Sep. 22, 2005
Returning Series
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Criminal Minds » Season 12
Criminal Minds - 12x11 Surface Tension

12x11 Surface Tension

4.43/5 (7 votes)
First Aired: Feb. 01, 2017 on CBS
Summary: When a bizarre hieroglyph found under a deceased homeless man’s armpit is the same from previous casualties a few years ago, the BAU is called in to investigate. Also, Reid decides to take his mother out of a clinical study early to bring her home with him,

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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Stephen Walker played by Damon Gupton
Dr. Tara Lewis played by Aisha Tyler
Luke Alvez played by Adam Rodriguez
Diana Reid played by Jane Lynch
M.E. Joan Grayson played by Joyce Guy
Bryce Jarvis played by Eric Henry (VI)
Eleanor Parsons played by Beth Maitland
Cassie Campbell played by Angela Robinson Witherspoon

Episode Quotes

Emily Prentiss: Wheels up in 10
Penelope Garcia: And yes, you heard that correctly. No need to adjust your headsets
Jennifer Jareau: Do you think Spence is making a mistake bringing his mom home?
David Rossi: It's hard to say. Not long ago I told him he shouldn't waste the precious time he has left with her. I guess he took it to heart.
Jennifer Jareau: I worry about him, you know?
David Rossi: Yeah, it'll be fine. If it proves too difficult, he'll adjust.
Jennifer Jareau: I just have a bad feeling...
David Rossi: About what?
Jennifer Jareau: I don't even know. I can't put my finger on it.
David Rossi: JJ, we have enough problems in this life that are real and present. Let's not bring imagined ones to the table, too.
Jennifer Jareau: Ok. I will drink to that. [Rossi try to hand over the glass of Scotch]
Jennifer Jareau: [JJ make it looks like she have a glass] Oh, in spirit.


  • Goof (errors in geography): The early aerial arrival shot of a city center with lake and fountain, clearly labeled "Tampa, Florida," on screen, is actually downtown Orlando, Fl with it's Lake Eola.


  • The song heard at the end of the episode, Amanda's Song, is sung by Jason Koiter, post-production supervisor on Criminal Minds.
  • The aerial shot of Tampa, FL near the beginning of the episode is actually Orlando, FL looking WSW. The lake in the center of the shot is Lake Eola. This isn't the first time CM has used Orlando as a generic city in Florida (see Season 11 Episode 10 "Future Perfect" featuring Orlando as St. Augustine).
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