"Ashes and Dust" is the nineteenth episode of Season Two and the 41st overall of Criminal Minds.


A serial arsonist who targets the homes of upper-middle-class families as they sleep is investigated. The BAU determines the arson victims are linked together via corporate development companies that have been accused of building on contaminated land, a possible motive for the unsub.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Boadicea" by Enya
  • "Grey Room" by Damien Rice

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul." – John Calvin
  • Aaron Hotchner: Gandhi said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Criminal Minds Episodes
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