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"Hell's Kitchen" is the eighteenth episode of Season Twelve and the 273rd overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called to New York to find an unsub who abducts his victims and keeps them in the sewers. Also, Reid makes a decision that will affect his interactions with the other prisoners.

Guest Cast[]


  • "Heat Miser" by Massive Attack

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Spencer Reid: "How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also if I'm to be whole." – Carl Jung
  • Spencer Reid: "Cannot be seen, cannot be felt. Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, ends life, kills laughter." – J.R.R. Tolkien


  • This is the seventh of nine episodes to deal with two separate cases.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Aisha Tyler, who portrays Lewis, doesn't appear in the episode. This is the 20th of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:

Criminal Minds Episodes