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"Breath Play" is the seventeenth episode of Season Ten and the 227th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called to Wisconsin in search of a serial killer, and the team looks for a connection among the victims for clues to the unsub's identity. Also, as Kate has trouble dealing with her niece, Meg, when she begins acting out, she has some rather surprising news for the team.

Guest Cast[]

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror." — W. Somerset Maugham
  • Kate Callahan: "Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression." — Haim Ginott


  • "Breath play" is another term for erotic asphyxiation, a sexual practice in which one is intentionally non-fatally asphyxiated, either by his or her own hand or at the consensual hand of someone else, to achieve arousal.
  • The book Bare Reflections bears remarkable similarities to the real-life erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James, which controversially featured graphic scenes of BDSM. A film adaptation of the book was released almost a month prior to the airing of the episode.
    • In fact, a promotional TV spot for the episode parodies the title of Fifty Shades of Grey, stating "Fifty shades of pain", possibly as means of foreshadowing.

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