Criminal Minds (season 5)

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Criminal Minds (season 5)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2009 (2009-09-23) –
May 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)
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List of Criminal Minds episodes

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.



Special guest stars[edit]


Guest stars[edit]

Southland star C. Thomas Howell reprises as George Foyet, a.k.a. "The Boston Reaper", in the season premiere and the series landmark 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. Christopher Cousins guest-starred as Dr. Tom Barton, a trauma surgeon whose son is targeted by the father of a teenage boy Barton tried to save. In the episode "Haunted", Sean Patrick Flanery guest-starred as Darren Call, a spree killer who has never forgotten the day his father's last victim escaped. Glenn Morshower guest-starred as Lieutenant Kevin Mitchell, who leads the investigation of the shooting. Michael Bowen guest-starred as Tommy Phillips, the lone survivor of Darren's father Bill Jarvis, a.k.a. "The Hollow Creek Killer", played by Don Creech. 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.

Kristina Klebe appears in the episode "Outfoxed" as Miranda Jakar.

In the episode "Hopeless", Clayne Crawford and Blake Shields guest-starred as C. Vincent and J.R. Baker, a gang of thrill killers known as "Turner's Group." Wade Williams guest-starred as Detective Andrews, who leads the investigation of the murders. In the episode "Cradle to Grave", Mae Whitman and Hallee Hirsh guest-starred as Julie and Carol, two women who are abducted by a married couple, who are unable to have children due to the wife dying from breast cancer. In the episode "The Performer", Gavin Rossdale guest-starred as Paul "Dante" Davies, a famous rock musician who is 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, a.k.a. "The Fox", where he is interviewed by Hotch and Prentiss, who are investigating someone who is copying Arnold's murders.

Salli Richardson appears in the episodes "Hopeless" and "The Eyes Have It" as Tamara Barnes.

In the episode "The Slave of Duty", Wes Brown guest-starred as Joe Belser, a.k.a. "The Nashville Stalker", a misogynistic serial killer and Khary Payton guest-starred as Detective Landon Kaminski, who leads the investigation of the murders. 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 a viral internet game that convinces young teenagers to commit suicide.

Evan Peters appears in the episode "Mosley Lane" as Charlie Hillridge.

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", Bud Cort and Beth Grant guest-starred as Roger and Anita Roycewood, a married couple who abduct children and cremate their remains after sedating them. 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.

Teen Wolf star Holland Roden appears in the episode "A Thousand Words" as Rebecca Daniels.

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 fairytales. Gabrielle Carteris guest-starred as Nancy Campbell, the last victim whom Wade 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. Lesley Fera guest-starred as Leslie McBride. 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. In the episode "A Thousand Words", Jolene Andersen guest-starred as Juliet Monroe, a pregnant widow who has been abducting women for several years until she dies giving birth to her son.

Breaking Bad star Dean Norris appears in the episode "A Thousand Words" as Det. John Barton.

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. Eric Ladin guest-starred as Joshua Beardsley, a man who seeks vengeance against Porter for murdering his mother Carol, played by Dale Dickey. In the episode "The Internet is Forever", Ned Schmidtke guest-starred as Austin Chapman, the criminal accomplice of Robert Johnson, a.k.a. "The Internet Killer." In the season finale "Our Darkest Hour", Tim Curry guest-starred as one of the series most notorious criminals, Billy Flynn, a.k.a. "The Prince of Darkness", a serial killer who murders all but one victim. Eric Close guest-starred as Matt Spicer, a police detective leading the Prince of Darkness case, Robert Davi guest-starred as Spicer's partner, Detective Adam Kurzbard, 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
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
921"Nameless, Faceless"Charles S. CarrollChris MundySeptember 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)50115.85[1]
While still recovering from the psychologically damaging events in "To Hell...and Back", Rossi, Morgan, Reid and J.J. are called by local police to help profile a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor and his son. During the search, Prentiss realizes Hotch is missing and the team eventually discover that the Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) has attacked Hotch and also taken personal information regarding Haley (Meredith Monroe) and Jack's (Cade Owens) whereabouts.
932"Haunted"Jon CassarErica MesserSeptember 30, 2009 (2009-09-30)50214.24[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 is still recovering after being attacked in his home by the Reaper.
943"Reckoner"Karen GaviolaDan Dworkin & Jay BeattieOctober 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)50314.05[3]
Rossi's personal and professional life are brought to the forefront when the BAU is called to investigate a case in Commack, Long Island, his hometown, where criminals released from justice are being killed by a professional hit man who is being paid by a judge to carry out the brutal slayings.
954"Hopeless"Félix AlcaláChris MundyOctober 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)50413.92[4]
Washington, D.C. police request assistance from the BAU following increased vandalism that has escalated to a brutal quadruple homicide in southeast D.C. As more bodies turn up, the team identifies at least three unsubs with a "pack mentality" who are killing just for the thrill of it. Meanwhile, the sister of one victim makes a connection with Morgan and looks to him for information on the case and support in her grief, sparking concerns from Garcia about the relationship.
965"Cradle to Grave"Rob SperaBreen FrazierOctober 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)50514.27[5]
Hotch gets a visit from Section Chief Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) regarding her concerns that he is not doing his job well following the Reaper's attack. The BAU travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico to investigate the case of a serial killer who is 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.
976"The Eyes Have It"Glenn KershawOanh LyNovember 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)50612.55[6]
Morgan's first case as acting Unit Chief of the BAU takes the team to Oklahoma City, where they help local authorities track a serial killer who removes the eyes of his murder victims and keeps them as souvenirs.
987"The Performer"John BadhamHolly HaroldNovember 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)50712.77[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.
998"Outfoxed"John GallagherSimon MirrenNovember 18, 2009 (2009-11-18)50813.70[8]
When military families in Hampton, Virginia are killed while the fathers are overseas, the BAU determines that the crimes are similar to those committed by incarcerated family annihilator Karl Arnold (Neal Jones) and works with him to capture the killer. Meanwhile, Hotch grows increasingly unnerved after receiving an ominous message.
1009"100"Edward Allen BerneroBo Crese[N 1]November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25)50913.61[9]
The BAU team members are questioned individually by Chief Strauss as they recount through flashbacks what occurred when the Reaper (C. Thomas Howell) returned to Washington, D.C. to continue his battle with Hotch. The team works frantically to locate the Reaper before he reaches Hotch's family.
10110"The Slave of Duty"Charles HaidRick DunkleDecember 9, 2009 (2009-12-09)51014.43[10]
With Hotch taking a leave of absence to contemplate his future with the FBI, the BAU travels to Nashville, Tennessee to apprehend a serial killer who stalks women and romances them against their will before killing them.
10211"Retaliation"Félix AlcaláErica MesserDecember 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)51114.68[11]
While concluding a case involving an ex-convict abducting his daughter, the BAU find themselves searching for an ulterior motive when the man escapes from their custody with the help of a previously unknown accomplice and then embarks on a killing spree in Lockport, New York.
10312"The Uncanny Valley"Anna J. FoersterBreen FrazierJanuary 13, 2010 (2010-01-13)51213.90[12]
The team is called to Atlantic City, New Jersey to profile a suspect who is abducting certain types of women for an unusual personal obsession.
10413"Risky Business"Rob SperaJim ClementeJanuary 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)51314.91[13]
The BAU travels to Evanston, Wyoming when four teenagers commit suicide within a two-week period, despite none of the victims showing any prior evidence of being suicidal. The investigation leads them to an online "choking game" that encourages students to participate as part of a contest. They focus on a teenage boy as the main suspect in the case, but as they dig deeper, the team finds an unusual condition within the boy's family that could be the trigger to the crimes.
10514"Parasite"Charles S. CarrollOanh LyFebruary 3, 2010 (2010-02-03)51414.75[14]
An agent with the FBI's White Collar Crime unit requests the BAU's assistance with a con artist in Miami, Florida that he has been tracking for five years. The con man appears to be spiraling out of control with his schemes, which is causing him to murder the people he plans to con.
10615"Public Enemy"Nelson McCormickJess Prenter ProsserFebruary 10, 2010 (2010-02-10)51514.33[15]
The team travels to Providence, Rhode Island to assist the local authorities in tracking down an unsub who is killing random people in locations considered to be pillars of the community in order to generate fear in the public.
10716"Mosley Lane"Matthew Gray GublerSimon Mirren & Erica MesserMarch 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)51613.00[16]
After an eight-year-old girl goes missing in Ashburn, Virginia, the BAU finds themselves dealing with a possible predator who has been abducting children for almost a decade.
10817"Solitary Man"Rob HardyKimberly Ann Harrison & Ryan GibsonMarch 10, 2010 (2010-03-10)51713.29[17]
The BAU investigates a serial killer found through the Highway Serial Killer Database, who has killed several women across the country and dumps their bodies in locations near Edgewood, New Mexico. The subsequent investigation leads them to believe the unsub is a trucker who is on a personal mission.
10918"The Fight"Richard ShepardTeleplay by: Chris Mundy
Story by: Chris Mundy & Edward Allen Bernero
April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07)51812.70[18]

The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men that have occurred over the last three years. They begin working with another team of BAU agents who are investigating the murders of father-daughter duos, also occurring over the last three years, when both cases are connected.

This episode serves as the backdoor-pilot episode for Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
11019"A Rite of Passage"John GallagherVictor De JesusApril 14, 2010 (2010-04-14)51912.44[19]
The BAU team heads to Terlingua, Texas, to search for a serial killer targeting illegal immigrants crossing the nearby Mexico–United States border.
11120"…A Thousand Words"Rosemary RodriguezEdward Allen BerneroMay 5, 2010 (2010-05-05)52012.39[20]
After a suspected serial killer targeting women commits suicide in Tallahassee, Florida, the BAU realizes the man has one more victim who may still be alive. Contains numerous references to Ray Bradbury's book The Illustrated Man.
11221"Exit Wounds"Charles S. CarrollRick DunkleMay 12, 2010 (2010-05-12)52113.07[21]
The BAU heads to a small town in Alaska where several murders have been committed over the last week and assumes the unsub is a young man who seems obsessed with hunting. Garcia, who accompanies the rest of the team to Alaska, finds herself in a dangerous situation when she witnesses the unsub killing another victim.
11322"The Internet Is Forever"Glenn KershawBreen FrazierMay 19, 2010 (2010-05-19)52213.25[22]
While investigating the disappearances of three women in Boise, Idaho, the BAU identifies a serial killer who is using social networking sites as his hunting ground and is posting videos of his killings live on the Internet for people to see. The case escalates when the killer directly issues a challenge for the team to find him before he kills his next victim.
11423"Our Darkest Hour"Edward Allen BerneroErica MesserMay 26, 2010 (2010-05-26)52312.97[23]
When a spree killer uses rolling blackouts as a cover to committ a series of murders throughout Los Angeles, California, the BAU sets out to track him down and capture him only to discover an unexpected connection between the killer and one of the detectives assigned to the case.
  1. ^ 'Bo Crese' is a pseudonym used in the credits of "100". It is an acronym formed with the first letter of the name of every writer who contributed to the script: Breen Frazier, Oanh Ly, Chris Mundy, Rick Dunkle, Erica Messer, Simon Mirren and Edward Allen Bernero.

Home media[edit]

The Complete Fifth Season
Set details Special features
  • 23 episodes
  • 6-disc set
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Fear the Reaper
  • Celebrating 100
  • Gubler Direct
  • Material Witness
  • On Air Promos
  • Case Files
  • Gag Reel
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)[24] February 28, 2011 (2011-02-28)[25] March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)[26]


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