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Elle, along with many others, is held hostage on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the U.S. government is monitoring him. Hotchner and Gideon are forced to play into the man's fantasy to save the people he has taken hostage.
While on their separate vacations, each member of the BAU receives a clue from a psychopathic killer who challenges them to save his next victim.
When Emily Prentiss confronts her nemesis, Ian Doyle, and goes missing, Jennifer "JJ" Jareau is asked by the BAU to help find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it is too late.
When an undercover cop in Baltimore involved in a mob investigation goes missing, the BAU believes a serial killer rather than organized crime has something to do with his disappearance. The probe leads to several unsolved missing persons cases.
The daughter of high-powered diplomats, Special Agent Emily Prentiss, joins the team, and she must convince Hotch that she deserves the job based on merit and not on her family connections. The BAU is then called to St. Louis to investigate two serial killers who appear to be competing with each other. By setting a trap based on one killer's profile, the team creates a media event by which to capture the second killer.moreless
Spencer tries to cope with a personal loss; meanwhile, the rest of the BAU head to San Francisco to investigate victims found in the Mission District.
When her stalker kidnaps Spencer's girlfriend, the BAU works together to find her before time runs out. But first, Spencer must come clean to the team about their relationship.
The team searches in New Mexico for someone who has been amputating limbs from random victims, and Spencer's secret phone calls to a mystery woman leave the team interested in who it might be.
The team travels to New Jersey where several people have been poisoned in Beachwood, one fatally, with LSD 10-20 times more potent than a common dose taken recreationally.
The team members try to identify a stalker before he can attack a woman who is being stalked in Silver Spring, Maryland. Meanwhile, Hotch and Rossi are called as consultants on a possible battered woman syndrome murder case in Boston.
The team continues their work to find the unsub who is killing prostitutes, and one agent will put her life in danger as they close in on the killer and the motive. Meanwhile, an agent confronts a secret from the past. Part two of the two-episode season finale.
In the seventh season premiere, the members of the BAU are questioned by a Senate Committee for their retaliatory actions after the assumed death and disappearance of Emily Prentiss, but a familiar face could help them win their case and keep the team together.
The BAU is puzzled when a well-known motivational speaker disappears. He was, after all, their preferred UnSub in the murder of one of the participants in a recent conference he gave in Seattle. Now they must look elsewhere. Back at Quantico, Penelope tries to understand why Morgan won't go to a dinner for an old family friend.moreless
Ritualistic markings on male victim's bodies mean a special profile for the unit. Elsewhere, the possibility of meeting his mystery caller makes Reid nervous.
The BAU is called to rural Oklahoma when women are being murdered after being tortured with sulfuric acid. Meanwhile, Reid treats JJ and Prentiss with deliberate disregard as he tries to deal with their deception regarding Prentiss' fake death.
The BAU travels to Oregon when a series of murders appear to be ritualistic.
When the survivors of a high school massacre in Boise return on the 10th anniversary of the horrific event, the BAU is called to Idaho when another killer with a similar style begins to target the survivors. Meanwhile, Hotch becomes concerned that his son, Jack, might be a victim of bullying at his school.moreless
The murder of two men in Rapid City, South Dakota, means a trip to the Black Hills for the team. Their profile is confounded by the ritualistic manner of the kills, though, and difficulty narrowing down a trigger from different environmental causes in the area. Meanwhile, Reid presses on with his duties while still coping with Maeve's death.moreless
Garcia asks the team for help after a woman in her survivors' support group disappears on the seventh anniversary of her daughter's disappearance.
In the conclusion of last season's cliffhanger, the BAU pursues Billy Flynn, who has kidnapped Det. Spicer's daughter and continues his murder spree throughout the city of Los Angeles.
The BAU becomes involved in the search for a kidnapped woman in the nation's capital after a woman dressed like a 1950s starlet is found murdered in a Georgetown alley.
When a series of unusual murders occurs in Los Angeles, the BAU travels there to investigate. Meanwhile, more of Prentiss's mysterious past is revealed.
The BAU are called to Utah to investigate ritualistic murders and Penelope plans a Day of the Dead party.
The BAU team races against time to track down a missing school bus full of children outside of Washington, D.C.
In a class where college students are being taught criminal profiling, SSA David Rossi and the team present one of the BAU's longest open serial killer cases, which takes the class through the Bureau's pursuit for a murderer that lasted nearly 20 years.
Investigation into a mass murder at an internet security company in Charlottesville, Virginia, reveals the butchery is not the work of a typical serial killer. Meanwhile, Morgan oversees Prentiss's requisite recertification training.
The BAU travels to California when burned bodies of homeless people begin to show up by the famous Santa Monica Pier, and Rossi reconnects with his former Marine sergeant.
When the BAU investigates a series of brutal home invasions and murders in the Inland Empire of Southern California that appear to be related to gangs, the investigation uncovers a more nefarious motive for the crimes.
The BAU travels to St. Louis to investigate the disappearances of young children with troubled mothers as Rossi reconnects with his first wife, Carolyn, who brings him disturbing news.
The BAU is called to determine the real reason behind what appears to be a mass suicide by a small group of young men at a military academy. Meanwhile, Hotchner and Morgan are at odds with each other when they discover their investigation could be jeopardized by another team member.
The BAU is called to apprehend a killer who has struck Detroit for the past three years during Devil's Night, the notorious pre-Halloween celebration.
The team travels south to profile a quickly cycling killer whose signature matches a 30-year-old case. Meanwhile, someone analyzes data that reveals another killer is copying the BAU's closed cases.
Four men go missing in rural Oregon, so the BAU searches for a common link among them in order to track them down and find out what happened. Also, JJ gets upset when Henry doesn't want to celebrate Halloween
The BAU is called to Atlantic City to investigate a series of ritualistic casino-related murders. Meanwhile, Garcia is concerned about her relationship with Kevin Lynch after the pair have a spat and she finds Morgan in her apartment dressed only in a towel.
The BAU is called to the Angeles National Forest in California after bodies mysteriously turn up in the mountain lakes there. Meanwhile, Rossi must make a difficult decision regarding his ex-wife, Carolyn.
In the first part of a two-part season finale, the BAU encounters a gang of bank-robbing serial killers in the nation's capital. As the team tries to negotiate the situation that is unfolding inside the bank, one of the team is taken hostage.
Prostitutes are being discovered murdered in a similar way to animals in Miami, making the BAU work fast to find an UNSUB whose confidence is escalating really fast; and Morgan tries to increase Spencer's athletic skills by convincing him to join the Bureau's softball team.
The BAU profiles an author whose daughters disappear on the same date his wife did a year ago.
After a series of tornadoes strike Kansas, the BAU is called to investigate when bodies of young boys are discovered in the aftermath of the storms in Wichita. Meanwhile, JJ faces pressure at home as well as at work.
The team is called to Texas to search for a serial rapist in Houston known as "The Piano Man" who has returned and is attacking his past victims. Meanwhile, Prentiss begins to deal with the traumatic experience caused by Ian Doyle after she returned to the BAU.
People who detailed personal milestones and intimate details of their lives on social media sites and blogs end up dead, leaving the BAU a whole digital world to profile. Back in D.C., Garcia's attraction to someone new sparks Kevin's jealousy.
When married couples that are fostering young children are being killed in Seattle, the BAU investigates the possibility they are being murdered by someone with a maternal instinct. Meanwhile, Garcia believes Kevin is about to ask her to marry him.
The BAU reopens the case of Morgan's cousin's disappearance after his sister sees a woman in Chicago who resembles Cindi. Morgan is forced to admit that he had lied to his family about Cindi's body being found in Florida, and the search begins to find her alive.
The BAU is called to Philadelphia to investigate a series of brutal murders and is led to the city's boxing scene in search of the killer. Meanwhile, Hotch meets an attractive runner as they both train for a triathlon.
The BAU searches for a kidnapper when a scared and emaciated young boy is found in the Arizona desert and another boy goes missing. Meanwhile, Morgan revisits his own past and tries to bond with the boy who has been found.
The BAU investigates the murders of people whose bodies are found in lifeguard towers along the beaches of the Southern California coastline.
The Replicator makes his first mistake, and the team moves quickly to Philadelphia—where the victims are—to take advantage of their stalker's lapse.
A case where victims have had their watches set to the wrong time sends the team to Austin, Texas. Elsewhere, the team's stalker slowly closes in on his victims.
The BAU is called to two crime scenes in Los Angeles and San Diego. Although the murders appear unrelated, the team's profile posits two unsubs working together in a deadly pact.
The team must stay fluid with an unsub who changes his pattern with each strike made in Detroit. Elsewhere, Blake faces a big decision when her husband returns to her life with a major career plan for her.
The Replicator reveals himself when he targets someone at the FBI, and the race is on to catch him before he can strike again.
When a number of ecstasy overdoses in Manhattan show a pattern, the team travels to the city for the profile. Hotchner is surprised, however, when the investigation reveals his long estranged brother is somehow involved.
In the conclusion of a two-part season finale, the BAU continues to pursue the bank-robbing serial killers and the team determines the suspects have a bigger target. Due to the hostage situation, they must work quickly to diffuse an explosive situation. Meanwhile, a team member is married as Prentiss ponders her future with the BAU.moreless
Penelope must ask her fellow hacker ex-boyfriend to help her and the team solve a case in San Jose.
Three people who are implicated with murders claim to have been attacked by a "clawed monster" at the time each crime occurred, so the BAU starts searching for an unsub that may be controlling the suspects' minds. But as the search continues, one team member is put in jeopardy.
Middle-aged men are being targeted in Morgan's old neighborhood in Chicago. A lead makes Morgan believe the BAU is after someone associated with Carl Buford, the man who molested Derek as a child.
A Colorado town celebrates the quarter-century anniversary of its time capsule by opening it. The macabre contents, however, occasion a call to the BAU, rather than a pleasant trip down memory lane.
The BAU investigates when prostitutes are murdered in Texas. The investigation suggests the killings have religious overtones, but as the BAU delves further into the case their lives are put at risk. Part one of the two-episode season finale.
The team investigates one family's murder and another's disappearance in Kansas, where they have trouble establishing connections between the families. Elsewhere, Hotchner is not prepared for Beth's announcement.
A burial site found at a house in Virginia challenges the team to profile a case with ties to segregation.
Strangulations in Boston sends the BAU to the city to identify a murderer who keeps trophies from his victims. Meanwhile, the team helps Rossi mourn the loss of his favorite bar.
Bites, both animal and human send the team to Milwaukee and a shallow grave holding three bodies. Elsewhere, Reid and Penelope start a fitness program they'd like to keep secret from another team member.
The team goes to St. Louis to help profile the abductor of a boy. The case widens, however, when similarities are found between the current case and a cold case.
Hotch's stab injury makes him have visions of Hayley and Foyet; meanwhile the BAU looks for a missing teenager.
A rash of murders in Kansas City sends the team there to create a profile of the murderer. Meanwhile, Blake suffers a difficult homecoming as she works with her father and brother to close the case.
The team consults in Mississippi when a four-year-old goes missing from a relative's home. Meanwhile, during the investigation, some surprising truths are discovered.
In New York, the team closes a case, but there might be more to it when Derek questions a survivor.
The BAU investigates when two female murder victims are found in the Pittsburgh area wrapped in shower curtains. The team soon discover they should be looking for a pair of UnSubs who are working together.
The BAU meets the new Section Chief and are in pursuit of an UnSub in Baltimore.
Rossi heads to Los Angeles to look for his former Marine sergeant, while the team look for a killer in Cleveland.
The anniversary of The Kennedy Assassination might be a motivator for an UnSub who is striking Dallas.
A copycat begins murdering women in the same Oklahoma town and in the same manner after an infamous serial killer is executed, and the BAU must move quickly before more people are killed. Meanwhile, Prentiss anxiously considers a large real estate purchase.
Still in Arizona, the BAU make a familiar connection that could lead them to their prime murder suspect.
The BAU goes to Arizona to catch a delusional UnSub who thinks that women are out to get him.
The team travels to Chicago to profile mass murderers believed to be missing teenagers. Elsewhere, Morgan is ambivalent once he realizes his girlfriend's job is as demanding as his own.
The BAU travels to Atlanta to investigate the murders of women and determines there could be more than one suspect involved in the case.
The BAU heads to Nevada to catch an UnSub who drowns his victims.
The team searches for JJ whilst uncovering the truth behind her time at the state department. They receive assistance from Emily Prentiss, who returns with vital information.
A kidnapper who annually targets nannies and the children they mind sends the team to Los Angeles to profile the unsub.
The BAU team heads to California with their newest member Kate Callahan to catch an unsub who collects limbs from previous victims.