‘Criminal Minds': 200th Episode Spills Secrets About JJ’s Missing Year

Wed, February 5, 2014 2:53pm EST by 10 Comments
Criminal Minds 200th Episode
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Plus, executive producer Erica Messer tells HollywoodLife.com to expect a huge moment from Prentiss’ return.

Feb. 5 is going to be a huge night for CBS’ Criminal Minds – and not just because the procedural smash is airing its 200th episode. The milestone hour features the return of fan-favorite character Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), as well as some surprising revelations about JJ (A.J. Cook), and executive producer Erica Messer tells HollywoodLife.com there are plenty of blanks to be filled.

“The episode specifically focuses on the season that [JJ] wasn’t with us,” Erica explains. “When we wrote her out in Season 6, it was with the idea that she was being promoted to a higher position in the State Department. Then she came back at the end of Season 6, and she’s been with us ever since. So it seemed like a good time to ask, ‘What happened to JJ in that missing year?'”

And J.J.’s not the only character with secrets to spill! The 200th episode will also shine a light on Mateo’s (Esai Morales) connection to J.J., and how he may have helped mold her into the profiling agent she turned out to be.

“Esai joined us this season as the section chief for the unit, and when he came onto the scene, it was obvious that he had a relationship with J.J. that preceded this,” Erica acknowledges. “That gets answered, as well. You find out both personal and professional things J.J. got over that year.”

‘Criminal Minds': Emily Prentiss’ ‘Heroic’ Return Revealed

And what would a major milestone episode be without a major return? Erica says it’s a “very heroic moment” when Prentiss re-enters the picture, and she hopes “everybody will be cheering.” (I don’t think she has anything to worry about.)

“She’s pretty much just back to help with the case,” Erica explains, refuting my speculation that Prentiss might have “unfinished business” to attend to. “We also use Prentiss in a flashback to help with today’s mystery, as it’s something J.J. helped her with all those years ago.”

HollywoodLifers, are you pumped for Criminal Minds‘ 200th episode? Drop a comment with your favorite moments from the series below.

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 2:11 PM on October 6, 2014  

emily needs to be back permanently

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Donna Leonard

Posted at 4:04 PM on September 22, 2014  

I love Paget Brewster. What has she been doing? Will her return be permanent?

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Tana Meinhardt

Posted at 11:01 PM on May 7, 2014  

PLEASE, PLEASE Don’t lose AJ and Kirsten. Love both. They are perfect for their parts. Pay them what they deserve. It’s not worth ending up losing a fantastic show. Kirsten is amazing in her part. I read where someone didn’t care for the way she and Shemar are. REALLY!!!!!! They are funny and cute so turn the channel. Same with not liking hairdos !!!!! Again REALLY !!!!!! Look at the show s a whole. Off my soap box, just please keep all the players. The show is “definitely entertaining”

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Miyako kinney

Posted at 11:14 AM on February 7, 2014  

I love love love Criminal minds. Since Gideon and Elle, even Seaver and Todd, it’s a great show, but the real team who is true to my heart…Hotch, Rossi , Morgan, Reid, JJ, Prentiss, Garcia , Will, Jack, Henry and even Anderson. That’s the real family…sorry Alex. I like you. 200 was amazing!! Please bring Paget back for more episodes! Way to go Criminal Minds keep up the amazing work!!!!

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Posted at 7:33 PM on February 6, 2014  

It was an awesome episode!! I cheered the minute Prentiss came on screen!! Really wish that the powers that be would bring Paget back!! I really enjoyed seeing JJ and Emily kicking butt together!! BRING BACK PAGET BREWSTER!!

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Ann H. Brown

Posted at 8:02 AM on February 6, 2014  

WOW! Great episode! Loved having Emily back. Thanks for answering all my questions. Can’t wait for more!!!!

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Sandra Anderson

Posted at 10:01 PM on February 5, 2014  

Was great to have Paget back. Wish she was on every week. JJ was great as usual.

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Posted at 4:53 PM on February 5, 2014  

Big Criminal Minds fan! Hope they bring back Emily for good!

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Posted at 3:28 PM on February 5, 2014  

This looks so predictable that is just boring… Criminal minds used to have a lot of suspense but now that’s gone, and now they go for yet the very same kidnapping stuff that every show does…

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Posted at 3:01 PM on February 5, 2014  

This is crazy as hell, but very very juicy indeed, Thanks for the great read.

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