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"Persuasion" is the seventeenth episode of Season Nine and the 203rd overall of Criminal Minds.


When two mysteriously drowned female bodies are discovered in the Las Vegas desert, the BAU tries to figure out the true cause and motive for the murders. Meanwhile, Reid tries to contact his mother.

Guest Cast


  • "Jackhammer Manifesto" by Blue Stahli

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: "The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret." — Salvador Dali
  • David Rossi: "Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within." — Arthur Erickson


  • Courtney Cunningham, the actress who played victim Frida Bancroft, previously appeared in the season, portraying minor character Cora Bradshaw.
  • The plot shares some similarities with the 1920 German silent horror film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." In the film, a deranged "doctor" has his somnambulist proxy Cesare commit a series of murders during a festival in a small town.


  1. Credited as "Olga the Contortionist"
  2. Credited as "Romeo the Magician"

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