Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : [voiceover] What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson.
David Rossi : [finding Hotch at Haley's grave] I had a feeling I'd find you here. Have you told her yet?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Told her what?
David Rossi : That you're coming back to the team. That fighting the bad guys is who you are.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : I don't have to tell her. She already knows.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : [beginning lines, voiceover which leads into view of funeral attendants and Aaron speaking] 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 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 because 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 martial cheek. Thy loving children hear, in them thy comfort seek. With sympathetic care, their arms around thee creep, for oh, they cannot bear to see their father weep."
[people begin leaving and putting white roses on Haley's casket; alone, Aaron carries Jack above Haley's grave]
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Okay, you can go ahead. Blow Mommy a kiss.
[Jack does so and Aaron, still carrying Jack, gets off the covered platform and walks away]
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : [voiceover] Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. -Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Sympathetic attendant : If there's anything I can do...
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : [shakes hand] Thank you.
Evidence Tech Gina : I'm so sorry for your loss.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Thank you, Gina. Thank you for coming.
David Rossi : [next in receiving line] I think you could use some air. Jack's okay. I saw him with his cousins.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Okay. Jessica, would you make sure that, uh, Jack gets something to eat?
Jessica Brooks : Sure.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : I'll be right back. Thanks.
[follows Rossi and the men pass the team sitting in chairs at a table, and go off-screen]
Emily Prentiss : [gravely] What do we do?
Derek Morgan : There's nothin' we can do. We just gotta wait him out.
Dr. Spencer Reid : [looks up] You think he'll ever come back?
Jennifer Jareau : [stoically] Would you?
Derek Morgan : He'll come back. I just don't know what he's gonna look like when he does.
Jennifer Jareau : We just... need to be there for him when he's ready.
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : You said that there was something, you wanted to discuss with me?
Erin Strauss : Yes, I do
[Hands over a file to Hotch]
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : This is retirement
Erin Strauss : I've talked with the director. Given the circumstances there is no reason you have to return to the bureau. We can offer you full pension and benefits
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Are you saying that you want me to leave the BAU?
Erin Strauss : Well, obviously that's your choice, but I'm offering you a way out. Agent Morgan's promotion was temporary, but he has exceeded our expectations and I'm confident I can make it permanent. If you decide to step down, the team will be together and you could be with your son
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : And when would like a decision?
Erin Strauss : I thought I would be leaving with one. What's your hesitation?
Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner : Well, I would just like to weigh all my options
Erin Strauss : Whatever you need