Criminal Minds Episode 200 Photos: Prentiss 'Drops Everything' to Join the Search for JJ

CBS’ Criminal Minds will call in for reinforcements — namely, in the form of a familiar face — when Episode 200 tackles the race against time to find kidnapped JJ. And TVLine has a flurry of photos from the milestone hour, peppered with scoopy quotes from returning player Paget Brewster.

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As the episode “200” opens (next Wednesday at 9/8c), Hotch & Co. pull out all the stops — including perhaps a few they technically should not have — to acquire intel on who might have grabbed JJ at the close of last week’s episode, and why. Bumping up against “For Your Eyes Only” levels of government bureaucracy, they are somewhat left to fend on their own to find one of their own, though not without a helping hand from former colleague Emily Prentiss (played by Brewster).

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Check out these photos from the episode, including a sampling of quotes from TVLine’s upcoming in-depth Q&A with Brewster.

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  1. Brewster says she was “thrilled that I got to do so much [...]“

    Dreadful words to be read about an episode that should be about THE TEAM, the ACTUAL team (no matter which character the episode plot revolves around).

    She left the show, and her character left the BAU; no reason whatsoever for her to have as much screentime as it looks like she is going to have in this milestone episode. If what it looks, is what happens, will be a grievous mistake on the part of the writer and the producers. Prentiss is the past… What will the team be, wallpaper?

    • Kaycee says:

      The whole team was close friends with her. They could always use an extra hand to help them find JJ. She’s a beloved character and it’s great that the actress wanted to return. Stop being a stick in the mud

    • JJM says:

      Well if it’s ABOUT the team in which she was in for SIX years then I assume the TEAM would treat her as ONE of the TEAM members hence WHY she “got to do so much”. Saying that, I highly doubt Prentiss would have have been called in unless they needed her, so that’s another reason as to why she probably has more screen time.
      On another note, if you understood why Brewster even left the show to begin with instead of renewing her contract than maybe you wouldn’t be so goddamn snide about ONE guest appearance?

      • I know she gave one clear reason (wanted to do comedy), and another that was not so clearly stated, but was there (how badly she had been treated during the S6-S7 debacle).

        The 1st reason is laudable, and because she has great comedic timing, I hope she gets her wishes.

        The 2nd reason is more on the idiotic side; once she got the job back (and she had signed the contract that stated she could be brought back if her pilot didn’t pan out!!!), leaving it because of it only means she doesn’t really understands the business she is in and how it works at all.

      • Laura P says:

        DITTO!!!!!!

    • Aimee says:

      First of all we have no idea how much screen time “got to do so much” actually translates into. For all you know Paget was only expecting 30 seconds of screen time and was excited to get 5 minutes. Second, there is no reason why her participation means the team will be wallpaper. I’m quite sure she will be interacting with the team. Since you don’t really know what happens how about you calm down until you actually see how it turns out.

    • fndak says:

      geez…. lighten up a bit and get the stick out of your butt!!!

    • Tav says:

      It’s actually a nice bit of mirrored storytelling considering they brought JJ back (when she was “at the state department”/AJ was off the show) to help find Prentiss when she was missing.
      Glad TPTB can see the bigger picture.

    • Julie says:

      Wow…to each their own I guess. Prentiss was a huge part of Criminal Minds so I would always consider her part of the team. The writers and producers obviously agree otherwise they wouldn’t have asked her back. But as a previous poster said, you don’t know what “so much screen time” actually translates into. There are quite a few returning recurring characters but she’s, as far as I know, the only returning regular. She deserves at least a few minutes in my mind.

    • MF says:

      That is so true! I am mad at Messer because she turned such a milestone into a bad copy or the already bad Alias tv show. There is no doubt JJ will be rescued, and in the meantime the 200 episode will be spend on the unsub, JJ and the new guy, and a lot of characters that are just supporting roles. The team will be there, of course, looking as a bunch of useless agents that ‘need’ the help of Prentiss to ‘save’ JJ. I will definitely record this so I will be able to press fwd to skip the annoying parts and find out if the former main characters (Hotch,, Reid or Morgan) actually get a line or two.

    • DawnJ says:

      Sounds like someone who has never been a Prentiss fan. Anyone who watches CM knows that often the guest stars and unsubs get the meatiest roles. As a former longtime team member, now guest star, Paget is deserving of as much as the writers give her and more. She will always be a team member and it would be an insult to the many fans who love her and to Paget for the writers to treat her like hired help.

      Prentiss is a beloved character as is Paget. The writers will give her and her teammates the treatment they deserve and what most appreciative fans expect. And if we’re lucky, we’ll get Paget back so that we can appreciate her weekly. And whiny fans who don’t like her or it can choose to stop watching; while new fans and those who left with Paget, will make a happy return.

      • Maria says:

        Paget decided it was time to move on and do something different, so it’s on her, and not the show runner or the CBS. I don’t get why people keep asking CM runners for Paget to come back. She is ok with just visiting, but she doesn’t want to be back for good, and I think we should all accept that it is her decision, whether you like her character or not.

        • DawnJ says:

          You really don’t know what’s happening with Paget. Just like she decided to leave, she could decide to come back. There were a few naysayers who kept saying Paget was gone and would never come back. Well, you were wrong about that. Paget could decide she wants to come back and Erica and CBS would be foolish not to welcome her back with open arms. I know most fans will.

    • Kate says:

      Wow. Well for all the non Prentiss fans out there,I just have one question: why is it that you are all having a fit because paget may get a little more screen time then usual, yet you don’t seem to care that the entire milestone is about JJ!?! Prenntiss was a HUGE part of CM be appreciative that she is coming back! Its ON?E EPISODE my god, calm down now, season 9 will still be about all mighty JJ. Not Prentiss, even if she did come back, its funny how you can bitch about one character getting a lot of screen time but not say a word that the other (JJ) is getting the ENTIRE EPISODE!!! Wow.

      • Maria says:

        I don’t mind seeing Prentiss, but since this episode will be about JJ, I bet she won’t even get interesting lines. I still will record it, to see her, Hotch and Reid. Morgan will definitely share some scenes with JJ, so I will have to skip them. I wish JJ would have gone and Prentiss would still be around…

    • Laura P says:

      Actually, if you don’t have anything “nice” to say about Paget, then zip it shut. She is “very missed” by her fans & Jeanne Tripplehorn CAN NEVER live up to Paget’s talent.

  2. Beth says:

    I’m sooooooo looking forward to this episode. I don’t care about all the changes, JJ’s still mupy favourite and I’m looking forward to learning more about her and hopefully get some follow up after 200!

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    I personally don’t see what all the whoop to do is about regarding Prentiss but whatever. I like the show and I’ll be watching with or without her there.

  4. Forwardad says:

    Why has CM been off for two weeks? Band why did Paget leave to begin with?

    • LDSK says:

      I suspect CBS wanted to save the big 200th episode for February sweeps. As for why Paget left…it’s a bit more complicated than this but if you want a quick boiled down answer it’s because of two things: 1) She wasn’t happy with how CBS treated her and AJ Cook during season 6 and 2) Paget wanted to do something different and get back into comedy.

      • HAP says:

        She hasn’t exactly been busy since she left.

        • Aimee says:

          She has been busy. She has been auditioning for shows. She even got a role in a pilot last year but it wasn’t picked up by a network. Just because you don’t see her on TV doesn’t mean she isn’t trying.

          • EJ says:

            She’s also been working on The Thrilling Adventure Hour stage show, did an episode of Drunk History on Comedy Central, competed on an episode of Hollywood Game Night, and will appear on this Thursdays episode of Community.

    • Debra says:

      CM was not off for 2 weeks.The last two episodes were brand new ones.Did it perhaps get preempted in your area by basketball.That’s what happened to me with Garcia’s episode.
      I ended up having to watch it online.

  5. JulieAnn says:

    Is that Tahmoh Penikket dead on the floor?

  6. LDSK says:

    Can’t wait to see Prentiss again! It will be nice to have her back for a bit and to see her interact with the team again.

  7. Steven says:

    So happy to have the old team back together, even if just for an episode. While I’d love a surprise appearance by Gideon I know it will never happen because of how Mandy feels about the violence on the show.

  8. Beth says:

    I was never the biggest fan of Prentiss. I get why she’s there and I’m still hoping we get more focus on JJ and how the team all link into JJ’s past/arc.

    I think the writers have always favoured Prentiss over many of the other characters, especially the other female characters and she has a lot of fans, but one episode is enough for me. I’ve preferred the show since Prentiss has left, season 9 has been awesome and is definitely an improvement on 6,7 &8. I love Blake and I hope we do get some good scenes between the two brunettes.

    But I’ve got my fingers crossed for more JJ and team scenes rather than Prentiss saving the day and being all Superspy Prentiss.

    • AKC says:

      From what I’ve seen and read on both AJ and Paget’s twitter I am fairly certain we will be seeing LOTS of JJ. Also, everything I’ve read on this site and other entertainment sites seems to indicate that this is a big JJ episode that focuses on her link to everyone on the team. Obviously we won’t know until we see the episode but I really don’t think it’s going to be “Super Prentiss.” I think it will be JJ heavy with some nice Team moments.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        The episode is not “Super Prentiss,” actually. (Though she does kick some butt toward the very end.)

        • AKC says:

          Thanks Matt! That’s good to hear (actually, both of those things make me happy!)

        • Tav says:

          Thanks, Matt.
          The Prentiss denigrators need to chill out. We get it, you “never really liked Prentiss/understood the hype” etc, etc, ad nauseum. Well plenty of people do appreciate her, and since she’s only back for one ep try to have some perspective and stfu.

          • Olivia says:

            Ditto.
            Geez it’s ONE episode. Some are reacting like it’s suddenly going to turn into the Prentiss Show. I’m personally happy that she’s back, even if it’s for a short arc. I love her and I can’t wait to watch this episode, especially since it’s a JJ-centric(ish) one.

        • Angela says:

          I love it when you join in the conversations :D. Especially when you drop in little tidbits like that.
          I don’t care who gets more or less screentime, myself. I just like the idea of Prentiss reuniting with her teammates (and getting to meet Alex-that’ll be nice), and everyone working together. And it’ll be cool to learn more backstory about JJ as well-I like the idea of them filling in what all she was up to during her time away in season 6. Can’t wait for the episode, should be exciting.

      • MF says:

        This episode will be about ‘super JJ’… Big yawn…

  9. April says:

    CM has been kind of blah lately so I’m really excited for this episode. Learning the about what JJ did when she was gone and having Prentiss back is just the kick in the pants this season needs. I think it will be great

  10. Dav says:

    Everybody needs to stop complaining. It’s going to be a great episode. Just enjoy it!

  11. Casey says:

    Getting to see Prentiss again and having the very attractive Tahmoh Penikket on my TV screen….what’s not to love?!?

  12. Debra says:

    This is basically just a reboot of “Lauren” The only difference is that Emily and JJ have switched places.I’m sick and tired of MESSer and her “Alias” fixation and seemingly not being able to tell the difference between the 2 shows.
    First it was Emily and now it’s JJ. Gee I wonder which team member is going to be next in accommodating MESSer and her “Alias” fixation.

    • Abby says:

      Yeah I’m with you. I still like the show but I do wish they would stop turning everyone into super spies. Profiling Serial Killers is quite interesting enough thank you.

    • MF says:

      It will be Morgan. Both JJ and Morgan are her favourites, so many good lines and a lot of screen time has been delivered to those two characters since she was promoted to show runner… Even the criminal minds facebook page is full of Pictures portraying both Morgan and Shemar Moore…

  13. Ange says:

    What about JJ’s husband? Are they still together? Will he be in the episode?

  14. Thanks for this, TVline.
    I love Emily so much and certainly excited to see her again on screen, with her team, and I love JJ/Emily’s friendship so very much you bet I’m excited for new scenes (and I love that JJ came back to help them find and save Emily and now it’s the other way around, and that their stories seem a bit connected), but yes BIG, BIG JJ episode!! I really can’t wait to find out what JJ was up to when she was away and how it made her real tough. So happy for both JJ&AJ to be getting the big spotlight, she’s been there from the start but never really got the attention like other characters got and her return really, really wasn’t properly explained IMO so I’m so glad (thrilled!) for this.

    I really can’t wait for the 200 episode!! I’m sure it will be fantastic and I’m absolutely certain that AJ will be utterly amazing ;)

  15. I haven’t watched CM since Paget left and I’m so happy Emily Prentiss is back even if it’s just for one episode! I miss her and I miss Paget!!

    AJ deserves her special episode and both of them deserve a shining spot ever since that terrible mistake in season 6. Can’t wait!!

  16. Brit says:

    I can’t wait to see Emily again! Yay!!!

  17. Kate says:

    Enough JJ I want an episode with the team and Emily.

  18. colleen says:

    I’m so excited Prentiss is back. I hope she gets sufficient screen time; but more importantly, I hope TPTB bring her back permanently. There’s been a major void since she left CM.

  19. Celeste Achterhof says:

    I can’t figrue out if I missed something or not so I would appreciate someone helping me understand something. Is this episode..200..supposed to be the very first time the team learns that Prentiss was NOT killed and they had been lied to by JJ and Hotchner? One second Hotch calls her and after the commercial, the team is being briefed by Prentiss who everyone believed was dead and buried? No one gets any explanation, asks any questions, gets angry for all the unneccessary grief, nothing? They just sit there, being briefed by their dead friend without nary a peep? Did I miss an episode where Hotch or JJ explained all the deception to them? The last episode I saw had JJ being kidnapped at the end of it and everyone still thought Prentiss was dead…I thought. Please tell me if I missed an episode. I have been watching the show since it started and if I missed something somewhere please tell me which episode it was so I can find it and watch it.
    Thank you.