Something unexpected is happening this week on Criminal Minds.
The BAU hit rock bottom in last week's episode when Linda Barnes (Kim Rhodes) effectively dismantled the team. Rossi (Joe Mantenga) was forced into retirement, Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) was exiled to permanent professorship, Tara (Aisha Tyler), Prentiss (Paget Brewster) and Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) were all reassigned leaving only Simmons (Daniel Henney), Alvez (Adam Rodriguez) and J.J. (A.J. Cook) behind to run the team. Barnes instituted herself as their phantom leader, so you know, everything is just *great.*
That was sarcasm. This is terrible, so you can only imagine TV Guide's surprise when Adam Rodriguez, who directed Wednesday's episode, "Last Gasp," stopped by the TV Guide studio and said next hour of Criminal Minds would be funny.
"The fact that the team is separated in the episode ends up being my favorite part about it honestly because I got to do some really fun stuff with the characters," Rodriguez said. "There are a bunch of little vignettes throughout the episode where we see members of the team doing other jobs. We see Joe Mantegna's character doing another job outside the BAU. We see Tara Lewis, Aisha Tyler's character, still within the FBI but outside of the BAU working."
Okay, that sounds interesting, but the team is separated! The family has been torn apart! Will the kids ever get to play together again??
"You really get a sense that the team has been broken up and you can feel that everyone is miserable about it," Rodriguez said. Fun fact: We are miserable about it too. "You might have a laugh while watching them in misery. There really were comedic moments in an hour of television that's normally very dark, eerie and scary."
To be fair, a laugh could be really useful right now. Someone is eventually going to get Barnes though, right?
Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.
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