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"A Rite of Passage" is the nineteenth episode of Season Five of Criminal Minds.

Summary Edit

The BAU heads to Texas to track a serial killer who is targeting illegal immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border at Terlingua.

Guest Cast Edit

Referenced Criminals Edit

Bookend Quotes Edit

  • Emily Prentiss: "A lion's work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together." Chuck Jones
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller

Trivia Edit

  • "Rite of passage" is another term referring to a rite, which is a ceremony or event that is meant to mark an important stage in the life of a person, such as birth, marriage, and death.
  • Casey Nelson, the actor who portrayed Deputy Gannon, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Constable Cassar in the two-part Season Four episode finale To Hell...and Back.
  • The main setting of this episode is Terlingua, Texas, which is a ghost town in real life. A similar narrative device was used two episodes later, in Exit Wounds, where the setting was named after a ghost town in Alaska.

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