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"Keeper" is the fourth episode of Season Twelve and the 259th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to the Appalachian Trail in rural Virginia in search of a serial killer who is operating along that route. Meanwhile, Reid is faced with a dilemma regarding his mother.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Luke Alvez: A Cheyenne proverb says, "Beware the man who does not talk and the dog that does not bark."
  • Spencer Reid: "What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life, to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories?" – George Eliot


  • The episode was initially set to be directed by Thomas Gibson, the actor portraying Aaron Hotchner, but he was replaced following an altercation on the set with writer/producer Virgil Williams, for which he was temporarily suspended and then dismissed from the show.
  • Dusty Sorg, the actor portraying the episode's unsub, had previously portrayed Vernon Butts, the accomplice to real-life serial killer and rapist William Bonin, in the 2010 film Freeway Killer.
  • Tripp Pickell, the actor portraying Howard Walker, previously appeared in the Season One episode "Won't Get Fooled Again", in which he portrayed a bomb technician.
  • Afsheen Olyaie, the actor portraying a Sheriff's Deputy, also separately played a slumdog and a Casablanca police officer in two episodes of Beyond Borders.

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