"Tabula Rasa" is the nineteenth episode of Season Three of Criminal Minds.


After a suspected serial killer wakes up from a coma, the BAU reopens the case and uses brain fingerprinting to determine if he really doesn't remember the crimes that had been committed four years earlier in Roanoke, Virginia.

Guest Cast

  • Jon Barton - SWAT Leader
  • Heather Belling - April Sutherland
  • Anne Betancourt - Nina Moore
  • Roxana Brusso - Lidia
  • Amy Carlson - Cece Hillenbrand
  • Steven Culp - Lester Serling
  • Loreni Delgado - Technician
  • Beau Dremann - Sergeant
  • James Eckhouse - Mr. Corbett
  • Bob Gebert - Doctor
  • Dick Herlan - Mr. Moore
  • Jenn Marie Jones - Darci Corbett
  • Eric Lange - Brian Matloff
  • Sarah MacKay - Nurse
  • F. William Parker - Judge
  • John Pirruccello - Resident Jogger
  • Jenny Powers - Woman
  • James Sharpe - Detective Ted Jarvis

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." – Anatole France
  • Mr. Corbett and Spencer Reid: "What though the radiance that was once so bright, be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind." – William Wordsworth


  • The title of the episode is Latin for "blank slate" and philosophically refers to the state of a person's mind before it has any experience of the world. The term is also referring to Matloff waking up without his memory.

Criminal Minds Episodes