Criminal Minds Wiki
Criminal Minds Wiki

"The Uncanny Valley" is the twelfth episode of Season Five and the 103rd overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is called to Atlantic City to profile a suspect with an unusual personal obsession who is abducting certain types of women.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: Mildred Lisette Norman wrote, "Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness, possesses you. And in this materialistic age, a great many of us are possessed by our possessions."
  • Spencer Reid: Isaac Asimov wrote, "In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."


  • "Miniatures" - Yan Vosly


  • The title is a reference to the uncanny valley, a hypothesis in the fields of robotics and 3D animation. It postulates that there comes a point when human replicas act and look so similar to real humans that the latter becomes uncomfortable around the former. The term refers to a graph that shows how human feelings of familiarity towards anthropomorphic robots or robotic parts (including prosthetics) becomes lower the more life-like they seem. The use of it as a title refers to the unsub's obsession with dolls.
  • On an unrelated note, the alternate title for "Miniatures" by Yan Vosly is "Des Poupées", which translates to "dolls".
Criminal Minds Episodes