"The Wheels on the Bus" is the eighth episode of Season Eight and the 170th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU launches a massive search when a school bus full of students disappears outside the Washington, D.C. area. As the search continues, they uncover a twisted motive for the mass abduction.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: French novelist Jean Giraudoux said, "I'm not afraid of death. It's the stake one puts up in order to play the game of life."
  • Derek Morgan: Frederick Douglass said, "It's easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."



  1. Credited as "Wendy Campbell"
  2. Credited as "Debbie Joy"

Criminal Minds Episodes
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