"Green Light" is the twenty-first episode of Season Twelve of Criminal Minds, and the first of the two-part season finale.


When Reid's mother mysteriously disappears, he asks the BAU to investigate if she was abducted while he remains in prison.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Night Song" by Family Band

Bookend Quotes

  • Spencer Reid: "Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." – Ernest Hemingway


  • The term "green light" is used both as a noun (a green traffic light allowing vehicles to proceed movement) and as a verb (to approve an action).

Criminal Minds Episodes