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"The Big Wheel" is the twenty-second episode of Season Four and the 87th overall of Criminal Minds.


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.

Guest Cast

  • Erika Alexander - Detective Lynne Henderson
  • Rebecca Avery - Kim Rowlings
  • Jon Barton - SWAT Leader
  • Jake Cherry - Stanley Wolcott
  • Terrence Edwards - Jay
  • Neil Ironfield - Young Vincent Rowlings
  • Giselle Jones - Alice Steadman
  • Jill Klopp - Michelle Watson
  • Martha Anne Madison - Kate Charlotte
  • Alex O'Loughlin - Vincent Rowlings
  • Jennifer Ilene Perry - Hilary Habner
  • Quentin Prescott Price - Carl
  • Kyle Templin - Eric
  • David J. Wright - Sid Rowlings
  • Rick A. Young - Fairground Worker


  • "Tears and Rain" by James Blunt

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." - Francis Bacon
  • Derek Morgan: "No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." - George Chakiris


  • "Big wheel" is a term referring to an important or influential person. It can also be used as an alternate name for a Ferris wheel.

Criminal Minds Episodes