Criminal Minds: Season 8, Episode 24

The Replicator (22 May 2013)

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When Strauss is killed by the Replicator in New York, the team discovers that the Replicator is an FBI Agent and is connected to Blake.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Hotchner (credit only)
Beth Clemmons (credit only)
Thane Parks (credit only)


Immediately following the Ecstacy case in New York City, the Replicator has hacked into Garcia's computer system, on which he posts photographs of each of the team members in New York and his "Zugzwang" calling card. Although he has taunted most of the team members individually in the past, he seems to focus his attention on one team member while in New York. That focus, another calling card left by the Replicator in what he believes is from a past case, and that he seems to have easy access to almost anywhere the team has access, leads to the team believing he works within the bureau. Looking at what the Replicator has done up to this point in time, they also believe the motive for his actions has something to do with what was the feud between Blake and Strauss. Even if the team does determine the identity of the Replicator, they have to tread carefully as the Replicator has thus far been able to manipulate the team into what he has wanted them to do, and his final end move may take ... Written by Huggo

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Did You Know?


Mark Hamill's daughter Chelsea is a fan of the show, and when he was offered the role of John Curtis, she was thrilled to learn that, because his role had been hinted at all season, he would be playing the Replicator. See more »


Rossi mistakenly gives the year 1986 when the Tylenol poisonings took place. It occurred in 1982. See more »


Penelope Garcia: I am all over the DOJ names including support staff. I have Kevin pulling files and photos. System is down, so it's hard to track entire career paths, but there were two agents in New York in 2001. Scratch that, Lehman died in October, that leaves Curtis.
Alex Blake: Wait a second. John Curtis?
Penelope Garcia: You know him?
Alex Blake: I haven't seen him in a long time. He was a nice guy. We were first office agents together, but I thought he left the Bureau after Amerithrax case.
Aaron Hotchner: Could it be him? Does he fit the profile?
Alex Blake: He was ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.148 (2013) See more »


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Lacklustre season finale
22 November 2014 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

A real let down of a season finale in "Criminal Minds".

The Repclicator has been harassing the crack team of behavioral specialists all season long and here's where his modus operandi and identity is revealed.

NO SPOILER HERE - It's pretty cheap (and easily resolved!)

Spoiler ahead for those who've yet to view

  • Turns out it's a disgruntled ex-employee in the bureau (a very weary

looking Luke Sky...ahem; Mark Hamill) who got mistreated by Erin Strauss (Jane Atkinson) way back when and the episode starts with him disposing of her. Crackling opening in what turns into a very routine easy-to-spot villain and a speedy dispatching of (with a laugh out loud trick used by Rossi) followed by a cozy gathering of the team to close it off.

End of Spoiler

I keep sticking with "Criminal Minds" despite it's absurdities (mostly with the near supernatural deductive abilities of the team) and quite often the show manages to be both incredibly gruesome and suspenseful and, in fewer instances admittedly, even quite moving when showing a bit of the human factor with it's characters. The Eighth Season had a few very good episodes concerning Spencer (Gubler) and his doomed romance and even upped the ante in the "sickening" department with a few truly harrowing eps.

But always lurking behind the scenes was this "Replicator" who'd been shadowing the team and copying gruesome murders they'd already solved. You always knew it had to be someone with inside knowledge and the setup for the finale was quite good. Too bad the actual episode was so cut and dry and really had a silly resolution. Mark Hamill will always be fondly remembered by film lovers but he's really painful to look at and his performance here is so mundane it barely registers.

The Eighth Season finishes on a whimper :(

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