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"Cure" is the thirteenth episode of Season Thirteen and the 290th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to Washington D.C. to uncover the meaning behind a series of messages left in the mouths of multiple murder victims. Also, JJ worries over an email she receives from the higher-ups.

Guest Cast[]

  • Dean Austin - Security Guard
  • Christopher Cho - Andrew Hirota
  • Marta Cross - Elena Duran
  • Mark Damon Espinoza - Scott Taveras
  • Courtney Foley - Mia Prado
  • Emilio Garcia-Sanchez - Rafael Taveras
  • Susan Ortiz - Julia Taveras
  • Alesha Reneé - Abigail Fuller
  • Kim Rhodes - Assistant Director Linda Barnes
  • Klea Scott - Lieutenant Rakesha Wilson
  • David Sedgwick - Douglas Carmichael
  • Ashley Snyder - Doctor Hannah Cooke
  • Gigi Zumbado - Olivia Taveras

Referenced Criminals[]


  • "Mercy" by Eliot Bronson

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Spencer Reid: "It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge." – Friedrich Nietzsche


  • The episode bears some resemblance to the 1971 Italian giallo/mystery movie The Fifth Cord. A serial killer prepares audio tapes to send to the police while murdering numerous miscellaneous people in a span of months. It's revealed one victim was the true target, while the other victims were killed as distractions from the killer's real motive, revenge over a woman stealing a man away from the killer. Coincidentally, the Zodiac Killer was mentioned in the episode, and the film's murders contain vague references to horoscopes.
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