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"Awake" is the eighth episode of Season Eleven and the 241st overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU hunts an unsub in Phoenix who is abducting victims and depriving them of their sleep. Also, Hotch and Garcia deal with the threat from an underground hitman group who have targeted the Dirty Dozen, a name Garcia realizes they are using to refer to her.

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Referenced Criminals[]


  • "You Are My Sunshine" by Leah Andreone

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jennifer Jareau: "You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind." — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jennifer Jareau: "Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death." — Coco Chanel


  • The episode bears striking resemblance to the 2014 horror film The Laughing Mask, involving a serial killer revealed to be a man who was traumatized by the loss of his daughter and both believed instead his daughter was kidnapped and sublimated that he knew his daughter died until he put on a masked persona and went out for violent revenge.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Matthew Gray Gubler, who portrays Reid, doesn't appear in the episode. This is actually the 13th of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:


  1. Credited as "Woman"

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