Criminal Minds (season 7)

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Criminal Minds (season 7)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) – May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)
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The seventh season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS in the United States on September 21, 2011.[1] Both A. J. Cook and Paget Brewster were rehired by CBS to reprise their roles as Jennifer Jareau and Emily Prentiss.[2][3] On February 15, 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) would leave the series, definitively, once season seven was over. All the other main actors on the show secured deals to return for the eighth season.[4] The two-hour season finale, which took place on May 16, 2012, reveals Prentiss making the decision to leave the BAU.[5]

On March 14, 2012, CBS renewed Criminal Minds for an eighth season, which aired on September 26, 2012.[6]


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

Saw star Dina Meyer appears in the episode "Unknown Subject" as Regina Lampert.

In the season premiere "It Takes a Village", Timothy V. Murphy reprises as Ian Doyle, and Robin Atkin Downes guest-starred as Lachlan McDermott, an international criminal who seeks vengeance against Doyle for murdering his brother Jimmy. In the episode "Proof", Andy Milder guest-starred as Ben Bradstone, a mentally challenged serial killer who removes his victims' five senses with sulfuric acid. Johanna Braddy guest-starred as Ben's niece, Tammy, and Tracy Middendorf guest-starred as Tammy's mother, Lyla, who Ben had a secret obsession over. In the episode "Dorado Falls", Max Martini guest-starred as Luke Dolan, a former U.S. Navy Seal suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder who goes on a murderous rampage. Sarah Aldrich guest-starred as Luke's wife, Jenna.

Judith Hoag appears in the episode "Unknown Subject" as Diana Mitchell.

In the episode "Painless", Eric Jungmann guest-starred as Robert Adams, a survivor of a high school shooting who copied the murders committed by Randy Slade. Julia Campbell guest-starred as Randy's mother, Martha Slade, and Aaron Hill guest-starred as Jerry Holtz, another survivor of the shooting who is murdered by Robert. In the episode "From Childhood's Hour", Isabella Hofmann guest-starred as Carolyn Baker, David Rossi's first wife who dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Heather Tom guest-starred as Connie Barton, a mother who is abducted by George Kelling. In the episode "There's No Place Like Home", Alex Weed guest-starred as Travis James, a serial killer who abducted male prostitutes.

Finn Wittrock appears in the episode "True Genius" as Harvey Morell.

In the episode "Hope", Brigid Brannagh guest-starred as Monica Kingston, a mother whose daughter was abducted and murdered by Bill Rogers, played by Jack Coleman. In the episode "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy", René Auberjonois guest-starred as Colonel Ronald Massey, the leader of the Somerville Military Academy and criminal accomplice of Josh Redding. In the episode "The Bittersweet Science", Shawn Hatosy guest-starred as Jimmy Hall, a professional boxer and spree killer whose son dies of leukemia. Charles S. Dutton guest-starred as Tony Cole, Jimmy's boxing trainer. Danny Goldman guest-starred as Detective Bob Zablonsky, who leads the investigation of the murders.

A Nightmare on Elm Street star Robert Englund appears in the episode "Heathridge Manor" as Det. Gassner.

In the episode "Unknown Subject", Jay Karnes guest-starred as Hamilton Bartholomew, aka "The Piano Man", a serial rapist who is assaulting the victims he previously raped. In the episode "Snake Eyes", Dean Cain guest-starred as Curtis Banks, a serial killer with a gambling problem. Vanessa Branch guest-starred as Curtis' wife, Teri. In the episode "Closing Time", Geoffrey Blake guest-starred as Michael Janeczco, a serial killer who targeted men who have been divorced, which reflected Michael's own background. Tyler Neitzel guest-starred as Michael's stepson, Hunter Wright. In the episode "A Thin Line", Paul Johansson guest-starred as Clark Preston, a mayoral candidate and criminal accomplice of hate crime serial killer Trevor Mills.

The Walking Dead star Chad Coleman appears in the episode "The Company" as Malcolm Ford.

In the episode "A Family Affair", Kathy Baker and William Russ guest-starred as Donald and Linda Collins, the parents of paraplegic serial killer Jeffrey Collins. In the episode "I Love You, Tommy Brown", Teri Polo guest-starred as Margaret Hollman, a mentally unstable high school teacher who fell in love with one of her students, Thomas Brown, with whom she had a son. In the episode "Foundation", Hedy Burress guest-starred as Samantha Allen, the daughter of pedophilic abductor J.B. Allen. In the episode "Heathridge Manor", Juliet Landau guest-starred as Catherine Heathridge, a textile heiress who suffered a psychotic reaction to a Shakespeare play that convinced her that the lead actresses were "The Devil's Wives", prompting her to murder them. Kyle Gallner and Madeleine Martin guest-starred as Catherine's children, James and Lara, who followed in her footsteps. Robert Englund appeared as Detective Gassner, who calls in the BAU for help.

Tricia Helfer appears in the two-part season finale as Izzy Rogers.

In the episode "The Company", Shanola Hampton guest-starred as Cindi Burns, Derek Morgan's cousin who suffered from stockholm syndrome after marrying and giving birth to the son of her abductor, Malcolm Ford. In the episode "Divining Rod", Mackenzie Astin guest-starred as Dylan Kohler, the copycat killer of serial killer Rodney Baines Garrett. In the two-part season finale "Hit & Run", Josh Randall guest-starred as Matthew Downs, a member of the Face Cards and Izzy Rogers' lover, and Evan Jones guest-starred as Chris Stratton, another member of the Face Cards. Sebastian Roché reprises as Clyde Easter, Emily Prentiss' former partner at Interpol who offers her a job as Chief of the Interpol office in London, which she accepts, causing her departure from the BAU.


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1391"It Takes a Village"Glenn KershewErica MesserSeptember 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)70114.14[7]
As the BAU testifies before a Senate Committee about their so-called vendetta against terrorist Ian Doyle (Timothy V. Murphy), a series of events are revealed in which an investigation into the disappearance of Doyle's son tests the team in ways they never imagined and causes a ghost from the past to return.
1402"Proof"Karen GaviolaJanine Sherman BarroisSeptember 28, 2011 (2011-09-28)70212.58[8]
When two young women are blinded with sulfuric acid in Durant, Oklahoma, the BAU searches for a killer determined to get back at someone from his past. Meanwhile, JJ and Prentiss confront Reid about the manner in which he's been dealing with their betrayal of trust.
1413"Dorado Falls"Félix AlcaláSharon Lee WatsonOctober 5, 2011 (2011-10-05)70313.43[9]
When seven people are killed at an Internet security firm in Charlottesville, Virginia, the BAU investigates only to suspect that the killer is much more than a typical mass murderer. Meanwhile, Prentiss works with Morgan to prepare for recertification training.
1424"Painless"Larry TengBreen FrazierOctober 12, 2011 (2011-10-12)70412.87[10]
When a high school massacre survivor is killed in Boise, Idaho, the BAU revists the school's past in order to find a connection between the ten-year-old tragedy and the current killing spree. Meanwhile, Hotch grows concerned after learning that Jack is being bullied and Morgan and Reid engage in a prank war.
1435"From Childhood's Hour"Anna J. FoersterBruce ZimmermanOctober 19, 2011 (2011-10-19)70513.15[11]
When a nine-year-old boy living in St. Louis, Missouri is abducted and his troubled mother is subsequently found dead, the BAU investigates only to make a break in the case after another abducted child reveals the kidnapper's profession. Meanwhile, Rossi uncovers a shocking secret while reconnecting with his ex-wife Carolyn (Isabella Hofmann).
1446"Epilogue"Guy FerlandRick DunkleNovember 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)70612.94[12]
When several drowning victims are found throughout California's Angeles National Forest, the BAU concludes they are dealing with a killer who is determined to find out what happens after death. Meanwhile, Rossi struggles to come to terms with the revelation of Carolyn's ALS diagnosis.
1457"There's No Place Like Home"Rob SperaVirgil WilliamsNovember 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)70711.36[13]
When several mutilated bodies are discovered following a series of devastating tornadoes in Wichita, Kansas, the BAU sets out to catch a Frankenstein-esque killer with a sinister motive. Meanwhile, JJ juggles searching for the killer and dealing with tensions on the home front.
1468"Hope"Michael WatkinsKimberly Ann HarrisonNovember 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)70812.72[14]
When a woman attending Garcia's victims' support group disappears on the seven-year anniversary of her daughter's abduction, the BAU investigates only to suspect a connection between both cases after a mysterious man becomes involved.
1479"Self-Fulfilling Prophecy"Charlie HaidErica MesserDecember 7, 2011 (2011-12-07)70912.41[15]
When five students at a military academy are found dead from an apparent mass suicide, the BAU suspects that things aren't what they seem. Meanwhile, Morgan butts heads with Hotch after Section Chief Strauss, who has accompanied the team in order to supervise their investigation, makes an uncharacterisitic move.
14810"The Bittersweet Science"Rob HardyJanine Sherman BarroisDecember 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)71012.88[16]
Whe two men are bludgeoned to death in Philadelphia, the BAU suspects the killer may be connected to the city's boxing scene. Meanwhile, Hotch contemplates forging his first romantic relationship since Haley's death.
14911"True Genius"Glenn KershawSharon Lee WatsonJanuary 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)71113.00[17]
When a series of murders in San Francisco are believed to be the work of the infamous Zodiac Killer, the BAU must determine whether the crimes were committed by a copycat or if the Zodiac really has returned. Meanwhile, Reid wonders if he should be doing more with his abilities after meeting a fellow prodigy at a seminar hosted by Patricia Cornwell.
15012"Unknown Subject"Michael LangeBreen FrazierJanuary 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)71213.82[18]
When a series of sexual assaults in Houston, Texas contain the signature of a prolific serial rapist known as "The Piano Man", the BAU reopens the original investigation only to find themselves pitted against a woman with her own brand of justice. Meanwhile, Prentiss struggles to come to terms with the one-year anniversary of her battle with Doyle.
15113"Snake Eyes"Doug AarniokoskiBruce ZimmermanFebruary 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)71313.31[19]
When an Atlantic City casino floor manager is found with a playing card placed on his corpse and eight one dollar bills surrounding it, the BAU suspects the crime was committed by a ritualistic killer with a gambling addiction. Meanwhile, Garcia fears the worst after waking up in her apartment to find Morgan wearing nothing but a towel.
15214"Closing Time"Jesse WarnRick DunkleFebruary 15, 2012 (2012-02-15)71412.19[20]
When three men are shot and castrated in Los Angeles, the BAU determies that the victims and the killer are connected by a personal loss. Meanwhile, Rossi attempts to convince Hotch to take Beth on a date.
15315"A Thin Line"Michael WatkinsVirgil WilliamsFebruary 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)71512.78[21]
The BAU returns to California after two separate families living in San Bernardino are killed in what appear to be gang-related home invasions. Meanwhile, Prentiss and Morgan butt heads following a disastrous training session.
15416"A Family Affair"Rob SperaKimberly Ann HarrisonFebruary 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)71612.54[22]
When two prostitutes are stabbed multiple times in Atlanta, the BAU suspects the crimes were committed by a dominant and a submissive working together. Meanwhile, Hotch prepares for the upcoming FBI Triathalon and JJ plans a girls' night out with Prentiss and Garcia.
15517"I Love You, Tommy Brown"John TerleskyJanine Sherman BarroisMarch 14, 2012 (2012-03-14)71711.43[23]
When three unrelated foster couples are shot execution-style in Seattle, Washington, the BAU uncovers a link that leads them to suspect the crimes were committed by a female killer with a murderous maternal instinct. Meanwhile, Garcia grows increasingly anxious after overhearing a conversation between Kevin and Morgan.
15618"Foundation"Dermott DownsJim ClementeMarch 21, 2012 (2012-03-21)71812.09[24]
When a teenage boy is found wandering the Arizona desert and another boy goes missing that same night, the BAU suspects a local woman may hold the key to the kidnapper's identity. Meanwhile, Morgan becomes emotionally involved in the case as he forges a bond with the survivor.
15719"Heathridge Manor"Matthew Gray GublerSharon Lee WatsonApril 4, 2012 (2012-04-04)71911.34[25]
When a math teacher from Medford, Oregon is found dead in an abandoned psychiatric institution outside Salem, the BAU suspects that the crime was committed by a Satanist with a dangerous obsession.
15820"The Company"Nelson McCormickBreen FrazierApril 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)72011.81[26]
When Morgan's sister is injured while chasing a woman who looks like their dead cousin, the BAU reopens the investigation into her disappearance. Meanwhile, Morgan finds himself forced to tell the rest of his family why he lied to them.
15921"Divining Rod"Doug AarniokoskiBruce ZimmermanMay 2, 2012 (2012-05-02)72111.47[26]
When a woman living in Enid, Oklahoma is stabbed on the same night a prolific serial killer is executed, the BAU immediately determines the crime was committed by a copycat and sets out to catch him before he takes another life. Meanwhile, Prentiss grows nervous about receiving news of a house she recently purchased.
16022"Profiling 101"Félix AlcaláVirgil WilliamsMay 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)72211.62[27]
Rossi and the team present one of the longest-tenured serial killer cases to college students in Seattle, and they take the class through a nearly 20 year chase for the murderer.
16123"Hit"Michael LangeRick DunkleMay 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)72313.68[28]
When the BAU goes up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C., the team tries to negotiate the situation unfolding inside the bank, but the stakes rise when JJ's fiancée, Will (Josh Stewart) is taken hostage. Also, a phone call from her former boss (Sebastian Roché) makes Prentiss ponder her future.
16224"Run"Glenn KershawErica MesserMay 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)72413.68[28]
As the BAU team continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers, the team determines that the suspects, particularly the female (Tricia Helfer) and her secret partner, have a bigger target in the Nation's capital; and with one of the team still a hostage, they must work quickly to defuse an explosive situation. Also, there are wedding bells for JJ, Strauss thanks Morgan for his help and Prentiss makes a decision about her future.


Episode U.S. ratings
Original airdate Viewers
Night Week
"It Takes a Village" September 21, 2011 14.14[7] 2 13[7]
"Proof" September 28, 2011 12.58[8] 2 13[8]
"Dorado Falls" October 5, 2011 13.43[9] 1 9[9]
"Painless" October 12, 2011 12.87[10] 2 11[10]
"Childhood's Hour" October 19, 2011 13.15[11] 2 11[11]
"Epilogue" November 2, 2011 12.94[12] 2 15[12]
"There's No Place Like Home" November 9, 2011 11.36[13] 2 17[13]
"Hope" November 16, 2011 12.72[14] 2 11[14]
"Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" December 7, 2011 12.41[15] 1 12[15]
"The Bittersweet Science" December 14, 2011 12.88[16] 1 9[16]
"True Genius" January 18, 2012 13.00[17] 2 11[17]
"Unknown Subject" January 25, 2012 13.82[18] 3 5[18]
"Snake Eyes" February 8, 2012 13.31[19] 2 11[19]
"Closing Time" February 15, 2012 12.19[20] 2 10[20]
"A Thin Line" February 22, 2012 12.78[21] 2 13[21]
"A Family Affair" February 29, 2012 12.54[22] 2 8[22]
"I Love You, Tommy Brown" March 14, 2012 11.43[23] 3 6[23]
"Foundation" March 21, 2012 12.09[24] 2 6[24]
"Heathridge Manor" April 4, 2012 11.34[25] 3 14[25]
"The Company" April 11, 2012 11.81[26] 2 7[26]
"Divining Rod" May 2, 2012 11.47[26] 2 11[26]
"Profiling 101" May 9, 2012 11.62[27] 2 12[27]
"Hit (Part I)" May 16, 2012 13.68[28] 2 6[28]
"Run (Part II)" May 16, 2012 13.68[28] 2 6[28]

Home media[edit]

The Complete Seventh Season
Set details Special features
  • 24 episodes
  • 6-disc set (Region 1)
  • 5-disc set (Region 2 & 4)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Mind's Eye
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)[29] November 26, 2012 (2012-11-26)[30] November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)[31]


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