The BAU bid farewell to one of its own on last week’s Criminal Minds, but it’s welcoming back another this week: Prentiss.
Paget Brewster returns on Wednesday’s episode (9/8c, CBS), when Prentiss calls on her BAU pals to help nab an international copycat serial killer who has eluded her at Interpol. After meticulously analyzing his moves and patterns, she believes said unsub will strike next in America.
Shemar Moore on his Criminal Minds exit: “I’m proud of the way things ended for Derek Morgan”
“She asks if they would help her and obviously they immediately say yes. … It’s a little reverse of ‘200,’” showrunner and executive producer Erica Messer tells TVGuide.com, referring to Brewster’s previous return, when the BAU asked Prentiss for help after JJ (A.J. Cook) was kidnapped in Season 9. “But the meaning is the same: They are there for each other.”
As Messer previously told TVGuide.com, she originally wanted Brewster
Like most detective dramas, going back at least as far as Sherlock Holmes, Criminal Minds (Seven, 9pm) serves two important social functions: firstly, momentarily reassuring us that violent crime is caused by malfunctioning individuals rather than complex social conditions; and secondly, that there are determined geniuses of unimpeachable integrity working hard to catch those individuals.
This is pretty understandable, as few people enjoy sitting down on the couch of an evening to be reminded that violence is insoluble and even if anyone knew how to stop it, nobody’s really trying. So let’s be grateful for the dazzling intelligence of the Criminal Minds team, demonstrated early in Wednesday’s episode by Joe Mantegna, who strolls into a crime scene and makes the dumb local cops look dumb and local by showing up their ineptitude and foolish assumptions.
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from Wednesday’s Criminal Minds, “A Beautiful Disaster.”]
After 11 seasons, CBS’ Criminal Minds is saying goodbye to one of its original stars.
Wednesday’s episode marked the final one for series star Shemar Moore, who said farewell to the veteran procedural after his Derek Morgan opted to focus on his new wife and baby-to-be.
This season featured the supervisory special agent abducted, held captive and tortured. While Derek nearly dies after the ordeal, he wakes up three days later in the hospital and has a heart-to-heart with Savannah (Rochelle Aytes). After learning she’s pregnant, he proposes.
Wednesday’s hour saw Derek secretly pursuing his assailants after returning from a six-month hiatus during which he and Savannah got married. After being booted from the case, he pursues it anyway, and Savannah is nearly shot as a result. It all hits a little close to home, and Derek, realizing that family
Hands down, “Derek” is Shemar Moore’s best episode of Criminal Minds. The previous episode ended with Morgan being taken on his way home, and within minutes of the opening of this one, it becomes clear that this one is going to be one of those that hurts. And hurt it does.
Danny Glover guest stars as Morgan’s late father in almost all of the emotional scenes of the episode (save for the final one), as Morgan retreats to his safe place in order to survive what he knows is about to happen to him. It’s not often that the CBS drama makes me cry, but between Moore’s performance, Morgan’s scenes with his father and the final moments, it was impossible not to.