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Criminal Minds: Pay It Forward

When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened 25 years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates that crime and a possible link to the death of a local police officer

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x19
Airdate: Wednesday April 10th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Jun 03, 2013
AU (Seven) Jul 24, 2013

  • Currently 8.2/10
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Guest Stars
Bill Dawes
As Sheriff Bob Collier
David Hayward
As Clarence Tipton
Jeanette O'Connor
As Arlene Tipton
Missy Crider
As Leanne Tipton
Rob Nagle
As Tory Chapman
Ryan Cutrona
As Sam Wakefield

Co-Guest Stars
Adam LaCoste
As Young Man
Burt Grinstead
As Wade Burke
Diana Hopper
As Young Leanne
Garrison True
As Todd Backus
Gregg Christie
As Charlie Figg
Linda DeMetrick
As Melanie Burke
Mitch Poulos
As Middle Aged Man
Pamela Bellwood
As Wanda Sullivan
Tammy Dahlstrom
As Mayor Lindsey Winters
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
Jeanne Tripplehorn
As Alex Blake


The episode begins at Bronson Springs, Colorado ’88, where Bronson Springs has been declared the “City of the Future”. To celebrate this victory, the Mayor decides to bury a time capsule. It will be opened 25 years later and this will provide a snap shot of what made Bronson Springs so special in 1988. In the present, Mayor Lindsey Winters is happy to drill out the time capsule. She asks Sam Wakefield (Mayor ’88) to pull out the first bag. It contains floppy disks. The young faces look confused. Winters pulls out the second bag and a skull rolls out. Everyone is shocked and a man coolly walks away from the crowd. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerErica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois
Co-Executive ProducerBreen Frazier  |  Bruce Zimmerman  |  Harry V. Bring  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Sharon Lee Watson  |  Virgil Williams
Supervising ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorJimmy Hill (2)
MusicScott Gordon (1)  |  Marc Fantini  |  Steffan Fantini
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Warning: Criminal Minds season 8 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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