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Season 9, Episode 8
Air date November 13, 2013
Written by Kimberly Ann Harrison
Directed by John Terlesky
"Strange Fruit"

"The Return" is the eighth episode of Season Nine of Criminal Minds.


When teenagers who were reported missing are now suspected of a series of random, violent terrorist attacks in Chicago, the BAU investigates their whereabouts to find a motive for the crimes. Also, Morgan has conflicting feelings when his girlfriend takes her job at a hospital as seriously as he takes his.

Guest CastEdit

  • A.J. Achinger - Daniel James Morrison
  • Rochelle Aytes - Savannah Hayes
  • Ronnie Banks - Gavin Rossler
  • Jan Broberg - Lauren Morrison
  • Jimmy Carlson - Reporter
  • Maurice Compte - Detective Mark Reyes
  • Alexander Eckert - Cameron Patterson
  • Andrew Fiscella - Officer Ryan Clayburn
  • Kelly Hawthorne - Sylvia Hoover
  • Koby Kumi-Diaka - Trevor Madison
  • Rob Lavin - Bomb Squad Agent
  • Silawn Lewis - Pedestrian
  • Gwen McGee - Doctor Taylor
  • Steve Rizzo - Traffic Cop
  • Karly Rothenberg - Leah Rollins
  • Mark Sivertsen - Wayne Gulino
  • Emily Skinner - Julie Hoover
  • Joanna Tiwald - Stephanie Lawford

Referenced CriminalsEdit

  • Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army


  • "Hold Me Sweetly" by Monet Cherise

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Derek Morgan: Alfred Hitchcock said, "There's no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it."
  • Jennifer Jareau: "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." Edmund Burke


  • Jan Broberg, the actress who portrays Lauren Morrison, was once abducted by a family friend who was a pedophile and "brainwashed" her into staying with him. Her appearance in the episode may have been an allusion to the details of her childhood abduction.

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