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Criminal Minds: The Lesson

The BAU investigates a series of male bodies that have been oddly disposed of, finding themselves in search of a killer with ritualistic tendencies. Also, Reid gets anxious when faced with the possibility of meeting his mystery woman.

Source: CBS

Episode Info  

Episode number: 8x10
Airdate: Wednesday December 05th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Apr 01, 2013
AU (Seven) May 29, 2013

Guest Stars
Beth RiesgrafBeth Riesgraf
As Maeve Donovan
Jay HaydenJay Hayden
As Bobby Putnam
Brad DourifBrad Dourif
As Adam Rain
Hanna HallHanna Hall
As Connie Foster
Hans HowesHans Howes
As Mr. James
Mark PovinelliMark Povinelli
As Mr. Conrad
Suzanne KrullSuzanne Krull
As Dr. Glenn

Co-Guest Stars
Carlos CervantesCarlos Cervantes
As Detective Martin (as Gary Cervantes)
Jake BrennanJake Brennan
As Matt Small
John HawkinsonJohn Hawkinson
As Alex Rain
Kurtis James ErwinKurtis James Erwin
As Byron Sadler
Matt KirkwoodMatt Kirkwood
As George Small
Maya StojanMaya Stojan
As Hostess
Noah DardenNoah Darden
As Young Unsub
Sean WhalenSean Whalen
As Tucker White
Steve SuhSteve Suh
As CSI Tech
Main Cast
Joe MantegnaJoe Mantegna
As David Rossi
Shemar MooreShemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray GublerMatthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. CookA.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten VangsnessKirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Thomas GibsonThomas Gibson
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Jeanne TripplehornJeanne Tripplehorn
As Alex Blake


The episode begins three months ago, at Winslow, Arizona where a crazy old man who is in great pain, tries to taunt the male nurse who is attending to him. He is really mean and calls the nurse’s wife a whore. The nurse is angry and tells the old man that if he turns up the morphine, he will be a dead man. Looks like the old man wants him to do that! Just then the man on the next bed, who has been in coma for a long time, suddenly wakes up and his body begins to jerk. The nurse rushes to him and asks him to relax. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerErica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois  |  Mark Gordon (4)
Co-Executive ProducerHarry V. Bring  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Sharon Lee Watson  |  Bruce Zimmerman  |  Breen Frazier  |  Virgil Williams
Supervising ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon  |  Breen Frazier
Co-ProducerIan Foster Woolf  |  Rick Dunkle
Associate ProducerKiegan Downs
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorJimmy Hill (2)
CastingApril Webster  |  Scott David  |  Becky Silverman
Unit Production ManagerIan Foster Woolf
First Assistant DirectorTerry Ham
Second Assistant DirectorBrian " Coach " Rosett
MusicSteffan Fantini  |  Marc Fantini  |  Scott Gordon (1)
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerB.J. Rogers
Key GripJohn Hatchitt
Camera OperatorDarcy Spires  |  Michael Walsh
Set DecoratorAnnie O'Sullivan
Location ManagerJeffrey T. Spellman
Transportation CoordinatorGreg Van Dyke
Property MasterAl Eisenmann
Construction CoordinatorSteve Morey
Script SupervisorLiz Graham
Production CoordinatorJennifer Kern (1)
Assistant EditorGary J. Morris
Post Production SupervisorCallie Miller
Supervising Sound EditorDavid Beadle
Re-Recording MixerAndre Perreault  |  Ken Burton
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Art DirectorAdam Rowe
Post Production CoordinatorJason Koiter
Sound MixerJoseph Geisinger
Executive Story EditorKimberly Ann Harrison
ConsultantEdward Allen Bernero
Costume SupervisorLaura E. Little
Production AccountantKevin McEveety
Chief Lighting TechnicianDave Maddux
Special Effects CoordinatorAndre Ellingson
Production StaffPhill Kane (1)  |  Toni Cunningham  |  Mallory Bradley  |  Lana Heying  |  Anna Fleiner  |  Gary Watt
Additional MusicMark Mancina
Technical AdvisorJim Clemente
Department Head HairstylistLinda De Andrea
Dept. Head Make-up ArtistDayne Johnson
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