‘Criminal Minds’: Best Episodes Where the Squad Managed to Save Everyone

by Megan Molseed
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Those who watched the popular investigative procedural Criminal Minds know that death was a big part of the popular series. However, there are a few rare episodes in which not even one person dies during the entire episode.

Each week, Criminal Minds showrunners were tasked with a sort of challenging balance.

Part of what fans loved about the series was the anxiety-inducing plotlines. Plotlines that gave fans an exciting, and scary, trip into the unknown.

Sometimes, the BAU team is able to save the day. They get to the victim just in time.

Other times, the BAU doesn’t solve the case in time. And the team is only minutes late for saving the victim.

‘Criminal Minds’ Fans Discuss the Rare Occurences When No One Dies

Whatever route a Criminal Minds episode takes, however, most of the series starts out with at least one death.

But, what about those rare instances when all characters make it out alive? The episodes where everyone survives from the moment the show begins all the way through the end credits?

Recently, some Criminal Minds fans took to a subreddit to discuss these rare occurrences throughout the series.

According to Looper, these fans came up with exactly two episodes during the show’s fifteen-year run in which this happens.

In fact, these two episodes actually add life to the mix when the births of babies are included within the unfolding plots.

In the season eleven episode A Beautiful Disaster, Shemar Moore’s Derek Morgan is devastated after his wife Savannah (Rochelle Aytes), is shot by a man named Chazz Montolo (Lance Henriksen). Montolo blames Morgan for his son’s death.

The episode is certainly a tense one as Morgan and Chazz face each other in a tension-filled confrontation. All while Savannah’s life – and the life of her unborn child – are on the line.

In the end, Chazz is taken down, and Savannah gives birth to a healthy baby boy.

One Episode Focuses On Internal Struggles Of The BAU Team

Another episode the Criminal Minds fans pointed out as being entirely free of death is the season fifteen installment, Saturday.

This episode is also a rare one as fans see half of the BAU team taking a very rare day off. The other half of the team, however, works to solve a stalker case.

This episode focuses more on the personal storylines of the Criminal Minds characters so there is no major murdering happening throughout.

And, at the end of the episode, the team celebrates a birth when Matt (Daniel Henney) becomes a father.

During the popular CBS show’s fifteen-year run, Criminal Minds fans grew accustomed to seeing many of the victims killed off within the episodes.

And, since the basis of the series was investigating the workings of the “Criminal Mind” many of the episode topics include some horrific motives that give fans a horrifying glimpse into some extremely convoluted minds. Minds that only the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) team can decipher.

So, tossing in a few episodes during the show’s long run was certainly a nice break for the show’s die-hard fans.