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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.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

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


  • This episode came out several months after the psychological horror film Unsane, which has a similar premise - Both involve patients being admitted to a facility while being financially drained by the facilities' owners in a con scheme, both facilities unknowingly had a serial killer working as a staff member (both of whom became fixated on a female patient), and both killers used ruses to get alone with their victims and murder them by overdosing them on drugs (subsequently setting up their deaths to look like accidental overdoses).
  • 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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