Criminal Minds (season 3)

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Criminal Minds (season 3)
Criminal Minds DVD cover, season three.jpg
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original release September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) – May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)
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The third season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 26, 2007 and ended May 21, 2008. The third season was originally to have featured 25 episodes; however, only 13 were completed due to the Writers Guild of America strike (2007-2008). Seven more episodes were produced after the strike, bringing the total number of episodes to 20 for the third season. Mandy Patinkin wanted to leave the series, since he loathed the violent nature of it.[1] He was replaced by Joe Mantegna several episodes later.


Character Portrayed by Main cast Recurring cast
Jason Gideon Mandy Patinkin episodes 1-2 N/A
David Rossi Joe Mantegna episodes 6-20 N/A
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner Thomas Gibson 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 entire season N/A
Penelope Garcia Kirsten Vangsness entire season N/A
Erin Strauss Jayne Atkinson N/A 4 episodes
Kevin Lynch Nicholas Brendon N/A 3 episodes
Haley Hotchner Meredith Monroe N/A 2 episodes
Jack Hotchner Cade Owens N/A 2 episodes
William "Will" LaMontagne Jr. Josh Stewart N/A 2 episodes

Guest stars[edit]

Ariel Winter guest starred in the episode "Seven Seconds" as Katie Jacobs, a young girl who goes missing at a mall.

In the season premiere "Doubt", Shelly Cole guest starred as Anna Begley, a suicidal college student who copied the crimes of Nathan Tubbs, aka "The Campus Killer". Alexa Alemanni guest starred as Amy Deckerman, Anna Begley's first murder victim. In the episode "In Name and Blood", Eddie Cibrian guest starred as Joe Smith, a serial killer who uses his son to lure women and murder them. Gordon Clapp guest starred as Detective Victor Wolynski, who leads the investigation of the murders. In the episode "Scared to Death", Michael O'Keefe guest starred as Dr. Stanley Howard, a psychiatrist who uses his patients worst fears to murder them.

Michael Cudlitz guest starred in the episode "Identity" as Francis Goehring, a serial killer who abducted and murdered several women.

In the episode "Children of the Dark", Francis Capra guest starred as Ervin Robles, a serial killer who was abused by a strict foster family. In the episode "Seven Seconds", Suzanne Cryer guest starred as Susan Jacobs, Katie Jacobs' aunt who might be involved in her disappearance. Paula Malcomson guest starred as Katie's mother, Beth, and Alexander Gould guest starred as Susan's son, Jeremy. In the episode "About Face", Andrew Kavovit guest starred as Max Poole, aka "The Have You Seen Me Murderer". Michael O'Neill guest starred as Detective Frank Yarborough, who investigates the murder of his wife.

Jamie Kennedy guest starred in the episode "Lucky" as Floyd Feylinn Ferrell, a cannibalistic serial killer who fed his customers the remains of his victims.

In the episode "Identity", Kaj-Erik Eriksen guest starred as Henry Frost, a serial killer who assumed the identity of his partner in crime and idol, Francis Goehring, who committed suicide. In the episode "Lucky", Michael Beach guest starred as Father Marks, and Nick Searcy guest starred as Detective Jordan. In the episodes "Lucky" and "Penelope", Bailey Chase guest starred as Jason Clark Battle, a Deputy Sheriff who is responsible for the attempted murder of Penelope Garcia. In the episode "True Night", Frankie Muniz guest starred as Johnny McHale, a famous comic book artist whose recent works have striking resemblances to murders he might have committed.

Sally Pressman guest starred in the episode "Birthright" as Chrissy Wilkinson, the pregnant wife of serial killer Charlie Wilkinson.

In the episode "3rd Life", Riley Smith guest starred as Ryan Phillips, a thrill killer who leads a trio of abductors. Gia Mantegna (daughter of series star Joe Mantegna) guest starred as Lindsey Vaughan, a teenage girl who was kidnapped by Ryan's gang, and Michael Harney guest starred as U.S. Marshal Pat Mannan. In the episode "Limelight", Andrea Roth guest starred as Jill Morris, an FBI Agent whose lust for fame and less concern for eventual collateral damage becomes more apparent to the BAU. In the episode "Damaged", Dennis Christopher guest starred as Abner Merriman, a prison warden who allows Hotch and Reid to interview Chester Hardwick, an inmate on death row.

Hayley McFarland guest starred in the episode "3rd Life" as Katie Owens, a teenager who is abducted and murdered by a trio of killers known as Ryan's gang.

In the episode "A Higher Power", Jennifer Aspen guest starred as Laurie Ann Morris, a depressed woman who was convinced by Peter Redding to kill herself. Renee O'Connor guest starred as Pam Baleman, the wife of Detective Ronnie Baleman, who is investigating the apparent suicides. In the episode "Elephant's Memory", Cody Kasch guest starred as Owen Savage, a spree killer who is going after those who have wronged him during his childhood. Lindsey Haun guest starred as Jordan Norris, Owen's girlfriend, and Alexandra Krosney guest starred as Eileen Bechtold, Jordan's friend. In the episode "In Heat", Michael Graziadei guest starred as Steven Fitzgerald, a serial killer confused about his sexual orientation. Tia Texada guest starred as Detective Tina Lopez, who leads the investigation of the murders.

Amy Carlson guest starred in the episode "Tabula Rasa" as Cece Hillenbrand, the lead prosecutor of the Blue Ridge Strangler case.

In the episode "The Crossing" Scott Lowell guest starred as Michael Hicks, a delusional stalker who obsesses over a woman named Keri Derzmond, played by Bonnie Root. Mary-Margaret Humes guest starred as Audrey Sawyer-Henson, a battered housewife and mother who murder her husband. In the episode "Tabula Rasa", Eric Lange guest starred as Brian Matloff, aka "The Blue Ridge Strangler", a serial killer who suffers from amnesia after he attempted to evade the BAU by jumping off a building. In the season finale "Lo-Fi", Sienna Guillory guest starred as Supervisory Special Agent Kate Joyner, an FBI Agent who aids the BAU in arresting members of the New York Terrorist Cell. Erik Palladino guest starred as Detective Cooper, an NYPD Officer who is shot in the line of duty by a member of the NYC terrorist cell.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
46 1 "Doubt" Gloria Muzio Chris Mundy September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) 221 12.66[2]
The team investigates a serial killer who is targeting brunette women at a small college in Flagstaff, Arizona. The BAU shuts down the campus, creates a detailed profile of the unsub, and arrests a suspect. However, they begin to have doubts about themselves when another woman is killed while the suspect is in custody. The outcome of the case results in Hotch getting a two-week suspension for his actions. At the end of the episode, Gideon, disillusioned by the case and still grief-stricken by the death of his girlfriend Sarah Jacobs at the hands of his sworn enemy, Frank, writes a note to someone and appears ready to commit suicide.
47 2 "In Name and Blood" Edward Allen Bernero Chris Mundy October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03) 301 14.56[3]
With Gideon missing, and Hotch and Prentiss off the team, Section Chief Strauss takes the lead as she, Morgan, Reid, and JJ investigate a difficult case involving a serial killer in Milwaukee who is abducting women in public places by using his son as bait. After finishing the case, Reid arrives at Gideon's cabin in search of him but finds a letter along with Gideon's weapon and badge. The episode ends with Gideon driving off into the sunset, hoping to regain some kind of belief in happy endings.
48 3 "Scared to Death" Félix Alcalá Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10) 302 14.55[4]
The BAU travels to Portland, Oregon to assist local authorities in investigating the disappearances of people who are new to the area and have no strong social ties in the city. All the clues lead to a psychiatrist who is using his patients' worst fears in the most dangerous way possible: by killing them. Meanwhile, the BAU team is still struggling to come to terms with Gideon's departure, especially Reid.
49 4 "Children of the Dark" Guy Norman Bee Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17) 303 15.03[5]
When a series of home invasions escalate into the murders of entire families, the BAU is called to Denver to identify the killers and deduce that they might have been abused while in foster care.
50 5 "Seven Seconds" John Gallagher Andi Bushell October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24) 304 15.05[6]
The BAU and local authorities race against time to locate a young girl, six-year-old Katie Jacobs, who has disappeared from the Potomac Mills shopping mall in Woodbridge, Virginia and may have been kidnapped by a serial killer. However, as the time passes, suspicion falls on the girl's family.
51 6 "About Face" Skipp Sudduth Charles Murray October 31, 2007 (2007-10-31) 305 14.94[7]
David Rossi returns to the BAU ten years after retiring to replace Gideon as the team travels to Carrollton, Texas to assist in the search for a serial killer who scares his victims with "missing" flyers that display the soon-to-be victims' photos.
52 7 "Identity" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Oanh Ly November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07) 306 14.65[8]
The BAU is called to Shelby, Montana to investigate the case of three kidnapped and murdered women. When another woman disappears, the search leads to a man who has apparently assumed the identity of his partner who had committed suicide earlier.
53 8 "Lucky" Steve Boyum Andrew Wilder November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14) 307 15.73[9]
The BAU pursues a cannibalistic Satanist serial killer targeting women in Bridgewater, Florida. The investigation is supported with help from the local church, and it leads to Morgan struggling with a crisis of faith. Meanwhile, Garcia meets a man who seems interested in her and goes on a date with him, but winds up in a life-threatening situation when her date suddenly shoots her with an intent to kill.
54 9 "Penelope" Félix Alcalá Chris Mundy November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21) 308 15.88[10]
As Garcia fights for her life in the aftermath of her shooting, the BAU rally around her and also begin searching for her attacker. FBI computer analyst, Kevin Lynch, is assigned to look at Garcia's computer for possible clues to the unsub and discovers an encrypted file, which could hold clues behind the shooter's identity but also jeopardize Garcia's future with the BAU.
55 10 "True Night" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28) 309 16.23[11]
The BAU and local authorities in Los Angeles investigate a series of brutal serial killings of gang members that appear to involve a famous comic book artist who is suffering a psychotic breakdown.
56 11 "Birthright" John Gallagher Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12) 310 14.18[12]
The new sheriff of Fredericksburg, Virginia, requests the BAU's assistance in the investigation of a series of mutilation murders that appear to mimic similar crimes that had occurred over two decades earlier. To identify the person responsible for the new killings, the team must interview the only surviving victim of the original killer.
57 12 "3rd Life" Anthony Hemingway Simon Mirren January 9, 2008 (2008-01-09) 311 14.30[13]
When one teenager is found murdered and her best friend is abducted in Chula Vista, California, the BAU must profile the killer and find him before he kills the other teen. The case takes a twist when it is revealed that the girl still missing is in the witness protection program and her disappearance may be related to a crime her father witnessed.
58 13 "Limelight" Glenn Kershaw Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin January 23, 2008 (2008-01-23) 312 12.67[14]
New owners of a self-storage unit purchased at an auction report finding pictures and documents that relate to a sadistic rapist. The BAU reluctantly investigate at the request of a Philadelphia FBI agent, who complicates the case when she uses it to boost her public image and subsequently attracts the unsub's attention.
59 14 "Damaged" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero April 2, 2008 (2008-04-02) 313 12.81[15]
Rossi goes to Indianapolis to continue his personal investigation into an unsolved case that left three children orphans and is given assistance by Prentiss, JJ, and Morgan. Meanwhile, Hotch and Reid travel to a Connecticut prison to interview a death row inmate for their study, but the interview doesn't go as expected when the prisoner reveals his motive for calling them over.
60 15 "A Higher Power" Félix Alcalá Michael Udesky April 9, 2008 (2008-04-09) 314 13.33[16]
While Hotch takes some personal time off to be with his son, the rest of the BAU is called to Pittsburgh to investigate an unusually high suicide rate among the families of victims of a devastating fire at a local recreation center.
61 16 "Elephant's Memory" Bobby Roth Andrew Wilder April 16, 2008 (2008-04-16) 315 12.98[17]
The BAU is called to West Bune, a small town close to Hawley, Texas, to investigate spree killings that involve a teenage boy and his girlfriend who were both victims of bullying. After two policemen are killed, the team has to deal with the small town's angry response and lack of understanding for the couple. Reid empathizes with the two teenagers, causing friction with Hotch when he risks his life to try to talk the boy into surrendering.
62 17 "In Heat" John Gallagher Andi Bushell April 30, 2008 (2008-04-30) 316 13.03[18]
The BAU is called to Miami to investigate a serial killer whose most recent victim is a cop from New Orleans and are assisted by New Orleans detective Will LaMontagne. After the case is wrapped up, JJ reveals a secret relationship between her and Will.
63 18 "The Crossing" Guy Norman Bee Erica Messer & Debra J. Fisher May 7, 2008 (2008-05-07) 317 12.88[19]
The team members try to identify an escalating stalker before he can attack a woman in Silver Spring, Maryland. Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi are called in as consultants on a murder case in Boston that possibly involves battered woman syndrome. Also, JJ discovers that she is pregnant.
64 19 "Tabula Rasa" Steve Boyum Jay Beattie & Don Dworkin May 14, 2008 (2008-05-14) 318 12.88[20]
After a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma, the BAU reopens the case but are surprised to learn that he has amnesia and doesn't remember the murders he had committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia. The team now must find a way to recover his memories so they can try him for his crimes.
65 20 "Lo-Fi" Glenn Kershaw Chris Mundy May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21) 319 13.15[21]
The BAU faces a challenging case when they are called to New York City to determine if a series of random shootings is the work of one serial killer or a team of killers working together. Tensions rise when the team makes the discovery that there are actually multiple unsubs, who are part of a terrorist cell planning a larger attack. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as everyone gets into their separate cars and then one of the SUVs explodes.

DVD Special Features[edit]

  • Deleted Scenes for selected episodes:
    • In Name and Blood
    • Scared to Death
    • Penelope
    • Birthright
    • Damaged
    • A Higher Power
  • Profile: Rossi/ Mantegna
  • Shemar Moore: Criminal Minds’ Wild Ride
  • From Script To Screen: “True Night”
  • Killer Roles
  • The Criminal Element: The Making of Criminal Minds, Season 3
  • Gag Reel


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