Criminal Minds (season 2)

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Criminal Minds (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Broadcast
Original runSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20) – May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
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Criminal Minds (season 2)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Broadcast
Original runSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20) – May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3
List of Criminal Minds episodes

The second season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 20, 2006 and ended May 16, 2007. Lola Glaudini left the show after six episodes,[1] and was replaced by Paget Brewster two episodes later.

Having been a guest star for Season 1, Kirsten Vangsness was finally promoted to series regular, coming last in the opening titles after A. J. Cook.

Cast[edit]

CharacterPortrayed byMain castRecurring cast
Jason GideonMandy Patinkinentire seasonN/A
Aaron "Hotch" HotchnerThomas Gibsonentire seasonN/A
Elle GreenawayLola Glaudiniepisodes 1-6N/A
Emily PrentissPaget Brewsterepisode 9-onwardsN/A
Derek MorganShemar Mooreentire seasonN/A
Dr. Spencer ReidMatthew Gray Gublerentire seasonN/A
Jennifer "JJ" JareauA. J. Cookentire seasonN/A
Penelope GarciaKirsten Vangsnessentire seasonN/A
Erin StraussJayne AtkinsonN/A1 episode
William "Will" LaMontagne Jr.Josh StewartN/A1 episode
Diana ReidJane LynchN/A2 episodes
Haley HotchnerMeredith MonroeN/A3 episodes

Episodes[edit]

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
231"The Fisher King (Part II)"Gloria MuzioEdward Allen BerneroSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)15.65[2]
The team continues to decipher the clues given to each of them by a psychopath in order to save his most recent victim. Gideon decides not to focus on the personal aspects of the case. Rather, he tells the team to profile the killer as they would in any other BAU investigation. Reid stays behind to work on a personal connection that could solve the case, while Elle finds herself fighting for her life after being ambushed and shot in her home.
Recurring characters: Jane Lynch as Diana Reid and Brian Appel as Agent Anderson 
242"P911"Adam DavidsonSimon MirrenSeptember 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)16.54[3]
A young boy who had disappeared a year ago turns up for sale by a child pornographer on an online auction. A former profiler who now heads the FBI's Innocent Images Unit asks Gideon and the BAU to help her save the boy's life before it's too late. 
253"The Perfect Storm"Félix AlcaláErica Messer & Debra J. FisherOctober 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)15.19[4]
The BAU has reason to believe a series of murders in Jacksonville, Florida might have been committed by two people working together as a team after the victims' families receive DVDs after each crime that includes psychological attacks. 
264"Psychodrama"Guy Norman BeeAaron ZelmanOctober 11, 2006 (2006-10-11)16.73[5]
The BAU is called to investigate a series of bank robberies in Los Angeles after it becomes evident the crimes are not based on money because the robber abuses his victims by forcing them to undress before he leaves the crime scene.
Recurring character: Meredith Monroe as Haley Hotchner 
275"The Aftermath"Tim MathesonChris MundyOctober 18, 2006 (2006-10-18)16.20[6]
The BAU investigates a serial rapist who had been attacking young women at religious schools in Dayton and stopped for six weeks. He has resumed his attacks, but is now targeting a different demographic of women. Elle is to go undercover posing as a victim-to-be, but finds and stops the suspect before the operation is accomplished. After the suspect, who is revealed to be the rapist, is released due to lack of evidence, Elle, enraged over his actions, confronts him and eventually ends up shooting him dead in cold blood, with her Glock 38 (.45 G.A.P.), although she seemingly claims self-defense for her actions. 
286"The Boogeyman"Steve BoyumAndi BushellOctober 25, 2006 (2006-10-25)16.77[7]
The BAU travels to Ozona, Texas to investigate the murders of children. Meanwhile, Elle is having readjustment issues after being shot and Hotch becomes worried about her when she misses a mandatory psych evaluation and isn't answering her cell phone. In the end, she hands in her gun and ID badge before resigning from the BAU for good.
Final appearance of Lola Glaudini as Elle Greenaway. Elle Fanning plays Tracy Belle in this episode. 
297"North Mammon"Matt Earl BeesleyAndrew WilderNovember 1, 2006 (2006-11-01)16.97[8]
After a man kidnaps three teenaged girls and locks them in a cellar, he tells them only two of them will live and they must choose which one will die. The BAU takes the case when the mother of one of the girls travels to Quantico to ask JJ to intercede with the FBI on the girls' behalf. 
308"Empty Planet"Elodie KeeneEd NapierNovember 8, 2006 (2006-11-08)17.57[9]
The BAU travels to Seattle to identify and catch a serial bomber who has been terrorizing the city and targeting centers of automated technology. Working with the author of the science fiction novel of the same name that has become a guide for the bomber, the team attempts to determine why certain sites have been chosen as targets. Loosely based on the Unabomber
319"The Last Word"Gloria MuzioErica Messer & Debra J. FisherNovember 15, 2006 (2006-11-15)16.48[10]

The daughter of high-powered diplomats, Special Agent Emily Prentiss joins the team, and she must convince Gideon and Hotchner 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.

First appearance of Paget Brewster as Emily Prentiss. 
3210"Lessons Learned"Guy Norman BeeJim ClementeNovember 22, 2006 (2006-11-22)16.56[11]
Gideon, Reid and Prentiss travel to Guantanamo Bay to interrogate the leader of a terror sleeper cell being detained there after a chemical weapons dispersal device is discovered during a raid at a suspicious house. Working with Reid, Emily's fluency in Arabic proves to be useful as they scrutinize the suspect while Gideon interrogates him. The man keeps giving Gideon cryptic hints on where his next target is and with millions of lives at stake the team must decipher them before time runs out.
Recurring character: Meredith Monroe as Haley Hotchner 
3311"Sex, Birth, Death"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonChris MundyNovember 29, 2006 (2006-11-29)17.92[12]
The BAU is called to investigate a series of murders of prostitutes in Washington D.C. and Reid suspects a teenager he met asking for his help is guilty of the crimes. The case becomes complicated when a congresswoman, who about to make a speech to praise the city's lower crime rate, threatens to take away the case if Hotchner calls a press conference to discuss it. 
3412"Profiler, Profiled"Glenn KershawEdward Allen BerneroDecember 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)16.06[13]
Morgan is arrested as a serial killer after he goes home to Chicago to visit his family. Because the detective making the arrest had used a profile provided by Gideon, the team travels to Chicago to help the local authorities find the real killer and exonerate Morgan who they believe is being framed for the crimes despite the local detective insisting that Morgan is responsible. 
3513"No Way Out"John GallagherSimon MirrenJanuary 17, 2007 (2007-01-17)12.99[14]
Gideon is pitted against Frank Breitkopf, the most prolific serial killer he has ever encountered, who has been active for thirty years. When Gideon and Morgan confront the sadistic killer in a remote diner in the Nevada desert, the local authorities want to move quickly and make an arrest. But Gideon bides his time as he attempts to persuade the man, who has sworn not to be captured, to reveal the whereabouts of a woman he's holding hostage and the stakes are soon raised even higher when Frank reveals that he has also taken several young children prisoner as well.
Guest star: Keith Carradine 
3614"The Big Game (Part I)"Gloria MuzioEdward Allen BerneroFebruary 4, 2007 (2007-02-04)26.31[15]
The BAU are called to investigate after a wealthy couple is murdered in their home following a Super Bowl party. The team pursues what they believe might be multiple killers who use webcams to record murders and upload the tapes on the internet. Hotchner, Morgan and Prentiss soon discover the unsub is actually one man with multiple personalities. The episode ends in a cliffhanger as JJ finds herself trapped in a barn with bloodthirsty dogs who have already killed one woman and Reid is left alone in a cornfield, trying to reason with the UnSub before he is eventually knocked unconscious and kidnapped.
Guest star: James Van Der Beek
Recurring characters: Meredith Monroe as Haley Hotchner and Brian Appel as Agent Anderson 
3715"Revelations (Part II)"Guy Norman BeeChris MundyFebruary 7, 2007 (2007-02-07)16.27[16]
The BAU realizes Reid is being held captive when the unsub, Tobias Hankel (James Van Der Beek) who's suffering from multiple personality disorder begins sending live videos of him being tortured to the team while Garcia, having been drafted out into the field, begins working at Hankel's computers in hopes of uncovering any possible clues as to Reid's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Reid's troubled childhood is revealed in flashback sequences as he drifts in and out of consciousness. He is drugged for two days before he is able to rescue himself and becomes addicted to Dilaudid as a result.
Guest star: James Van Der Beek
Recurring character: Jane Lynch as Diana Reid 
3816"Fear and Loathing"Rob SperaAaron ZelmanFebruary 14, 2007 (2007-02-14)15.16[17]
The BAU becomes involved to prevent a possible race riot when the murder of four black teenage girls in a mostly white New York suburb appear to be hate crimes. Reid struggles with his drug addiction and also begins having flashbacks of being kidnapped and tortured by Tobias Hankel in the previous two episodes. 
3917"Distress"John F. ShowalterOanh LyFebruary 21, 2007 (2007-02-21)13.70[18]
The BAU travels to Houston to investigate a series of murders that have occurred near construction sites and abandoned buildings. Because the murders appear to be random, the team believes the killer could be a homeless person. Meanwhile, everyone is noticing an apparent change in Reid's behavior. 
4018"Jones"Steve ShillAndi BushellFebruary 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)14.50[19]
A case involving a serial killer believed to be copying Jack the Ripper takes Gideon to New Orleans after three victims are found with their throats cut. Once thought to have been killed in Hurricane Katrina, the discovery of a fourth victim in the French Quarter confirms the murderer is still alive. All the evidence and files had been lost in the flood, so the only clue the team has is the word "Jones" that the lead detective wrote on the wall just before he drowned. Meanwhile, Reid meets up with an old rival as he continues to struggle with the aftermath of being held hostage.
First appearance of recurring character Josh Stewart as Detective William "Will" LaMontagne Jr. 
4119"Ashes and Dust"John GallagherAndrew WilderMarch 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)15.19[20]
A serial arsonist who targets the homes of upper middle class families in South San Francisco as they sleep is investigated. The BAU determines the arson victims are linked together through corporate development companies that have been accused of building on contaminated land. 
4220"Honor Among Thieves"Jesús S. TreviñoAaron ZelmanApril 11, 2007 (2007-04-11)12.80[21]

Elizabeth Prentiss, a foreign ambassador and SSA Emily Prentiss's mother, seeks the aid of the BAU when a Russian immigrant is kidnapped and held for ransom. While the rest of the team are at the BAU HQ, Gideon, Reid and Morgan fly to Baltimore to meet up with Agent Josh Cramer, who returns to help them with the case.
Guest star: Kate Jackson as Elizabeth Prentiss

Recurring character: Brian Appel as Agent Anderson 
4321"Open Season"Félix AlcaláErica Messer & Debra J. FisherMay 2, 2007 (2007-05-02)13.28[22]
The BAU is called to investigate after the bodies of missing people are discovered in a remote region of the Idaho wilderness. The gruesome find also leads the team to determine that two UnSubs are capturing their victims before releasing them into the wild and hunting them for sport. Based on Robert Hansen
4422"Legacy"Glenn KershawEdward Allen BerneroMay 9, 2007 (2007-05-09)12.92[23]
When homeless people begin mysteriously disappearing from the streets in Kansas City, a local detective who believes that something sinister is afoot calls the BAU to investigate the disappearances. As the team realizes that they are pursuing a "house cleaner", a killer who believes that they are working for the benefit of society, the UnSub's latest victim fights for her life as she navigates a deadly, trap-filled maze. Based on H. H. Holmes. The struggle to start an investigation despite the lack of bodies or complaints is similar to the one in the investigation of Robert Pickton
4523"No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank"Edward Allen BerneroSimon MirrenMay 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)13.21[24]
When the prolific and psychopathic serial killer Frank Breitkopf, last seen in "No Way Out", returns and murders Gideon's girlfriend and old school friend Sarah Jacobs in his own apartment, Gideon's own life is torn apart and he starts his own investigation before disappearing altogether. The BAU is forced to circumvent the local authorities to help Gideon find Frank, as a conflict of interest means that there's no way they're going to be asked for help on the case. Meanwhile, Strauss asks someone to give her inside information on Hotch and the way he runs the team. It's soon revealed that the mole she's chosen is none other than the BAU's newest recruit, Emily Prentiss.
Recurring character: Jayne Atkinson as Erin Strauss 

DVD Special Features[edit]

References[edit]

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