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"Sense Memory" is the fourteenth episode of Season Six and the 128th overall of Criminal Minds.


When a serial killer murders women with an unusual M.O. in Los Angeles, the BAU travels there to investigate. Meanwhile, more of Prentiss' mysterious past is revealed.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Smell the Funk" by Buddy Guy

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they are in the game." Comedian Paul Rodriguez
  • Emily Prentiss: "Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it." Novelist Vladimir Nabokov


  • "Sense memory" is a controversial treatment that involves the recollection of physical sensations related to emotional events instead of the remembrance of the events themselves.
  • The story was inspired by the German novel 'The Perfume'

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