As they follow serial killers across the country, the agents the Criminal Minds walk through several of the worst experience possible. They"ve to be kidnapped, tortured, shot, and drugged (not to mention framed because that murder). But when Aaron Hotchner"s (Thomas Gibson) ex-wife Haley (Meredith Monroe) is killed while they"re talk on the phone, it bring tears come fans" eyes, no matter how many times they"ve rewatched the series.

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Criminal Minds concentrates on the FBI"s Behavioral analysis Unit (BAU) together they use their understanding of typical serial killer traits to track down criminals. In the season 5 episode "100," Hotch and also the other members of the BAU space in the middle of tracking under serial killer George Foyet, a.k.a. The Reaper. Foyet has currently grievously hurt Hotch and also threatened his ex-wife and also son, so they"ve been placed in protective custody. Yet the reaping machine tricks Haley into joining him at Hotch"s house, and it isn"t until she phone call Hotch the she realizes Foyet is walk to kill her.

Hotch and also Haley have a tearful last conversation, while every the members the the BAU listen and desperately try to gain there in time. It"s heartbreaking and tense due to the fact that everyone knows what"s going come happen: Haley is going come die. Hotch tells his kid to "work the instance with me," i beg your pardon is a cue to operation off and also hide in his office. End the phone, Hotch and also the BAU hear the sound of gunshots and also know the it"s too late. Hotch ups his kill count by the finish of the episode by beating Foyet to death.

While there are some scenes that Criminal Minds fans can"t protect against rewatching, this one puts lock in tears. Reddit user u/DiscordantScorpion_1 post in r/criminalminds: "Never had my heart ripped out more than as soon as I watched "100." Aaron Hotchner went with all that, placed his family members through that, and also still the didn"t matter because his mam was murdered at the hand of the Reaper... See him sobbing and also holding his ex-wife"s body made my love crack so lot I was bawling."

The episode is heartbreaking overall, yet it appears each fan has actually a different moment that division them. For user u/chailatte731, it"s once Hotch finds his child Jack hiding, after killing Foyet, and also Jack says, "I worked the case, Daddy, just like you said." User u/chailatte731 commented: "Held it with each other up until then yet when he claimed that... I mean... I was simply a puddle. Jack is so chaste :"( and also all was not lost."

Meanwhile, user u/mrinalini3 was already bawling before that, beginning when Haley is ~ above the phone speak to with Hotch and Jack hugs her. Castle said, "when jack hugged Haley and said mom you"re hugging me also tight... My heart broke into pieces." User u/abmcm commented that the finish of the phone call is what yes, really gets to them, particularly hearing the team"s reactions.

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It just goes to display that return Hotchner left the show after 11 seasons, he"s tho beloved through the fans.