"The Inspiration" is the first episode of Season Nine of Criminal Minds and the first of the two-part season premiere.


The BAU travels to Arizona to help search for an increasingly devolving killer, while the team speculates that Hotch is in the running to be the new BAU Section Chief following the death of Erin Strauss.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "As Long As I Can Say" (RBN Edition) by Daas Bosh
  • "Alot" by Gillian Welch

Bookend Quotes

  • David Rossi: "Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses." Amy Tan
  • Aaron Hotchner: Josh Billings once wrote, "There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins."


Criminal Minds Episodes

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