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"Retaliation" is the eleventh episode of Season Five and the 102nd overall of Criminal Minds.


After an apprehended abductor and killer makes a daring escape from the BAU's custody and continues killing in Lockport, New York, the team must profile the criminal's past in order to catch him again.

Guest Cast

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: "Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure." – Tacitus
  • Emily Prentiss: Washington Irving said, "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love."


  • What's interesting to note is that Lee Tergesen (the actor who plays the episode's unsub) previously starred in the 1991 film Point Break, which was loosely based on the exploits of the real-life bank robbing team The Stopwatch Gang. Whether this was an intentional reference or a mere coincidence is unknown.

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