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"Protection" is the twenty-second episode of Season Ten and the 232nd overall of Criminal Minds.


When shooting victims are found in the Los Angeles area with possible links to criminal activity, the BAU launches a manhunt for what they believe to be a vigilante.

Guest Cast[]


  • "Loom" by Wedding Dress

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways." Buddha
  • Spencer Reid: "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." Albert Einstein


  • In some scenes, the episode's unsub is shown firing as many as 25 rounds from his handgun without reloading, though a Heckler & Koch USP (the type of gun he uses) is only capable of holding a maximum of eighteen rounds, including one in the chamber (as stated by Reid). These are likely errors on the part of the directors and the editors.

Criminal Minds Episodes