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Season 8, Episode 19
Air date April 10, 2013
Written by Bruce Zimmerman
Directed by John Terlesky

"Pay It Forward" is the nineteenth episode of Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


When a time capsule in a small Colorado town is opened twenty-five years later and contains a gruesome discovery, the BAU investigates the crime and find a possible link to the death of a local police officer.

Guest CastEdit

  • Pamela Bellwood - Wanda Sullivan
  • Gregg Christie - Deputy Charlie Figg
  • Missy Crider - Leanne Tipton
  • Ryan Cutrona - Sam Wakefield
  • Tammy Dahlstrom - Mayor Lindsey Winters
  • Bill Dawes - Sheriff Bob Collier
  • Linda DeMetrick - Melanie Burke
  • Burt Grinstead - Wade Burke
  • David Hayward - Clarence Tipton
  • Diana Hopper - Young Leanne Tipton
  • Adam LaCoste - Young Man
  • Rob Nagle - Tory Chapman
  • Jeanette O’Connor - Arlene Tipton
  • Mitch Poulos - Middle-Aged Man
  • Garrison True - Todd Backus

Referenced CriminalsEdit


  • "Tomorrow" by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • David Rossi: "A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen." Edward de Bono
  • Aaron Hotchner: "There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now." Eugene O'Neill


  • The phrase "pay it forward" is defined as the response to a person's kindness, which involves being kind to someone else.
  • Tammy Dahlstrom, the actress who portrayed Mayor Lindsey Winters, also played Trish in an episode of Suspect Behavior.

See AlsoEdit

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