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"Tabula Rasa" is the nineteenth episode of Season Three and the 64th overall of Criminal Minds.


After a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma, the BAU reopens the case and uses brain fingerprinting to determine if he really doesn't remember the crimes that had been committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." – Anatole France
  • Mr. Corbett and Spencer Reid: "What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind." – William Wordsworth


  • The title of the episode is Latin for "blank slate" and philosophically refers to the state of a person's mind before it has any experience of the world. The term is also referring to Matloff waking up without his memory.
  • Despite Reid being established as having an eidetic memory, in this episode, he was unable to remember Garcia's name. This may have simply been an error on the writer's part.
  • This is the 1st of 9 episodes in which a non-BAU/ guest cast character, Mr. Corbett, recites a bookend quote. The other episodes are:

Criminal Minds Episodes