In between was an excellent story, with the BAU working to bring down a vicious bunch of human traffickers. Some good twists here with the trafflicking chief being a young woman the same age as the victims. And a nice exchange of Rossi saving Morgan and Morgan returning the favor a little later when the head of the trafficking ring is about to kill him (not clear, though, what tips Rossi off to her - it seems to be her saying something about not wanting to be strapped down).
In many ways the most notable and promising development is the hint of some kind of attraction between Hotch and Andi, head of the FBI's Domestic Trafficking Task Force. Would be nice to see the two of them get together, assuming Hotch is on the show next year (it would be a grievous loss to the show if he wasn't).
Which brings us back to J.J. - there was no reason, plot- or character-wise, for her to leave in the first place. She adds something unique to the team, as does every member (and that, in a nutshell, is what makes Criminal Minds so much better than not-renewed Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, in which Gina, Prophet, and Mick were never clearly defined). Will be fun to see J.J. at work again in the Fall.
See also Criminal Minds in Sixth Season Premiere ... Criminal Minds 6.2: The Meaning of J. J. Leaving ... Criminal Minds 6.3: Proust, Twain, Travanti ... Tyra on Criminal Minds 6.13 ... Criminal Minds 6. 17: Prentiss Farewell Part I ... Criminal Minds 6.18: Farewell Emily ... Criminal Minds 6.19: Fight Club Redux Plus ... Criminal Minds 6.20: Emily's Ghost ... Criminal Minds 6.21: The Tweeting Killer ... Criminal Minds 6.22: Psycho and a Half ... Criminal Minds 6.23: The Good Lie
And Criminal Minds 5.22 and the Dark Side of New New Media
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