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"God Complex" is the fourth episode of Season Eight and the 166th overall of Criminal Minds.


When a legless corpse is found outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, and an unwilling amputee is later found in a motel, the BAU sets out to profile an amateur surgeon before he can prey on his next victim. Meanwhile, Reid's phone calls to a mystery woman leave the team intrigued.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, "When a doctor does go wrong, he's the first of criminals. He has the nerve and he has knowledge."
  • Jennifer Jareau: "Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies." — Dr. Jeff Miller


  • A God complex is an emotional characteristic associated with an inflated sense of ego. Someone who suffers from a God complex believes that he or she has the ability to overcome any problem or task, despite the high impossibility and probability for failure.
  • Stefan Marks, the actor who played Doug Smith, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Bill Thompson in the Season Three episode "In Name and Blood".
  • During the episode, Spencer Reid says that transplanting a leg onto an amputee is medically impossible. This is an erroneous statement, as leg transplants are possible and had been done in the past at the time of the episode's airing.

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