While trying to get two suspects to reveal what they've done with a missing woman, the BAU brace themselves for the loss of one of their own.



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Jeff Joyce
Patty Joyce
Syd Pearson
Jimmy Barrett (as Christopher Marquette)
Detective Mathias
Kate Joyce


JJ has been offered a major job promotion as liaison for the Department of Defense, which she not only turned down twice but about which didn't even tell Hotch, who only finds out when Strauss tells him and asks JJ to reconsider. Ultimately, the decision may not rest with JJ. Meanwhile, the team heads to Atlantic Beach, Maryland where nineteen year old Kate Joyce has been missing for three days. She had been in Atlantic Beach on vacation for a week before her disappearance. She was last seen in a bar with two young men, longtime friends, the subservient James Barrett and the dominant Sydney Pearson, who admitted they both had consensual sex with her that evening, but who also stated they dropped her off at her hotel after the fact that evening. The team believe the two, who are in custody, had something to do with her disappearance in part as they have a long criminal past despite being only twenty. As the team question the two individually with time running out on how long they can ... Written by Huggo

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29 September 2010 (USA)  »

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Guest stars Michael Welch and Chris Marquette starred on Joan of Arcadia (2003) with series regular Joe Mantegna. See more »


Derek Morgan: Hotch, we can't lose her.
Aaron Hotchner: Strauss thinks we're all replaceable. I went over her head to try to explain that we're not.
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Written by Tiki Lewis, Jeremy Shabo & Jonathan Burkes
Performed by Piel
Played during the flashback to the nightclub
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Bye Bye JJ
29 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode, oh this episode. I couldn't ask for anything more. What a classy lady.

<3 Morgan/Garcia/Prentiss/Reid wondering what JJ/Hotch are talking about in his office. The look Prentiss gives Reid when he says JJ might be asking for a raise!!! Look how glamorous JJ looks! I love her purple blouse. Oh Strauss is back. The others acting like they haven't been staring at Hotch's closed door wondering what was going on in there! Rossi's "you'd think profilers would cover better than that wouldn't you?" Garcia/JJ moment! Love their friendship! !teamelevator moment! JJ in the plane bathroom ..... so that thing does have a bathroom! Lol. Reid's dairy problem. Heh.. Prentiss/JJ/Morgan moment. Nice touch with the "JJ" connection between the victim and JJ. Prentiss', erm, assets. Morgan's "Hotch, we can't lose her". :( Love all the team taking turns with the interrogating.

Oh I want to smack these perps over the head. Hard. Nice twist though. OMG they found the victim!!!!! Man how often does CM have a truly happy ending .... oh wait, JJ's still leaving. Man the girl's rescue is really ~dramatic~. JJ/Kate's Dad .... I may have shed a tear.

Hotch/JJ. Sweetest thing. JJ looking at the team in the bullpen. The way the team just look at JJ silently and the instrumental music playing. :(:(:(:( Garcia!!! Prentiss' "No!" The team!! <3 <3 <3 "You're too good, that's the problem." Prentiss has tears in her eyes and the way she can't even look at JJ. JJ/Garcia. Oh God!! I can't take this! The long, drawnout goodbye! It's killing me. "Don't they understand we're a family. That's why it works because we're a family. Do they even care?" // "I don't know the way this place works without you. You're like the glue around here. Who's going to make us feel safe?" "There's plenty of big, strong men around." "See that right there: your total ignorance about how awesome you are is one of the 5000 things I love about you." // "What if I only see you on birthdays and holiday?" "I won't let that happen" Hugs!!!!! Garcia crying! Oh God.

I LOVE how they made it that JJ didn't want to leave but was forced to just like AJ was. As far as setting up her exit goes, that's the best thing that could possibly have happened. The only thing that was missing was a more poignant Reid/JJ moment, especially with her calling him Spence but we got a very special JJ/Garcia scene so I guess I can't complain.

Best thing about this episode? The SUBTEXT. I love how everything that the characters said about JJ's departure was basically a hit out at TPTB for making AJ leave. Especially Garcia's "don't they understand we're a family. That's why it works because we're a family. Do they even care?" and Hotch's "the brass is really really good at taking power away. It makes them feel like they're in charge." "That sounds like a profile." Also JJ's speech at the end. It was all one big "f**k you CBS" from the writers and the cast to the execs. Awesome.

And dear God the FLASHBACKS at the end! As if I wasn't crying enough. Seriously. They brought out Ray La Montagne + FLASHBACKS + JJ's voice-over. And not just any old flashbacks but Prentiss/JJ, Garcia/JJ, Reid/JJ, TEAM friendships and baby Henry. KILLED ME.

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