Criminal Minds: Season 6, Episode 18

Lauren (16 Mar. 2011)

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While Prentiss has gone missing to track down Ian Doyle and finish him, her team attempts to track down her and digs deeper into her past.


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Prentiss has disappeared - without her badge and gun - as soon as her BAU colleagues piece together her connection to Doyle. They bring in an old friend, J.J., to use her role in the State Department to provide information on Prentiss' CIA past, and her connection to the international team that profiled Doyle and his role in IRA related terrorism. Some of what the team learn makes them understand Prentiss' behavior over the past month, but some of her past angers especially Morgan, who cannot reconcile what she did for her past job. As they learn more about Doyle, they realize that Prentiss, who they know has gone after him, is up against not only Doyle but his sizable army who will do anything to protect him. They also learn that of the profiling cell in which Prentiss previously worked, the only other surviving member is Clyde Easter, who they believe is the one who sold out the rest of the team to Doyle. As the BAU detain Easter, they have to see if he can or will divulge whatever ... Written by Huggo

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Well I'd say it was one heck of an episode
11 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all I'd like to state that I cried SO HARD. SO FREAKING HARD. This was the first episode of Criminal Minds I ever saw and it was the reason I wanted to continue. I don't believe the last reviewer was right at all, especially comparing Lauren to similar, but lesser NCIS episodes.

Of course it has issues, but what amazes me is the fact that they were able to pull together a half season story arc that fit Emily Prentiss to a T with so little time. There was absolute chaos going on behind the scenes (with Paget and AJ being fired, and the loss of key writers) yet they managed to write a phenomenal 2-parter with great detail. Even better, Matthew Gray Gubler directed and that really made it for me. I never looked at the clock once while watching the 6 episodes in this storyline.

Paget Brewster deserves all the awards. She absolutely killed it (no pun intended) and it's strange to see her go from comedy to drama but she pulled this episode off marvelously, the woman has some serious talent. I think she deserves more credit because really, I have no words for how deep Valhalla/Lauren are. Well done everyone at CM. You had everything against you and still managed to create one of the highest rated Criminal Minds episodes ever.

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