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"Broken Wing" is the ninth episode of Season Fourteen and the 308th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU investigates a series of overdoses at the behest of a professor from Lewis' past.

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Bookend Quotes[]

  • Tara Lewis: "If you don't know someone who's had a problem with addiction, you will." — Dana Boente
  • Tara Lewis: "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." — Richard Bach


  • Furthermore, the film's serial killer is portrayed by Joshua Leonard, who previously portrayed the brother of a murder victim in the Season Six episode "Today I Do". It also starred Colin Wood, who portrayed Tommy Burns (the boyfriend of an unsub's daughter who was brutally beaten by him) in the Season Nine episode "Route 66".
  • Smith appears to be based on the increasing epidemic of private treatment and therapy facilities, especially rehab, being responsible for billions of dollars in embezzelment scams across America and the world at large. Knight's killings in the facilities appear to be partly based on additional increasing reports of reckless welfare endangerment in said private residential facilities and in the mental healthcare and rehab systems.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Matthew Gray Gubler, the actor who portrays Reid, doesn't appear in this episode. This is the 27th of 29 in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
  • The closing bookend quote recited by Lewis was previously recited by Hotch in the Season Eight episode "The Replicator".

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