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"Taboo" is the third episode of Season Twelve and the 258th overall of Criminal Minds.


With Emily Prentiss rejoining the team, the BAU investigates the discoveries of two dead women in Florida and realize they are looking for a killer with a peculiar disposal method.

Guest Cast

  • Lachlan Buchanan - Stuart Barker
  • Allison Caetano - Lisa Barclay
  • Shawn Patrick Clifford - Worker
  • Dylan Darwish - Teen #2
  • Grant Durazo - Teen #1
  • Tony Espinoza - Malcolm Landon
  • D'Arcy Fellona - Kim Conti
  • Sherilyn Fenn - Gloria Barker
  • Liberty Hobbs - Teen Girl
  • Hector Hugo - Detective Sam Ogilvie
  • Max Jimenez - Kim's Son
  • Gretchen Lodge - Lynelle Barker
  • Jacob Manown - Teen Boy
  • Collin McMullen - Tommy
  • Lony'e Perrine - Stephanie Turner
  • Ellen D. Williams - M.E. Dawn Durboraw

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: Tyron Edwards wrote, "Sinful and forbidden pleasures are like poisoned bread. They may satisfy appetite for the moment, but there is death in them at the end."
  • Luke Alvez: "Three things cannot long stay hidden. The sun, the moon, and the truth." – Buddha


  • Paget Brewster rejoins the team as a regular character replacing Thomas Gibson.
  • Despite being credited in the opening sequence, Aisha Tyler, who portrays Lewis, doesn't appear in the episode. This is actually the 16th of 29 episodes in which characters are credited despite not appearing in the episodes. The others are:


Criminal Minds Episodes