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"False Flag" is the ninth episode of Season Thirteen and the 286th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to Roswell, New Mexico to find an unsub who killed two people belonging to the same conspiracy group.

Guest Cast[]

  • TJ Alvarado - Gary Hiles
  • Matt Baker - Carl Lee
  • David Elson - Bryan Behar
  • Richard Gilliland - Bob Orci
  • Amanda Howell - Medical Examiner Leslie Jackson
  • Antonio Robles - Doug Downey
  • Darrett Sanders - Sheriff Mike Bowman
  • Zelda Williams - Melissa Miller

Referenced Criminals[]


  • "Truth" by Angus Powell

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Penelope Garcia: "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Tara Lewis: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan


  • The title of the episode comes from the term "false flag," which describes a covert operation in which the activities of that operation are made to appear to have been planned and executed by a group, nation or individual other than the ones who actually carried them out.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Matthew Gray Gubler, who portrays Reid, doesn't appear in the episode. This is actually the 23rd of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
Criminal Minds Episodes