Criminal Minds: 6×02 – JJ

This episode, oh this episode.  I couldn’t ask for anything more.  What a classy lady.

“you’d think profilers would cover better than that wouldn’t you?”  Garcia/JJ moment!  Love their friendship!  !teamelevator moment!  JJ in the plane bathroom ….. so that thing does have a bathroom!  Lol.  Reid’s dairy problem.  Heh..  Prentiss/JJ/Morgan moment.  Nice touch with the “JJ” connection between the victim and JJ.  Prentiss’, erm, assets.  Morgan’s “Hotch, we can’t lose her”.  😦  Love all the team taking turns with the interrogating.

Oh I want to smack these perps over the head.  Hard.  Nice twist though.  OMG they found the victim!!!!!  Man how often does CM have a truly happy ending …. oh wait, JJ’s still leaving.  Man the girl’s rescue is really ~dramatic~.  JJ/Kate’s Dad …. I may have shed a tear.

Hotch/JJ.  Sweetest thing.   JJ looking at the team in the bullpen.  The way the team just look at JJ silently and the instrumental music playing.  :(:(:(:(  Garcia!!!  Prentiss’ “No!”  The team!! “You’re too good, that’s the problem.”  Prentiss has tears in her eyes and the way she can’t even look at JJ.  JJ/Garcia.  Oh God!!  I can’t take this!  The long, drawnout goodbye!  It’s killing me.  “Don’t they understand we’re a family.  That’s why it works because we’re a family.  Do they even care?” //  “I don’t know the way this place works without you.  You’re like the glue around here.  Who’s going to make us feel safe?”  “There’s plenty of big, strong men around.”  “See that right there: your total ignorance about how awesome you are is one of the 5000 things I love about you.”  //  “What if I only see you on birthdays and holiday?”  “I won’t let that happen”  Hugs!!!!!  Garcia crying!  Oh God.

I LOVE how they made it that JJ didn’t want to leave but was forced to just like AJ was.  As far as setting up her exit goes, that’s the best thing that could possibly have happened.  The only thing that was missing was a more poignant Reid/JJ moment, especially with her calling him Spence but we got a very special JJ/Garcia scene so I guess I can’t complain.

Best thing about this episode?  The SUBTEXT.  I love how everything that the characters said about JJ’s departure was basically a hit out at TPTB for making AJ leave.  Especially Garcia’s “don’t they understand we’re a family.  That’s why it works because we’re a family.  Do they even care?” and Hotch’s “the brass is really really good at taking power away.  It makes them feel like they’re in charge.”  “That sounds like a profile.”  Also JJ’s speech at the end.  It was all one big “f**k you CBS” from the writers and the cast to the execs.  Awesome.

And dear God the FLASHBACKS at the end!  As if I wasn’t crying enough.  Seriously.  They brought out Ray La Montagne + FLASHBACKS + JJ’s voiceover.  And not just any old flashbacks but Prentiss/JJ, Garcia/JJ, Reid/JJ, TEAM friendships and baby Henry.  KILLED ME.

JJ: I am thankful for my years spent with this family, for everything we shared, every chance we had to grow.  I’ll take the best of them with me and lead by their example wherever I go.  A friend told me to be honest with you, so here it goes… This isn’t what I want, but I’ll take the high road. Maybe it’s because I look at everything as a lesson, or because I don’t want to walk around angry, or maybe it’s because I finally understand there are things we don’t want to happen, but have to accept; things we don’t want to know, but have to learn; and people we can’t live without, but have to let go.

How many takes do you think it took everyone to get through their lines in the final few scenes?

I can honestly say that, as sad as I am, there has never been a better episode to send-off a character than this.  This episode is everything I could possibly have hoped for in a goodbye JJ episode.  I can only hope that Paget/Prentiss gets the same but I have a horrible feeling that she won’t, especially since despite several cast changes, CM has yet to kill a major character off.  -__-


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