Criminal Minds

Season 6 Episode 18

Lauren

10
Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 16, 2011 on CBS
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When Emily Prentiss confronts her nemesis, Ian Doyle, and goes missing, Jennifer "JJ" Jareau is asked by the BAU to help find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it is too late.

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  • To lady Lancaster

    1.0
    i don't like JJ being a profiler. she posy to be a liason, isn't right... that other cast can't move from her position, and JJ will "Be" prentiss
  • Very sad episode for me... (Spoilers.)

    10
    This was definitely a teraful culminaion to the Ian Doyle storyline. Poor Emily is apparantly "killed" off and I am very disappointed to see Paget Brewster leave the cast, as Emily Prentiss was a huge favorite of mine.



    I really enjoyed this episode, and I LOVED seeing JJ back on the show, even though it was only for one episode, unfortunately.



    I really also enjoyed the whole case with Ian Doyle. There were a few great revelations throughout the course of this episode which made it a very interesting one to watch!



    The last few scenes were done perfectly, and I couldn't emagine Prentiss leaving in any other way, other than covertly. It was a great way to leave, even though I dont' want to see her go...



    You will be missed, Paget Brewster, as will A.J. Cook, but this episode was great, and I highly recommend it!moreless
  • Very conflicted about this episode - many great moments and a few really sh*tty ones.

    8.0
    I'm still pissed that they chose to remove 2 out of 3 women from the team, leaving it an all male bastion - except for poor Penelope, struggling with the loss of all her girlfriends - because of some half-assed corporate decision based on some budget or other.



    But apart from that:

    Emily kicked ass in this episode, which was great - I've really enjoyed the professional cloak-and-dagger routine these last couple of episodes, and tonights shoot-first-ask-later feel really got my pulse up - Emily shooting people's ears off, Emily tossing flashbangs into cars, etc, etc. Great stuff.



    Then there's some not so great stuff, the worst of which was Agent Seaver - again.

    Apparently, she's good with narcissists - because she's dated a few.

    And when Rossi's stumped, he appeals to his diamond-in-the-rough young trainee, who just needs her hand held to blurt out the key to everything.

    I wonder if she'll have a great-great-grandson called Wesley Crusher some day...



    I DIDN'T know Emily would walk away alive at the end of it all, but it didn't really come as a surprise either (I've got a suspicious mind), but I'm not sure how I feel about that. Is the entire team in the dark?

    They tried to save her and believe they failed - they - especially Morgan, who started out being really pissed at her before he learned what her motivation was - will beat themselves up over this, there'll be guilt enough to go around and I don't know if they'll all walk away from this, and the question I'm left with is WHY?!?

    The bad guy is DEAD, and so are quite a few of his men (most of who were just muscle for hire anyway), so WHY can't Emily stay at the BAU?!?



    I realize that writing this has settled things in my mind: Great episode - but I feel PISSED! >:(moreless
  • It's so hard to know what score to give this episode and even more difficult to know how to properly review it because there were no surprises. We knew ages in advance that Emily was not dead and that made it far less suspenseful, but kudos to Paget.moreless

    8.5
    Watching this episode was difficult for me because I have liked the character of SSA Emily Prentiss ever since she first arrived in Hotch's office carrying her box of stuff, supremely confident that she had a job with the BAU. I am glad that she did and I'm very glad that she has become such an integral part of the team.



    As I said in my summary, one of the biggest issues I had was the fact that long before the episode aired, every man and his dog knew that CBS was going to leave Emily's exit from the show open-ended because then, as now, it was not known whether or not the pilot for Paget's comedy series would be picked up and, if the pilot is NOT picked up, there is a very strong possibility that she may well return to "Criminal Minds" in Season 7. Of course, even if the pilot doesn't happen, she may choose not to go back given the way that herself and co-star A.J. Cook were treated by Ms. Tassler, Mr. Bernero and friends last summer.



    As for the episode itself. I am very glad that Matthew Gray Gubler directed what could be Paget's swan song. Such a pity they didn't give the poor man (and the actors) a better script to work with for such an important airing with regard to the future of the show as a whole.



    Seeing Emily's backstory was ok, but just about every piece of it was predictable and one could guess exactly what was coming next for the most part. That is not good drama and it certainly can't be rated as decent suspense. The whole plot revolving around the Prentiss story arc has been so much like a B-Grade movie with a bad cast (with even more appalling accents) that I found myself very annoyed that such a fine actress who is beloved by the fans should have had to work through something so cheesy. Then again, J.J's 'removal' from the BAU was just as cheesy so I shouldn't have been surprised.



    Speaking of J.J. She seemed very cold, distant and almost uninterested right from the minute she stepped into the conference room. That is not the J.J. we all remember. Did the writers decide that, given her new exalted government job, she would think herself above her former colleagues? If they did, they don't know J.J. very well. She would never have been so matter of fact in the face of Prentiss possibly being dead or about to die. She was among friends and the cold exterior just did not sit properly. And why were they not at least mildly overjoyed to see her? I realise that Prentiss' life was in danger but these are the same people who ALWAYS refer to themselves as a 'family' and yet, when one of them returned briefly, there didn't even seem to be time for a proper 'hello'. Maybe Hotch has seen her since she left, but I doubt the others have.



    I completely understood Morgan's anger at Prentiss because I would have felt exactly the same way and possibly said very similar things if I were in his shoes. He felt betrayed by a friend and that hurts. A lot. Also, his questioning why she didn't spill the beans about Doyle et al in the first place was what many fans have been asking all along.



    We get that Doyle is a narcissist and I don't know about you, but I for one was thrilled to learn that Seaver knows all about them. I will sleep better at night knowing this. Poor Rachel Nichols. They are making her character insufferable and there is nothing she can do about it. She (Seaver) is arrogant, disdainful, opinionated and also, it would appear, the only person to whom the team can turn when they are in trouble and need 'fresh eyes' and mind boggling insight. The actress deserves better writing than that and the fans certainly don't deserve to be taken for fools either. She was on screen and talking almost more than anyone else so if that is going to continue, the "CM" people REALLY need to look at how they intend to develop the character for the sake of the show, the actress and, of course, the faithful viewers.



    Rossi always being within a foot of Seaver is starting to become a little unnerving, even somewhat creepy, particularly with the hugging and hand holding. Not very professional there, Dave, and if you are trying to be a father figure, you need to back off. A lot, or people will start to think you have ulterior motives which would be just plain icky.



    I'm afraid that Joe Mantegna, lovely man though he is, was not even in the ballpark when he stated that "Lauren" would "Make '100' look like a picnic" because it didn't. Not by the proverbial country mile. Paget Brewster did a superb job with a lousy script, but to even try to put it in the class of an episode like "100" is somewhat sad because to me, it means that "Criminal Minds" has truly lost its way.



    On the plus side,I loved Garcia's voicemail message to Emily because, just as she did when J.J. left, I think she echoed the sentiments of the fans with her words and pleas. Terrific work by Kirsten Vangsness as well as Paget Brewster there.



    The hospital scene was well done and good to see the chaps doing some blubbering too. Although I can't be certain, I think that J.J. said to Hotch "Emily is fine." As for Hotch, he looked like a man completely defeated. Was it because a member of his team whom he trusted implicitly had essentially lied about so many things and he hadn't noticed? As he obviously knew Prentiss was still alive, perhaps it was the fact that yet another of his people is gone from the unit.



    The funeral was a huge disappointment. We didn't get a proper eulogy and, because of the music, heard nothing the priest was saying at all. And where in the world was Ambassador Prentiss? It is completely unthinkable that she would not be at her daughter's funeral, particularly as it is so very vital to Emily's future safety that Doyle believes she is dead. The 'Lauren Reynolds' persona had Paget done up to resemble Kate Jackson so perfectly that it would have been very poignant (and sensible) to have the Ambassador there. Hayley Hotchner got a bigger and better send off so you would think a person who has been with the cast for so long would be entitled to the same.



    I have given the episode an 8.5 because I think Paget Brewster did excellent work. It was also marvellous to see (a very little) of A.J. Cook again and that little son of Doyle's was just gorgeous. Speaking of Doyle, has he vanished never to be seen again and gone off to learn a new appallling accent? Or will the team, at some point have a chance to catch him?



    The trust issue for the members of Hotch's team will be enormous if and when they find out that Prentiss is still alive. None of them will feel they can trust their leader or J.J. again. That just doesn't seem fair.



    Let us hope that Season 7 sees a return to the show for Paget Brewster AND A.J. Cook because I can't see it lasting into an eighth year if they don't bring back their actors and get some decent writers.



    If you don't come back, Paget, thank you for all your great work, but if you do, I, for one, will be very glad to see you turning up with Emily's box of things again!moreless
  • Hey,at least both Andrea(JJ)and Paget(Emily) are coming back in season 7 I really miss them.

    9.0
    I miss you both good luck in season 7. It was a sad episode at first i thought that she was really died until i read a little bit. i still question about how they are going to make the episode when Emily come back to make any since after every on thinks she is died. I really liked this episode it was very sad at the end. The only thing that I don't get is that if Emily is really coming back in season 7 then when she was leaving in season 6 why did she die I just don't see how they are going to make the episode when Emily comes back make any since cause people will know that she died.moreless
Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols

FBI Cadet Ashley Seaver

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler

Jack Fahey

Guest Star

Donald Watson

Donald Watson

Bartender

Guest Star

Andy McPhee

Andy McPhee

Liam

Guest Star

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Recurring Role

Timothy V. Murphy

Timothy V. Murphy

Ian Doyle

Recurring Role

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Clyde Easter

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The physical address for Prentiss in Antwerp on the fact sheet should be "Diamantstraat 10" instead of "Diamanstraat 10." There is a bridal shop situated at that address.

    • Prentiss has been with the BAU for five years, and her character was first introduced in "The Last Word" (originally broadcast on November 15, 2006). In that episode, it was established she had been with the FBI for 10 years. However, in flashbacks, Prentiss is shown both seven and eight years previously working undercover overseas apparently as a CIA agent, which contradicts her character biography that makes her an FBI agent for the past 15 years.

    • According to her headstone, Emily Prentiss' date of birth was October 12, 1970.

    • The music played at the end of this episode was "Kolnidur" by Jónsi.

    • The name of the street in Paris should have been "Rue de l'Université" and not "Rue l'Université." It is also impossible to have that kind of view on the Eiffel Tower from that street.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rossi: (to Reid as they are interviewing Jack Fahey) So if we punch his self image, this hoodrat will talk?
      Jack Fahey
      : Hey, hey, hey, I ain't no hoodrat. You take that back.
      Rossi: Well, you look like one, (sniffs) you smell like one. (looks at Reid) You smell that?
      Reid: (sniffs) Hoodrat.

    • Morgan: (holding a wounded Prentiss' hand) Prentiss, hey, it's me. I'm right here, baby. You're gonna be all right. Stay with me, baby, c'mon, stay with me.
      Prentiss: (whispering) Let me go.
      Morgan: No, I am not letting you go. (yelling at others) Help me! (speaking to Prentiss) Listen to me, I know why you did all of this. I know what you did for Declan. I am so proud of you. Do you understand that? I am proud of you, because you are my friend and you are my partner. (Morgan chokes on sobs) (Prentiss seemingly loses consciousness) No, Emily! C'mon, stay with me! If you can hear me, please just squeeze my hand. (Prentiss squeezes his hand) Yes! There you go, there you go. Just keep squeezing.

    • Garcia: Hey, it's me. Hotch asked me to try all your numbers, and I have this as an old listing and you probably don't even use it anymore, but if it is you and you're out there, come home, please. God, Emily, what did you think? That we would just let you walk out of our lives? I am so furious at you right now! But then I think about how scared you must be in some dark place all alone, but you're not alone, okay? You are not alone. We are in that dark place with you. We are waving flashlights and calling your name, so if you can see us, come home. But if you can't, then, then you stay alive because we're coming.

    • Prentiss: "The secret to getting away with lying is believing with all your heart. That goes for lying to yourself, even moreso than lying to another." Author Elizabeth Bear

    • JJ: Psychoanalyst Walter Langer wrote, "People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it."

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