Criminal Minds · Season 9 24 Episodes

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The ninth season of Criminal Minds will premiere on CBS and CTV, on September 25, 2013. The series was officially renewed for a ninth season on May 9, 2013. It's rumored that Season 9 will contain 22 episodes with the 200th episode being the 12th episode of the season. This new season is said to reveal more on the past of Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau. "We're going to use the serendipitous gift of Season 6 to explain with flashbacks what happened when she was working for the Pentagon and why she came back as a much tougher character. I've never had a chance to flex my acting muscles like this on the show!" said A. J. Cook.

Episodes

NoFirst Air DateNameOverview
9x1The InspirationThe hunt for a methodical killer takes the BAU to Arizona to search for an increasingly devolving unsub, and the team speculates that Hotch is in the running to be the new BAU Section Chief following the death of Erin Strauss.
9x2The InspiredAs the BAU zeroes in on the suspect of the ritualistic killings they've been investigating in Arizona, a bizarre connection within the unsub's family could lead them to finally nab the suspect.
9x3Final ShotWhen a sniper strikes Dallas, the BAU investigates whether the upcoming anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor or if something else is driving the unsub.
9x4To Bear WitnessThe BAU meets their new section chief, Mateo Cruz, who, unbeknownst to them, shares a long work history with JJ. Cruz joins the team as they comb the streets of Baltimore for an unsub who leaves victims unable to communicate.
9x5Route 66During the BAU's initial briefing for their latest case, Hotch collapses. He is rushed to the hospital suffering from complications resulting from his near fatal stabbing by George Foyet aka The Reaper. Meanwhile, the rest of the team, while concerned for his life, are urged by Rossi to go to Wichita, Kansas to work on that case of sixteen year old Samantha Wilcox who was abducted by her ex-con father, Eddie Lee Wilcox. In the process, Eddie severely beat Samantha's boyfriend. Eddie had not been in contact with his ex-wife, Samantha's mother Melody Grimes, in quite some time, she who moved with Samantha to Wichita to get away from him. In reviewing evidence, the team believes Samantha may not have plotted with her father, but was a willing participant in their getaway. She is probably unaware however of her father's most recent past, which looks to include armed robbery, mob connections and murder, from which he is probably running. They're afraid that Samantha may not survive if Eddie is pushed into a corner. Back at the hospital, Hotch is in surgery, during which time he encounters Haley and Foyet together in his thoughts, which may determine his fate on the operating table.
9x6In The BloodThe BAU are called to Utah to investigate the murder of a women who died by being buried under stones. All while Penelope plans a Day of the Dead party.
9x7GatekeeperThough Rossi is sad because his favorite bar is closing, the team goes to Boston to solve a series of strangulations.
9x8The ReturnWhen teenagers who were reported missing are suspected of a series of mass murders 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.
9x9Strange FruitWhen skeletons are discovered in the backyard of a home in Virginia, family secrets and past racial divisions are brought to light.
9x10The CallerWhen a young boy goes missing from his home in St. Louis, the BAU reinvestigates a similar cold case to search for the UnSub.
9x11BullyWhen the BAU is called to Kansas City to investigate a series of murders, a tense reunion ensues between Blake and her father, a retired police captain, and her brother, a detective, who must work together to help solve the crime.
9x12The Black QueenA murder investigation leads to Garcia delving into her hacker past -- and reconnecting with her former love.
9x13The Road HomeAs the team searches for a vigilante killer in Cleveland, Rossi's former Marine sergeant goes missing in Los Angeles; J.J.'s secret catches up with her.
9x14200When JJ is kidnapped, the BAU delves into her time at the State Department to find clues to her disappearance and uncover a secret mission that now puts her life in danger. To help with their search for JJ, the team calls upon Prentiss to help in the crisis
9x15Mr. & Mrs. AndersonThe BAU travels to Pittsburgh on the hunt for a pair of suspects that appear to be working together as a team; Garcia and Morgan reveal their Valentine's Day plans for their respective significant others to each other.
9x16GabbyWhen a 4-year-old girl goes missing while staying with a relative in Mississippi, the BAU uncovers some startling truths as the team races to find the child and bring her to safety.
9x17PersuasionThe BAU must determine the true cause and motive when several drowned people are discovered in the Las Vegas desert.
9x18RabidWhen three bodies are found with animal and human bite marks in a shallow grave near Milwaukee, the BAU has puzzling questions to answer. Meanwhile, Reid and Garcia work out for a company fitness test, but try to hide their preparation from Morgan.
9x19The Edge of WinterMorgan's visit with a survivor of unusual stabbings in upstate New York leads to more questions about the case.
9x20Blood RelationsTwo murder victims are found in a West Virginia backwoods community. The investigation reveals that the homicides may be linked to a long-simmering feud between two families.
9x21What Happens in Mecklinburg ...The team searches for a commonality when a series of target abductions take place; Savannah is frustrated with Morgan's traveling.
9x22FatalVictims of arsenic poisoning are found in Long Beach. The investigation reveals that the killer has a fascination with Greek mythology, based on handwritten death threats to the deceased and other mysterious clues. Meanwhile, Hotch becomes concerned about participating in Jack's third-grade career day.
9x23AngelsWhen prostitutes are murdered in Texas, their deaths seem to have religious overtones; members of the team are put at risk throughout the course of the investigation.
9x24DemonsThe investigation in Texas reveals a deep web of corruption; Garcia must save a friend.

Cast

CharacterPerson
Aaron HotchnerThomas Gibson
Spencer ReidMatthew Gray Gubler
Penelope GarciaKirsten Vangsness
Alex BlakeJeanne Tripplehorn
Jennifer JareauA.J. Cook
Derek MorganShemar Moore
David RossiJoe Mantegna

Crew

DepartmentJobPerson
ProductionCo-Executive ProducerGlenn Kershaw
Co-ProducerGlenn Kershaw
Executive ProducerErica Messer
ProducerAaron Zelman
Mark Gordon
Peter Schindler