The BAU travels to New Mexico to assist local authorities in Las Cruces in apprehending a serial killer who is garroting women in a gated community. Agent Ashley Seaver, an FBI cadet with a troubled past, is asked to assist with the case.
- Bryn Allen - Young Ashley Seaver
- Henree Alyse - Maureen Watson
- Milby Barron - Aubrey Jacobs
- Gordon Carmadelle - Mike Watson
- Alex Fernandez - Detective Felix Ruiz
- Eben Ham - Uniformed Cop
- Larry Herron - FBI Instructor
- Christopher Kriesa - SSA William Heller
- Madison Leisle - Heather Jacobs
- Kenneth Mitchell - Drew Jacobs
- Rachel Nichols - Agent Ashley Seaver
- Scott Subiono - Harvey Brinkman
- John Thoms - Bob Page
- Dan Warner - Frank Morris
- "Far From Home" by Five Finger Death Punch
- Aaron Hotchner: "When we were children, we used to think when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability. To be alive is to be vulnerable." Writer Madeleine L'Engle
- David Rossi: "Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." Writer Oscar Wilde
- The uncredited actress who portrayed murder victim Marjorie West, Nicole Abramson, previously appeared on Criminal Minds in the Season Five episode "Public Enemy", starring as Judy O'Brien.
- About halfway through the episode, Matthew and Rachel look at each other and break character for just a couple seconds.