Esai Morales to Cruz Into Criminal Minds

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Esai Morales is set to take charge on Criminal Minds Season 9.

The veteran actor (Caprica, Fairly Legal, Magic City) has been cast as the new BAU section chief, according to TV Guide. His character is named Matt Cruz and he's an ex-FBI agent who worked in the past with JJ. Look for more to come out regarding that relationship as episodes progress.

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Morales will debut on Episode 3, with Hotch acting as section chief in the meantime following the death of Strauss on the Criminal Minds Season 8 finale.

Season 9 premieres on September 25 and other notable guest stars already on board include Camryn Manheim and David Anders.

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Criminal Minds Quotes

Reid: There's an old Buddhist saying that, when you meet your soulmate, remember that the act to bring you together was 500 years in the making. So always appreciate and be kind to each other.
Lewis: That's lovely.
Reid: There's a corollary for friends. When you meet a true friend, you will be bound together though space and time for 500 years.

Hotch: A sniper can wait up to 72 hours without sleeping.
Mays: Seriously?
Rossi: That's part of their training. They can stay awake for 72 hours and remain completely focused on their target.
Mays: How?
Hotch: By using a mental exercise called "fantasy integration". A sniper creates a scenarios involving a target that keeps that person at the forefront of their mind.
Morgan: Often they'll imagine a place where they're with the target, doing something together that takes time. For example, building a car.
JJ: For some, the fantasy begins the minute they're assigned a target. Then nothing will distract them.