Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

Season 5 delves deeper into the personal lives of the BAU team and also brings back many of the show's most feared killers. Hotch takes a brief leave of absence, and Rossi investigates a case in his hometown. Some of the more gruesome crimes involve a killer who keeps the eyes of his victims as a souvenir and a woman who kills to satisfy a rather childish obsession. Rocker Gavin Rossdale guest stars as a performer suspected of murder, and in the show's 100th episode, C. Thomas Howell and D.B. Sweeney return in their respective roles as "The Reaper" and US Marshall Kassmeyer as the BAU team race to help Hotchner save his family before it's too late.
Season 5 delves deeper into the personal lives of the BAU team and also brings back many of the show's most feared killers. Hotch takes a brief leave of absence, and Rossi investigates a case in his hometown. Some of the more gruesome crimes involve a killer who keeps the eyes of his victims as a souvenir and a woman who kills to satisfy a rather childish obsession. Rocker Gavin Rossdale guest stars as a performer suspected of murder, and in the show's 100th episode, C. Thomas Howell and D.B. Sweeney return in their respective roles as "The Reaper" and US Marshall Kassmeyer as the BAU team race to help Hotchner save his family before it's too late.

Season 5 (23 episodes)

  • 1. Nameless, Faceless

    Original air date: 09/23/2009 Runtime: 43:26 min.

    Original air date: 09/23/2009 Runtime: 43:26 min. As Rossi, Morgan and JJ profile a killer who is targeting an emergency room doctor, Prentiss realizes that Hotch is missing.

  • 2. Haunted

    Original air date: 09/30/2009 Runtime: 41:16 min.

    Original air date: 09/30/2009 Runtime: 41:16 min. The BAU is called to Louisville to help local authorities determine what caused a disturbed man to have a psychotic break at a pharmacy and murder several customers before fleeing the scene.

  • 3. Reckoner

    Original air date: 10/07/2009 Runtime: 41:15 min.

    Original air date: 10/07/2009 Runtime: 41:15 min. SSA David Rossi's personal and professional life is brought to the forefront when the BAU is called to investigate a case in Commack, Long Island, Agent Rossi's hometown.

  • 4. Hopeless

    Original air date: 10/14/2009 Runtime: 43:38 min.

    Original air date: 10/14/2009 Runtime: 43:38 min. The BAU investigates a group of suspects with a pack mentality who are randomly selecting their victims in the nation's capital and murdering them for the thrill of it.

  • 5. Cradle to Grave

    Original air date: 10/21/2009 Runtime: 42:59 min.

    Original air date: 10/21/2009 Runtime: 42:59 min. The BAU travels to Albuquerque to investigate the case of a serial killer who impregnates young women and murders them after they have given birth.

  • 6. The Eyes Have It

    Original air date: 11/04/2009 Runtime: 43:45 min.

    Original air date: 11/04/2009 Runtime: 43:45 min. The BAU is called to Oklahoma City to help local authorities track a serial killer who removes the eyes of his murder victims and keeps the eyes as souvenirs.

  • 7. The Performer

    Original air date: 11/11/2009 Runtime: 41:05 min.

    Original air date: 11/11/2009 Runtime: 41:05 min. The BAU is called to Los Angeles to investigate a series of killings that lead to a Goth rock star who appears to have become lost in the creepy alter-ego he portrays when he is on stage.

  • 8. Outfoxed

    Original air date: 11/18/2009 Runtime: 40:17 min.

    Original air date: 11/18/2009 Runtime: 40:17 min. While investigating a series of murders of entire families in Hampton, Virginia, the BAU is forced to visit Red Onion Supermax Prison to seek advice from one of the most atrocious killers from the team's past, nicknamed "The Fox," who delivers a portentous message to Agent Hotchner.

  • 9. 100

    Original air date: 11/25/2009 Runtime: 43:37 min.

    Original air date: 11/25/2009 Runtime: 43:37 min. When The Reaper returns to Washington for a final showdown, the team works frantically to catch him before he reaches SSA Hotchner's family.

  • 10. The Slave of Duty

    Original air date: 12/09/2009 Runtime: 43:12 min.

    Original air date: 12/09/2009 Runtime: 43:12 min. While Agent Hotchner takes a leave of absence to contemplate his future with the BAU, the team is called to investigate a home invasion case in Nashville without him.

  • 11. Retaliation

    Original air date: 12/16/2009 Runtime: 41:08 min.

    Original air date: 12/16/2009 Runtime: 41:08 min. After an ex-convict makes a daring escape from the BAU's custody and embarks on a killing spree in Lockport, New York, the team must profile the criminal's past in order to catch him again.

  • 12. The Uncanny Valley

    Original air date: 01/13/2010 Runtime: 42:58 min.

    Original air date: 01/13/2010 Runtime: 42:58 min. As SSA Hotchner struggles with his return to work, the team is called upon to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession who is abducting certain types of women.

  • 13. Risky Business

    Original air date: 01/20/2010 Runtime: 41:50 min.

    Original air date: 01/20/2010 Runtime: 41:50 min. The BAU investigates a rash of teen suicides in small Wyoming towns and discover that the UnSub pretends to be a teen and coerces other teens into playing "the choking game" over the Internet with deadly results.

  • 14. Parasite

    Original air date: 02/03/2010 Runtime: 40:37 min.

    Original air date: 02/03/2010 Runtime: 40:37 min. The BAU follows the mental decline of a con artist whose schemes have become so complicated that he begins to eliminate the people involved in them.

  • 15. Public Enemy

    Original air date: 02/10/2010 Runtime: 43:09 min.

    Original air date: 02/10/2010 Runtime: 43:09 min. A serial killer who targets random victims in highly visible places to create a sense of public fear is the subject of a BAU investigation.

  • 16. Mosley Lane

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 43:47 min.

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 43:47 min. The BAU profiles a child abductor who may have been keeping children for more than eight years.

  • 17. Solitary Man

    Original air date: 03/10/2010 Runtime: 42:26 min.

    Original air date: 03/10/2010 Runtime: 42:26 min. A truck driver is kidnapping women and disposing of them in random locations and the BAU must find out his motive in order to catch him.

  • 18. The Fight

    Original air date: 04/07/2010 Runtime: 43:53 min.

    Original air date: 04/07/2010 Runtime: 43:53 min. The BAU team travels to San Francisco to investigate the murders of several homeless men and teams up with a separate group of BAU operatives who are working another case they think is connected. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker guest stars as Special Agent Sam Cooper.

  • 19. A Rite of Passage

    Original air date: 04/14/2010 Runtime: 41:08 min.

    Original air date: 04/14/2010 Runtime: 41:08 min. The BAU team heads to Texas to track a serial killer targeting illegal immigrants attempting to make safe passage into the U.S.

  • 20. ...A Thousand Words

    Original air date: 05/05/2010 Runtime: 41:07 min.

    Original air date: 05/05/2010 Runtime: 41:07 min. When a serial killer covered in tattoos commits suicide, he leaves the BAU team clues to the identity of one last victim who may still be alive.

  • 21. Exit Wounds

    Original air date: 05/12/2010 Runtime: 43:24 min.

    Original air date: 05/12/2010 Runtime: 43:24 min. Garcia questions her role on the BAU team when she travels with them to Alaska for a case and sees more than she bargained for.

  • 22. The Internet is Forever

    Original air date: 05/19/2010 Runtime: 42:29 min.

    Original air date: 05/19/2010 Runtime: 42:29 min. The BAU team profiles a serial killer who uses the Internet as his hunting ground, bringing a whole meaning to the term "social networking."

  • 23. Our Darkest Hour

    Original air date: 05/26/2010 Runtime: 43:04 min.

    Original air date: 05/26/2010 Runtime: 43:04 min. A series of rolling blackouts in the city of Los Angeles lures a serial killer out of hiding, giving him renewed opportunities to continue his killing spree.