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"The Silencer" is the first episode, and the season premiere, of Season Eight and the 163rd overall of Criminal Minds.


When a Texas prison inmate escapes during a transfer, he leaves behind victims with their mouths sewn shut, a signature the BAU remembers as unique to the infamous serial killer "The Silencer". While they investigate who he was and who he has become, the team gets to know their newest member.

Guest Cast[]


  • This episode marks the first appearance of Jeanne Tripplehorn in the main cast as Dr. Alex Blake.
  • In two separate scenes, the unsub's birthday is shown on Garcia's screen as January 10, 1974 and October 1, 1974.
  • Though a BAU evidence board showed two victims named Jane Helmway and S. Clanden, a later scene with Garcia's computer screen instead gave their names as Sally Pargrave and Cindy Keelson, respectively. This is most likely a mistake on the editors' part.

Referenced Criminals[]


  • "When the Music's Not Forgotten" by Deadman

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Aaron Hotchner: "As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do." — Andrew Carnegie
  • Aaron Hotchner: "A man is known by the silence he keeps." — Oliver Herford
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