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"The Bond" is the thirteenth episode of Season Eleven and the 246th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU searches for a motive and an unsub when victims are found in truck stop restrooms along highways throughout the South.

Guest Cast[]


  • "Hushabye Mountain" by Maggie Szabo

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Aaron Hotchner: "The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." — Honoré de Balzac
  • Tara Lewis: "The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation." — James E. Faust


  • One of the names seen on Garcia's list of regional trucking companies, Bidwell Trucking, was named after Donnie Bidwell, a "wound collector"-type serial killer, copycat, stalker, and abductor who appeared in the Season Eight episode "Carbon Copy".[1]
  • In the episode, Flora can be seen reading Love's Sweet Prince and Bare Reflections, books featured in the Season Ten episodes "If the Shoe Fits" and "Breath Play," respectively.


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