Criminal Minds (season 7)

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Criminal Minds (season 7)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network CBS
Original release September 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, reported that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) would leave the series, definitively, once season seven was over. All other main actors on the show have 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.

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
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
139 1 "It Takes a Village" Glenn Kershaw Erica Messer September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 701 14.14[7]
The BAU team is at crossroads when they are questioned by a Senate Committee for their retaliatory actions against Doyle (Timothy V. Murphy). They face the committee with assistance from the returning Jennifer Jareau. During the hearing, the team learns that Morgan has been tracking Doyle since the day Prentiss "died" and that Doyle's son is in danger. They race against time to find Doyle before someone else does, in a situation that tests the team and the trust between them. It is soon shaken by a familiar face, who assists the team in this case.
140 2 "Proof" Karen Gaviola Janine Sherman Barrois September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) 702 12.58[8]
Women are being found murdered after being robbed of one of their five senses in Durant, Oklahoma, prompting attention from the BAU. JJ and Prentiss get the cold shoulder from Reid as he deals with their deception about Prentiss' presumed death, while Rossi has a cooking lesson for the team to bring them together.
141 3 "Dorado Falls" Félix Alcalá Sharon Lee Watson October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) 703 13.43[9]
The BAU team investigates a mass murder at an Internet security company in nearby Charlottesville but clues reveal it is not a typical serial killer at work. Meanwhile, Prentiss must complete recertification training under Morgan's watchful eye.
142 4 "Painless" Larry Teng Breen Frazier October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) 704 12.87[10]
Survivors of a high school massacre in Boise, Idaho, that occurred in October 2001 return to remember the event 10 years later, but the BAU team is called in when a new killer with a similar style targets the survivors, and they discover two key factors that connect to the original shooting. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack (Cade Owens), may be a victim of school bullying, while Morgan and Reid exchange pranks.
143 5 "From Childhood's Hour" Anna J. Foerster Bruce Zimmerman October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19) 705 13.15[11]
The BAU team investigates the abductions of young children with troubled mothers in St. Louis. Rossi reconnects with his first wife, Carolyn (Isabella Hofmann), who has shocking news for him.
144 6 "Epilogue" Guy Ferland Rick Dunkle November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02) 706 12.94[12]
The BAU search California's Angeles National Forest after a number of bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Meanwhile, Rossi struggles with an agonizing decision regarding his ex-wife.
145 7 "There's No Place Like Home" Rob Spera Virgil Williams November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) 707 11.36[13]
When a series of tornadoes hits Wichita, Kansas, the BAU is called in to investigate bodies of young boys who had run away from home that turn up in the aftermath of the storms. The pressure is on when they realize that they may have a "Frankenstein" serial killer in their hands and another teenage boy goes missing with the threat of bad weather looming. Work pressures cause tension on JJ's home front.
146 8 "Hope" Michael Watkins Kimberly Ann Harrison November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16) 708 12.72[14]
A case turns personal for Garcia when the BAU investigates the disappearance of a woman in her survivors' support group whose daughter went missing seven years earlier.
147 9 "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" Charlie Haid Erica Messer December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07) 709 12.41[15]
The BAU investigates a mass suicide at a renowned military academy, and the investigation takes a shocking turn when they learn about the past of the victims, leading the team to believe the academy isn't what it seems to be. Meanwhile a team member's secret is exposed and Morgan and Hotch disagree about how to deal with it.
148 10 "The Bittersweet Science" Rob Hardy Janine Sherman Barrois December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14) 710 12.88[16]
The BAU team investigates a string of fatal beatings in Philadelphia and looks into to the city's boxing scene in search of the killer. Hotch makes a connection with an attractive runner, Beth Clemmons (Bellamy Young), as they both train for a triathlon.
149 11 "True Genius" Glenn Kershaw Sharon Lee Watson January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18) 711 13.00[17]
A series of murders in San Francisco bearing the tell-tale signs of the infamous Zodiac Killer have the BAU wondering if the notorious serial killer has returned. Also, Reid ponders if he should be doing more with his genius abilities.
150 12 "Unknown Subject" Michael Lange Breen Frazier January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25) 712 13.82[18]
In the milestone 150th episode of the series, the BAU team searches for a serial rapist in Houston, known as "The Piano Man" who has resurfaced and is assaulting his previous victims. Also, Prentiss tries to come to terms with her trauma from last year and with rejoining the team.
151 13 "Snake Eyes" Doug Aarniokoski Bruce Zimmerman February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08) 713 13.31[19]
The BAU agents try their luck in Atlantic City, New Jersey when the team is called in to investigate a series of ritualistic, casino-related murders, perpetrated by a highly delusional, superstitious problem gambler (Dean Cain). Meanwhile, after a spat with her boyfriend, Kevin (Nicholas Brendon), Garcia thinks she and Morgan may have gotten a little too friendly with each other.
152 14 "Closing Time" Jesse Warn Rick Dunkle February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15) 714 12.19[20]
The BAU are summoned to Los Angeles to investigate when a serial killer's body dump is found in a lifeguard tower. Hotch invites Beth on a date.
153 15 "A Thin Line" Michael Watkins Virgil Williams February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22) 715 12.78[21]
A series of brutal home invasions and murders in San Bernardino, California initially appear to be gang-related, but the BAU investigation may uncover a more sinister motivation. Meanwhile, Prentiss and Morgan debate about how to train new recruits after a training session ends in failure..
154 16 "A Family Affair" Rob Spera Kimberly Ann Harrison February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) 716 12.54[22]
When the BAU travels to Atlanta to investigate the murders of women, the clues lead them to look for an unsub who is not working alone.
155 17 "I Love You, Tommy Brown" John Terlesky Janine Sherman Barrois March 14, 2012 (2012-03-14) 717 11.43[23]
When married couples fostering young children end up being killed in Seattle, the BAU team looks for an unsub (Teri Polo) with a maternal-yet-murderous instinct. Also, Garcia fears a possible proposal from Kevin.
156 18 "Foundation" Dermott Downs Jim Clemente March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) 718 12.09[24]
The BAU is called to Scottsdale, Arizona when one young boy is found wandering the desert and another child goes missing, which hits close to home for Morgan.
157 19 "Heathridge Manor" Matthew Gray Gubler Sharon Lee Watson April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04) 719 11.34[25]
The BAU team heads to Medford, Oregon to investigate a series of gothic, ritualistic murders. A woman believes that she is fighting against the Devil and his wives; when she dies, the task is continued by her son and reluctant daughter.
158 20 "The Company" Nelson McCormick Breen Frazier April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11) 720 11.81[26]
Morgan's sister sees a girl in Chicago, who looks like their presumed dead cousin. Morgan has to confess to his family about the lie he told, and the BAU re-opens her case.
159 21 "Divining Rod" Doug Aarniokoski Bruce Zimmerman May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02) 721 11.47[26]
After a serial killer is executed in Enid, Oklahoma, a copycat shows up and the FBI agents are called in to find him. Meanwhile, Prentiss gets nervous about a real estate purchase.
160 22 "Profiling 101" Félix Alcalá Virgil Williams May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09) 722 11.62[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.
161 23 "Hit" Michael Lange Rick Dunkle May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16) 723 13.68[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.
162 24 "Run" Glenn Kershaw Erica Messer May 16, 2012 (2012-05-16) 724 13.68[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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