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"Green Light" is the twenty-first episode of Season Twelve of Criminal Minds, and the first of the two-part season finale and the 276th overall.


When Reid's mother mysteriously disappears, he asks the BAU to investigate if she was abducted while he remains in prison.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Night Song" by Family Band

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." – Ernest Hemingway


  • The term "green light" is used both as a noun (a green traffic light allowing vehicles to proceed movement) and as a verb (to approve an action).

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