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Criminal Minds: The Inspiration

The team heads to Arizona to help local authorities locate a methodical killer. They also believe Hotch is a candidate to become the new BAU unit chief.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x1
Airdate: Wednesday September 25th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

CA (CTV) Sep 25, 2013
UK (sky LIVING) Jan 06, 2014
NZ (ONE) Jul 14, 2014
AU (Seven) Jul 16, 2014

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (6 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Camryn Manheim
As Carla Hines
Fred Koehler
As Wallace Hines

Co-Guest Stars
Brianne Howey
As Heather Clarke
Gene Rathswohl
As Officer Bachner
JoNell Kennedy
As Sgt. Lynne Johnson
Bianca Malinowski
As Mia Rivera
Brice Williams
As Ben Coleman
Carrie Lazar
As Patron
D.T. Matias
As Mini-Mark Clerk
Diane Mizota
As Reporter
Ian Bamberg
As Waiter
Katherine Everett
As Emma Coleman
Lauren Lee Denham
As Corin Todd
Leah Garland
As Dr. Pat Lewis
Rob Silverman
As Mike Hardy
Vince Melocchi
As Erik Cole
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


Derek Morgan and Jennifer Jareau follow a car in a high speed pursuit. The car crashes and Morgan stops the car. Jareau hears a truck horn and sees a dump truck headed straight for them. She yells to Morgan...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerMark Gordon (4)  |  Erica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois
Co-Executive ProducerBruce Zimmerman  |  Virgil Williams  |  Sharon Lee Watson  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Harry V. Bring  |  Breen Frazier
Supervising ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon
ProducerRick Dunkle
Co-ProducerKimberly Ann Harrison
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorHibah Sherif Frisina
MusicSteffan Fantini  |  Marc Fantini  |  Scott Gordon (1)
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Warning: Criminal Minds season 9 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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