23 Episodes 2006 - 2007
The sophomore season of the CBS procedural "Criminal Minds", which centers on the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit in the FBI who identify and apprehend serial killers, sees the first of many cast changes that would occur throughout the run of the program. Paget Brewster, as Emily Prentiss, replaces first season regular Lola Glaudini, after her character has trouble readjusting to the job after being shot. Prentiss has powerful parents, and must spends much of the season proving to her new co-workers that she is up to the job, and not there due to nepotism. Among the cases the squad tackles this season is a serial rapist who begins attacking college students and the abruptly changes his target demographic, a killer (played by James Van Der Beek) suffering from multiple personality disorder, and a pair reenacting the plot of The Most Dangerous Game. Guest stars this season include Robert Carradine, Kate Jackson, and Elle Fanning.
The Fisher King Part 2
Wed, Sep 20, 2006 60 mins
Conclusion. The team continues its search for a kidnapped girl (Amanda Bernero) and her enigmatic abductor, who has left clues for the agents. Tired of following the kidnapper's lead, Gideon has the team proceed as they would on any other case. Randall: Charley Rossman. Mrs. Reid: Jane Lynch. Robert Greenaway: Jeff Marchelletta.
Wed, Sep 27, 2006 60 mins
A former profiler (Mary Page Keller) working undercover in the bureau's child-pornography unit brings in the team to find a captive child who's being sold in an online auction. Peter: Michael Len. Amanda Gilroy: Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Kevin: Daryl Sabara. Michael: David Pevsner.
The Perfect Storm
Wed, Oct 4, 2006 60 mins
The teams search for what they believe are two killer cohorts who torture and murder young women and then send DVD recordings of their crimes to the victims' mothers. Frank: Paul Norwood. Mary: Katie Mitchell. Laura: Millie Huckabee. Det. Portillo: John Verea. Mike Kroger: David Park. Amber: Nicki Aycox.
Wed, Oct 11, 2006 60 mins
The agents travel to Los Angeles when a bank robber's MO changes to include displays of rage along with telling his hostages to strip and engage in sexual acts in front of the others. Claire Henderson: Jean St. James. Det. Murad: Marco Sanchez. Roland Lynch: Gary Wolf. Sheppard: Jason Wiles.
Wed, Oct 18, 2006 60 mins
The team profiles a serial rapist who attacked young women at religious schools before taking a six-week break and resuming his crimes, but targeting a different demographic. Maggie: Dahlia Salem. William Lee: Jason London. Alicia Jordan: Mandy June Turpin. Craig Dyson: Jonathan Klein.
Wed, Oct 25, 2006 60 mins
A small community in Texas is terrorized by a killer who takes children into the woods and murders them. Meanwhile, a worried Hotch searches for Elle after she misses a mandatory psych evaluation and doesn't answer her cell phone. James Charles: Sean Bridgers. Emma: Jessenia Quiroz. Jeffrey: Cameron Monaghan.
Wed, Nov 1, 2006 60 mins
A man abducts three college women and locks them in a room, telling them that only two of them will live and they must choose who dies. The team takes the case when J.J., who grew up in the victims' hometown, is approached by one of the mothers. Brooke: Mimi Michaels. Kelly: Kelly Kruger. Polly: Kayle Mae Maloney. Marcus: Tom Schmid.
Wed, Nov 8, 2006 60 mins
The team travels to Seattle, where a serial bomber is targeting centers of automated technology, and Reid discovers that the perpetrator is obsessed with a futuristic novel in which humans are taken over by robots.
The Last Word
Wed, Nov 15, 2006 60 mins
The team searches for two serial killers who are terrorizing the same town. They're polar opposites in method and personality, and seem to be in competition with each other. Meanwhile, a new profiler arrives to join the team, but neither Hotch nor Gideon know anything about her.
Wed, Nov 22, 2006 60 mins
Gideon interrogates a detained terror suspect at Gitmo after a raid on a suspicious home uncovers a device designed to disperse chemical weapons and clues that indicate an attack is imminent and that lead to the detainee. Also, new agent Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), who's fluent in Arabic, joins Reid in studying the terrorist while Gideon talks to him.
Sex, Birth, Death
Wed, Nov 29, 2006 60 mins
The team travel to Washington, D.C., where a serial killer is targeting prostitutes, and they suspect that a teen who approached Reid to ask his opinion about serial murders is the killer. Meanwhile, a congresswoman about to make a speech on the decreased crime rate threatens to take the case from Hotch if he calls a press conference to talk about the murders.
Wed, Dec 13, 2006 60 mins
When Morgan goes home to see his family in Chicago, he's arrested as a serial killer by a detective who used a profile that Gideon had sent to him after reviewing the case. The team flies to Chicago to find the real murderer and exonerate Morgan.
No Way Out
Wed, Jan 17, 2007 60 mins
In a diner in Nevada, surrounded by local police, Gideon sits with a notorious serial killer (Keith Carradine) and tries to get him to divulge where he's keeping a woman hostage. Adding to the drama is the killer's vow to walk out of the diner a free man. Jane: Amy Madigan.
The Big Game
Sun, Feb 4, 2007 60 mins
Part 1 of 2. The team pursues what is believed to be a team of killers that sets up computer webcams to record murders and then posts them on the Internet. Tobias Hankel: James Van Der Beek. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have cameos. Gayle: Keisha Alfred.
Wed, Feb 7, 2007 60 mins
Conclusion. The team's urgency to find the killer increases when they realize he's holding Reid captive and they see a live feed of a bound and drugged Reid, who flashes back to his own troubled childhood while drifting in and out of consciousness. Det. Farraday: Bill Smitrovich. Man in Black: Don Swayze.
Fear and Loathing
Wed, Feb 14, 2007 60 mins
The agents travel to a mostly white New York suburb where four murders are believed to be hate crimes since three of the victims, young black women, had swastikas painted on their faces. The agents need to work fast to prevent another killing and the possibility of a race riot among the town's tense residents.
Wed, Feb 21, 2007 60 mins
The agents travel to Houston where a killer snaps his victims' necks, but the seemingly random pattern of choosing who dies baffles the team. Because the murders occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings, the agents believe the killer is a homeless person.
Wed, Feb 28, 2007 60 mins
Gideon tracks a serial killer in New Orleans who slashes his victims' throats, then disembowels them. The murderer was thought to have perished in Hurricane Katrina until a fourth victim turned up in the French Quarter. The probe reveals the killer sent a letter to the lead detective in the case confirming that he's back in action. Gideon also believes the man identifies closely with Jack the Ripper and may be copying his crimes.
Ashes and Dust
Wed, Mar 21, 2007 60 mins
The team tries to stop a serial arsonist who targets the homes of upper-middle-class families and strikes when everyone is sleeping. Dennis Cutler: John Nielsen. Paul: Jordan Garrett. Vincent Stiles: Sean O'Bryan. Evan Abby: Tom Schanley. Allison Abby: Christina Carlisi.
Honor Among Thieves
Wed, Apr 11, 2007 60 mins
Agent Prentiss' mother, Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss (Kate Jackson), asks the team to help locate a Russian immigrant who has been kidnapped and held for ransom. Lysoswsky: Elya Baskin. Josh Kramer: Gonzalo Menendez. Sergei: Gregory Wagrowski. Lyov: Dimitri Diatchenko. Fyodor: Zoran Radanovich.
Wed, May 2, 2007 60 mins
The team investigate the discovery of bodies in the Idaho wilderness and they theorize that a group of killers is hunting humans for sport. Johnny: Jake Richardson. Paul: Jim Parrack. Brad: Richard Kuegeman. Sheriff Schaeffer: Larry Sullivan. Ranger Lizzie Evans: Kelly Overton.
Wed, May 9, 2007 60 mins
The team travels to Kansas City to investigate a report of missing homeless people. Steven: Ronnie Steadman. Old Nate: Jack Donner. Cal McGee: Kristoffer Winters. Maggie: Bre Blair.
No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank
Wed, May 16, 2007 60 mins
In the second-season finale, Keith Carradine reprises his role as a serial killer. After Frank (Carradine) murders Gideon's girlfriend, Gideon takes off on his own to track him and becomes a suspect in the murder. The team must profile both men to find them. Jane: Amy Madigan. Sammy: Gina La Piana. Erin Strauss: Jayne Atkinson.