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"Rule 34" is the third episode of Season Fourteen and the 302nd overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU must determine what connects six people that each received a mysterious package in order to identify the unsub. Also, Simmons and his wife Kristy must deal with their son, David, who got suspended from school.

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  • "Kill You" by The Spiffs
  • "Nervous Breakdown" by Black Flag
  • "Bullet" by The Misfits

Bookend Quotes[]

  • David Rossi: "The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death." — Blaise Pascal
  • Matt Simmons: "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." — James Baldwin


  • Rask's crimes of live streamed torture murders and leaving packages with body parts while challenging the cops appears heavily inspired by Untraceable, a movie about a serial killer taunting the FBI to catch him while he tortures and murders men on live streams our of revenge and stalks the cops along the way.
  • The title of the episode has two distinct meanings:
    • In pop culture terms, Rule 34 is a well-known internet meme that states that "If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions."
    • In federal terms, Rule 34 applies to the 34th rule of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, in which a party can seek documents and other real objects from parties and non-parties.
  • Joanna Sotomura, the actress who portrayed Geena Raptis, also portrayed Lisa in an episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
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