When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, and the case is connected to several others, including one they investigated last year in Florida, Hotch and the BAU are called in to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his International Response Team, which specializes in cases that involve Americans staying abroad, in a joint investigation.
- Newell Alexander - Joe Sullivan
- Sterling K. Brown - Fitz
- Maritza Cabrera - Assistant Alisha Paun
- Dylan Garza - Young Jerry Tidwell
- Gatlin Green - Alison Sullivan
- Anna Gunn - Agent Lily Lambert
- Daniel Henney - Agent Matthew Simmons
- Darri Ingolfsson - Jerry Tidwell
- Shawn Kyles - Mr. Tidwell
- Lu Louis - Local Driver
- Judith McConnell - Pat Sullivan
- Jakob and Andrew Miller - Nick Sullivan
- Sara Montez - Charlotte Keller
- Esai Morales - FBI Section Chief Director Mateo Cruz
- Jami Platt - Mrs. Tidwell
- Tom Everett Scott - Greg Sullivan
- Gary Sinise - Unit Chief Jack Garrett
- Bonnie Somerville - Colleen Sullivan
- Tyler James Williams - Analyst Russ Montgomery
- "Sleep Peacefully" by Lily Kershaw
- Aaron Hotchner: "No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness is always there first." — Terry Pratchett
- Jack Garrett: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." — Henry Ford
- This episode is the backdoor pilot episode of the short-lived spin-off series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, created by Erica Messer (the writer of this episode).
- A similar version of the opening bookend quote recited by Hotch was recited by Reid in the Season Four episode "Conflicted".
- This episode marks the third of four times the BAU has gone to another country to investigate a case. The others are:
- This is the 6th of 9 episodes in which a non-BAU/ guest cast character, Jack Garrett, recites a bookend quote. The other episodes are:
- "Tabula Rasa" - Ending bookend quote recited by both Mr. Corbett and Spencer Reid.
- "Coda" - Ending bookend quote recited by Ian Doyle.
- "Lauren" - Ending bookend quote recited by JJ (who was with the State Department at that time)
- "Zugzwang" - Ending bookend quote recited by Maeve Donovan.
- "200" - Beginning bookend quote recited by Prentiss. (Who was with Interpol at that time)
- "Tribute" - Beginning bookend quote recited by Prentiss. (Who was with Interpol at that time)
- "Chameleon" - Beginning (and only) bookend quote recited by Krystall Richards.
- "Family Tree" - Beginning and end bookend quote recited by Everett Lynch.