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Criminal Minds

Painless (Season 7, Episode 4)
TV-14
TV Episode | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student Randy Slade killed thirteen of his classmates in a ...See moreTen years ago, Hotch and Rossi, as part of the BAU at the time, worked on a mass murder case in Boise, Idaho, where bright and well liked but narcissistic North Valley High School student Randy Slade killed thirteen of his classmates in a lunch hour shooting and cell phone detonated bombing in the school's cafeteria. He himself was also killed. As several of the survivors return to Boise to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the massacre, a copycat killer seems to be on the loose. The local authorities and media believe that Randy's then seven year old brother, sweet but impressionable Brandon Slade, now a student at North Valley himself, may be involved, which Hotch and Rossi, based on what they knew of Brandon ten years ago, don't believe. What the BAU glean early in this updated investigation is that Randy did have a hit list of people he wanted to kill, and that the latest victims are on that hit list. The list itself is comprised of popular students and students on the fringe, which strengthens the BAU's theory that Randy had a partner who went underground after the massacre. But when someone not on the list is one of the latest victims, the team have to look specifically at the massacre itself to see if there are any triggers from that day which may have set off these latest round of killings. Meanwhile, Hotch is trying to deal constructively with Jack in what looks to be a case of him being bullied at school. And Morgan and Reid embark on a game of oneupmanship on each other, all stemming from Reid knowing a little more about basketball than he initially let on. Written by Huggo See less
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Jeff Davis (created by) | Breen Frazier | Rick Dunkle (executive story editor) | Kimberly A. Harrison (story editor) (as Kimberly Harrison)
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Updated Oct 12, 2011

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Oct 12, 2011 (United States)

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25 cast members
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Joe Mantegna
David Rossi David Rossi   See fewer
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Paget Brewster
Emily Prentiss Emily Prentiss   See fewer
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Shemar Moore
Derek Morgan Derek Morgan   See fewer
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Matthew Gray Gubler
Dr. Spencer Reid Dr. Spencer Reid   See fewer
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A.J. Cook
Jennifer Jareau Jennifer Jareau   See fewer
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Kirsten Vangsness
Penelope Garcia Penelope Garcia   See fewer
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Thomas Gibson
Aaron Hotchner Aaron Hotchner   See fewer
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Eric Jungmann
Bob Adams Bob Adams   See fewer
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Julia Campbell
Martha Slade Martha Slade   See fewer
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Aaron Hill
Jerry Holtz Jerry Holtz   See fewer
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Joe Reegan
Lewis Ramsey Lewis Ramsey   See fewer
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Cade Owens
Jack Hotchner Jack Hotchner   See fewer
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Kerry Barker
Tiffany Gleason Tiffany Gleason   See fewer
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Stacie Greenwell
Ms. McKee Ms. McKee   See fewer
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Michael Grant
Brandon Slade Brandon Slade   See fewer
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Trisha LaFache
Chelsea Grant Chelsea Grant   See fewer
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Hudson Thames
Randy Slade Randy Slade   See fewer
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Tom Derek
Chief Cole Chief Cole   See fewer
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Don O. Knowlton
Principal Doug Givens Principal Doug Givens   See fewer
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Terra Wellington
Reporter Reporter   See fewer
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James C. Burns
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Deidre Arrington
Crime Scene Investigator Crime Scene Investigator   See fewer
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Cody Bondurant
Student (uncredited) Student (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lauren Kelley
Allison Humwald (uncredited) Allison Humwald (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 1,580 votes