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"Sick Day" is the second episode of Season Twelve and the 257th overall of Criminal Minds.


Arriving home following a child abduction case in Los Angeles, painful memories resurface for a shaken JJ, who breaks down and recounts the story to her husband.

Guest Cast[]


  • "Amen" by Natalie Taylor

Bookend Quotes[]

  • Jennifer Jareau: "Loss and possession, death and life are one. There falls no shadow where there shines no sun." – Hilaire Belloc
  • Jennifer Jareau: Mother Theresa said, "Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."


  • Last appearance of Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner as a regular character in the series.
  • Robert James Watkins was scheduled to appear in this episode as an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, but his scene has been removed from the final version.


  1. Credited as "Grief-Stricken Father"
  2. Credited as "Grief-Stricken Mother"

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