"Seven Seconds" is the fifth episode of Season Three of Criminal Minds.


The investigation turns to the family as the BAU and local authorities race against time to locate a young girl who has disappeared from the Potomac Mills shopping mall in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

  • Richard Allen Davis
  • David Westerfield


  • "The Moment I Said It" by Imogen Heap

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: Dostoevsky once said, "Nothing is easier than denouncing the evildoer. Nothing more difficult than understanding him."
  • Aaron Hotchner: G.K. Chesterton wrote, "Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."

Criminal Minds Episodes