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"The Apprenticeship" is the sixth episode of Season Eight and the 168th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU searches for a killer with escalating confidence when a Miami prostitute is murdered in a manner similar to a series of recent animal killings. Meanwhile, Morgan tries to increase Reid's athletic skills by convincing him to join the bureau softball team.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Trucha" by Perpetual Odd & Ghostman MC
  • "Black Is The Color Of My Gun" by Swan/Almighty Love Noise

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "Better than a thousand days of diligent study, is one day with a great teacher." — Japanese proverb
  • Spencer Reid: "The greatest good you can do for another, is not just to share your own riches, but to reveal to him, his own." — Benjamin Disraeli


  • Many of the characters in this episode were named after characters in The Bad News Bears series of movies. The movies were about a team of misfits playing little league baseball.
  • The mentor/apprentice relationship between the unsubs in this episode is similar to the dynamic in How To Be A Serial Killer, in which Matthew Gray Gubler played the apprentice. In that movie, as in this episode, Gubler's character wore a baseball cap. Some of the scenes with Morgan patting Reid on the shoulder while coaching him mirrored the interactions between Gubler's character and the serial killer mentor in that movie.


  1. Possibly meant to be Joseph Duncan III, but the BAU's description of him doesn't match common facts about him

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