"The Fisher King, Part 2" is the first episode, and season premiere, of Season Two of Criminal Minds.


The BAU continues to decipher the clues given to each of them by a killer in order to save his most recent victim. Reid realizes that his personal life could help solve the case as one member of the team struggles to live.

Guest Cast


  • "You and I Both" by Jason Mraz
  • "The Riddle" by Five for Fighting

Bookend Quotes

  • Jason Gideon: "The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind." - French writer François La Rochefoucauld
  • Spencer Reid: "It has been said time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone." - Rose Kennedy


  • Having previously been a guest star and also credited as "Also Starring" during Season One, Kirsten Vangsness was promoted to being part of the main cast as of this episode.

Criminal Minds Episodes

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