Criminal Minds

Season 5 Episode 10

The Slave of Duty

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 09, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The character Erika Silverman was named after casting director Erica Silverman.

    • Garcia calls Morgan "Shug" in this episode. Shug is the name of Shemar Moore's dog.

    • The reference to being out of town visiting family in Indianapolis alludes to Rick Dunkle's frequent visits to Indianapolis to visit his own family.

    • The list of names Reid reads to Garcia outside the night club are all named for Rick Dunkle's friends, three of whom work on the series.

    • Culpepper Valet Company was named for Rick Dunkle's aunt who lived in Culpepper, Virginia.

    • The character Grant Franklin is a shout-out to the town in which Rick grew up, Franklin, Indiana.

    • The character Ann Herron was named after Rick Dunkle's high school journalism adviser.

    • Kaminski was the surname of Rick Dunkle's high school Shakespeare and drama teacher.

    • The character Rose Smith was named in honor of characters on Doctor Who. Rose Tyler ends up in a parallel world with a version of The Doctor (aka John Smith).

    • The character Joe Belser was named for one of Rick Dunkle's fraternity brothers in college.

    • The title of this episode is the alternative title for Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the musical Hotch tried out for in high school so he could meet his future wife, Haley Brooks.

  • Quotes

    • Hotchner: Hey buddy, it's time for PJs.
      Jack Hotchner: Can I watch one more time? I'm waiting for Mommy. (they both watch the video)
      Hotchner: I miss her, too.
      Jack: Could I sleep in your room again?
      Hotchner:Sure. Okay, c'mon.

    • Rossi: Scars show us where we've been. They do not dictate where we are going.

    • Hotchner: (at Haley's funeral) W.S. Gilbert wrote, it's love that makes the world go 'round. And if that's true, then the world spun a little faster with Haley in it. Haley was my best friend since we were in high school. We certainly had our struggles, but if there's one thing we agreed on unconditionally, it was our love and commitment to our son, Jack. Haley's love for Jack was joyous and fierce. That fierceness is why she isn't here today. A mother's love is an unrivaled force of nature and we can all learn much from the way Haley lived her life. Haley's death causes each of us to stop and take stock of our lives to measure who we are, and what we've become. I don't have all of those answers for myself, but I know who Haley was. She was the woman who died protecting the child we brought into this world together, and I will make sure that Jack grows up knowing who his mother was and how she loved and protected him and how much I loved her. If Haley were with us today, she would ask us not to mourn her death, but to celebrate her life. She would tell us...she would tell us to love our families unconditionally and to hold them close cause in the end, they are all that matter. I met Haley at the tryouts of our high school's production of The Pirates of Penzance, I found our copy of the play and I was looking through it the other night, and I came upon a passage that seemed...appropriate for this moment. "Oh dry the glistening tear that dews that marshall cheek. Thy loving children here in them thy comfort seek. With sympathetic care, their arms around thee creep. For oh they cannot bear to see their father weep."

    • Rossi: (at Haley Hotchner's grave) Have you told her yet?
      Hotchner: Told her what?
      Rossi: That you're coming back to the team. That fighting the bad guys is who you are.
      Hotchner: I don't have to tell her. She already knows.

    • Hotchner: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • Hotchner: Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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