The cast and showrunner of Criminal Minds commemorate this week’s major send-off, in a new video shared by CBS.
In this Wednesday’s episode — the crime drama’s 251st — Derek Morgan’s story came to a close when, after both he and pregnant fiancée Savannah were targeted by an Unsub, the BAU agent (played by original cast member Shemar Moore) decided to call it a day on his dangerous career and focus on being a family man. Cue a tour of goodbye moments, each sadder than the next.
In a statement, showrunner Erica Messer said of Moore’s decision to move on and “grow,” “We have nothing but love and respect for him and his choice. But it doesn’t mean we can’t also be really, really sad.”
In the video below, Messer and her cast share their favorite memories of Moore, from his “pretty face” and abs to the energy he brought to the set each day. And again, his abs. (If you have a burning Q for Messer, ping me at the email address below.)