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"God Complex" is the fourth episode of Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


When a legless corpse is found outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, and an unwilling amputee is later found in a motel, the BAU sets out to profile an amateur surgeon before he can prey on his next victim. Meanwhile, Reid's phone calls to a mystery woman leave the team intrigued.

Guest CastEdit

  • Heleya de Barros - ER Doctor
  • Liz Jenkins - Triage Nurse
  • Marion Kerr - Donna Sullivan
  • Stefan Marks - Doug Smith
  • Chris McGarry - Carl Timmons
  • Lou Richards - Ben Hughes
  • Jamie Rose - Linda Nelson
  • Regina Saldivar - Maria Rodriguez
  • Paul Sanchez - Detective Gonzalez
  • Arjay Smith - Tony Anders
  • Ray Wise - Doctor John Nelson

Referenced CriminalsEdit

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Josef Mengele

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Spencer Reid: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, "When a doctor does go wrong, he's the first of criminals. He has the nerve and he has knowledge."
  • Jennifer Jareau: "Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible. Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies." Dr. Jeff Miller


  • A God complex is an emotional characteristic associated with an inflated sense of ego. Someone who suffers from a God complex believes that he or she has the ability to overcome any problem or task, despite the high impossibility and probability for failure.
  • Stefan Marks, the actor who played Doug Smith, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Bill Thompson in the Season Three episode In Name and Blood.

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