The second season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS on September 20, 2006 and ended on May 16, 2007. Lola Glaudini left the show after six episodes and was replaced by Paget Brewster while Kirsten Vangsness was promoted to series regular.

Cast

Main

Recurring

Guest stars

In the season premiere "The Fisher King (Part II)", Jeff Marchelletta guest-starred as Elle Greenaway's deceased father, Robert, in a dream sequence while Elle is in surgery. In the episode "P911", Mary Page Keller guest-starred as Supervisory Special Agent Katherine Cole, a former BAU Agent who is now the Unit Chief of the Crimes Against Children Unit, and is investigating a young boy who is at risk of being sold to a pedophile in an online auction. John Rubinstein guest-starred as Principal Hayden Rawlings, a pedophile and one of the bidders for the auction, despite claiming that he tried to rescue the boy from his captor. In the episode "The Perfect Storm", Nicki Aycox guest-starred as Amber Canardo, a rape victim who abducts and murders women. Her partner in crime is her husband, Tony Canardo, played by Brad Rowe.

In the episode "Psychodrama", Jason Wiles guest-starred as Caleb Dale Sheppard, aka "The Stripping Bandit", a meth-addicted bank robber who forces bystanders to strip naked. In the episode "Aftermath", Jason London guest-starred as William Lee, a serial rapist who impregnates his victims, and is later murdered by Elle Greenaway. Dahlia Salem guest-starred as Detective Maggie Callahan, who leads the investigation of the rapes. In the episode "The Boogeyman", Elle Fanning guest-starred as Tracy Belle, an elementary school student who is nearly murdered by child killer Jeffrey Charles, played by Cameron Monaghan. Sean Bridgers guest-starred as Jeffrey's father, James, who was the prime suspect in the murders.

In the episode "North Mammon", Mimi Michaels guest-starred as Brooke Chambers, a soccer jock who, along with her two best friends, is abducted, and are forced to choose which one of them will be murdered. Kelly Kruger guest-starred as Kelly Seymour, who was chosen by her friends to be murdered. In the episode "Empty Planet", Jamie Elman guest-starred as Kenneth Roberts, a serial bomber who goes by the alias of "Allegro", the main character from his favorite science fiction novel. JoBeth Williams guest-starred as Ursula Kent, a Professor who is held hostage by Kenneth. In the episode "The Last Word", Jason O'Mara guest-starred as The Mill Creek Killer, a serial killer competing against The Hollow Man for recognition for their crimes.

In the episode "Lessons Learned" Anthony Azizi guest-starred as Jamal Abaza, a Guantanamo Bay inmate who is a member of a terrorist organization called "Militant Islamic Society." Kevin Chapman guest-starred as FBI Agent Andrew Bingham, who aids the BAU in preventing an attempted bombing at a newly opened mall. In the episode "Sex, Birth, Death", Jessica Tuck guest-starred as Dr. Sarah Harris, a Doctor whose desperate to help stop her son's homicidal urges and fantasies. In the episode "Profiler, Profiled", Erica Gimpel guest-starred as Sarah Morgan, Derek Morgan's elder sister.

In the episode "No Way Out", Keith Carradine guest-starred as one of the series most notorious criminals, Frank Breitkopf. Amy Madigan guest-starred as Frank's love interest, Jane Hanratty. In the episodes "The Big Game" and "Revelations", James Van Der Beek guest-starred as Tobias Hankel, a delusional serial killer who is following in the footsteps of his father Charles. Cullen Douglas guest-starred as Dr. Tony Wilson. In the episode "Distress", Holt McCallany guest-starred as Roy Woodridge, a former U.S. Marine who suffers delusional visions of people who appear to him as Somali pirates. Nick Chinlund guest-starred as Max Weston. In the episode "Jones", Simone Kessell guest-starred as Sarah Danlin, a Jack the Ripper copycat who was once helped by William LaMontagne, Jr.'s father before she became a killer.

In the episode "Honor Among Thieves", Kate Jackson guest-starred as Emily Prentiss' mother, Elizabeth, who aids the BAU in searching for a missing Russian immigrant. In the episode "Open Season", Jim Parrack and Jake Richardson guest-starred as Paul and Johnny Mulford, a pair of brothers who kidnap and hunt several people in the woods. Laura Allen guest-starred as Bobbi Baird, a woman who is abducted and hunted by the Mulford brothers. In the season finale "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank", Keith Carradine and Amy Madigan reprise as Frank Breitkopf and Jane Hanratty, respectively. Elle Fanning reprises as Tracy Belle, who is abducted by Frank.

Episodes

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231"The Fisher King, Part 2"Gloria MuzioEdward Allen BerneroSeptember 20, 2006 (2006-09-20)20115.65[2]
As the BAU continues to decipher the clues given to each of them by psychopathic killer Randall Garner (Charles Haid), Reid uncovers a personal connection that could solve the case and Elle finds herself fighting for her life after being shot in her own home.
242"P911"Adam DavidsonSimon MirrenSeptember 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)20216.54[3]
Former profiler Katherine Cole (Mary Page Keller) turns to Gideon for help when a missing boy turns up in an online auction. With only eighteen hours until the child is sold to the highest bidder, the BAU must work with the FBI's Innocent Images Unit to save the boy's life. Meanwhile, Hotch and Reid grow concerned about Elle when she returns from medical leave.
253"The Perfect Storm"Félix AlcaláDebra J. Fisher & Erica MesserOctober 4, 2006 (2006-10-04)20315.19[4]
When a series of murders in Jacksonville, Florida escalate to include psychological attacks on the victim's families, the BAU suspects that the crimes were committed by two people working together as a team.
264"Psychodrama"Guy Norman BeeAaron ZelmanOctober 11, 2006 (2006-10-11)20416.73[5]
The BAU investigates a series of bank robberies in Los Angeles after the perpetrator escalates from forcing his victims to undress to putting the lives of those he robs on the line. Meanwhile, Hotch deals with personal issues on the home front as his relationship with Haley grows increasingly tense.
275"The Aftermath"Tim MathesonChris MundyOctober 18, 2006 (2006-10-18)20516.20[6]
When a serial rapist in Dayton, Ohio resumes his crime spree after a six week hiatus, the BAU quickly determines he is targeting a different demographic of women and implements an elaborate strategy in an attempt to take him down as Elle makes a critical decision that will impact her career and send shockwaves through the team.
286"The Boogeyman"Steve BoyumAndi BushellOctober 25, 2006 (2006-10-25)20616.77[7]

As the BAU investigates the mysterious deaths of several children in Ozona, Texas, Hotch places Elle under psychological evaluation following her shooting of serial rapist William Lee (Jason London) only to grow increasingly concerned when she stops answering her cell phone.

Note: Lola Glaudini's last episode as Elle Greenaway
297"North Mammon"Matt Earl BeesleyAndrew WilderNovember 1, 2006 (2006-11-01)20716.97[8]
The BAU is forced to profile an entire town when three college-bound athletes disappear on the night of a football pep rally in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, JJ struggles with personal demons and the team continues to reel from Elle's abrupt departure.
308"Empty Planet"Elodie KeeneEd NapierNovember 8, 2006 (2006-11-08)20817.57[9]
When a serial bomber terrorizing Seattle starts targeting places that are technologically advanced, the BAU works with the author of a science fiction novel in order to determine the unsub's ulterior motives before more lives are lost.
319"The Last Word"Gloria MuzioDebra J. Fisher & Erica MesserNovember 15, 2006 (2006-11-15)20916.48[10]

The BAU is called to St. Louis to investigate two independent serial killers who are competing to outdo each other. Meanwhile, Gideon and Hotch are introduced to prospective new team member Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of a high-powered diplomat who must prove that she deserves a place on the team.

Note: Paget Brewster's first episode as Emily Prentiss
3210"Lessons Learned"Guy Norman BeeJim ClementeNovember 22, 2006 (2006-11-22)21016.56[2]
When a chemical weapons dispersal device is discovered during a raid, Gideon, Reid and Prentiss travel to Guantanamo Bay to interrogate the leader of a terror sleeper cell while the rest of the team works to prevent an attack on U.S. soil.
3311"Sex, Birth, Death"Gwyneth Horder-PaytonChris MundyNovember 29, 2006 (2006-11-29)21117.92[2]
When the BAU investigates the deaths of several prostitutes in the Washington, D.C. area, Reid suspects a troubled high school student who desperately asked for his help is guilty of the heinous crimes. Meanwhile, Hotch enters the world of dirty politics when a political heavyweight (Mel Harris) forces him to keep the case quiet.
3412"Profiler, Profiled"Glenn KershawEdward Allen BerneroDecember 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)21216.06[2]
When Morgan is arrested for a series of murders while visiting his family, the BAU travels to Chicago and assists in the investigation despite strong resistance from a local detective (Skipp Sudduth). Meanwhile, Hotch unearths a stunning secret from Morgan's past that makes him question everything he thought he knew.
3513"No Way Out"John GallagherSimon MirrenJanuary 17, 2007 (2007-01-17)21312.99[2]
While investigating a series of murders in Golconda, Nevada, Gideon finds himself face-to-face with the most prolific serial killer he has ever encountered. As the rest of the team works with local authorities to learn why the unsub keeps coming back every year, Gideon attempts to learn the latest victim's whereabouts before time runs out.
3614"The Big Game"Gloria MuzioEdward Allen BerneroFebruary 4, 2007 (2007-02-04)21526.31[2]
When a couple is found dead following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta, Georgia, the BAU pursues what they believe to be a religious killing team who uses computer webcams to record their crimes before uploading them to the Internet. But when it's revealed that the unsub is one man with multiple personalities (James Van Der Beek), one of their own faces a life-threatening situation.
3715"Revelations"Guy Norman BeeChris MundyFebruary 7, 2007 (2007-02-07)21616.27[2]
The BAU's urgency to find for serial killer Tobias Hankel (James Van Der Beek) increases when they learn he's holding Reid captive after seeing a live feed of him being tortured and drugged. Meanwhile, Reid flashes back to his troubled childhood as he drifts in and out of consciousness.
3816"Fear and Loathing"Rob SperaAaron ZelmanFebruary 14, 2007 (2007-02-14)21415.16[2]
When the BAU investigates a series of brutal murders in Peekskill, New York that appear to be racially motivated, the investigation unearths a more sinister motive. Meanwhile, Reid struggles to control his addiction to dilaudid as he relives being tortured and drugged by Tobias Hankel.
3917"Distress"John F. ShowalterOanh LyFebruary 21, 2007 (2007-02-21)21713.70[2]
When a series of seemingly random murders occur at construction sites throughout Houston, the BAU suspects that they are dealing with a homeless person who is strong against gentrification. Meanwhile, Prentiss notices a sudden change in Reid's behavior.
4018"Jones"Steve ShillAndi BushellFebruary 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)21814.50[2]
The BAU travels to New Orleans to catch a serial killer who has resumed his crime spree after being presumed dead for two years. With all the evidence destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, the only clue the team has to go on is a word written moments before the lead detective's death. Meanwhile, Reid continues to struggle with the aftermath of being taken hostage by Tobias Hankel.
4119"Ashes and Dust"John GallagherAndrew WilderMarch 21, 2007 (2007-03-21)21915.19[2]
When a serial arsonist in San Francisco targets the homes of upper middle class families as they sleep, the BAU determines that the victims are linked through a radical environmentalist group that uses fire to spread their message.
4220"Honor Among Thieves"Jesús TreviñoAaron ZelmanApril 11, 2007 (2007-04-11)22012.80[3]
As the BAU searches Baltimore for a Russian immigrant who is being held for ransom, a tense reunion ensues between Prentiss and her mother, Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss (Kate Jackson), with whom she must work with in order to solve the crime.
4321"Open Season"Félix AlcaláDebra J. Fisher & Erica MesserMay 2, 2007 (2007-05-02)22213.28[3]
When the bodies of three missing people are found in a remote region of Idaho wilderness, the BAU quickly determines that a pair of killers are working together as a team and hunting their victims for sport.
4422"Legacy"Glenn KershawEdward Allen BerneroMay 9, 2007 (2007-05-09)22312.92[3]
When homeless people begin mysteriously disappearing in Kansas City, Kansas, the BAU launches an intense manhunt for a mission-oriented killer who strongly believes that he is doing the world a service.
4523"No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution of Frank"Edward Allen BerneroSimon MirrenMay 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)22413.21[3]
When serial killer Frank Breitkopf (Keith Carradine) comes out of hiding and brutally murders Gideon's girlfriend, the BAU finds themselves profiling both men as they circumvent local authorities and begin their own investigation. Meanwhile, Section Chief Erin Strauss (Jayne Atkinson) blackmails a team member into giving inside information on the way Hotch runs the team.