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"There's No Place Like Home" is the seventh episode of Season Seven and the 145th overall of Criminal Minds.


When a series of tornadoes plague Kansas, the BAU is called in to investigate bodies of teenage boys that turn up in Wichita in the aftermath of the storms. Also, work pressures cause tension on JJ's home front.

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  • "Do I" by Emphatic
  • "Come On" by Mushroomhead

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Aaron Hotchner: "For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather. Every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously." — George Gissing
  • Jennifer Jareau: "Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are." — Arthur Golden


  • The episode's title is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, which, in some chapters, takes place in Kansas and in which the protagonist is carried to Oz by a huge tornado and gets home by repeating the phrase "there's no place like home", as writer Virgil Williams confirmed during a chat with fans: "...the title (as well as many other references) were a nod to the great OZ..."
  • The episode contains numerous references to the 1996 disaster film Twister, which prominently featured tornadoes. The pinwheel, atlas, and camper are all prominent props in the film, and the dialogue that the unsub uses in the prologue sequence is drawn verbatim from lines spoken by a character in the movie. Several shots and camera placements also echo the film, particularly the lingering shot of Reid staring out the window, and several musical cues are very close to themes from Twister.
  • The tornadoes mentioned in this episode were classified under the original Fujita scale. However, by 2011, the U.S. was using the Enhanced Fujita scale, which was first brought into use in 2007.
  • Demetrius Grosse, the actor who portrayed Lieutenant Beasley, also played Barry Vernon on an episode of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
  • Travis James is the first unsub to be killed when being sucked into a tornado, unlike Leland Duncan getting shot in In the Blood.
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