"Assistance Is Futile" is the sixteenth episode of Season Twelve of Criminal Minds.


When a mother suspects that someone close to her is an unsub, she turns to the BAU for assistance. Also, Reid begins to adapt to prison life in order to survive.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Knucklehead" by We-Are-Z
  • "Waking Light" by Dwayne Shivers & Kyshona Armstrong

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: "To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I can do no other." Martin Luther
  • Spencer Reid: "Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all of the darkness." Desmond Tutu


  • The episode's title seems to be a play on the term "Resistance is futile", a famous quote by the Borg, an alien race featured in Star Trek.
  • This is the fifth of nine episodes to deal with two separate cases.


  1. Credited as "Guard #1"

Criminal Minds Episodes