"The Storm" is the twenty-second episode, the season finale of Season Eleven, and the 255th overall of Criminal Minds.


The BAU is shocked when Hotch is apprehended by a SWAT team and suspected of conspiracy. As the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Boo" by The Joel Evans Quartet
  • "For Keeps" by Lily Kershaw

Bookend Quotes

  • Tara Lewis: "The sea is dangerous and its storms terrible, but these obstacles have never been sufficient reason to remain ashore." Ferdinand Magellan
  • Aaron Hotchner: "The line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Criminal Minds Episodes
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