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"The Return" is the eighth episode of Season Nine and the 194th overall of Criminal Minds.


When teenagers who were reported missing are now suspected of a series of random, violent terrorist attacks in Chicago, the BAU investigates their whereabouts to find a motive for the crimes. Also, Morgan has conflicting feelings when his girlfriend takes her job at a hospital as seriously as he takes his.

Guest Cast

  • A.J. Achinger - Daniel James Morrison
  • Rochelle Aytes - Savannah Hayes
  • Ronnie Banks - Gavin Rossler
  • Jan Broberg - Lauren Morrison
  • Jimmy Carlson - Reporter
  • Maurice Compte - Detective Mark Reyes
  • Alexander Eckert - Cameron Patterson
  • Andrew Fiscella - Officer Ryan Clayburn
  • Kelly Hawthorne - Sylvia Hoover
  • Koby Kumi-Diaka - Trevor Madison
  • Rob Lavin - Bomb Squad Agent
  • Silawn Lewis - Pedestrian
  • Gwen McGee - Doctor Taylor
  • Steve Rizzo - Traffic Cop
  • Karly Rothenberg - Leah Rollins
  • Mark Sivertsen - Wayne Gulino
  • Emily Skinner - Julie Hoover
  • Joanna Tiwald - Stephanie Lawford

Referenced Criminals


  • "Minute By Minute" by The James Hunter Six
  • "Hold Me Sweetly" by Monet Cherise

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock said, "There's no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
  • Jennifer Jareau: "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." — Edmund Burke


  • Jan Broberg, the actress who portrays Lauren Morrison, was once abducted by a family friend who was a pedophile and "brainwashed" her into staying with him. Her appearance in the episode may have been an allusion to the details of her childhood abduction.

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