Criminal Minds (season 8)

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Criminal Minds (season 8)
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Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26) – May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
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List of Criminal Minds episodes

The eighth season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 26, 2012. The series was officially renewed for an eighth season on March 14, 2012.[1]

In Canada, season eight airs one day earlier on CTV than on CBS in the United States.

Cast[edit]

On February 15, 2012, Deadline.com reported that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) would leave the show once season seven was over. All other main cast members have secured deals for this season.[2] On June 13, 2012, CBS announced that Jeanne Tripplehorn would join the cast of the show.[3]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

In the episode God Complex, Ray Wise as Dr. John Nelson. In the episode The Fallen, Meshach Taylor as Harrison Scott. In the episode The Lesson, Brad Dourif as Adam Rain. In the episode Zugzwang, Michelle Trachtenberg as Diane Turner. In the episode All That Remains, Ken Olin as Bruce Morrison. In the episode Restoration, Skipp Sudduth reprise as Stan Gordinski. In the episode #6, D.W. Moffett as James Blake. In the episode Brothers Hotchner, Eric Johnson as Sean Hotchner. In the episode The Replicator, Mark Hamill as John Curtis, The Replicator.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
163 1 "The Silencer" Glenn Kershaw Erica Messer September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26) 801 11.73[4]
The BAU suspects that a serial killer known as "The Silencer" has resurfaced when a prison inmate escapes during a transfer in Abilene, Texas and several bodies are found with their mouths sewn shut. Meanwhile, the team welcomes its newest member, linguistics expert Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn), into the fold.
164 2 "The Pact" Karen Gaviola Janine Sherman Barrois October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10) 802 11.49[5]
When two seemingly unrelated murders are committed just hours apart in San Diego and Los Angeles, the BAU suspects that two killers are working in concert to exact revenge against criminals released by the justice system.
165 3 "Through the Looking Glass" Dermott Downs Sharon Lee Watson October 17, 2012 (2012-10-17) 803 11.81[6]
When a family in Kansas City, Kansas is found dead and another family goes missing, the BAU searches for a link between the cases in order to find the perpetrator. Meanwhile, Hotch receives surprising news from Beth that threatens to test their relationship.
166 4 "God Complex" Larry Teng Breen Frazier October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) 804 11.61[7]
When a legless corpse is found in Juarez and an unwilling amputee turns up at a motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the BAU determines that the unsub is an amateur surgeon (Ray Wise) whose narcissism has gotten to his head. Meanwhile, Reid's secret phone calls to a mysterious woman (Beth Riesgraf) leave the team intrigued.
167 5 "The Good Earth" John Terlesky Bruce Zimmerman October 31, 2012 (2012-10-31) 805 11.99[8]
When four men in La Grande, Oregon go missing, the BAU searches for a common link among them in order to apprehend the unsub. Meanwhile, JJ gets upset after learning her son Henry is adamant about not celebrating Halloween.
168 6 "The Apprenticeship" Rob Bailey Virgil Williams November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07) 806 12.09[9]
When a Miami prostitute is murdered in a manner similar to a series of recent animal killings in the area, the BAU works fast to catch a serial killer whose confidence is quickly escalating. Meanwhile, Morgan attempts to convince Reid to join the bureau softball team and Hotch receives a phone call involving an unsub whose intentions are made chillingly clear.
169 7 "The Fallen" Doug Aarniokoski Teleplay by: Rick Dunkle
Story by: Rick Dunkle & Danny Ramm
November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14) 807 12.20[10]
The BAU travels to Santa Monica, California to search for a mission-oriented killer who dumps the burned bodies of homeless people near the famous pier. Meanwhile, Rossi finds himself forced to confront his days as a Marine in the Vietnam War when he runs into his former sergeant Harrison Scott (Meshach Taylor).
170 8 "The Wheels on the Bus…" Rob Hardy Kimberly Ann Harrison November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) 808 11.53[11]
When a school bus disappears outside Washington, D.C., the BAU launches a massive search for the missing high school students only to uncover a twisted motive for the crime.
171 9 "Magnificent Light" John T. Kretchmer Sharon Lee Watson November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) 809 12.37[12]
While investigating a series of ritualistic murders in Seattle, the BAU links the crimes to a motivational speaker only to refocus their investigation when the prime suspect disappears. Meanwhile, Garcia speculates on the reasons why Morgan is against attending a dinner honoring an old friend.
172 10 "The Lesson" Matthew Gray Gubler Janine Sherman Barrois December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05) 810 11.33[13]
When several male bodies with marked changes in appearance are discovered in Winslow, Arizona, the BAU suspects they are searching for a serial killer (Brad Dourif) with an unusual personal obsession. Meanwhile, Reid gets anxious when his mystery woman proposes that they meet face-to-face.
173 11 "Perennials" Michael Lange Bruce Zimmerman December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) 811 12.01[14]
The BAU investigates a series of bizarre murders throughout the South only to learn that the unsub's signature matches that of a killer from thirty years ago. Meanwhile, Hotch learns that someone is replicating crimes that the team has recently solved.
174 12 "Zugzwang" Jesse Warn Breen Frazier January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16) 812 12.64[15]
When Reid learns that his mystery woman has disappeared and suspects that the person stalking her has made his next move, the BAU searches Washington, D.C. in a desperate attempt to find her abductor before time runs out.
175 13 "Magnum Opus" Glenn Kershaw Jason J. Bernero January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23) 813 11.84[16]
When two young women are found dead in San Francisco with their eyelids removed, the BAU searches for a killer with an alarming obsession. Meanwhile, Reid is still reeling over his mystery woman's death.
176 14 "All That Remains" Thomas Gibson Erica Messer February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06) 815 11.98[17]
When two sisters in Salisbury, Maryland are reported missing exactly one year after their mother's disappearance, the BAU is tasked with profiling their father (Ken Olin) as a possible suspect in both crimes.
177 15 "Broken" Larry Teng Rick Dunkle February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20) 814 10.69[18]
When three people are brutally murdered in Austin, Texas and later found with their watches set inaccurately, the BAU struggles to profile a killer who is suffering from a severe identity crisis. Meanwhile, the unsub stalking the team's every move prepares to make his next move.
178 16 "Carbon Copy" Rob Hardy Virgil Williams February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27) 816 10.33[19]
When a recent murder in Philadelphia is believed to be committed by "The Replicator," the BAU sets out to find him before he strikes again. Meanwhile, Blake struggles with her personal demons after learning that Strauss wants to make amends.
179 17 "The Gathering" Michael Lange Kimberly Ann Harrison March 20, 2013 (2013-03-20) 817 11.58[20]
With the Replicator case temporarily declared inactive, the BAU investigates a series of murders in Saint Paul, Minnesota involving young women who documented their fantasies on social media sites. Meanwhile, Garcia suspects Kevin has grown jealous after introducing him to her new love interest.
180 18 "Restoration" Félix Alcalá Jim Clemente & Janine Sherman Barrois April 3, 2013 (2013-04-03) 818 10.79[21]
When two middle-aged men are beaten to death in Chicago, the BAU investigates only to unearth a connection between the unsub and Morgan's childhood abuser Carl Buford.
181 19 "Pay It Forward" John Terlesky Bruce Zimmerman April 10, 2013 (2013-04-10) 819 11.47[22]
When a decapitated corpse is found in Colorado hours after a severed head is discovered in a recently unearthed time capsule, the BAU determines that the unsub is a vigilante who perceives his victims as hypocrites.
182 20 "Alchemy" Matthew Gray Gubler Sharon Lee Watson May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01) 820 10.13[23]
When two men are poisoned and dismembered in Rapid City, South Dakota, the BAU struggles to build a profile and determine the trigger before the unsub manages to kill again. Meanwhile, Reid suffers from insomnia as he continues to grieve Maeve's death.
183 21 "Nanny Dearest" Doug Aarniokoski Virgil Williams May 8, 2013 (2013-05-08) 821 10.08[24]
The BAU sets out to apprehend a Los Angeles serial killer who has abducted nannies and the children they watched on the same day for the last six years. With few leads and a short deadline, the team turns to the only known survivor in an attempt to find the unsub's latest victims before time runs out.
184 22 "#6" Karen Gaviola Breen Frazier May 15, 2013 (2013-05-15) 822 10.56[25]
When two couples are found dead in Detroit, the BAU surmises that the unsub is forcing his victims to fatally stab each other. Meanwhile, Blake contemplates her future with the team after her husband James (D.W. Moffett) returns home with a life-changing proposition.
185 23 "Brothers Hotchner" Rob Bailey Rick Dunkle May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22) 823 11.01[26]
As the BAU investigates a series of apparent ecstasy overdoses in Manhattan, Hotch struggles with his personal demons when his estranged brother Sean is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, the Replicator prepares to make his next move.
186 24 "The Replicator" Glenn Kershaw Erica Messer May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22) 824 11.01[26]
When the Replicator hacks Garcia's computer system and targets a team member, the BAU juggles mourning the loss of one of their own and finding the unsub as the stakes grow higher.

Ratings[edit]

Episode U.S. ratings Canada ratings
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Rank Original air date Viewers
(millions)
Rank
Night Week Night Week
"The Silencer" September 26, 2012 11.73[4] 2 15[4] September 25, 2012 1.34[27] 5 25
"The Pact" October 10, 2012 11.49[5] 3 15[5] October 9, 2012 1.56[28] 4 17
"Through the Looking Glass" October 17, 2012 11.81[6] 2 12[6] October 16, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"God Complex" October 24, 2012 11.61[7] 3 15[7] October 23, 2012 2.31[29] N/A 7
"The Good Earth" October 31, 2012 11.99[8] 1 13[8] October 30, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"The Apprenticeship" November 7, 2012 12.09[9] 2 7[9] November 6, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"The Fallen" November 14, 2012 12.20[10] 1 9[10] November 13, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"The Wheels on the Bus..." November 21, 2012 11.53[11] 1 10[11] November 20, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"Magnificent Light" November 28, 2012 12.37[12] 1 10[12] November 27, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"The Lesson" December 5, 2012 11.33[13] 1 10[13] December 4, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"Perennials" December 12, 2012 12.01[14] 1 10[14] December 11, 2012 N/A N/A N/A
"Zugzwang" January 16, 2013 12.64[15] 2 8[15] January 15, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Magnum Opus" January 23, 2013 11.84[16] 1 6[16] January 22, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"All That Remains" February 6, 2013 11.98[17] 2 9[17] February 5, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Broken" February 20, 2013 10.69[18] 2 14[18] February 19, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Carbon Copy" February 27, 2013 10.33[19] 3 11[19] February 26, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"The Gathering" March 20, 2013 11.58[20] 2 6[20] March 19, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Restoration" April 3, 2013 10.79[21] 3 17[21] April 2, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Pay It Forward" April 10, 2013 11.47[22] 2 12[22] April 9, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Alchemy" May 1, 2013 10.13[23] 2 14[23] April 30, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Nanny Dearest" May 8, 2013 10.08[24] 2 16[24] May 7, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"#6" May 15, 2013 10.56[25] 2 11[25] May 15, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"Brothers Hotchner (Part I)" May 22, 2013 11.01[26] 1 3[26] May 22, 2013 N/A N/A N/A
"The Replicator (Part II)" May 22, 2013 11.01[26] 1 3[26] May 22, 2013 N/A N/A N/A

Home media[edit]

The Complete Eighth Season
Set details Special features
  • 24 episodes
  • 6-disc set (Region 1)
  • 5-disc set (Region 2 & 4)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Subtitles: English
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Beautiful Minds
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)[30] December 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)[31] December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)[32]

References[edit]

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General references

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