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Season Four is the fourth season of Criminal Minds. It originally ran from September 24, 2008 through May 21, 2009. The DVD was released on DVD September 8, 2009. It contains all the episodes, and some Special Features.


Season Four received 14.950 million viewers and a 5.2 score in the A18-49 demo on CBS. The premiere received 17.01 million U.S. views while the season finale drew 13.99 million U.S. views.



Image Title Airdate Writer Director Season Episode Series Episode
Mayhem.jpg "Mayhem" September 24, 2008 Simon Mirren Edward Allen Bernero 1 66
After a bomb explodes an SUV in New York City that might be carrying a BAU member, the team goes into high gear to determine who might have been injured in the explosion and to apprehend the terrorists responsible for the mayhem.
TheAngelMaker.jpg "The Angel Maker" October 1, 2008 Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin Glenn Kershaw 2 67
After a series of murders in Lower Canaan, Ohio are connected to a serial killer who was executed a year ago, the BAU must find the link to the current crimes. Meanwhile, Hotch continues to physically recover from a debilitating injury.
MinimalLoss.jpg "Minimal Loss" October 8, 2008 Andrew Wilder Félix Enríquez Alcalá 3 68
After Prentiss and Reid go undercover to investigate alleged child abuse at the compound of an underground cult in La Plata County, Colorado, they are taken hostage by the cult leader, Benjamin Cyrus, when a state police raid on the fortress goes disastrously wrong.
Paradise.jpg "Paradise" October 22, 2008 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer John Gallagher 4 69
After three suspicious car accidents are confirmed to be not what they seem, the BAU joins the manhunt in Sherwood, Nevada, to catch the killer before he murders someone again.
CatchingOut.jpg "Catching Out" October 29, 2008 Oanh Ly Charles Haid 5 70
The BAU investigates a series of murders in California's Central Valley that appear to be connected to a killer who jumps trains and chooses his victims based on their proximity to the railway. Meanwhile, Morgan meets a mysterious woman who seems to know his name.
TheInstincts.jpg "The Instincts" November 5, 2008 Chris Mundy Rob Spera 6 71
When someone abducts a young boy in Las Vegas, Reid begins to have dreams that force him to recall forgotten memories from his childhood as he investigates the case.
Memoriam.jpg "Memoriam" November 12, 2008 Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin Guy Norman Bee 7 72
As Reid's investigation of a young boy's murder in Las Vegas continues, he discovers possible connections to his own past, including his parents.
Masterpiece.jpg "Masterpiece" November 19, 2008 Edward Allen Bernero Paul Michael Glaser 8 73
When a narcissistic psychopath confesses he has killed seven people and more will die, the team must locate his latest victims before it is too late.
52Pickup.jpg "52 Pickup" November 26, 2008 Breen Frazier Bobby Roth 9 74
Prentiss and Jordan Todd go undercover in Atlanta, Georgia, to profile a serial killer who has perfected his skill as a pick-up artist and uses his masculine prowess to lure his next victims. Meanwhile, Morgan begins teaching Reid tricks on how to charm women.
BrothersInArms.jpg "Brothers in Arms" December 10, 2008 Holly Harold Glenn Kershaw 10 75
As a former cop, Morgan takes it personally when a serial killer specifically begins targeting officers working in the police force in Phoenix, Arizona.
Normal.jpg "Normal" December 17, 2008 Andrew Wilder Steve Boyum 11 76
The BAU is called to assist local law enforcement in catching a spree killer, dubbed "the Road Warrior" by the media, who is shooting blonde women as they drive along freeways in Orange County, California. The case becomes complicated because the heinous acts appear to be at random and the shooter is described as looking normal. Meanwhile, JJ brings her new baby to the BAU headquarters to introduce him to the team.
SoulMates.jpg "Soul Mates" January 14, 2009 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer John Gallagher 12 77
When a young woman in an affluent community in Sarasota, Florida, disappears, the BAU suspects she may have been taken hostage by the partner of a serial killer.
Bloodline.jpg "Bloodline" January 21, 2009 Mark Linehan Bruner Tim Matheson 13 78
The BAU is called to Alabama to assist the investigation when young girls are being abducted by what appears to be a family working together.
ColdComfort.jpg "Cold Comfort" February 11, 2009 Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin Anna Foerster 14 79
The mother of an abducted woman works with the BAU to capture a serial killer. The team is also assisted by a shady psychic, who Rossi believes is a fake.
ZoesReprise.jpg "Zoe's Reprise" February 18, 2009 Oanh Ly Charles S. Carroll 15 80
A young Criminology student, Zoe, is murdered at a previous crime scene after suggesting to Rossi that it, along with other seemingly unrelated murders, may actually be related. The team investigates and learns that Zoe may have been correct, and that all of these murders, including hers, are the work of a copycat serial killer, who is experimenting with the M.O.'s of past killers in order to find his own style.
PleasureIsMyBusiness.jpg "Pleasure Is My Business" February 25, 2009 Breen Frazier Gwyneth Horder-Payton 16 81
The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate when a serial killer lures and kills high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.
417 EXORCISM.jpg "Demonology" March 11, 2009 Chris Mundy Edward Allen Bernero 17 82
The BAU is called to investigate a series of deaths involving exorcisms that appear to be sanctioned by the Vatican, and Prentiss finds herself personally and emotionally involved in the case.
NO DEAL.jpg "Omnivore" March 18, 2009 Andrew Wilder Nelson McCormick 18 83
The BAU travels to Boston when the serial killer from one of Hotch's first cases, which involved one of the most notorious murderers in the history of New England, returns after over a decade of absence.
HouseOnFire.jpg "House on Fire" March 25, 2009 Holly Harold Félix Enríquez Alcalá 19 84
The BAU is summoned to Indiana by local authorities when an escalating serial arsonist threatens the residents of a small town by setting fire to crowded community meeting places.
Conflicted.jpg "Conflicted" April 8, 2009 Rick Dunkle Jason Alexander 20 85
The BAU is called to Texas to investigate a serial killer who is targeting vacationing students on spring break on South Padre Island.
ShadeofGray.jpg "A Shade of Gray" April 22, 2009 Debra J. Fisher and Erica Messer Karen Gaviola 21 86
During an investigation of a series of child abductions and murders, the BAU concludes there is a possibility that one of the crimes may not be the work of the killer upon his apprehension.
TheBigWheel.jpg "The Big Wheel" April 29, 2009 Simon Mirren Rob Hardy 22 87
When a serial killer sends a videotape of one of his crimes to the BAU, the team discovers a hidden message from the murderer begging for help in stopping him from killing.
Roadkill.jpg "Roadkill" May 6, 2009 Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin Steve Boyum 23 88
Local authorities summon the assistance of the BAU after a series of homicides occur that appear to have been caused by a serial killer's car near Bend, Oregon.
Amplification.jpg "Amplification" May 13, 2009 Oanh Ly John Gallagher 24 89
The BAU responds quickly after a homegrown terrorist releases a new strain of a deadly bacteria in Annapolis that threatens the public and puts a member of the team at risk.
ToHell.jpg "To Hell..." May 20, 2009 Chris Mundy Charles Haid 25 90
After a man in Detroit reveals evidence to several suspected disappearances that may be connected, the BAU is called to help track down the serial killer who is responsible. During the investigation, they are forced into Canada to catch him.
AndBack.jpg "...And Back" May 20, 2009 Edward Allen Bernero Edward Allen Bernero 26 91
The BAU continues its search for the serial killer in Canada, and they stumble upon a disturbing find that could expose the killer's motives. Meanwhile, a team member may have become the target of a killer from the past.


Season Four begins with the aftermath of the Season Three cliffhanger involving a group of terrorists. On a personal level, JJ gives birth and goes on maternity leave and has Jordan Todd take her position until she returns, Reid works a case that takes him back to his childhood, and on the season finale Hotch has another encounter with his arch-nemesis, the Reaper.

Opening Credits


Criminal Minds - Season 4 Intro

Season 4 Opening Credits

DVD Special Features

Working the Scene:

  • Blow Up! - Ep 401 "Mayhem"
  • Truckin' - Ep 404 "Paradise"
  • Night Train - Ep 406 "Catching Out"
  • Master Class - Ep 408 "Masterpiece"
  • Fight Club - Ep 410 "Brothers in Arms"
  • Riding Shotgun - Ep 411 "Normal"
  • Bus Stop - Ep 418 "Omnivore"
  • Burn Baby Burn - Ep 419 "House on Fire"
  • Transformation - Ep 420 "Conflicted"
  • Vincent - 422 "The Big Wheel"
  • Pig Farm - Ep 425-426 "To Hell... And Back"

Profiled Featurettes:

  • Profile: Rossi
    • Rossi's Reprise
  • Profile: Hotchner
    • Murder is my Business
  • Profile: Prentiss
    • Angels & Demons
  • Profile: Morgan
    • Hero in Action
  • Profile: Reid
    • Instinct & Memory
  • Profile: Jareau
    • Mother Knows Best
  • Profile: Garcia
    • Girl on Fire
  • Gag Reel

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