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"Cold Comfort" is the fourteenth episode of Season Four and the 79th overall of Criminal Minds.


The mother of an abducted woman works with the BAU to capture a serial killer. The team is also assisted by a shady psychic, who Rossi believes is a fake.

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Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jennifer Jareau: "...and so all the night tide, I lie down by the side, of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride. In the sepulcher there by the sea, in her tomb by the sounding sea." – Edgar Allan Poe
  • David Rossi: "For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible." – Stuart Chase


  • "Cold comfort" is a phrase that means "poor or inadequate consolation".
  • The names Roderick Gless and Stanley Usher are a possible reference to Roderick Usher, a character in The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, who is also the source of the quote used at the beginning of the episode.
  • In one scene, a delivery truck parked in an alleyway has a sign reading Bernero Linen Supply, as a reference to executive producer Edward Allen Bernero.
  • Nicholas Brendon (Kevin Lynch) and Mercedes McNab (Brooke Lombardini) both appeared on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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