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"Persuasion" is the seventeenth episode of Season Nine of Criminal Minds.


When two mysteriously drowned female bodies are discovered in the Las Vegas desert, the BAU tries to figure out the true cause and motive for the murders. Meanwhile, Reid tries to contact his mother.

Guest CastEdit

  • Gregory Bach - Olsen
  • David Clennon - Marvin Caul
  • Kayla Crance - Renee Sheffield
  • Courtney Cunningham - Frida Bancroft
  • Travis Hammer - Elijah Hall
  • Keisuke Hoashi - Doctor John Chen
  • Ashton Holmes - Finn Bailey
  • Michael Irby - Cesar Jones
  • Olga Pikhienko - Herself[1]
  • Darren Romeo - Romeo the Magician
  • Mark Sande - Bill
  • Susan Santiago - Detective Solana Ramirez
  • Sheila Shaw - Irma
  • Karen Teliha - Gladys
  • Keelin Woodell - Sarah Renfield


  • "Jackhammer Manifesto" by Blue Stahli

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Spencer Reid: "The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret." Salvador Dali
  • David Rossi: "Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within." Arthur Erickson


  • Courtney Cunningham, the actress who played victim Frida Bancroft, previously appeared in the season, portraying minor character Cora Bradshaw.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Credited as "Olga the Contortionist"

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