8 'Criminal Minds' Episodes to Watch and Fall in Love With JJ & Will Again (PHOTOS)
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“Jones” (Season 2, Episode 18)
Watch JJ and Will’s first meeting and his immediate interest in her. It might have taken her a bit more time, but she was the one to suggest they stay in touch when the case ended.
“In Heat” (Season 3, Episode 17)
Remember when JJ thought she could keep her and Will’s relationship from a team of profilers? She spent the episode trying to continue the charade (she didn’t realize the others knew), until she finally decided to admit she was worried about it becoming “real” and getting hurt. “I don’t want to run anymore, not from you,” she told him.
“Lo-Fi” (Season 3, Episode 20)
When Will flew to New York because he was worried about the case the team was working, JJ revealed to the team that she was pregnant. Though they had a lot to figure out at the time (like marriage and their jobs), they put the serious topics on hold to “argue about names and cribs” in the short time they had.
“Hit” and “Run” (Season 7, Episodes 23 and 24)
JJ’s family took center stage in the two-part finale. First, she watched Will hand himself over to bank robbers who wanted revenge for the death of one of their own. Then, she fought one of the UnSubs in her own home. And finally, after he’d been strapped to a bomb, she asked him to propose to her again. The season ended with their wedding in Rossi’s backyard.
“200” (Season 9, Episode 14)
Easily one of the hardest episodes of the series for JJ — her relationship with Will might not have been as prominent, but we still felt their love (and learned the heartbreaking news that she lost her baby).
“Sick Day” (Season 12, Episode 2)
JJ returned home from a tough case involving kids and talked it through with Will in an all-night conversation that included them reminiscing, him bandaging her hand, and him reminding her she’s a hero.
“The Tall Man” (Season 14, Episode 5)
After returning from a case in her hometown, JJ was happy to take in the picture of her husband and kids on the couch. No matter what happens in the final season, we don’t have many more chances for happy domestic scenes like the ones that bookended the investigation.
Criminal Minds may have delivered quite the shocking confession of love from JJ (A.J. Cook) to Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) in the Season 14 finale, but over 13 seasons, we watched her and Will (Josh Stewart) meet, fall in love, and build a life together.
And we can't forget that, even as we look forward and wonder how the CBS drama's final season is going to deal with the fallout of JJ telling Reid she's always loved him and not taking it back.
What should happen after JJ's confession in the Season 14 finale?
Click through the gallery above for the best episodes highlighting JJ and Will's relationship over the 14 seasons.
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