"Solitary Man" is the seventeenth episode of Season Five of Criminal Minds.


The BAU travels to New Mexico to investigate a truck driver in Edgewood who is abducting women and disposing of them in random locations as part of a mission to find a mother for his daughter.

Guest Cast

  • Kimberly Adair - Tanya Hill
  • Hugo Armstrong - Manager
  • Obba Babatundé - Sheriff Frank Sanders
  • Stuart G. Bennett - Sam
  • Gabrielle Carteris - Nancy Campbell
  • Melissa Culverwell - Lynn Clemons
  • Morgan Lily - Jody Hatchett
  • Scarlett McAlister - Betty
  • Brynn Samms - Courtney Campbell
  • Ariana Savalas - Bobby Lainsford
  • Bradford Tatum - Wade Hatchett

Referenced Criminals


  • "Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond

Bookend Quotes

  • Emily Prentiss: Tennessee Williams said, "We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life."
  • Derek Morgan: Christopher Lasch said, "Family is a haven in a heartless world."


  • The episode was named after the song "Solitary Man", which was sung by Neil Diamond. The same song was featured near the end of the episode.

Criminal Minds Episodes

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