Criminal Minds (season 6)

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Criminal Minds (season 6)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original channel CBS
Original release September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18)
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The sixth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 22, 2010 and ended May 18, 2011.

Before the filming of Season 6 began, it was announced that A.J. Cook had been let go from the series, reportedly due to budget cuts on the show relating to the launch of the Criminal Minds spinoff.[1] Thanks to letters and petitions by fans, Cook was allowed to return for two episodes to wrap up her character's storyline. She later returned as a special guest star in two subsequent episodes of Season 6. Paget Brewster was a regular for eighteen episodes and was let go from the series as well. Rachel Nichols appeared as a guest star for two episodes and was then promoted as a regular, but was fired after the season finale.[2]

The opening sequence was changed as of this season, more sound and visual effects were added as well as the theme song itself being amplified, an electric guitar playing being added.


Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
David Rossi Joe Mantegna entire season N/A
Emily Prentiss Paget Brewster episodes 1–18 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 episodes 1–2 episodes 18, 24
Penelope Garcia Kirsten Vangsness entire season N/A
Ashley Seaver Rachel Nichols episodes 15–24 episodes 10–12
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner Thomas Gibson 23 episodes N/A
Erin Strauss Jayne Atkinson N/A 3 episodes
Jack Hotchner Cade Owens N/A 3 episodes
Clyde Easter Sebastian Roché N/A 3 episodes
Kevin Lynch Nicholas Brendon N/A 2 episodes

Guest stars[edit]

Melissa Claire Egan guest-starred in the episode "Middle Man" as Tara Dice, an exotic dancer whose co-worker, Stephanie Wilson, was abducted by the Johnson County Brotherhood.

In the season premiere "The Longest Night", Tim Curry reprised his role as one of the series' most notorious criminals, Billy Flynn, also known as "The Prince of Darkness". Robert Davi reprised his role as Detective Adam Kurzbard, who led the investigation of the murders. In the episode "J.J.", Chris Marquette guest-starred as James Barrett, a man who abducted and almost murdered Kate Joyce. Michael Welch guest-starred as Sydney Xavier Pearson, James' best friend. In the episode "Remembrance of Things Past", Daniel J. Travanti guest-starred as Lee Mullens, a serial killer who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. In the episode "Compromising Positions", Craig Sheffer guest-starred as James Thomas, an impotent serial killer who murders married couples.

Justine Ezarik guest-starred in the episode "Middle Man" as Meredith Joy, an exotic dancer who is raped and murdered by the Johnson County Brotherhood.

In the episode "Safe Haven", Sterling Beaumon guest-starred as Jeremy Sayers, a juvenile delinquent and family annihilator who has been hated by his mother ever since he was born. Mare Winningham guest-starred as Nancy Riverton, a mother who allows Jeremy to stay in their home for the night. In the episode "Devil's Night", Leonard Roberts guest-starred as Kaman Scott, a disfigured serial killer who burns his victims alive during Devil's Night, the notorious pre-Halloween celebration. In the episode "Middle Man", Steve Talley, Michael Grant Terry, and Jake Thomas guest-starred as Michael Kosina, Christopher Salters, and Scott Kagan, aka "The Johnson County Brotherhood", a trio of serial rapists and killers who abduct exotic dancers.

Jonathan Tucker guest-starred in the episode "The Thirteenth Step" as Raymond Donovan, a man who went on a murderous rampage alongside his girlfriend, Sydney Manning.

In the episode "Reflection of Desire", Robert Knepper guest-starred as Rhett Walden, also known as "The Hill Ripper", a schizophrenic abductor who idolizes the movie Reflection of Desire, a film his deceased mother starred in. Sally Kirkland guest-starred as May Walden, a famous Golden Age actress who, because of her pregnancy, made only one motion picture, and her career was ruined afterwards. Kaitlin Doubleday guest-starred as Kelly Landis, Walden's first murder victim, and Whitney Able guest-starred as Penny Hanley, another woman Walden abducted after Landis's murder. In the episode "Into the Woods", Gattlin Griffith guest-starred as Robert Brooks, a young boy who is abducted and raped by Shane Wyland. Emily Alyn Lind guest-starred as Anna Brooks, Robert's younger sister who is also abducted by Shane.

Corbin Bernsen guest-starred in the episode "Today I Do" as Jerry Grandin, a man whose daughter is abducted by Jane Gold.

In the episode "What Happens at Home", Kenneth Mitchell guest-starred as Drew Jacobs, a serial killer who murdered several women, including his own wife. Madison Leisle guest starred as Jacobs' daughter, Heather. In the episode "25 to Life", Kyle Secor guest-starred as Donald Sanderson, a man who was framed and imprisoned for the murder of his family, and Philip Casnoff guest-starred as James Stanworth, the man responsible for framing Sanderson and murdering his family. In the episode "The Thirteenth Step", Adrianne Palicki guest-starred as Sydney Manning, a spree killer who was frequently molested by her father, Gary. Angus Macfadyen guest-starred as Sean McCallister, Emily Prentiss' former boss at Interpol who is murdered by Ian Doyle.

Sebastian Roché guest-starred in the episodes "Coda", "Valhalla", and "Lauren" as Clyde Easter, Emily Prentiss' former partner at Interpol.

In the episode "Today I Do", Rebecca Field guest-starred as Jane Gold, a stalker and abductor who acts as a caretaker so she can be appreciated. Rachel Miner guest-starred as Molly Grandin, a woman Gold abducts and holds captive. In the episode "Coda", Lew Temple guest-starred as Bill Thomas, a man who abducts the parents of a boy with autism. Mimi Kennedy guest-starred as Mrs. Rogers, Sammy Sparks' social worker. In the episode "Lauren", Patrick Fischler guest-starred as Jack Fahey, an Irish mobster and an associate of Ian Doyle. In the episode "With Friends Like These", Bug Hall guest-starred as Ben Foster, a schizophrenic spree killer who, after burning down a church, suffers hallucinations of three people who died inside the church.

Angela Sarafyan guest-starred in the season finale "Supply and Demand" as Lucy, the leader of a human trafficking ring.

In the episode "Hanley Waters", Kelli Williams guest-starred as Shelly Chamberlain, a spree killer who is unable to come to terms with the death of her son, who died in a car crash. In the episode "Out of the Light", Jeffrey Meek guest-starred as Robert Bremmer, a serial killer who raped his stepdaughter, Rose, and began abducting, raping, and murdering women who resemble Rose. In the season finale "Supply and Demand", Amy Price-Francis guest-starred as Supervisory Special Agent Andi Swann, the Unit Chief of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force, and Sarah Foret guest-starred as Renee Matlin, an FBI undercover agent who is held captive within a human trafficking ring.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
115 1 "The Longest Night" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) 601 14.13[3]
With Matt Spicer dead and the unsub (Tim Curry) at large with Spicer's daughter as a hostage, the BAU races against time to find him and rescue the girl before he kills her. The events take a strange, sinister turn when the unsub attempts to use the girl as an accomplice in his murder spree throughout Los Angeles.
116 2 "JJ" Charles S. Carroll Erica Messer September 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) 602 14.57[4]
While contemplating a major job promotion that she cannot ignore, JJ assists the team in aiding a couple whose daughter mysteriously vanished. The case becomes further complicated when the only two suspects in the case are able to pass a polygraph test, despite being last seen with the victim and having a viable motive to take her. Based on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
117 3 "Remembrance of Things Past" Glenn Kershaw Janine Sherman Barrois October 6, 2010 (2010-10-06) 603 13.87[5]
Still reeling from JJ's departure, the team travels to Bristol, Virginia to help with a case of murdered young women that bears the hallmarks of an uncaught serial killer Rossi investigated 25 years ago, called "The Butcher". Though the new string of killings appear to be copycat crimes, Rossi is convinced that it may be the work of the original killer (Daniel J. Travanti).
118 4 "Compromising Positions" Guy Norman Bee Breen Frazier October 13, 2010 (2010-10-13) 604 14.00[6]
The BAU travels to Akron, Ohio to investigate a series of murders of couples, who are forced to have sex before being murdered. Meanwhile, Hotch looks for someone to fill JJ's role on the team.
119 5 "Safe Haven" Andy Wolk Alicia Kirk October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) 605 14.46[7]
The BAU team is called to Omaha, Nebraska to investigate the murders of entire families. Profiling becomes a somewhat difficult task for the team after knowing that each member of the family is killed differently from the next. Also, Morgan receives a visit from someone unexpected.
120 6 "Devil's Night" Charles Haid Randy Huggins October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27) 606 13.94[8]
After several people are found burned alive once a year before Halloween, the BAU is called in to Detroit to investigate. The team later finds out that the victims chosen by the unsub are not random.
121 7 "Middle Man" Rob Spera Rick Dunkle November 3, 2010 (2010-11-03) 607 14.58[9]
When the bodies of exotic dancers are found murdered in the corn fields near Edinburgh, Indiana two days after being kidnapped, the BAU must race against time when they realize they only have two days to find the latest victim who has just been kidnapped. The unsub's true nature is revealed after he watches the reports of his killings on the news.
122 8 "Reflection of Desire" Anna J. Foerster Simon Mirren November 10, 2010 (2010-11-10) 608 12.56[10]
After Kelly Landis, a woman missing for three days, is found dead, the BAU is called in when the D.C. Police cannot connect the death to any previous cases. They call in the BAU because of the unsub's style of killing: cutting off his victim's lips. The unsub is easier to identify after Garcia reveals some of her personal life.
123 9 "Into the Woods" Glenn Kershaw Kimberly Ann Harrison November 17, 2010 (2010-11-17) 609 14.39[11]
The BAU team has to go deep into the forests of the Appalachian Trail after a young boy is found murdered near Hot Springs, North Carolina. The unsub appears to be a man who targets young boys in the wilderness.
124 10 "What Happens at Home" Jan Eliasberg Edward Allen Bernero December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08) 610 14.23[12]
The BAU searches for a killer targeting women in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Meanwhile, Hotch looks into a FBI trainee with an interesting past to help them out during the investigation.
125 11 "25 to Life" Charles S. Carroll Erica Messer December 15, 2010 (2010-12-15) 611 13.77[13]
Morgan testifies that a convicted murderer should be released on parole but regrets his decision when, only days later, the man apparently kills somebody. However, when the team reviews his past and the newest victim, they learn some surprising details that could prove that the man didn't actually commit the crime he was put behind bars for.
126 12 "Corazon" John Gallagher Katarina Wittich January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19) 612 12.02[14]
As the BAU investigates a series of ritual murders in Miami, one team member finds their health being compromised.
127 13 "The Thirteenth Step" Doug Aarniokoski Janine Sherman Barrois January 26, 2011 (2011-01-26) 613 12.77[15]
Two young lovers embark on a murderous rampage in Miles City, Montana that sends the BAU team to investigate and stop them before they claim more victims. Also, Prentiss receives shocking news from her previous boss at Interpol.
128 14 "Sense Memory" Rob Spera Randy Huggins February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09) 614 13.67[16]
The BAU is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a series of unusual murders and Prentiss sheds some light on her past before she joined the BAU.
129 15 "Today I Do" Ali Selim Alicia Kirk February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16) 615 12.85[17]
The team tracks down a bogus self-motivational coach who tortures and kills her patients in Syracuse, New York. Meanwhile, Prentiss also receives some disturbing news about one of her former colleagues.
130 16 "Coda" Rob Hardy Rick Dunkle February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23) 616 13.15[18]
As Reid tries to make a connection with an autistic child to help in finding the boy's missing parents in Lafayette, Louisiana, Prentiss enlists two former Interpol colleagues, one of whom being her former Unit Chief (Sebastian Roché), in hunting an old nemesis.
131 17 "Valhalla" Charles S. Carroll Simon Mirren & Erica Messer March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02) 617 14.37[19]
Prentiss begins to feel the heat after she and Morgan assist in solving a series of suspicious murders that involves Prentiss's old Interpol nemesis, Ian Doyle.
132 18 "Lauren" Matthew Gray Gubler Breen Frazier March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16) 618 13.73[20]
When Prentiss disappears to face off against her archenemy, Ian Doyle, the BAU call in JJ in the hope that she can help them find her and capture Doyle before it is too late. Prentiss is stabbed by Doyle and is apparently pronounced dead by JJ, although it is revealed that Prentiss is still alive and that she faked her own death before going into hiding with only JJ and Hotch knowing.
133 19 "With Friends Like These" Anna J. Foerster Janine Sherman Barrois March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30) 619 13.05[21]
The BAU is called to Portland, Oregon, to assist in catching a pack of killers who enjoys targeting victims. However, as the investigation deepens, they learn that the crimes aren't what they seem to be.
134 20 "Hanley Waters" Jesse Warn Alicia Kirk & Randy Huggins April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06) 620 14.08[22]
As the BAU investigates targeted killings in Tampa, Florida, they deal with their own feelings about the loss of Prentiss.
135 21 "The Stranger" Nelson McCormick Kimberly Ann Harrison & Rick Dunkle April 13, 2011 (2011-04-13) 621 13.59[23]
The BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is targeting college students. Meanwhile, the team comes under Strauss' scrutiny in the wake of the loss of Prentiss.
136 22 "Out of the Light" Doug Aarniokoski Roger Hedden May 4, 2011 (2011-05-04) 622 12.90[24]
The BAU is called to the small town of Sharpsburg, North Carolina, after a woman is found badly injured and another woman is missing. On arrival, the team discovers these two women are not the only victims.
137 23 "Big Sea" Glenn Kershaw Jim Clemente & Breen Frazier May 11, 2011 (2011-05-11) 623 13.29[25]
The discovery of bodies buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville, Florida, prompts the BAU to intervene; Morgan's aunt suspects her missing daughter may be among the dead.
138 24 "Supply & Demand" Charles S. Carroll Erica Messer May 18, 2011 (2011-05-18) 624 12.84[26]
The team tries to close a challenging case involving two bodies and a human trafficking organization in Hudson, Wisconsin. In addition, Hotch warns the team of possible changes in the team while a familiar face unexpectedly returns to their ranks.


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