Criminal Minds: 12×21 – Green Light

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When Reid fears his mother has been abducted, he asks the BAU to investigate while he’s stuck in prison.

Cliffhanger Alert

Okay show you have definitely got my full attention now.

I definitely didn’t see that twist at the end coming.Β  So Scratch wasn’t behind the team’s misfortunes all season after all it was the odious Cat Adams who I find infinitely scarier by the way.Β  And she masterminded it all from behind bars (how many times has the show had someone behind bars pulling the strings?Β  I feel like it’s quite a few!) working with Lindsey Vaughan.

I think TPTB did an okay job explaining Vaughan’s presence mixed up in all of this.Β  I am still not sure why she has it out for Reid but her daddy issues explains why she became a hitwoman and is working with Cat Adams.

Anyway, before the grand reveal of Cat Adams, Reid did actually make it out of prison, at least for a few hours.Β  I have to take my hat off to the writers for the switcharoo they played with Reid stabbing himself, blaming it on Shaw to get into isolation, Shaw threatening to hunt him down, Reid having flashbacks to all his interactions with Shaw leading the viewers to believe it was all leading to a showdown with the dirty FBI Agent …… only to have JJ walk into the room and have a wonderful reunion with Reid.Β  Glad to see that Alvez made sure that Shaw gets his just desserts.

I thought Garcia wanting to hand in her resignation was a little out of character.Β  I would totally understand the moments of despair after everything everyone has been through but choosing that moment to essentially give up on Reid was not something I saw her doing.

At the other end of the spectrum I love Prentiss’s leadership speech at the end where she really takes charge of the team, allowing them one minute of sadness and despair before getting them to focus on the task at hand.Β  We’ve obviously seen her being the boss throughout the rest of the season but this episode is the first time she’s really had the chance to step up and be a leader.

Now I just have to wait to see if the finale ends up being a Vaughan / Adams / Scratch trifecta or whether next season is going to be what I thought this season was about: Scratch Vs BAU.

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