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 network CBS
Original release September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) – May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)
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List of Criminal Minds episodes

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 (2007–08). 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.




Guest stars[edit]

The Walking Dead star Michael Cudlitz appears in the episode "Identity" as Francis Goehring.

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.

Jamie Kennedy appears in the episode "Lucky" as Floyd Feylinn Ferrell.

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. William Lee Scott guest-starred as Robles' foster brother and accomplice Gary, and Christine Healy guest-starred as Mrs. Manwaring, an abusive foster mother. In the episode "Seven Seconds", Ariel Winter guest-starred as Katie Jacobs, a young girl who is kidnapped at a shopping mall. 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.

Bailey Chase appears in the episodes "Lucky" and "Penelope" as Jason Clark Battle.

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. 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. Pat Skipper guest-starred as Harris Townsend, a retired U.S. Special Forces sniper who reluctantly assists the BAU during a standoff. In the episode "Lucky", Michael Beach guest-starred as Father Marks, and Nick Searcy guest-starred as Detective Jordan. 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.

W. Morgan Sheppard appears in the episode "Birthright" as John Caulfield.

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 is kidnapped by Ryan's gang, Hayley McFarland guest-starred as Katie Owens, the first victim raped and murdered by Ryan's Gang, Fredric Lehne guest-starred as Jack Vaughan, a former hitman and Lindsey's father, 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.

Sally Pressman appears in the episode "Birthright" as Chrissy Wilkinson.

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.

Blue Bloods star Amy Carlson appears in the episode "Tabula Rasa" as Cece Hillenbrand.

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
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
46 1 "Doubt" Gloria Muzio Chris Mundy September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26) 221 12.66[2]
The BAU investigates a spree killer who targets brunette women at a small college in Flagstaff, Arizona only to find themselves doubting their skills as profilers when another body is found while the prime suspect is in custody.
47 2 "In Name and Blood" Edward Allen Bernero Chris Mundy October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03) 301 14.56[3]
With Gideon missing, Hotch transferring to another unit, and Prentiss resigning, Strauss takes the lead as the remaining members of the BAU investigates a Milwaukee serial killer who abducts women in public places by using his son as bait.
48 3 "Scared to Death" Félix Alcalá Debra J. Fisher & Erica Messer October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10) 302 14.55[4]
The BAU travels to Portland, Oregon to assist local law enforcement in the hunt for a serial killer who targets people that have no strong social ties. Meanwhile, the team struggles to come to terms with Gideon's abrupt departure.
49 4 "Children of the Dark" Guy Norman Bee Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie October 17, 2007 (2007-10-17) 303 15.03[5]
While investigating a series of home invasions and murders in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, the BAU suspects that a more sinister motive is at work. However, the case takes a shocking turn when the team learns that the killers are former victims of child abuse.
50 5 "Seven Seconds" John Gallagher Andi Bushell October 24, 2007 (2007-10-24) 304 15.05[6]
When a six-year-old girl disappears from a shopping center in Potomac Mills, Virginia, the BAU suspects that she may have been kidnapped by a budding serial killer. With less than an hour to find her alive, the team races against time to prevent another murder from taking place.
51 6 "About Face" Skipp Sudduth Charles Murray October 31, 2007 (2007-10-31) 305 14.94[7]
The BAU launches a manhunt in Dallas for a budding serial killer who taunts his victims with posters that display the soon-to-be victims' photos. Meanwhile, the team welcomes veteran profiler David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) back to the FBI after a period of semi-retirement.
52 7 "Identity" Gwyneth Horder-Payton Oanh Ly November 7, 2007 (2007-11-07) 306 14.65[8]
When a woman in rural Montana disappears and one half of a serial killing duo commits suicide after being caught by authorities, the BAU races to identify the second killer before his latest victim loses her life. Meanwhile, the team continues to speculate on the reasons why Rossi came out of retirement.
53 8 "Lucky" Steve Boyum Andrew Wilder November 14, 2007 (2007-11-14) 307 15.73[9]
Morgan struggles with a crisis of faith as the BAU pursues a cannibalistic serial killer targeting women in Florida. Meanwhile, Garcia ends up in a life-threatening situation when her first date with her dream man doesn't go exactly as she had expected.
54 9 "Penelope" Félix Alcalá Chris Mundy November 21, 2007 (2007-11-21) 308 15.88[10]
As Garcia fights for her life, the BAU juggles rallying around her and searching for her attacker only to realize that the assailant is someone close to the investigation. Meanwhile, Hotch assigns analyst Kevin Lynch (Nicholas Brendon) to search Garcia's computer only to unearth a file that could jeopardize her future with the FBI.
55 10 "True Night" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28) 309 16.23[11]
While investigating a series of gang-related killings in Los Angeles, the BAU discovers that the crime scenes precisely mirror drawings from an unpublished graphic novel written by a young man suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
56 11 "Birthright" John Gallagher Debra J. Fisher & Erica Messer December 12, 2007 (2007-12-12) 310 14.18[12]
When a series of mutilation-murders in rural Virginia mimic a series of crimes that occurred over two decades earlier, the BAU is forced to interview a survivor of the original spree in order to identify the unsub.
57 12 "3rd Life" Anthony Hemingway Simon Mirren January 9, 2008 (2008-01-09) 311 14.30[13]
When a teenager is found dead and her best friend is reported missing, the BAU launches an intense manhunt in Chula Vista, California for the unsub only to learn that the missing girl's disappearance is connected to a crime her father witnessed ten years earlier.
58 13 "Limelight" Glenn Kershaw Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie January 23, 2008 (2008-01-23) 312 12.67[14]
When the contents of a self-storage unit purchased at an auction suggest a budding serial killer is on the loose in Philadelphia, the BAU investigates at the request of an FBI agent who attracts the unsub's attention when she uses the investigation to boost her public image.
59 14 "Damaged" Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero April 2, 2008 (2008-04-02) 313 12.81[15]
Rossi continues his personal investigation into an unsolved case that has plagued him for twenty years only to be joined by Prentiss, JJ, and Morgan when they learn about the case. Meanwhile, Hotch and Reid interview a death-row inmate only to learn that he has an ulterior motive for requesting their presence.
60 15 "A Higher Power" Félix Alcalá Michael Udesky April 9, 2008 (2008-04-09) 314 13.33[16]
The BAU investigates an unusually high suicide rate in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania neighborhood only to suspect that the deaths are being committed by a serial killer who sees himself as an Angel of Death. Meanwhile, Hotch takes some personal time to be with his son in the wake of being served with divorce papers.
61 16 "Elephant's Memory" Bobby Roth Andrew Wilder April 16, 2008 (2008-04-16) 315 12.98[17]
When the BAU investigates a series of increasingly violent killings in a small Texas town, Reid finds himself emotionally involved in the case after empathizing with the prime suspect (Cody Kasch).
62 17 "In Heat" John Gallagher Andi Bushell April 30, 2008 (2008-04-30) 316 13.03[18]
When a Miami serial killer claims a vacationing New Orleans detective as his next victim, the BAU reunites with Detective Will LaMontagne, Jr. (Josh Stewart) and set out to apprehend the unsub before he kills again. Meanwhile, JJ attempts to keep a secret that may be catching up with her.
63 18 "The Crossing" Guy Norman Bee Debra J. Fisher & Erica Messer May 7, 2008 (2008-05-07) 317 12.88[19]
The BAU attempts to identify a stalker before he can attack a woman in Silver Spring, Maryland. Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi are called as consultants on a possible murder case in Boston that involves battered woman syndrome.
64 19 "Tabula Rasa" Steve Boyum Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie May 14, 2008 (2008-05-14) 318 12.88[20]
When a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma and insists that he doesn't remember the crimes he committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia, the BAU relies on brain fingerprinting to determine if his claims are true.
65 20 "Lo-Fi" Glenn Kershaw Chris Mundy May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21) 319 13.15[21]
The BAU faces one of their toughest cases yet when they attempt to determine if a series of random shootings in New York City are the work of one serial killer or a team of killers. Meanwhile, Hotch endures a tense reunion with an old acquaintance and JJ learns that Will is planning to give up his job so they can raise their child together.

Home media[edit]

The Complete Third Season
Set details Special features
  • 20 episodes
  • 5-disc set
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • 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
  • Deleted Scenes
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 16, 2008 (2008-09-16)[22] April 6, 2009 (2009-04-06)[23] March 18, 2009 (2009-03-18)[24]


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