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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 ManheimCamryn Manheim
As Carla Hines
Fred KoehlerFred Koehler
As Wallace Hines

Co-Guest Stars
Brianne HoweyBrianne Howey
As Heather Clarke
Gene RathswohlGene Rathswohl
As Officer Bachner
JoNell KennedyJoNell Kennedy
As Sgt. Lynne Johnson
Bianca MalinowskiBianca Malinowski
As Mia Rivera
Brice WilliamsBrice Williams
As Ben Coleman
Carrie LazarCarrie Lazar
As Patron
D.T. MatiasD.T. Matias
As Mini-Mark Clerk
Diane MizotaDiane Mizota
As Reporter
Ian BambergIan Bamberg
As Waiter
Katherine EverettKatherine Everett
As Emma Coleman
Lauren Lee DenhamLauren Lee Denham
As Corin Todd
Leah GarlandLeah Garland
As Dr. Pat Lewis
Rob SilvermanRob Silverman
As Mike Hardy
Vince MelocchiVince Melocchi
As Erik Cole
Main Cast
Thomas Gibson (1)Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
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
Joe MantegnaJoe Mantegna
As David Rossi
Jeanne TripplehornJeanne 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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