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"Masterpiece" is the eighth episode of Season Four and the 73rd overall of Criminal Minds.


When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the team must locate his latest victims before it is too late.

Guest Cast[]

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other. It will unriddle many riddles." – Mark Twain
  • David Rossi: "Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love." – Martin Luther King, Jr.


  • The episode is similar to The Cell, where a comatose serial killer is met in a mindscape by a child psychologist with the technology to communicate with him while in his unconscious mind. She tries to pick apart his life and dig through his subconscious to find the location of an eighth and final victim he was holding captive to save her in time from his lair.
  • The episode also shares similarities to elements of Saw 2, presenting captive victims being tortured with gas and confrontation between the killer responsible and law enforcement, especially when targeting significant others of the policemen.
  • Paul Michael Glaser's portrayal of Detective Garrity in the episode marks the only time a director for a Criminal Minds episode has appeared in his own episode (outside of Matthew Gray GublerThomas GibsonJoe Mantegna, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez, and AJ Cook appearing as Reid, Hotch, Rossi, Lewis, Alvez, and JJ, respectively, in the episodes they directed).
  • The poster seen in this episode later reappears in Brandon Slade's room in "Painless".
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, A.J. Cook, who portrays JJ, doesn't appear in the episode. This is actually the 2nd of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:
Criminal Minds Episodes