"A Rite of Passage" (also known as "Rite of Passage") is the nineteenth episode of Season Five and the 110th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU heads to Texas to track a serial killer who is targeting illegal immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border at Terlingua.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: "A lion's work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together." - Chuck Jones
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." - Helen Keller


  • "Rite of passage" is another term referring to a rite, which is a ceremony or event that is meant to mark an important stage in the life of a person, such as birth, marriage, and death.
  • Casey Nelson, the actor who portrayed Deputy Gannon, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Constable Cassar in the two-part Season Four episode finale "To Hell...and Back."
  • The main setting of this episode is Terlingua, Texas, which is a ghost town in real life. A similar narrative device was used two episodes later, in "Exit Wounds," where the setting was named after a ghost town in Alaska.

Criminal Minds Episodes
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