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"Cradle to Grave" is the fifth episode of Season Five and the 96th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to Albuquerque to investigate the case of a serial killer who impregnates young women and murders them after they have given birth. Meanwhile, Morgan is puzzled when Hotch begins giving him tasks on his own.

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  • "Such a Beautiful Thing" by Chris Mills

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jennifer Jareau: Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote, "You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back."


  • Mae Whitman, the actress who portrays Julie, starred in a similar role in the film The Factory, which has an almost identical storyline to the episode.

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