Criminal Minds (2005– )
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Reid has returned from Houston, where he was visiting his mother who is in a new facility on an experimental drug program. He is called back home from the office while the rest of the team ... See full summary »


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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
Jane Lynch ... Diana Reid
Joyce Guy Joyce Guy ... M.E. Joan Grayson
Eric Henry ... Bryce Jarvis
Beth Maitland ... Eleanor Parsons
Angela Robinson Witherspoon ... Cassie Campbell
Will Finley ... Mike Bollinger
Andy Cohen ... Kevin Hilliard


Reid has returned from Houston, where he was visiting his mother who is in a new facility on an experimental drug program. He is called back home from the office while the rest of the team heads off on their next case. It isn't until the team is in the air that they learn that Diana is no longer in the Houston facility, but that she is now living with Reid, as the trial drug was not having the intended effect. Reid had received professional advice that his mother should be in a facility both for her and his own good, but it may be news from a more caring rather than clinical voice which may carry more weight with him. Regardless, he makes himself available to the team, who are in the Tampa, Florida area where two individual deaths have occurred, both now considered murders, the two tied together by ink drawings on the inner arms of the victims, the second victim's whose has one more stroke of the pen than the first. The M.E. is able to determine that the markings were made with the ... Written by Huggo

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1 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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The aerial shot of Tampa, Florida near the beginning is actually Orlando, Florida, looking west south west. The lake in the center of the shot is Lake Eola. This isn't the first time Orlando has been used as a generic city in Florida. Criminal Minds: Future Perfect featured Orlando as St. Augustine. See more »


Penelope Garcia: [Starting a 3-way conference call] Hey-o! Beaming Reid into the starship BAU
David Rossi: Hey, there's my favorite genius! Welcome back
Dr. Spencer Reid: It's good to be back. I'm sorry about all this trouble
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »


Amanda's Song
Performed by Jason Koiter
[Played at the end of the episode]
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Surface tension
1 February 2017 | by coti-09553See all my reviews

Criminal minds surface tension

Since this is criminal minds "come back" it should start off with a bang and yet again fooled by season twelve thus igniting a spark that wearys an audience into a bigger frenzy of wait what happens anyways let's move on to the episode

The episode starts off slow like season twelve usually has been doing except for a couple of episodes but that doesn't exactly count and the episode shows what you would see in criminal minds just a little annoying at first some good scenes were shown however I said some that means not all Moving on to the likable parts the likable parts include Mr Henry who plays Bryce his character was intriguing which is really all this episode shows that is worthy of even passing another good thing about this episode is they somehow brought back mr gubler who had a personal interest to deal with so he was gone for awhile

So with that in mind this episode wasn't even that close of passing do better next time criminal minds.

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