Criminal Minds – Season 6

For one of the most cerebral tv series out there, the producers of Criminal Minds went and did a stoopid thing! They let AJ Cook go due to contract negotiations failing. Yes, JJ only appears in the first two episodes and her departure is explained with a new job offer that she can not ignore, but is almost forced to take up by the FBI. This happens after part two of hunting the “Prince of Darkness” to retrieve Spicer’s daughter, in which JJ negotiates with him to release the girl. To replace her the makers┬áintroduced Rachel Nichols as ┬áFBI Cadet Agent Ashley Seaver; she appeared as a guest star for two episodes and was then promoted as a regular, but departed after the season finale.

Let’s get to the cases : Rossi believes that an old murderer with Alzheimer’s, whose case has haunted him for 25 years, has appeared again after several women are found dead in the same manner. The BAU travels to┬áAkron, Ohio┬áto investigate a series of murders on couples, who are forced to have sex before being murdered and then another case where they are called in to investigate the murders of entire families. The BAU is called in to┬áDetroit┬áto investigate after several people are found burned alive once a year before Halloween, which they later find out that the victims chosen by the unsub are not random.┬á┬áthe BAU must race against time when they realize they only have two days to find the latest victim who has just been kidnapped, when the bodies of exotic dancers are found murdered in the corn fields of Indiana two days after being kidnapped. Then it’s back to DC where an unsub cuts off the lips of his female victims.

The BAU team has to go deep into the forests of the┬áAppalachian Trail after a man who targets young boys in the wilderness.┬áMorgan testifies that a man should be released on parole but regrets his decision when, only days later, it seems that the man kills somebody. Two young lovers embark on a murder spree in┬áMontana┬áthat sends the BAU team to investigate and stop them before they kill again. The team then has to track down a bogus self motivational coach who kills her patients in┬áNew York, who targets weaker willed young women.┬á┬áReid tries to make a connection with an autistic child to help in finding the boy’s missing parents in┬áLafayette, Louisiana.┬áThe BAU hunts a stalker in San Diego who is targeting college students. The the BAU is called to a North Carolina resort town after a woman is found badly injured and another woman is missing. On arrival, the team discovers these two women are not the only victims. The discovery of bodies buried in the ocean floor off Jacksonville prompts the BAU to intervene; Morgan’s aunt suspects her missing daughter may be among the dead.┬áThe team tries to close the most challenging case involving two bodies and a human trafficking organization.

Ok now the second major change. Prentiss is alerted by her former colleagues in Interpol that a man named Ian Doyle has escaped from prison in North Korea. We flashback to a past undercover job in Italy, during which she was acting as his girlfriend and surveiling Doyle. One by one her old team members are killed by Doyle and his men. it is revealed that Prentiss had been a spy eight years previously, on a task force profiling terrorists; while undercover, she met Ian Doyle (an arms dealer) and became his lover. Her betrayal of Doyle led to his arrest and subsequent imprisonment, including time in a North Korean prison. Prentiss tracks down Doyle in Boston and tries to kill him, but he takes her hostage. Prentiss reveals to Doyle that his son, who he believed had been killed, is alive, and that she staged photos of her executing the boy in order to get Doyle to break under interrogation in North Korea. The two start fighting, and Doyle stabs Prentiss in the abdomen with a stake; even though she is dying, she refuses to tell him where his son is hiding, and Doyle escapes shortly before the FBI reaches her.

In the hospital, the BAU team is notified that Prentiss has died, and they attend her funeral. The last scene, however, reveals she is alive and in Paris, where JJ meets her and gives her an envelope with “passports from three different countries, and a bank account in each one to keep [her] comfortable. As the team copes with her loss (only JJ & Hotch are aware of her still being alive) Hotch tells them that there will a further change in team. This change turns out to be a positive one as the season ends with Rossi meeting JJ in his office and asking her if she was ready to come back to which she says “yes”.

Fractures & Broken Bones

I’ve had a couple of fractures. Twice in two years – 1992 and 1993 – the ages of 16-17. The first time in ’92 when we had a power outage I was coming out of my room to go get a candle and unfortunately I banged my right foot against a hard wooden furniture. Although it was painful, I shook it off and went by my business. A day or two later I started experiencing pain on the foot as I walked to and fro college but I wasn’t paying it much attention. However soon it became obvious to everyone that I was limping and I had to face the fact that I might need to get it looked at. At the hospital an x-ray showed that I had a hairline fracture on my foot and was told to have the foot wrapped up and get perfect rest for a week to 10 days. Ofcourse I got full treatment from home with my sister & cousin sister (who was staying with us at the time) catering to my every need, fetching me my food and drinks, pillows and anything else I fancied :)

The second time I had a fracture was in 2005 just a month or so after my 29th birthday. In a similar incident, late one night I was startled by a loud metallic noise and in my haste I banged my big toe, right foot again, against a chair. The noise turned out to be a cat who had climbed in through an open window and jumped onto the railing and then knocked a vessel. Stupid cat! I chased it away and outside the house and noticed that my toe was hurting pretty badly. I went back to sleep and by morning was unable to put pressure on my toe. I went to the hospital, got my foot x-rayed and was informed that I had a little fracture on my big toe. 1 week rest and then a check to see if I could go back to work after that. Damn! I called my boss and informed her that I needed a leave very badly. Only one problem!

My folks had to go to Trivandrum for my cousin’s wedding and were staying at my aunt’s house. And we had my sister’s puppy, Shawny Junior, who I also needed to take care off. Luckily for me mom’s brother & his wife who we lived two doors away from for a few years, were not going and hence my food and puppy’s food were taken care off. The only thing is – have you tried pleasing a puppy’s playful needs when you have a fracture? I would hobble to lock the gate & night so I could let her run free and open the gate in the morning once I put her back on her leash. She was very easy though and I could feed her and pet her and she’d be happy and didn’t cause me much trouble as I recovered. After a week, my folks came back home and I went to the hospital for another x-ray and was told that I could go back to work but couldn’t wear shoes for an additional 15 days until I fully recovered.