"Beyond Borders" is the nineteenth episode of Season Ten of Criminal Minds.


When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, and the case is connected to several others, including one they investigated last year in Florida, Hotch and the BAU are called in to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his International Response Team, which specializes in cases that involve Americans staying abroad, in a joint investigation.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness is always there first." — Terry Pratchett
  • Jack Garrett: "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." — Henry Ford


  • This episode is the backdoor pilot episode of the short-lived spin-off series, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, created by Erica Messer (the writer of this episode).
  • A similar version of the opening bookend quote recited by Hotch was recited by Reid in the Season Four episode Conflicted.
  • This episode marks the third time the BAU have gone to another country to investigate a case. The first time was in Machismo, which had the BAU go to Mexico, and the second time was in the two-part episode To Hell...and Back, which had the BAU go to Canada.

Criminal Minds Episodes