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"Riding the Lightning" is the fourteenth episode of Season One of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is sent to the Florida State Penitentiary to interview husband-and-wife serial killers set to be executed. After the initial interview, Gideon suspects that the wife may not be guilty of the crimes committed.

Guest Cast[]

  • Jeannetta Arnette - Sarah Jean Mason
  • Jon Barton - SWAT Leader
  • Roger Aaron Brown - Warden Charles Diehl
  • Cher Calvin - Lara Sedgwick
  • Ren Casey - Byron Sheffield (Riley Dawes)
  • Rachel Nicole Hamilton - Sobbing Girl
  • David A. Kimball - Frank Sheffield
  • Cynthia Lamontagne - Becky
  • Michael Massee - Jacob Dawes
  • Michael B. Silver - Sam Shapiro
  • Constance Towers - Deb Mason


  • "Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude" by Johann Sebastian Bach

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jason Gideon: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." - Genesis 9:6
  • Jason Gideon: Albert Pine said, "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."

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