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"Broken Mirror" is the fifth episode of Season One of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called in to help investigate the abduction of one of the twin daughters of an Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and finds that the abductor is after the other twin as well.

Guest Cast


  • "I Like That/Stop" by Jae Millz
  • "Hyperventilation" by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
  • "Call to Love" by Crooked Fingers

Bookend Quotes

  • Jason Gideon: Euripedes said, "When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him."
  • Jason Gideon: Euripedes said, "When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor nor worthiness."


  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, A.J. Cook, who portrays JJ, doesn't appear in the episode. This is the 1st of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
  • This is currently the only episode in which Kirsten Vangsness does not appear as Penelope Garcia
  • The title stems from the term "mirror twins", used to describe Patricia and Cheryl Davenport in the episode. The full term "mirror image twins" describes twins who exhibit characteristics with reversed asymmetry, such as dominant handedness or organs, just as the Davenport twins were described.
  • The opening quote by Gideon is the same as the closing quote by Hotchner in Criminal Minds "Nelson's Sparrow", season 10, episode 13: "When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him", by Euripides.

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