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Season 7, Episode 4
Air date October 12, 2011
Written by Breen Frazier
Directed by Larry Teng
"Dorado Falls"
"From Childhood's Hour"

"Painless" is the fourth episode of Season Seven of Criminal Minds.

Summary Edit

Survivors of a Boise high school massacre return to remember the event ten years later, but the BAU is called in when a serial killer with a similar M.O. targets the survivors. Also, Hotch is worried that his son, Jack, may be a victim of school bullying, while Morgan and Reid engage in a prank war.

Guest Cast Edit


  • "City Boy" by Shawn Lee & AM
  • "Music for a Nurse" by Oceansize

Bookend Quotes Edit

  • Spencer Reid: "You may leave school, but it never leaves you." Andy Partridge
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Khalil Gibran

Trivia Edit

  • James C. Burns, the actor who plays a SWAT commander, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Commander Lewis in the Season One episode What Fresh Hell?.
  • In Brandon Slade's room, a poster hanging on his wall can be seen; the same poster can be seen in Masterpiece.
  • The newspaper article Garcia shows the BAU at the beginning of the episode has a sentence regarding a student saying, "I had know idea if I was going to make it out alive."

See Also Edit

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