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"The Slave of Duty" is the tenth episode of Season Five and the 101st overall of Criminal Minds.


While Hotch takes a leave of absence to contemplate his future with the BAU, the team is called to investigate a case of two home invasions in Nashville without him.

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  • "Still I Long For Your Kiss" by Lucinda Williams

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Aaron Hotchner: W.S. Gilbert wrote, "It's love that makes the world go 'round."
  • Aaron Hotchner: "Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Aaron Hotchner: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." – Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • The alternate title of the musical The Pirates of Penzance (which is quoted by Hotch during Haley's eulogy) is The Slave of Duty, fittingly enough. The title of the episode can also serve as an accurate description of Hotch's personality, in the sense that he is heavily dedicated to his job (which is a theme in his subplot in the episode).
  • Patty Malcolm, the actress who portrays Ann Herron, previously appeared in Criminal Minds, starring as a caterer in the Season Five episode "The Performer."

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