Criminal Minds (season 5)

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Criminal Minds (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original run September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23) – May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)
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The fifth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 23, 2009 and ended May 26, 2010. Episode 18 was a pilot episode for the spin-off series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.


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 entire season N/A
Penelope Garcia Kirsten Vangsness entire season N/A
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner Thomas Gibson entire season N/A
Erin Strauss Jayne Atkinson N/A 5 episodes
Jack Hotchner Cade Owens N/A 4 episodes
Haley Hotchner Meredith Monroe N/A 3 episodes
Kevin Lynch Nicholas Brendon N/A 3 episodes
William "Will" LaMontagne Jr. Josh Stewart N/A 2 episodes

Guest stars[edit]

C. Thomas Howell reprises as George Foyet, aka "The Boston Reaper", the series most notorious criminal in the season premiere and the series 100th episode.

In the season premiere "Nameless, Faceless", D. B. Sweeney guest starred as Sam Kassmeyer, a U.S. Marshal who is assigned to protect Aaron Hotchner's family until George Foyet is caught. In the episode "Haunted", Glenn Morshower guest starred as Lieutenant Kevin Mitchell, who leads the investigation of spree killer Darren Call. Michael Bowen guest starred as Tommy Phillips, the lone survivor of Bill Jarvis, aka "The Hollow Creek Killer". In the episode "Reckoner", Lawrence Pressman guest starred as Boyd Schuller, a terminally ill court judge who hires Tony Mecacci to commit a series of vigilante murders.

Sean Patrick Flanery guest starred in the episode "Haunted" as Darren Call, a spree killer who has never forgotten the day his father's last victim escaped.

In the episode "Cradle to Grave". Hallee Hirsh guest starred as Carol, a pregnant woman who is abducted by a married couple, who are unable to have children due to the wife dying from breast cancer. Mae Whitman guest starred as Julie, another woman who is abducted and is raped by the husband, Robert Reimann. In the episode "The Performer", Gavin Rossdale guest starred as Paul Davies, aka "Dante", a famous rock musician who suspected of murdering several of his fans. Eddie Jemison guest starred as Paul's manager, Ray Campion, who is responsible for the murders, as was his accomplice, Gina King, played by Inbar Lavi. In the episode "Outfoxed", Neal Jones reprises as Karl Arnold, aka "The Fox", who is interviewed by Aaron Hotchner and Emily Prentiss, who are investigating someone who is copying Arnold's murders. Kristina Klebe guest starred as Miranda Jakar, a Bosnian immigrant who is responsible for the murders.

Salli Richardson guest starred in the episodes "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It" as Tamara Barnes, a woman who asks Derek Morgan to help solve the murder of her brother, William.

In the episode "The Slave of Duty", Wes Brown guest starred as Joe Belser, aka "The Nashville Stalker", a misogynistic serial killer. In the episode "Retaliation", Lee Tergesen guest starred as Dale Schrader, a serial killer who escapes police custody and abducts the family of his former accomplice. In the episode "The Uncanny Valley", Jonathan Frakes guest starred as Dr. Arthur Malcolm, a pedophile who molested his daughter, Samantha, and gave her porcelain dolls away to another girl. Rosalie Ward guest starred as Bethany Wallace, a woman who is abducted by Samantha Malcolm. In the episode "Risky Business", John Pyper-Ferguson guest starred as Wilson Summers, a father who created and viral internet game that convinces young teenagers to commit suicide.

Evan Peters guest starred in the episode "Mosley Lane" as Charlie Hillridge, a teenage boy who is abducted by a married couple and held captive for eight years.

In the episode "Parasite", Victor Webster guest starred as Bill Hodges, a serial killer who has a wife and two other lovers. Annabeth Gish guest starred as Bill's wife, Rebecca, and Valerie Cruz guest starred as Bill's secret lover, Brooke Sanchez. In the episode "Public Enemy", Sprague Grayden guest starred as Meg Collins, a religious mother and wife whose husband is murdered by Connor O'Brien, a spree killer who murders people simply to generate fear among the public. In the episode "Mosley Lane", Beth Grant guest starred as Anita Roycewood, a child abductor who cremates his victims. Ann Cusack guest starred as Sarah Hillridge, an alcoholic mother and wife whose son has been missing for eight years, and Brooke Smith guest starred as Barbara Lynch, a mother and wife whose daughter, Aimee, is abducted by the Roycewoods.

Holland Roden guest starred in the episode "A Thousand Words" as Rebecca Daniels, a young woman who is abducted and held captive by a pregnant widow.

In the episode "Solitary Man", Morgan Lily guest starred as Jody Hatchett, a young girl whose father, Wade, abducts mothers for Jody and would later tell her about his escapades as sugar-coated fairytales. Gabrielle Carteris guest starred as Nancy Campbell, the last victim who Wade Hatchett abducts. In the episode "The Fight", Alexa Nikolas guest starred as Jane McBride, a teenage girl who is abducted by John Vincent Bell, along with her father, Ben. In the episode "A Rite of Passage", Mike Doyle guest starred as Deputy Ronald Boyd, a serial killer who is targeting illegal immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border. Marlene Forte guest starred as Sheriff Eva Ruiz, who aids the BAU with the investigation of the murders, until Ronald murders her.

Eric Close guest starred in the season finale "Our Darkest Hour" as Detective Matt Spicer, a man who survived the murder of his parents at the hands of Billy Flynn.

In the episode "A Thousand Words", Jolene Anderson guest starred as Juliet Monroe, a pregnant widow who has been abducting women for several years, until she dies giving birth to her son. In the episode "Exit Wounds", Mark L. Young guest starred as Owen Porter, a serial killer and, at one point, a cannibal, from an abusive family. In the season finale "Our Darkest Hour", Tim Curry guest starred as one of the series most notorious criminals, Billy Flynn, aka "The Prince of Darkness", a serial killer who murders all but one victim. Robert Davi guest starred as Detective Adam Kurzbard, who leads the investigation of the Prince of Darkness case, and Linda Purl guest starred as Colleen Everson, a woman who, after Billy Flynn raped her and murdered her husband, attempted suicide twice.


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
92 1 "Nameless, Faceless" Charles S. Carroll Chris Mundy September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23) 501 15.85[1]
While still recovering from the events in "To Hell and Back", Rossi, Morgan, Reid and JJ are called by local police to help profile a killer who's targeting an emergency room doctor and his son, believing that the doctor is responsible for the death of someone the UnSub knew. During the search Prentiss realizes that Hotch is missing and the team eventually discover that the Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) has attacked Hotch and also taken personal information in regards to Haley (Meredith Monroe) and Jack's (Cade Owens) whereabouts.
93 2 "Haunted" Jon Cassar Erica Messer September 30, 2009 (2009-09-30) 502 14.24[2]
The BAU is called to Louisville, Kentucky to help local authorities determine what caused a disturbed man to suffer a psychotic breakdown at a pharmacy and then murder several customers before fleeing the scene. The team must catch him before he kills anyone else. Meanwhile, everyone starts noticing a disturbing change in Hotch who's still recovering after being attacked in his home by the Reaper.
94 3 "Reckoner" Karen Gaviola Jay Beattie & Dan Dworkin October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07) 503 14.05[3]
SSA David Rossi's personal and professional life are brought to the forefront when the BAU is called to investigate a case in Commack, New York, Agent Rossi's hometown, where criminals released from justice are being killed by a professional hitman who is being paid by a judge to carry out the brutal slayings.
95 4 "Hopeless" Félix Alcalá Chris Mundy October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14) 504 13.92[4]
Washington D.C. police request assistance from the BAU following increased vandalism which has escalated to the murder of four people in southeast D.C. A second killing, completely different from the first, leads the team to identify at least three unsubs with a "pack mentality" who are killing just for the thrill of the kill. The sister of one of the victims makes a connection with Agent Morgan and looks to him for information on the case and support in her grief. Garcia has concerns about the relationship.
96 5 "Cradle to Grave" Rob Spera Breen Frazier October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21) 505 14.27[5]
Hotch gets a visit from Chief Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) regarding her concerns that he is not doing his job well. The BAU travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico to investigate the case of a serial killer who's kidnapping and impregnating young women before murdering them mere minutes after they've given birth. Hotch gives Morgan additional duties in documentation for the case which causes tension between them until Hotch finally explains his plan for keeping the team together.
97 6 "The Eyes Have It" Glenn Kershaw Oanh Ly November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04) 506 12.55[6]
Morgan's first case as acting director of the BAU takes them to Oklahoma City to help local authorities track a serial killer who removes the eyes of his murder victims and keeps them as souvenirs. The team makes the adjustment to the change in leadership and successfully catch the killer. JJ and Garcia surprise Morgan with an office of his own when the team returns home. Morgan then contacts the woman he has kept in touch with from a previous case where her brother was murdered to have drinks.
98 7 "The Performer" John Badham Holly Harold November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11) 507 12.77[7]
The BAU is called to Los Angeles to investigate a series of killings that lead to a Goth rock star (Gavin Rossdale) who appears to have become lost in the personality of the alter ego he portrays when on stage. Each of the victims has been almost drained of blood and has puncture wounds on their neck with saliva on the skin. The profile describes a male from a dysfunctional family who lives in a low income neighborhood but the rock star doesn't fit the profile. Once the saliva is identified as female, the team quickly identifies the killer and brings her into custody.
99 8 "Outfoxed" John Gallagher Simon Mirren November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18) 508 13.70[8]
The BAU is called in to assist local authorities in Hampton, Virginia, with the murders of two military families while the father of each family was deployed. The crimes were committed a year apart but fingerprints and MO show they were done by the same unsub. The murders are similar to those committed by "The Fox", a serial killer that the BAU was responsible for apprehending in episode 7 of season 1. Hotch and Prentiss go to Red Onion Supermax Prison to question the Fox about his killings and the fan mail he has received that seems to be connected to the current murders. Prentiss and Reid provide insight that clarifies the profile and enables the team to apprehend the unsub. However, the Fox then shows Hotch all of the mail he has received from this fan and Hotch realizes that it was the Reaper, George Foyet, who set him up to meet with the Fox.
100 9 "100" Edward Allen Bernero Bo Crese November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25) 509 13.61[9]
The BAU team members are questioned individually by Chief Strauss as they recount through flashbacks what occurred when the Reaper returned to Washington, D.C. to continue his battle with Agent Hotchner. The team works frantically to locate the Reaper before he reaches Hotchner's family but he continues to be a step ahead until the final showdown between the Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) and Agent Hotchner.
101 10 "The Slave of Duty" Charles Haid Rick Dunkle December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09) 510 14.43[10]
Following Haley Hotchner's funeral, Agent Hotchner takes a leave of absence to contemplate his future with the BAU and as a single parent to Jack. Chief Strauss makes him an offer that she assumes he will jump at but he needs more time to decide. The team goes to Nashville, Tennessee without Hotch to investigate a home invasion case that has resulted in the murder of two women. When the killer is interrupted by the boyfriend of his most recent victim, he kills them both but leaves clues that give the team the rest of the profile they need to catch him. At home again, Hotch has a talk with Morgan about his plans for the future.
102 11 "Retaliation" Félix Alcalá Erica Messer December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16) 511 14.68[11]
Agent Hotchner's first case back as leader of the BAU begins with a take-down and arrest of an ex-con who had kidnapped his daughter in Lockport, New York. Prentiss is in the vehicle with a local officer taking the prisoner back to jail when a truck hits the car sending it down an embankment and injuring all three occupants. The prisoner kills the local officer and is helped to escape by the man who was driving the truck that hit them. The team tracks the fugitive and finds his partner may not be another criminal. Once they identify the second man, they discover his family is being held to force him to help the ex-con get to the money he stole prior to his imprisonment. The family is eventually reunited safely – the opposite of the outcome for Agent Hotchner's family.
103 12 "The Uncanny Valley" Anna J. Foerster Breen Frazier January 13, 2010 (2010-01-13) 512 13.90[12]
The team is called to Atlantic City, New Jersey to profile a suspect who has abducted two women and kept them for months before leaving their bodies in an amusement park and a playground. The women were made up and dressed to look exactly like dolls from a collection that was popular in the 1980s. Autopsies show the women were immobilized with a drug that still allowed them to be conscious of what was happening to them. When another woman is abducted, the team's profile becomes more concrete and they question a doctor who might have abused his daughter when the dolls were popular. They learn where his daughter is and Reid is able to talk her into leaving with the police so the abducted women can be cared for.
104 13 "Risky Business" Rob Spera Jim Clemente January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20) 513 14.91[13]
A county sheriff contacts JJ requesting help when four teenagers commit suicide within a 2 week period but none of the victims showed any prior evidence of being suicidal. JJ convinces Hotch that it is worth looking into and the BAU team travels to Evanston, Wyoming to investigate. Garcia discovers a "choking game" on one of the victim's computers that encourages high school students to participate as part of a contest. The team briefs parents and students leading to the identification of a possible unsub but when the team looks deeper they find an even more unusual condition within the unsub's family. They rush to prevent the true unsub from continuing his lethal game.
105 14 "Parasite" Charles S. Carroll Oanh Ly February 3, 2010 (2010-02-03) 514 14.75[14]
An agent with the FBI's White Collar Crime unit requests BAU assistance with a con artist in Miami, Florida that he has been tracking for five years. One of his victims was recently killed after realizing she had been conned. The team finds multiple aliases for the con man and after another murder of one of his clients believes he is becoming fragmented and the more difficulty he has keeping his scams on track, the more likely he is to kill his victims to keep from being found out. They are able to track the unsub through his family and must catch him before he kills anyone else or escapes to start a new life somewhere else.
106 15 "Public Enemy" Nelson McCormick Jess Prenter Prosser February 10, 2010 (2010-02-10) 515 14.33[15]
The team travels to Providence, Rhode Island to assist the local authorities in tracking down an unsub who has killed three people in different locations but there is no pattern to the murders. The team profiles the unsub as similar to an arsonist who is more interested in the symbolism than the actual victim. At the next murder scene a police officer is killed during the search for the unsub which ultimately helps the team identify a suspect. They are unable to apprehend him until another murder finally brings the community together to fight the fear that is the killer's real goal. The killer is caught and the murders end until he meets his father in prison and pays him back for the abuse he suffered as a child.
107 16 "Mosley Lane" Matthew Gray Gubler Erica Messer & Simon Mirren March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03) 516 13.00[16]
The BAU is called to Ashburn, Virginia when an 8 yr old child is taken from an amusement park and they identify 12 kids taken over the last decade in the exact same scenario. They interview all the parents and are able to profile a team of child abductors who then keep the children for several years. The oldest child, Charlie, was taken 8 years before and his mother never stopped believing he was still alive. She assists the team with their investigation. Charlie has taken pictures of each of the children who have lived with them for the last several years. Whenever one of the kids held by the unsubs misbehaves, they kill the child and then take a new child to replace the dead child, forcing Charlie to assist in the abduction. The team starts investigating all those people who were questioned as possible suspects in the previous abductions and find the home where the children are being held. The "mother" escapes with the remaining three children including Charlie to the funeral home and crematorium that her family owns and proceeds to cremate all the evidence. Before she can kill the children, Charlie takes a gun out of her purse and kills her. The remaining children are reunited with their parents and the other parents are told their children are dead giving them closure but no justice as the "father" hangs himself before he can be taken into custody.
108 17 "Solitary Man" Rob Hardy Kimberley Ann Harrison & Ryan Gibson March 10, 2010 (2010-03-10) 517 13.29[17]
The BAU identifies a serial killer through the Highway Serial Killer Database who has killed at least five women. The women have been taken and killed hundreds of miles apart but Reid determines that the killer has a geographical focus on the town of Edgewood, New Mexico so the team goes there to profile the unsub. They profile a killer who is a trucker and narrow it down to a man who is searching for a potential mother figure for his daughter, Jody who is in foster care and about to be adopted by another couple. He believes he has finally found the right woman when he abducts a mother from a rest area and leaves her daughter behind. When another body is found, the team knows the killer is going to attempt to take his daughter. The team is able to prevent this but Jody is left an orphan.
109 18 "The Fight" Richard Shepard Edward Allen Bernero & Chris Mundy April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07) 518 12.70[18]
The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men. Over the last three years, three homeless men have been murdered over three consecutive days occurring about the same time each year. Supervisory Special Agent Sam Cooper (Forest Whitaker), a former BAU member who now heads his own hand-picked team, contacts Hotch and shares information he has gathered that each year after the homeless men are found a father and his teenage daughter have been found murdered as well. Cooper believes there is a connection between the homeless men and the father/daughter murders and asks Hotch to let his team work with the BAU to solve the crimes. Chief Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) gave Cooper a direct order not to investigate the father/daughter murders but Hotch agrees with Cooper's theory that they are connected and the teams work together to profile the unsub. They profile a man who was in prison when his daughter died and he is trying to make up for not taking care of her by using the teenage girls he abducts and forcing the father to fight the homeless men in order to keep himself and his daughter alive. The teams are able to identify the missing father and daughter and then track down the unsub through a contact at San Quentin who finds out that a former prisoner fits the profile. Chief Strauss contacts Hotch and Cooper and threatens serious consequences if Cooper doesn't take his team off the case. Cooper refuses and the teams work to find the unsub and the father and daughter before he kills them. The daughter talks the killer into taking her with him and leaving her father alive. When three members of the teams corner the killer, he gives up the girl and appears to jump off the roof to his death. When Prentiss looks over the edge of the building the killer is lying on a second level just below the roof and aims his gun at her point blank. An agent from Cooper's team on a rooftop across the street kills the unsub, saving Prentiss's life. This episode launches the spin-off, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
110 19 "A Rite of Passage" John Gallagher Victor De Jesus April 14, 2010 (2010-04-14) 519 12.44[19]
The BAU team heads to Terlingua, Texas, a small town on the Mexican border where three decapitated heads were found outside the sheriff's office. The sheriff recently took over after moving from the NYPD. Her deputies believe the killings are part of the local drug trade but the sheriff believes they were illegal immigrants as she has tracked more than 20 who've gone missing in the last 6 months. The deputies arrest the leader of the local drug cartel against the sheriff's orders but the team questions him and lets him go. The killer then focuses on the sheriff, leaving another head at her home. The team works to locate recent immigrants who might know something about the killings. They save a group of them who were imprisoned at a "safe house" and one of them, a little boy says he saw the sun even though they crossed the border at night. When the sheriff is missing the next morning, one of the deputies comes under suspicion as his family history and his similarities to the profile become known.
111 20 "...A Thousand Words" Rosemary Rodriguez Edward Allen Bernero May 5, 2010 (2010-05-05) 520 12.39[20]
The BAU team travels to Tallahassee, Florida when a man who committed suicide is found with tattoos on his body of the faces of women and the year their bodies were found. They find detailed journals and information on each of the women who were abducted, raped and kept for a year and then killed. Each woman was taken one week after the last body was found. The tattoos and journals lead the team to profile a sadistic rapist who was released from prison ten years previously when the abductions began. The most recent abduction was three weeks before the suicide and they believe the victim may still be alive. Reid finds a clue in the journal that leads to the identification of a partner and the tattoos narrow down the lead to a woman who is pregnant with the killer's child. She prepares to murder the remaining victim but goes into labor and forces her to deliver the child but when she finds out it's a boy, she rejects the child and dies leaving the victim chained up with the baby to care for until the team locates them.
112 21 "Exit Wounds" Charles S. Carroll Rick Dunkle May 12, 2010 (2010-05-12) 521 13.07[21]
The BAU with Garcia in tow head to a small town in Alaska where several murders have been committed over the last week. Finding the unsub proves to be difficult because everyone in town is connected to each other in some way. The team initially profiles a young man who seems obsessed with hunting. Garcia comes upon the killer as he has just finished stabbing another victim and is traumatized but continues to work with the team. The son of the local innkeeper is identified as a suspect but while he is held in jail, the killer murders his mother. Garcia finds a connection among the first several victims in that they were all planning to move away from the town. The team questions the son about anyone he might have tried to help who might have felt abandoned when he left town to go to college. He denies knowing anyone who might fit the description but the team changes the profile to a teenager who may have been abused and was helped by the innkeeper's son before he left for college. A local teacher identifies a suspect and the team goes to the boy's home. They question the parents and the mother is able to tell them where her son might go. The innkeeper's son has already gathered a group of men and they are hunting the suspect in the woods. The team has to find the suspect before he is the victim of a revenge killing.
113 22 "The Internet Is Forever" Glenn Kershaw Breen Frazier May 19, 2010 (2010-05-19) 522 13.25[22]
The BAU team travels to Boise, Idaho to profile a serial killer who has abducted three women in the last 6 months. The killings continue and even escalate as the team discovers the killer uses social networking sites as his hunting ground and posts the videos of his killings live on the Internet for his fans. Reid figures out the connection among the victims is their facial characteristics and Garcia helps narrow down the possible victims but it is still a race against time as the team tries to reach the location where the killer is holding his current victim.
114 23 "Our Darkest Hour" Edward Allen Bernero Erica Messer May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26) 523 12.97[23]
The BAU team travels to Los Angeles to help local investigators when an unsub kills twice during rolling blackouts instituted during a heatwave. The investigation has few clues until Garcia finds similar cases where the killer attacked during blackouts and left one person alive. When the team starts reviewing the initial cases from 26 years ago, they find a connection to one of the local detectives on the case. The unsub (Tim Curry) killed the detective's parents and left him and his baby sister alive. The rolling blackouts have stopped because the citizens are being terrorized by "The Prince of Darkness" as he is dubbed by the media. Believing that the detective's family will be the killer's next target, the team members plan to meet but the increase in energy usage causes a citywide blackout and only Morgan and the detective make it in time to confront the killer.


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