", played by C. Thomas Howell. In the episode "House on Fire", Tommy Dewey guest starred as Tommy Wheeler, a serial arsonist who burns down a movie theater, killing everyone trapped within it. Shannon Lucio guest starred as Tommy's sister, Tina.

Jackson Rathbone guest starred in the episode "Conflicted" as Adam Jackson, a delusional serial killer who operates under his female alter-ego, Amanda.

In the episode "Conflicted", Susan Ward guest starred as Julie Riley, a hotel manager who was suspected of committing the murders of several men on vacation. Roma Maffia guest starred as Detective Reese Evans, who leads the investigation of the murders. In the episode "The Big Wheel", Alex O'Loughlin guest starred as Vincent Rowlings, a serial killer who suffers from uncontrollable homicidal urges. In the episode "Amplification", Tamlyn Tomita guest starred as Dr. Linda Kimura, who aids the BAU with the investigation of an anthrax outbreak that has infected several people. In the two-part season finale "To Hell and Back", Garret Dillahunt guest starred as Mason Turner, whose autistic brother and partner in crime, Lucas, abducts a teenage girl and holds her captive at a barn in Canada. C. Thomas Howell reprises as George Foyet, who breaks into Aaron Hotchner's apartment and seemingly shoots him. Hotch's fate is left unknown until the following season.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
66 1 "Mayhem" Edward Allen Bernero Simon Mirren September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24) 401 17.01[1]
After a bomb explodes under an SUV in New York City that might be carrying a BAU member, the team goes into high gear to determine who might have been injured in the explosion and to apprehend the terrorists responsible for causing the carnage.
67 2 "The Angel Maker" Glenn Kershaw Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin October 1, 2008 (2008-10-01) 402 14.78[2]
After a series of murders in Lower Canaan, Ohio, are found to be connected to a serial killer named the Angel Maker who had been executed a year ago, the BAU must stop the copycat before they finish the work of the original serial killer. Hotch struggles with his ear problem, a result of the explosion in the previous episode.
68 3 "Minimal Loss" Félix Alcalá Andrew Wilder October 8, 2008 (2008-10-08) 403 16.19[3]
After Prentiss and Reid go undercover to investigate alleged child abuse at the compound of an underground cult in Durango, Colorado, they find themselves being held hostage when a raid, led by the State Police, on the fortress ends up going disastrously wrong. Now Rossi must use his negotiation skills to save Prentiss and Reid and get the cult leader (Luke Perry) to surrender.
69 4 "Paradise" John Gallagher Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher October 22, 2008 (2008-10-22) 404 15.01[4]
The BAU joins the manhunt in Sherwood, a small town near Minden, Nevada, to catch a serial killer (Wil Wheaton) who tortures and kills couples inside hotel bedrooms and conceals the manner of his crimes by staging car accidents.
70 5 "Catching Out" Charles Haid Oanh Ly October 29, 2008 (2008-10-29) 405 13.97[5]
The BAU investigates a series of murders in California's Central Valley near Tehachapi, California that appear to be connected to a killer who jumps trains and chooses his victims based on their proximity to the railway. Agent Jordan Todd (Meta Golding) begins training to replace JJ during maternity leave.
71 6 "The Instincts" Rob Spera Chris Mundy November 5, 2008 (2008-11-05) 406 14.30[6]
Following the kidnap and murder of a young boy in Las Vegas the team goes in to help when a second boy is kidnapped. The case triggers nightmares for Reid of something from his childhood and he visits his mother (Jane Lynch) to try to find out more. The team is able to identify the unsub and resolve the case but Reid's dreams continue, raising more questions about his childhood and what might have happened.
72 7 "Memoriam" Guy Norman Bee Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin November 12, 2008 (2008-11-12) 407 14.83[7]
Reid decides to stay in Las Vegas to probe deeper into his nightmare, specifically if his father, was the murderer of six-year old Riley Jenkins. Rossi and Morgan decide to stay and assist Reid. Ultimately he finds out the truth from both of his parents including why his father left. Meanwhile, J.J. goes into labor, three weeks before her due date and the team at the BAU help her get to the hospital in time. She and Will (Josh Stewart) ask Garcia and Spencer to be the baby's Godparents.
73 8 "Masterpiece" Paul Michael Glaser Edward Allen Bernero November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19) 408 16.33[8]
A narcissistic psychopath (Jason Alexander), obsessed with the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci sequence, shows up at an FBI recruitment talk given by Rossi and Reid and turns himself in, confessing he has killed seven people and more will die; however, he doesn't reveal where his latest victims are being held, leaving it up to the team to locate his latest victims before it is too late.
74 9 "52 Pickup" Bobby Roth Breen Frazier November 26, 2008 (2008-11-26) 409 14.11[9]
Agents Emily Prentiss and Jordan Todd go undercover in Atlanta, Georgia to profile a serial killer who has perfected his skill as a pick-up artist and uses his masculine prowess to lure his next victims.
75 10 "Brothers in Arms" Glenn Kershaw Holly Harold December 10, 2008 (2008-12-10) 410 14.68[10]
As a former uniform cop, Morgan takes it personally when a serial killer specifically targets officers on the police force in Phoenix, Arizona.
76 11 "Normal" Steve Boyum Andrew Wilder December 17, 2008 (2008-12-17) 411 15.16[11]
The BAU is called to assist local law enforcement in catching a serial killer, dubbed the "Road Warrior" by the media, who is shooting blonde women as they drive along freeways in Orange County, California.
77 12 "Soul Mates" John Gallagher Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher January 14, 2009 (2009-01-14) 412 13.78[12]
When black and white young women are being alternately killed in an affluent community in Sarasota, Florida, the BAU suspects this may be the work of a pair of serial killers working together.
78 13 "Bloodline" Tim Matheson Mark Linehan Bruner January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21) 413 13.82[13]
The BAU is called to Birmingham, Alabama when young girls are abducted and their parents killed by what appears to be a family of Romanian people, working together in what may be a ritual seemingly designed to acquire wives for growing sons and introduce new blood into the family.
79 14 "Cold Comfort" Anna J. Foerster Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin February 11, 2009 (2009-02-11) 414 12.48[14]
The mother of an abducted woman works with the BAU in Olympia, Washington to identify a serial killer who kidnaps, murders, and embalms his victims to spend more time with them. However the mother also hires a psychic, who comes in conflict with Rossi.
80 15 "Zoe's Reprise" Charles S. Carroll Oanh Ly February 18, 2009 (2009-02-18) 415 14.54[15]
The local authorities in Cleveland, Ohio enlist the help of the BAU to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer who appears to be copying the methods used by famous serial killers from the past. The case becomes personal for Rossi when he learns that the latest victim was an enthusiastic criminology student who attended one of his book signings and tried to bring the case to his attention.
81 16 "Pleasure is My Business" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Breen Frazier February 25, 2009 (2009-02-25) 416 13.93[16]
The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate a serial killer who is drugging and murdering high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.
82 17 "Demonology" Edward Allen Bernero Chris Mundy March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11) 417 14.34[17]
The BAU investigates a series of deaths involving possible exorcisms in the Washington area that appear to be sanctioned by the Vatican. Prentiss finds herself becoming personally involved in the case when it appears her friend might have fallen victim to the rogue priest.
83 18 "Omnivore" Nelson McCormick Andrew Wilder March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18) 418 13.74[18]
The BAU travels to Boston when the Boston Reaper, one of Agent Hotchner's first cases, which involved one of the most notorious murderers in the history of New England, returns after 10 years. The team interviews the only victim that survived to find clues about the killer. Loosely inspired by the Zodiac Killer.
84 19 "House on Fire" Félix Alcalá Holly Harold March 25, 2009 (2009-03-25) 419 14.36[19]
The BAU is summoned to Franklin, Indiana by local authorities when a serial arsonist threatens the residents by setting fire to community meeting places, killing many people.
85 20 "Conflicted" Jason Alexander Rick Dunkle April 8, 2009 (2009-04-08) 420 13.61[20]
The BAU is called to South Padre Island, Texas to investigate a serial killer who is killing and raping male college students while on spring break, as they delve further they come to realize that there may be two unsubs at work.
86 21 "A Shade of Gray" Karen Gaviola Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher April 22, 2009 (2009-04-22) 421 13.72[21]
During an investigation of a series of child abductions and murders in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the BAU identifies a suspect but notice that there are slight differences between the most recent abduction and the first two. As they continue to investigate they find that the most recent case turns towards the victim's family who must confront a horrible truth.
87 22 "The Big Wheel" Rob Hardy Simon Mirren April 29, 2009 (2009-04-29) 422 13.61[22]
The entire BAU including Garcia are called to Buffalo, New York to help the police department with a possible serial killer who is stabbing blond women in their 30s. When the team starts to investigate they find more than 20 similar murders in the area over the past 10 yrs. The team also learns the killer is possibly suffering from a form of OCD, leaving "Help me" written in blood at the crime scenes.
88 23 "Roadkill" Steve Boyum Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin May 6, 2009 (2009-05-06) 423 14.13[23]
Local authorities summon the assistance of the BAU after a second fatal hit and run in two weeks near Bend, Oregon. The connection between victims is all three of their cars were red, meanwhile Lynch drops a bomb on Garcia when he tells her he is interviewing for a job with the NSA for an overseas position. He asks her to come with him if he gets the job.
89 24 "Amplification" John Gallagher Oanh Ly May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13) 424 13.37[24]
When more than 20 people who were at the same park in Annapolis, Maryland are admitted to the Emergency Room at a local hospital, an anthrax attack is quickly identified and the BAU has to work with members of the military to identify the unsub that released it and determine how the unsub had access to the anthrax.
90 25 "To Hell... (Part 1)" Charles Haid Chris Mundy May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20) 425 13.99[25]
In one of the most difficult cases they've ever investigated, the BAU are called to Detroit to help track down a serial killer who is killing homeless people which eventually forces the team into Canada to catch him where they discover a horrifying secret.
91 26 "…And Back (Part 2)" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero May 20, 2009 (2009-05-20) 426 13.99[25]
The BAU continues its search in Canada when they learn that the serial killer they were looking for is a pair of brothers who were kidnapping people to perform medical experiments on them.

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