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Season 8, Episode 11
Air date December 12, 2012
Written by Bruce Zimmerman
Directed by Michael Lange
"The Lesson"

"Perennials" is the eleventh episode of Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


The BAU heads south to investigate a fast-moving killer whose signature matches that of a serial killer from thirty years ago. Also, the team learns that someone is keeping track of their cases and replicating crimes they have solved.

Guest CastEdit

  • Sarah Benoit - Doris
  • John McCool Bowers - Bill Kestler
  • Steven Connor - Doctor
  • Stephan Duvall - Otis
  • Rebecca Flinn - Beverly Kestler
  • Erika Godwin - Nina Skinner (Floressa)
  • Danielle Hoetmer - Brianna Wells
  • Patrick Holder - Russell Smith
  • Merrick McCartha - Anesthesiologist
  • Chad Anthony Miller - Hospital Clerk
  • Kristen O'Meara - Jane Sissler
  • Bethany Orr - Stephanie Carson
  • Kim Robillard - Sheriff Mitchell
  • Jarid Root - Aidan Donahue
  • Jon Rudnitsky - Kyle Owens
  • Kevin Ryan - Cop
  • Bill Tangradi - Willie Kestler
  • Scott Vance - Doctor Frank Chapman
  • Annzella Victoria - Nurse

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Spencer Reid: "I have never yet heard of a murderer who was not afraid of a ghost." John Philpot Curran
  • David Rossi: "The doctrine of the immortality of the soul has more threat than comfort." Mason Cooley


  • A perennial often refers to a plant that lives for more than two years. When not applied to plants, it indicates something that is indefinitely long-lasting or enduring. It can also mean that something lasts throughout the year.

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