Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 9

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2009 on CBS
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When The Reaper returns to Washington for a final showdown, the team works frantically to catch him before he reaches SSA Hotchner's family.

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  • Did Not Expect It to Happen!!!

    10
    I've seen this episode quite a few times. And EVERYTIME I hear Hotch's wife get shot while the whole team is listening I break down. Probably the MOST emotional episode ever. And when Hotch has his last conversation with his wife I totally didn't expect the Reaper to really kill her. I thought the team would've intervened. What a tear jerker!!! Especially when Hotch tells his son to work the case and Thank God the little guy wasn't killed, but I cried for atleast 30 minutes.....moreless
  • Still brings out the emotion 6 years later . . .

    10
    This episode shows the best Criminal Minds has to offer from its writers and beyond any shadow of a doubt the actors! From the opening to the ending with Jack nothing failed both to be exciting and amazing.



    I just watched this episode (yet, again) using the instant video (purchased season 5) and it is still one of the best, no, one of the most outstanding episodes in the history of Criminal Minds.



    It brought all of the major events in the lives of Hotch and his two families to a climax and resolution. Yet, in the future, we know the Reaper and his wife will return (for at least one encore) for another great story and summation.



    For those who watched the series through the years, this has to be one of the most satisfying and at the same time most tearful and upsetting episodes of all times. And isn't the sign of a great / outstanding story the emotions it brings to and out of the audience, whether it be reading or watching on the stage, large shared screen, or the small (and now no longer necessarily small) silver screen in one's home.moreless
  • LOVE THE REAPER! his episodes are always interesting and YAY hayleys dead shes so annoying

    10
    okay so I LOVE any episode the reaper is in he is so awesome and the actor that plays him is INCREDIBLE! honestly season 5 has to be my favourite season! none of the others seem to live up it :(



    i love season 5 because all my fav characters are in it (besides Gideon, miss him but love Rossi as well)



    i was really happy when they killed hayley off the show she did my head in she was sooooo annoying! people say Beth is annoying but I like her she's awesome when it comes to Hotch and his job she doesnt whine about it all the time like hayley did.



    also i love Beth because that actress was in Scrubs and I liked her in Scrubs :) she's a great actress people just need to watch the other shows and films she's in :)moreless
  • babyface95

    10
    I can see what you are saying. However, a US Marshall does not live with the family nor do they have daily contact. The contact they have is stuff that the family or marshall needs to know from each other pertaining to the situation. They are given new names, ss numbers entire new everything as if they died or fell off the earth. Then moved to any number of small or large but usually smaller cities where they are known by their new names and never discuss their old selves This protection makes it doubtful someone knows them and will call them out by their real name. Even the Marshall isn't allowed to reveal to anyone family included who they work for but the government or any of the cases ever to protect them. They are free as anyone else to walk down the street without a swat team watching as it is assumed they are not compromised. Nothing set a sense that they were compromised until way past until it was too late for anyone to help he was hours ahead of them.

    The Marshall does have a gun but he didn't necessarily have it on his side 24/7 especially when at home (if watch when he comes in he throws the jacket and holster on a stand ) as it showed him to be. No doubt it was there nearby but he was blitz attacked so no way to get to it. Marshall and Hotch talking were through the phone of the agent so he had no way to contact but in this context he could. Jack "working the case" you never had little kids their ideas and imitations can be anything such as hiding in a box next to daddy working. Was Aaron to tell him he hunts horrible serial killers all day and kills bad people ? I do agree if I were Haley I may at first be taken over by emotion on hearing he died but when my senses returned I would think the agent would never for any reason use my real name and any replacement one would come to me not me to them and hide deeply sending a message to someone secret as can. All over except the setting of a investigative meeting to see if Hotch was to blame the show was one of their best. I do realize in the real world an officer of any type would have to answer to beating someone to death not just walk off free of actions.

    The last thing you mentioned though is why Haley didn't know what the reaper looked like. They are rarely shown what they look like to avoid panic and if they are that close you usually dead anyway. Hotch also never brought work home so she never seen a photo of him or anyone else they worked on cases .

    Last you mentioned Mandy being written out need to do some research he hated the showed and the violence it projected and never showed up for a table reading the beginning of the next season, then wrote to his co-workers and told them it bothered his conscience too much for dead people, murder, rape and so forth and wanted off the show. It was nothing to do with producers, directors, other actors or stage stuff. It was a personal choice. I loved Gideon he was good but I have to wonder why his agent didn't ask what all his character would entail so he knew It was not a job for him before took.moreless
  • Tearful and Terrific.

    9.5
    I've only been able to watch this episode twice, because it's just so sad, but it is definitely one of my favourite episodes.

    The characters in criminal minds are what sets it apart from other crime shows, and this episode really lets those characters shine. I think this was the best performance we see from Thomas Gibson in the series. It's raw, and heart breaking, but spectacular.
Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

U.S. Marshal Sam Kassmeyer

Guest Star

Ariana Thomas

Ariana Thomas

Pharmacist

Guest Star

Zokai Holmes

Zokai Holmes

FBI Agent/Super

Guest Star

C. Thomas Howell

C. Thomas Howell

George Foyet/The Reaper

Recurring Role

Gina Garcia Sharp

Gina Garcia Sharp

CSU Tech Agent Sharp

Recurring Role

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Section Chief Erin Strauss

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Jack Hotchner: I worked the case, Daddy, just like you said.
      Hotchner: You did a great job, buddy.

    • Prentiss: It makes sense to stay close to Hotch. He [The Reaper] stuck around Boston to watch Shaunessy deteriorate... not that you...
      Hotchner: That's all right. I know he's been watching me. That's part of the reason I stepped down... so he'd think I was falling apart.

    • Hotchner: Poet Haniel Long said, "So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty."

    • Hotchner: "He who fights with monsters might take care, lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

  • NOTES (5)

    • The song heard in this episode was "Evil Is Alive and Well" by Jakob Dylan.

    • In an early draft of the script for this episode, Hotchner was written to kill George Foyet with his own knife. However, Ed Bernero and Thomas Gibson believed the scene would be more powerful if Thomas used his bare hands.

    • The Nietzsche quote that discusses fighting with monsters heard in the beginning of this episode was nearly identical to the quote used in the pilot episode, "Extreme Aggressor."

    • This episode marks the 100-episode milestone for the series.

    • The writer of this episode, Bo Crese, is actually an anagram using the first initial of each member of the writing staff (Breen + Oanh = Bo and Chris + Rick + Erica + Simon + Ed = Crese) because each writer wrote a section.

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