"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 Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • 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.

Criminal Minds Episodes