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Criminal Minds: Painless

Survivors of a Boise high school massacre return to remember the event 10 years later, but the BAU team is called in when a new killer with a similar style targets the survivors. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack, may be a victim of school bullying.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x4
Airdate: Wednesday October 12th, 2011

Director: Larry Teng
Writer: Breen Frazier

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Oct 28, 2011
NL (Veronica) Nov 02, 2011
AU (Seven) Aug 02, 2012
DE (Sat. 1) Sep 06, 2012

  • Currently 8.8/10
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Guest Stars
Cade Owens
As Jack Hotchner
Aaron Hill
As Jerry Holtz
Eric Jungmann
As Bob Adams
Joe Reegan
As Lewis Ramsey
Julia Campbell
As Martha Slade

Co-Guest Stars
James C. Burns
As SWAT Commander
Don O. Knowlton
As Principal Givens
Hudson Thames
As Randy Slade
Kerry Barker
As Tiffany Gleason
Michael Grant
As Brandon Slade
Stacie Greenwell
As Ms. McKee
Terra Wellington
As Reporter
Tom Derek
As Chief Cole
Trisha LaFache
As Chelsea
Main Cast
Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Shemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Joe Mantegna
As David Rossi
Paget Brewster
As Emily Prentiss


The episode begins with a principal looking sadly at newspaper clippings detailing a school shooting and bombing that took place 10 years ago in Boise, Idaho. A banner in the school reads "Always Remember." Later, the principal returns home and listens to the news which is announcing about the tenth anniversary that is going to be held for the dead students. Just then he hears a strange beeping. It is his alarm clock and it has a bomb inside. He tries to run and he is shot in the leg. A man appears (face not shown), says goodbye to principal Givens and then leaves. ..

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
OceansizeMusic for a NurseAt the beginning and at the end of the episode
Shawn Lee & AMCity BoyAt the bar, Lewis Ramsey is staring at his drink.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerErica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois
Co-Executive ProducerHarry V. Bring  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Sharon Lee Watson  |  Bruce Zimmerman
Supervising ProducerBreen Frazier
Co-ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon
Consulting ProducerVirgil Williams
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorAdam Wolfe
MusicScott Gordon (1)  |  Marc Fantini  |  Steffan Fantini
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Warning: Criminal Minds season 7 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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