The BAU team races to help Hotchner find The Reaper and save his family before it's too late.


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Evidence Tech Gina (as Gina Garcia Sharp)


Strauss is interviewing each member of the BAU individually in the aftermath of what she refers to as a "bloodbath". In the interviews, she is leading the questions toward the fact that this incident, which hopefully will never happen again, was instigated, caused and/or directed by Hotch. There is an inference that whatever has happened involved George Foyet aka the Boston Reaper, and perhaps Haley and Jack, who were in protective custody because of the implied threat on their lives by Foyet. This most recent round of worries for the BAU concerning Foyet are because they found out that Foyet was in contact with Karl Arnold aka The Fox, and not the murderer of the military families. In flashbacks, the recent cat and mouse game between Foyet and the BAU leading to the bloodbath is played out and the role that Haley and Jack play in Foyet's game is revealed. Written by Huggo

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25 November 2009 (USA)  »

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The quote by Fredrich Nietzsche in the beginning of the episode was also used in the pilot episode in season one. See more »


When Hotch picks up Haley's body and cuddles her, it is obviously a mannequin, and not a human being. See more »


Erin Strauss: [with false solicitude] Are you all right?
Penelope Garcia: [nervous and stammering] I'm just not comfortable with any of this. It's not OK.
Erin Strauss: [sits across from Penelope] What do you mean?
Penelope Garcia: In my opinion? Everyone is asking the wrong questions. Doesn't anyone care what The Reaper did to them? The people he hurt? All anyone seems to care about is... it just isn't right.
Erin Strauss: Do you think Agent Hotchner was acting... agitated or unreasonable?
Penelope Garcia: He... no. No! He... he was freaked out about his family... which, considering what...
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16 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I dare you to find me an episode of Criminal Minds that is written this well to provide tense and interesting story, as well as the superb acting from all actors involved.

I always enjoy when procedural shows start at the end, especially when the tension created at the start is actually shown to carry through right to the end (tension created at the start of an episode that is then diffused halfway through the episode in a poor way = a big no-no).

From the first second, you knew something terrible had happened. It was immediately made clear that Hotch was involved somehow, but quite rightly, they never showed Hotch in the present-day interview scenes until after it was shown that he had survived The Reaper's attack.

The two scenes with Jack and Hotch, talking about Jack "working the case", are two of the most emotional scenes I have ever seen on television. Couple that with the final exchange between Hotch and Haley and you had all the emotion that an episode needs.

The fight scene between Hotch and Foyet was superb. You could feel the anger flowing through Hotch, and were completely cheering him on to kill Foyet.

Though the episode was Hotch-focused, Matthew Gray Gubler was superb, in particular, in his interview scene.

This was one of the best, if not the best, episode of the show.

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