Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: Reid Delivers Tough Medicine to His Mom

Reid and his mother take a brief trip down memory lane — and then grapple with some tough medicine — in this exclusive sneak peek from tonight’s episode of Criminal Minds (CBS, 9/8c).

Having removed his schizophrenic mother, Diana (returning guest star Jane Lynch), from a fruitless clinical study in Houston, Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) aims to care for her on his own, at his home. On their first day, Reid guides Mom through an old scrapbook full of photos and memories, before announcing it’s time for her medicine. How does Diana react to the idea of taking “poison”? (And what is with Reid’s super-covert storage of whatever he is giving her?) Press play above to see “medicine time” play out.

Elsewhere in the episode, the BAU is called in to investigate when a bizarre hieroglyph found under a deceased homeless man’s armpit is determined to be the same from previous casualties a few years ago.

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  1. Angela says:

    Oof. This looks heartbreaking. Nice to see Jane Lynch back, though, and see her interacting with MGG again. They play off each other so well.
    As for the whole “covert hiding” thing, I’m guessing it’s so that his mom doesn’t get her pills mixed up, or there’s a new medicine for her to take that he doesn’t want her stumbling upon by accident, or something of that sort. Or, heck, for all we know, his secrecy could lead into the wild storyline they’ve got planned for him down the line?
    Whatever the reason, though, I’m so anxious to see how this whole storyline with his mom plays out.

  2. Cas says:

    I love her as his mom. It is perfection. I hope they don’t ever try to kill her off.

  3. Colleen Cornman says:

    Get rid of Aisha Tyler. She just doesn’t fit in. Love Prentiss is back!!!

  4. Melaney says:

    Love love. Criminal Minds! Never ever miss an episode. The story lines are excellent and landscape have always seemed accurate. However on tonight’s episode it was to be in Tampa FL. In the opening the view of the city really threw me. I grew up there and although I moved away 10 years ago, I visit several times a year. Can you please confirm that was indeed the Tampa city line?

  5. Robin says:

    Love the song they played tonight at the end of the show. does anyone know who sings it and the name of the song??

  6. The interactions between Dr. Spencer Reid ( Matthew Gray Gubler) and his mother (Jane Lynch) are always acted seamlessly and realistically. I am pleased to see both of them on the show again.

  7. Vicki says:

    I think he’s developed schizophrenia, He knows it and is self-medicating. His mom is an hallucination. He’s exiting the show and this is how they write him off. Or he realizes he can’t remember things and realizes he’s developing Alzheimer’s. Or he leaves the BAU because he really wants to work on finding a cure for schizophrenia.

  8. jk says:

    IMO I think the vile of medicine are those he took from tobias henkle. Dilauded? He is thinking outside the box in trying to help his mom. Maybe he starts using again and JJ will struggle with his decisions and help him through.