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"Brothers Hotchner" is the twenty-third episode of Season Eight and the 185th overall of Criminal Minds, and the first of the two-part season finale.


The BAU is called in to investigate a string of deaths in Manhattan tied to apparent ecstasy overdoses, and Hotch discovers that his estranged brother Sean is caught in the middle. Meanwhile, the Replicator begins to zero in on the BAU.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)" by Fall Out Boy
  • "And She Answered: 'When You Return to Me, I Will Open Quick the Cage Door, I Will Let the Red Bird Flee'." by AM 4

Bookend Quotes

  • Aaron Hotchner: "Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof." — Richard Bach
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Cruel is the strife of brothers." — Aristotle


  • When Rossi compares The Tylenol Killer to the episode's unsub, he mentions that the murders occurred in 1986, while the Tylenol poisonings actually happened in 1982. This was most likely just an error on the writer's part.

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