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"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".
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