Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Red Light 

Derek Morgan brings the BAU a lead in the case against serial killer and escaped convict Mr. Scratch.


Glenn Kershaw


Jeff Davis (created by), Breen Frazier | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Damon Gupton ... Stephen Walker
Aisha Tyler ... Dr. Tara Lewis
Adam Rodriguez ... Luke Alvez
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Richard T. Jones ... Officer Lionel Wilkins
Gia Mantegna ... Lindsey Vaughan
Beth Riesgraf ... Dr. Maeve Donovan
Kevin Will ... John Fords
Jane Lynch ... Diana Reid
Aubrey Plaza ... Cat Adams


With J.J. by his side, Reid goes to see Cat Adams in prison, she, in partnership with Lindsey Vaughan, who were the ones who orchestrated everything that happened to him in Mexico, including his incarceration, with Lindsey now holding Diana hostage somewhere unknown. Reid knows that he will go into a psychological game with Cat, much like he did in their previous encounter, with the one big difference which may affect how Reid is able to handle the situation being that Diana's life is on the line. The rest of the team remains at headquarters, where they have to figure out the connection between Cat and Lindsey: what brought them together as partners in this venture, how they have been able to communicate with each other with Cat in solitary confinement in prison, and how Cat in particular seems to know as much as she does about Reid's personal life. Prentiss decides to use a controversial and less than ethical approach to advance the case, most specifically in locating Lindsey and a ... Written by Huggo

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10 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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The William Shakespeare verse Prentiss quotes is from Act 3, Scene 1 of "The Merchant of Venice". See more »


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[first lines]
Cat Adams: Spencie.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Where's my mother?
Cat Adams: I missed you.
Dr. Spencer Reid: What did you and Lindsey do to her? How did you...
Cat Adams: Now stop. You don't get to walk in here and hiss at me like I'm the criminal. Now, we do this my way.
[she kicks a chair out from under the table]
Cat Adams: Have a seat.
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References Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1984) See more »


Journey On
Performed by Elms District
[The song is played when Reid and JJ leave Cat in prison]
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Smashing return of Aubrey Plaza as Cat
11 May 2017 | by lor_See all my reviews

IMDb needs to implement a screening algorithm to combat fake voting by trolls, as evidenced by the numerous lowest rating (1) applied to this fabulous "Criminal Minds" episode. Return of psychopath Cat Adams as brilliantly played by Aubrey Plaza is an occasion for fans of the long- running hit to rejoice.

Just as she did a year ago, Aubrey is memorable in her cat & mouse interplay with hero Gubler, a riveting 2-person acting ensemble worthy of showing in actors' classes for analysis and insight into how great performing can be adapted to the Boob Tube. This made for exciting television, and was less claustrophobic than their initial face-off, enhanced by the fantasy world of a glamorous tete a tete dinner provided by imaginative director/series honcho Glenn Kershaw.

Cliffhanger sort of finale with the heralded return of Shemar Moore was icing on the cake, perhaps a bit hokey in emphasizing the charisma of the beloved co-star of yesteryear (his extended walk-off as if heading down a Men's Fashion Week runway) but satisfying nonetheless. Let's hope he (and later on Aubrey) won't be a stranger in future -the fans must be served.

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