Criminal Minds (2005– )
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... David Rossi
Paget Brewster ... Emily Prentiss
Shemar Moore ... Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Dr. Spencer Reid
Kirsten Vangsness ... Penelope Garcia
Rachel Nichols ... Ashley Seaver
Thomas Gibson ... Aaron Hotchner
A.J. Cook ... Jennifer Jareau
Timothy V. Murphy ... Ian Doyle
Sebastian Roché ... Clyde Easter
Patrick Fischler ... Jack Fahey
Andy McPhee ... Liam
Alan Pietruszewski ... ND Agent
Donald Watson ... Bartender
Robert O'Gorman ... Minister


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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English | French

Release Date:

16 March 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The exterior shot of the bar in the beginning is the same exterior shot of the bar for the show Leverage. See more »


Dr. Spencer Reid: It's another spy whose cover is LR.
Emily Prentiss: [in Reid's flashback] Lauren Reynolds is dead.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Lauren Reynolds is dead.
Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner: What?
Dr. Spencer Reid: Lauren Reynolds is dead. Prentiss said that on a phone call 17 days ago. But her intonation wasn't surprise or grief. It was like a mantra, like she was reminding herself. Lauren Reynolds, LR.
Derek Morgan: She left her badge and gun? Why would she do that?
Dr. Spencer Reid: That doesn't make sense. Why run? We're her family. We can help.
David Rossi: Doyle's killing families. She's not married, not close to relatives. He was ...
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Referenced in Criminal Minds: Annihilator (2018) See more »


Written by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
Performed by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
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Powerful and moving, but also frustrating
13 January 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Although Season 6 was an inconsistent season, and of the show's weakest, neither "Valhalla" or "Lauren" are among the worst episodes of the season. To me, although neither are without flaws both are towards the better end of the spectrum for the season.

"Valhalla" was basically set up for what was going to happen in "Lauren", but it was still a very solidly crafted episode with some very touching team character moments and tension, poignancy and suspense. "Lauren" has more of an emotional impact and is every bit as tense and suspenseful, but frustrates more. It will floor a lot of fans but disappoint others, personally am somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.

"Lauren", starting with the good points, is stylishly and atmospherically made. The music is haunting and melancholic in equal measures when needed, never intrusive but always with a presence. Matthew Gray Gubler does a fine job with the directing, there are numerous flashbacks and constant time shifts but the storytelling still feels cohesive and rarely feels disjointed.

If anybody watches a 'Criminal Minds' episode for the team dynamic and character moments, "Lauren" does not disappoint, in fact they were what made the episode better. Garcia's voice mail message will have tears rolling down the cheeks, not just the most touching part of the episode or one of the most touching parts of the seasons, it's one of the most touching parts of the show and epitomises what the team is all about. Throughout it is very clear how the team care for each other and Prentiss, as well as the character strengths and flaws.

Further great things are a compellingly written Reid and Rossi-led interrogation scene, the truly disturbing scenes between Prentiss and Doyle and a contender for the most gut-wrenching, most suspenseful and heart-rending climax for any episode of 'Criminal Minds'. Also really liked how much was revealed about Prentiss' background which meant fewer loose ends. The acting is excellent all round, with Paget Brewster in particular knocking it out of the park.

Unfortunately, there were a few things that stopped me from rating "Lauren" higher. "Lauren" demonstrates exactly why Seaver is considered by me and many other 'Criminal Minds' fans as an insufferable dead-weight. As well as being bland, an awkward fit in the team due to vast inexperience and lack of chemistry, annoying and prone to making dumb assumptions and asking even dumber questions, Seaver is over-exposed but her presence also feels pointless. Rachel Nichols' acting does nothing to change my mind. This is particularly true with that very poorly written (cringe-inducing actually) scene between her, Rossi and Fahey, which should have been left on the editing room floor and cut to pieces.

Despite finding the climax very powerful, what happened after the equally moving subsequent hospital scene underwhelmed drastically. The funeral scene felt like such an anaemic send-off and out of place, while the scene in Paris just felt clumsy and unnecessary (also diminishing the impact of what happened in the climax and like a cheat) and the whole open-ended feel just makes the ending feel like an anti-climax.

All in all, "Lauren" is a powerful and moving episode, but at the same time it was frustrating. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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