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Criminal Minds Season 7



The seventh season of Criminal Minds premiered on CBS in the United States on September 21, 2011.[1] Both A. J. Cook and Paget Brewster were rehired by CBS to reprise their roles as Jennifer Jareau and Emily Prentiss.[2][3] On February 15, 2012, Deadline Hollywood reported that Paget Brewster (Emily Prentiss) would leave the series, definitively, once season seven was over. All the other main actors on the show secured deals to return for the eighth season.[4] The two-hour season finale, which took place on May 16, 2012, reveals Prentiss making the decision to leave the BAU.[5]




Criminal Minds Season 7



In the season premiere "It Takes a Village", Timothy V. Murphy reprises as Ian Doyle, and Robin Atkin Downes guest-starred as Lachlan McDermott, an international criminal who seeks vengeance against Doyle for murdering his brother Jimmy. In the episode "Proof", Andy Milder guest-starred as Cy Bradstone, a mentally challenged serial killer who removes his victims' five senses with sulfuric acid. Johanna Braddy guest-starred as Cy's niece, Tammy, and Tracy Middendorf guest-starred as Tammy's mother, Lyla, over whom Cy had a secret obsession. In the episode "Dorado Falls", Max Martini guest-starred as Luke Dolan, a former U.S. Navy Seal suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and capgras syndrome who goes on a murderous rampage. Sarah Aldrich guest-starred as Luke's wife, Jenna.


In the episode "Hope", Brigid Brannagh guest-starred as Monica Kingston, a mother whose daughter was abducted and murdered by Bill Rogers, played by Jack Coleman. In the episode "Self-Fulfilling Prophecy", René Auberjonois of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 fame guest-starred as Colonel Ronald Massey, the leader of the Somerville Military Academy and criminal accomplice of both his second in command and of a dead cadet's vengeful father. In the episode "The Bittersweet Science", Shawn Hatosy guest-starred as Jimmy Hall, a professional boxer and spree killer whose son dies of leukemia. David Mazouz who co-starred with Kieffer Sutherland in the TV show Touch plays young Ryan Hall. Charles S. Dutton guest-starred as Tony Cole, Jimmy's boxing trainer. Danny Goldman guest-starred as Detective Bob Zablonsky, who leads the investigation of the murders.


In the episode "Unknown Subject", Jay Karnes guest-starred as Hamilton Bartholomew, aka "The Piano Man", a serial rapist who is assaulting the victims he previously raped. In the episode "Snake Eyes", Dean Cain guest-starred as Curtis Banks, a serial killer with a gambling problem. Vanessa Branch guest-starred as Curtis' wife, Teri. In the episode "Closing Time", Geoffrey Blake guest-starred as Michael Janeczko, a serial killer who targeted men who have been divorced, which reflected Michael's own background. Tyler Neitzel guest-starred as Michael's stepson, Hunter Wright. In the episode "A Thin Line", Paul Johansson guest-starred as Clark Preston, a mayoral candidate and criminal accomplice of hate crime serial killer Trevor Mills.


In the episode "The Company", Shanola Hampton guest-starred as Cindi Burns, Derek Morgan's cousin who suffered from stockholm syndrome after marrying and giving birth to the son of her abductor, Malcolm Ford. In the episode "Divining Rod", Mackenzie Astin guest-starred as Dylan Kohler, the copycat killer of serial killer Rodney Baines Garrett. In the two-part season finale "Hit & Run", Josh Randall guest-starred as Matthew Downs, a member of the Face Cards and Izzy Rogers' lover, and Evan Jones guest-starred as Chris Stratton, another member of the Face Cards. Sebastian Roché reprises as Clyde Easter, Emily Prentiss' former partner at Interpol who offers her a job as Chief of the Interpol office in London, which she accepts, causing her departure from the BAU.


Throughout the season, more details of the agents' outside work were revealed, including the meeting one of Rossi's ex-wives[2] and JJ's home life, where Josh Stewart returned as William LaMontagne, Jr. and A.J. Cook's son Mekhai Andersen continued to play JJ's son Henry. Several prominent cases are investigated, including an office massacre, apparent tornado victims, a copycat of the infamous Zodiac Killer, a serial rapist, and a series of brutal home invasions and murders. At the end of the season, the BAU faces off against a gang of murderous bank robbers with an ulterior, more destructive goal in a two-part finale. In these same episodes, Prentiss departed the show once again, not returning until the Season Twelve episode "Taboo".


Okay, so technically she was back for the season six finale, but still, it's nice to see her face again. Also returning, from the literal dead, was Emily Prentiss. And Hotch... from Pakistan of all places? This season premiere had everything a show could offer and more: murder, covert identities, Garcia in cat eye glasses, Morgan's biceps and Agent Rossi speaking unnecessarily slowly. Oh, it's so good to have new episode of Criminal Minds on my TV again.


First things first: Thank goodness CBS heeded fans' cries and brought about the return of A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster after their untimely exit last season. Cook gave us the inside track on what fans could expect (well, what she was allowed to reveal) and if you're like me you weren't disappointed by "It Takes A Village."


When Reid corrects the Senator and says, "It's doctor." Owww, way to put him in his place, Reid. Speaking of which, they're clearly trying to set up Matthew Gray Gubler's character's upcoming health problems this season because the circles under his eyes were just sad to see. And don't even get me started on his new haircut, there are no words.


It's obvious that, if the writing alone is any indication of what we're in for this season, the premiere set the tone for us to be riveted in the coming months. What's equally compelling as the profiling aspect on a show like Criminal Minds is the personal connection between the characters, and this group has it pitch perfect.


Here is the episode we have all been waiting for! The season 7 finale promised us action, emotions, an agent saying good bye and a wedding. Boy, did it ever deliver in one of the most action packed-emotion filled episodes of the series.


Season 9 of "Criminal Minds" has one of the goofiest storylines, and it has to do with the revelation of what JJ was doing when she left in season 6. This season we meet Mateo Cruz (Esai Morales), who has previously worked with JJ. We finally learn he and JJ worked together on a secret mission to apprehend Osama Bin Laden, during which JJ suffered a miscarriage. It's pretty laughable that they tried to write off JJ's absence (which, as you might recall, only happened because of Cook's unceremonious firing) by saying she was busy apprehending one of the most infamous terrorists of all time. But realism isn't always the name of the "Criminal Minds" game.


Season 1 of "Criminal Minds" is where it all began. Watching the first season today feels almost nostalgic, as the characters seem so young and as-of-yet unbroken by the world. The main squad hasn't formed: Elle and Gideon are still on the team, but there's a freshness to the first season that's missing in later seasons. Elle and Gideon are somewhat divisive characters within the fandom. But Patinkin is such an iconic actor it's hard not to get a thrill out of seeing him dance around in this procedural space. Still, Gideon is an extremely important character to Reid and his development as an agent and a person. Reid fans have to give Gideon some credit for that.


Season 8 also marks the first time an unsub is featured throughout an entire season. Things come to a head in the two-part season finale when they finally encounter "The Replicator" (Mark Hamill) who kills Chief Erin Strauss (Jayne Atkinson). Hamill is one of the series' most exciting guest stars, and it's fascinating to see this creepy storyline finally pay off.


The greatest thing about season 7 of "Criminal Minds" is that Prentiss and JJ returned! The worst thing about it is that Prentiss also leaves again at the end of the season. Interpersonal drama is the most compelling drama on "Criminal Minds." Season 7 finds the team dealing with one of their biggest obstacles. When Prentiss returns, it's a shock for the team, who believed she was dead. (Although we learn Hotch and JJ knew all along, a revelation that was pleasing to JJ/Prentiss shippers.) But this reveal creates a lot of strife within the team, who are upset they weren't let in on this huge secret. As Morgan succinctly puts it in the season opener: "Any issues? Yeah, I got issues."


Beretta 92FS pistols are used by many characters, including criminals and police officers. One is notably used by Curtis Banks (Dean Cain) in "Snake Eyes" (S07E13), as well as Izzy Rogers AKA 'The Queen of Hearts' (Tricia Helfer) in the first part of the two-part season finale "Hit (Part 1)" (S07E23).


Criminal Minds suffered from notorious cast turnover, beginning in Season 2 with the departure of the primary protagonist Jason Gideon, brought to life by Mandy Patinkin, and the subsequent loss of Lola Glaudini's Elle Greenaway. Despite a huge amount of fan support and a 15-season run, main characters came and went at an alarming rate on the CBS procedural. However, one of the most interesting cases of character transition is Paget Brewster's Emily Prentiss.


While Prentiss' backstory became a major plotline in later seasons, her personal life was left somewhat to speculation. The character was initially written as lesbian, which both Brewster and the writing team were enthusiastic about before CBS required a heteronormative re-write. She also famously has a cat named Sergio.


Prentiss' drama-heavy send-off masked a murkier, behind-the-seasons reason. A.J. Cook's Jennifer Jareau had already been written off the show to save money, and the reduction of Prentiss' role was a further cost-saving measure. The uncertainty in Prentiss' future on Criminal Minds led Brewster to consider other acting possibilities, including filming a pilot for another show. The result was CBS working to get rid of two women cast members under the guise of reducing costs. 041b061a72


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