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"Collision Course" is the fourteenth episode of Season Twelve and the 269th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is sent to investigate the cause of a rising uptick in deadly car crashes involving drivers and pedestrians in Bradenton, Florida. Also, Reid receives some bad news.

Guest Cast[]


  • "Just One Look" by Ronnie Gesser
  • "Lover's Lament" by Joe Liggins

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Emily Prentiss: "The illusion of control makes the helplessness seem more palatable." Allie Brosh
  • Spencer Reid: "Loss of control is always the source of fear. It is also, however, always the source of change." James Frey


  • The episode appears very similar to the 2007 exploitation cinema spoof Death Proof, only no driver is responsible for the killings, but a killer specializing in hacking cars for the crashes.
  • This is the third of nine episodes to deal with two separate cases. The first two are the Season Three episodes "Damaged" and "The Crossing". The following ones are all part of an arc involving Reid in Season Twelve.

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