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"Hero Worship" is the fourteenth episode of Season Ten and the 224th overall of Criminal Minds.


When an explosion rocks a coffee shop in Indianapolis and a hero emerges from the wreckage, the BAU tries to protect that person and his family while searching for the bomber before more incidents occur. Meanwhile, Reid continues to struggle with the recent loss of a former colleague.

Guest Cast[]

  • Thomas W. Ashworth - Elderly Man
  • Louis Carazo - Tony
  • Shauna Chin - Doctor
  • Gwen Van Dam - Elderly Woman
  • Jeff Doba - Van Driver
  • Marcus Folmar - Chef
  • Joe Forgione - Federal Agent
  • Heather M. Kayal - Coffee Shop Victim #1
  • Claude Knowlton - Reporter
  • Sarah Lafleur - Brenda Archer
  • Merrick McCartha - Mayor
  • Lex Medlin - Allen Archer
  • Grinnell Morris - James Burke
  • Candace Burr Scholz - Dylan Einstein
  • Jordyn Schultz - Hannah Ford
  • Leticia Serrano - Female Cop
  • Eric Shackelford - Coffee Shop Victim #2
  • J.B. Tadena - Jordan Aguilar

Referenced Criminals[]


  • "4 Days" by Jeffrey James
  • "West" by Sleeping at Last

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Spencer Reid: "The most heroic word in all languages is revolution." — Eugene Debs
  • Spencer Reid: "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." — Arthur Ashe


  • "Hero worship" is a term referring to a "foolish or excessive adulation of an individual".
  • Merrick McCartha, the actor who portrays the Indianapolis mayor, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, appearing in the Season Eight episode "Perennials", in which he portrayed an anesthesiologist.

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