The Best Episodes of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2018

Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his International Response Team (IRT), comprised of military hero and profiler Matt Simmons, brilliant tech analyst Russ “Monty” Montgomery and fearless medical examiner Mae Jarvis, are a specialized Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad.

Blowback

#1 - Blowback

Season 2 - Episode 9

The International Response Team is investigated by the FBI after a mission in Kurjikistan results in the death of a suspect.

star 7.77
739 votes
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The Ripper of Riga

#2 - The Ripper of Riga

Season 2 - Episode 13

The International Response Team travels to Russia when an American ballerina is kidnapped, and Jack tangles with an ex-KBG agent who escaped from prison.

star 7.77
648 votes
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Cinderella and the Dragon

#3 - Cinderella and the Dragon

Season 2 - Episode 6

When two American flight attendants go missing while in Singapore, the International Response Team is called in to investigate.

star 7.75
721 votes
Writers: Matthew Lau
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Paper Orphans

#4 - Paper Orphans

Season 1 - Episode 13

When the daughter of an American family visiting Haiti to adopt a child is kidnapped, the International Response Team travels to the island nation to try to find her. Also, Jack and his wife, Karen, prepare to send their daughter to college.

star 7.75
748 votes
Directors: Félix Alcalá
Writers: Erica Messer
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Pretty Like Me

#5 - Pretty Like Me

Season 2 - Episode 4

The International Response Team head to South Korea when an American college student is found disfigured. Meanwhile, Simmons fulfills his mother's dying wish to find his grandmother.

star 7.73
779 votes
Directors: Greg Prange
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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Il Monstro

#6 - Il Monstro

Season 2 - Episode 2

When two casualties resemble the M.O. of the most notorious killer in Italian history, the International Response Team is called to investigate.

star 7.72
888 votes
Directors: Leon Ichaso
Writers: Christopher Barbour
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Type A

#7 - Type A

Season 2 - Episode 10

The International Response Team is called to Taipei when it appears that an American committed a crime that's similar to an unsolved case in New York.

star 7.71
703 votes
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Made In...

#8 - Made In...

Season 2 - Episode 5

The International Response Team investigates when two American entrepreneurs disappear while conducting business in Bangladesh.

star 7.69
765 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Erica Meredith
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The Ballad of Nick and Nat

#9 - The Ballad of Nick and Nat

Season 1 - Episode 11

When American victims are found in different locations throughout Cuba, the International Response Team heads to the island nation to search for possible spree killers.

star 7.68
727 votes
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
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Pankration

#10 - Pankration

Season 2 - Episode 8

When an American visiting Greece to get more involved in his family's business is found beaten in a rough part of Athens, the International Response Team is called to investigate.

star 7.66
769 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Ticona S. Joy
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Obey

#11 - Obey

Season 2 - Episode 11

When the body of an American singer is found on a rural road in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, the team is called to investigate.

star 7.65
689 votes
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La Huesuda

#12 - La Huesuda

Season 2 - Episode 7

When a night of partying ends tragically for an American 18-year-old in Tijuana, the International Response Team is called to investigate.

star 7.65
688 votes
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Lost Souls

#13 - Lost Souls

Season 2 - Episode 1

Unit Chief Jack Garrett and his international response team are called to Tanzania when a 23-member church group disappears.

star 7.65
941 votes
Directors: Alec Smight
Writers: Erica Messer
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The Devil's Breath

#14 - The Devil's Breath

Season 2 - Episode 3

The International Response Team investigates the apparent suicide of an American in Colombia who emptied his bank account prior to his death.

star 7.61
825 votes
Directors: Oz Scott
Writers: Adam Glass
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Citizens of the World

#15 - Citizens of the World

Season 1 - Episode 7

The International Response Team travels to Morocco when a retired couple from Idaho is kidnapped while visiting the country on a cruise.

star 7.60
831 votes
Directors: Alec Smight
Writers: Matthew Lau
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The Matchmaker

#16 - The Matchmaker

Season 1 - Episode 9

When an American girl leaves home to meet her boyfriend in Turkey, the International Response Team suspects she’s in trouble after being tricked by someone posing as her boyfriend.

star 7.59
776 votes
Writers: Tim Clemente
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IQINISO

#17 - IQINISO

Season 1 - Episode 10

When an American college student working in Johannesburg is killed and his brother goes missing, the International Response Team suspects a gang could be behind both. Jack works the case with Lieutenant Ananda Doshi, a profiler he’s worked with before who has an unorthodox style of investigation.

star 7.58
755 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Christopher Barbour
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Abominable

#18 - Abominable

Season 2 - Episode 12

The International Response Team searches for the killer of a woman on a yoga retreat in Nepal, and Monty goes on his first international mission with the team.

star 7.57
655 votes
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El Toro Bravo

#19 - El Toro Bravo

Season 1 - Episode 12

The IRT heads to Pamplona, Spain, for the running of the bulls, where the ears of a missing American tourist are found.

star 7.56
758 votes
Writers: Erica Meredith
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Whispering Death

#20 - Whispering Death

Season 1 - Episode 4

The team travels to Japan to assist local law enforcement in investigating homicides made to look like suicides. Meanwhile, Mae encourages Clara to get out and enjoy herself.

star 7.54
975 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Adam Glass
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Love Interrupted

#21 - Love Interrupted

Season 1 - Episode 6

The International Response Team heads to Belize to search for a couple who disappears while on their honeymoon in what appears to be a targeted abduction.

star 7.51
861 votes
Writers: Adam Glass
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Denial

#22 - Denial

Season 1 - Episode 3

The International Response Team heads to Cairo when an Egyptian-American former U.S. serviceman is killed in a gas attack there and his friend goes missing.

star 7.51
1,056 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Adam Glass
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De Los Inocentes

#23 - De Los Inocentes

Season 1 - Episode 8

When a woman vacationing in Mexico with her family is the victim of foul play, the International Response Team investigates her husband as the prime suspect when he flees.

star 7.50
796 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Writers: Christopher Barbour
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The Lonely Heart

#24 - The Lonely Heart

Season 1 - Episode 5

The International Response Team heads to Paris to search for an UnSub targeting Americans who live there.

star 7.47
865 votes
Writers: Ticona S. Joy
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Harvested

#25 - Harvested

Season 1 - Episode 2

When an American man attending a festival in Mumbai wakes up missing a kidney and his friend gone, the International Response Team’s investigation leads them to suspect the UnSub is more than just trading organs on the Black Market.

star 7.40
1,094 votes
Directors: Rob Bailey
Writers: Erica Meredith
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