Criminal Minds Season 6 Review & Discussion: JJ’s Final Episode

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Tonight, the CBS hit series Criminal Minds once again loses an original cast member, AJ Cook (Jennifer Jareau). The loss of cast members is not a new experience to fans of the show – as series lead Mandy Patinkin (Jason Gideon) and co-star Lola Glaudini (Elle Greenaway) have both previously departed from the series.

However, this time is different.

While Patinkin left Criminal Minds because he grew tired of the amount of violence in the series and Glaudini left to return to her home on the East Coast, Cook was unceremoniously fired. For some reason, “the powers that be” deemed Cook’s character to be expendable. Even though thousands of fans wrote CBS, ABC Studios (the production company), and signed petitions – there was nothing that could be done. AJ Cook was fired and Jennifer Jareau is gone.

As Criminal Minds continues forward, one has to wonder whether the absence of her character will be felt by those watching – especially after the terrible season 5 finale and season 6 premiere.

Is this the beginning of the end?

Preview (courtesy of CBS)

While JJ attempts to reunite a family whose daughter has mysteriously disappeared, her BAU family braces for the loss of one of their own.


As you can see, the review has not been posted yet. While we strive to provide you with the reviews in advance, sometimes it’s not possible. Don’t worry, a review will be posted after Criminal Minds has aired. Until then, if you’ve seen JJ’s final episode, feel free to start the discussion in the comments or check some of our previous articles below:

Criminal Minds Season 6 Premiere Review & Discussion
Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness Not Happy With Co-Star Firing
Criminal Minds Season 5 Finale Review & Discussion


Criminal Minds airs Wednesday @9pm on CBS

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  1. i have watched this show since the begining, and i for one am very unhappy with the lose of jj in the show. she leveled things ya know. tired of the way fans are treated and ignored, i am watching the show now, but it will be the last ep for me, they are going in a ditection im not liking.

  2. I havent seen the episode yet .
    but thank you so much for this Anthony .
    and yes in my opinion, its the beginning of the end.
    It may take a few years but when you start to pull at the threads of a tapestry it tends to come undone.
    I will miss both AJ And Paget Brewster who has had her number of episodes reduced and she will be leaving as well, possibly as early as Feburary sweeps.
    I think these are not entirely budgetary decision.
    I think the replacements for these two fine performers will Be YOUNGER.
    I think they are trying to skew the show toward a younger audience and this is part of that.
    I hate to ramble but this whole thing upsets me a LOT .

  3. I wonder if that one kid on tonight’s episode is related to actor Kevin McCarthy?

  4. They should have fired Joe Mantegna. He’s boring, voice never changes, facial expressions never change. ZZZzzzzz. We savor old episodes with Mandy Patinkin, what an actor. And A.J. Cook also a loss, so compassionate a character.

  5. Well this sux

  6. I think that this is crazing for letting J.J. go!!! It is like Garcia said,”They are like family.” I think she should be reinstated and back on the show!!

  7. WHAT WAS THAT! JJ is a HUGH part of the show! They cant just cut her out! This is very unsetting me to. I hope there will be a twist and she will be back!!!!!!!!

  8. This really sucks can’t believe no more jj just makes you think who’s next

  9. What a waste!!! JJ was great for the team she was not a cop but the level headed one who could see past the stuff!!! She will be missed.

  10. I loved J.J. and she will be missed. As Garcia said, she was the glue that held it together. Her quiet demeanor took away from the violence that occurs on the weekly shows.

  11. She’s beautiful and will be missed. It’s always about money. Reduce payroll at any cost.

  12. I want to find out who sang the song at the end when J.J. was leaving.
    Will miss her, cried like a baby.

    • Ray LaMontagne “Let It Be Me.” He’s one of my favorites….

  13. This was sad. JJ was an integral part of the “family”. Want the reason? Follow the money …. it’s always about the bottom line. They don’t care whether it’s bad for the story line. I have a feeling this is just the beginning for losing more characters, possibly losing a great show.

  14. I have been watching Criminal Minds reruns on ION all summer. Last week was the first time I watched it “live” on CBS. Loved it! and now…I’m soooo sad JJ is gone. If I knew she was leaving, I would have written to save her too! but I know she’ll be busy–keep up the great work AJ! I’ll be looking for you :)

  15. I was so saddened that JJ was leaving. I thought likely she had made the decision until I read this – I cannot believe that the show would not keep her on. She is like one of the family – the glue factors. CBS, wise up- we watch these shows because we like the people in them – JJ was critical to the dynamic – wise up and bring her back.

  16. I am in Tears right now, I missed her on the few episodes when she had the baby. It won’t be the same without her……BIG MISTAKE. Bring her back.

  17. AJ is going to be missed and seriously I think I will not be watching this show any more. We are tired of all the violence and everyone we come to like leaves. Not much fun to watch anymore.


  18. So sad. I will miss her. I love this show.

  19. I did not like the epidsode. AJ Cook is a very important member of the cast. She needs to return immediately.

  20. I just watched the last episode with JJ. I didn’t realize she was leaving the show for good until I googled it. This is a shame the network fired her. I watch this show on reruns and the new episodes and it won’t be the same with out her.

  21. They are all great on the show. Each of them work well together. Its one of the best shows out right now. I watch the csi’s and the law and orders but non the the hows are are great as criminal minds. The cast works!!!!!! JJ not being in the show will hurt the show!!

  22. Mandy was a terrible actor, and El was too angry. Joe Montagne and Prentiss are far superior actors and characters.

    No one can replace JJ; this is a terrible mistake. She has been at the heart of the series. I have every season, and know every episode from the first 10 seconds. This is breaking my heart, and is without justification.
    I will join any protest to bring her back, including abandoning the series.

    • Maggie, I am with you. Including the last sentence. I am abandoning the series. I am so sad!

  23. Just watched the episode and am crying, how sad that was to watch! I just recently started watching the show this past year on repeats, like 2 or 3 a night and the whole reason I started watching it was because I saw her when I was flipping channels. This totally sucks!

    • Wow, nobody died on this episode?

  24. I am so VERY sad and dissappointed about JJ. She kept the team in sync. Her leaving is like a death in the family. I watch this show because of I love the family relationship of the team. They take care of each other. It is unfair that the powers that be have made such a harsh decision that affects all the viewers of this show. It will never be the same. By continuing to watch the show, I feel as though I am betraying JJ. So, I am going to ION TV and A&E to watch the reruns. I also understand that Emily will have less air time. What are you guys thinking. Oh, well … if it is not broken, don’t fix it, because then you really break it.

  25. My husband and I have been fans since the beginning of Criminal Minds. We do NOT understand why Jennifer was fired!! She did NOT deserve that treatment and she will be missed. Only time will tell if we will remain loyal fans. We almost left the series when Gideon left.

  26. What the hell are you doin. YOu should have fired the boss and moved hogner there or the new guy Joe mantegna. He is not one iwould have choose. Mandy Patinkin was one of the greatest. I wish you could bring him back. Make Paget Brewster go off on a crazy spree or something. JJ was one of the still kind hopeful character. Gosh wht are you guys doing i watch rerun after rerun.

  27. Cat that true when she was gone for a few of the shows i missed her.. it wasnt the same without her!

  28. Please bring JJ back. It’s not a family without her.

  29. I HATE THE FACT THAT JJ IS GONE! not only is she a part of the CBS family but she is a part of the viewers as well! i thought it was a joke at first but then i saw that it was real! they are gonna regret taking her off because a lot of fans will stop watching. i hope they dont replace JJ if they are going to remove her, then dont replace her either

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