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"Pay It Forward" is the nineteenth episode of Season Eight and the 181st overall of Criminal Minds.


When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened twenty-five years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates the crime and find a possible link to the death of a local police officer.

Guest Cast[]

  • Pamela Bellwood - Wanda Sullivan
  • Gregg Christie - Deputy Charlie Figg
  • Missy Crider - Leanne Tipton
  • Ryan Cutrona - Sam Wakefield
  • Tammy Dahlstrom - Mayor Lindsey Winters
  • Bill Dawes - Sheriff Bob Collier
  • Linda DeMetrick - Melanie Burke
  • Burt Grinstead - Wade Burke
  • David Hayward - Clarence Tipton
  • Diana Hopper - Young Leanne Tipton
  • Adam LaCoste - Young Man
  • Rob Nagle - Tory Chapman
  • Jeanette O’Connor - Arlene Tipton
  • Mitch Poulos - Middle-Aged Man
  • Garrison True - Todd Backus

Referenced Criminals[]


  • "Tomorrow" by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen." — Edward de Bono
  • Aaron Hotchner: "There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now." — Eugene O'Neill


  • The phrase "pay it forward" is defined as the response to a person's kindness, which involves being kind to someone else.
  • Tammy Dahlstrom, the actress who portrayed Mayor Lindsey Winters, also played Trish in an episode of Suspect Behavior.

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