"A Shade of Gray" is the twenty-first episode of Season Four and the 86th overall of Criminal Minds.


During an investigation of a series of child abductions and murders, the BAU concludes there is a possibility that one of the crimes may not be the work of the killer upon his apprehension.

Guest Cast

Bookend Quotes

  • David Rossi: Doctor Berton Grebin once said, "To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself."
  • David Rossi: André Maurois wrote, "Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold."


  • "Shade of gray" is a phrase that is used to refer to anything that is sketchy, superficial, or vague.

Criminal Minds Episodes
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