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"Painless" is the fourth episode of Season Seven and the 142nd overall of Criminal Minds.


Survivors of a high school massacre in Boise return to remember the event ten years later, but the BAU is called in when a copycat killer starts targeting the survivors. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack, may be a victim of school bullying, while Morgan and Reid engage in a prank war.

Guest Cast


  • "City Boy" by Shawn Lee & AM
  • "Music for a Nurse" by Oceansize

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: "You may leave school, but it never leaves you." — Andy Partridge
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." — Khalil Gibran


  • James C. Burns, the actor who plays a SWAT commander, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Commander Lewis in the Season One episode "What Fresh Hell?".
  • In Brandon Slade's room, a poster hanging on his wall can be seen; the same poster can be first seen in "Masterpiece".
  • The newspaper article Garcia shows the BAU at the beginning of the episode has a sentence regarding a student saying, "I had know idea if I was going to make it out alive."

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