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Probably gonna get hate for this but…
WTF AJ and Kirsten? I find it is kinda lame to use sexism as a factor to not renew your contracts. Been done before. Salary equality with male costars, really? Even the four male actors don’t have the same salary. So exactly who are you comparing yourself…
On one hand, I can understand wanting equal pay if they truly think they are only getting paid less because of their genders. BUT, as pointed out in other discussions, they have less experience than the rest of the cast and the experience/credentials is worth more.
If they do get renewed I hope the show doesn’t try to use them more than they already are. Garcia is only tolerable in small doses and the new JJ is somewhat painful to watch. I liked JJ as the media liaison.
I hope this crap doesn’t stop the show from being renewed.
Let’s see.. Rossi, JJ, Morgan, Reid, and Blake. I think that *might* be Hotch standing back near a police car, but can’t be sure. Rossi looks like he’s contemplating.
Taking guesses: Body on the bench could be Strauss.
Other options: Agent Anderson or Kevin Lynch. Or just some random schmuck.
Nice! And OMG! Claudia Christian! I remember her from the 1987 film “The Hidden” with Kyle MacLachlan. IIRC, she played a stripper who got possessed by an alien. She was later a main character on Babylon 5.
Take that Strauss, you b#!h!
Kindly please refrain from making hateful and completely off-the-mark comments on fan works other people have made. [Make your own posts, linking to the relevant ones if you must.]
As for calling Strauss a bitch, you seem to have forgotten that later on in this episode, she had told Hotch that it’s not her calling the shots— those higher up in the command structure demand that JJ’s transfer goes through.
During her call with Hotch, she even said, “What do you want me to do, Aaron? Lose my job so she could keep hers?” This is right after telling him that she understood how they felt, that this was an upheaval for them emotionally. She’s torn between wanting what they want because she knows how well the unit functions together, but there’s the pressure from the higher ups to tow the line and bump JJ over to the State Department like they wanted. They didn’t request her transfer- they pretty much made it a done deal by the time Strauss catches heat about it. It’s just a matter of those under her command understand where things stand with those orders.
Back to this scene- Strauss sees this as a promotion for JJ, that there are other government agencies who want to have her specific skill set. Plus having the set hours, and staying in the DC area- Strauss has a family (remember the end of No Way Out II when Hotch profiles her office?), and probably would’ve jumped at a chance for something like this earlier on in her career. She understands what JJ has to juggle- the home life with her young son and a job that has her travelling across the country for days at a time. Strauss is trying to find a way to make the orders she receive mesh with what JJ (and the team) want to do.
Considering that JJ had turned down this promotion twice before, without informing Hotch or Strauss, it probably ruffled a few feathers of those higher up in rank. And the pressure coming from top-down hits Strauss before anyone else on the team. Does she take it out on any of them? No. Even in that phone call (referenced to previously), Hotch asked Strauss to not take it out on his subordinate. But she didn’t. She never said or did anything in retaliation for it- no official reprimand or demotion or anything that would go into the personnel files. This decision is something that is beyond her control, and she does her best under the circumstances. What she doesn’t do is penalize JJ for wanting to stay with the agents she’s come to view as family.
Even after the case, when JJ joins the other agents in the bullpen, she understood the situation. “It’s above his pay grade; Strauss’ too.”
We can speculate how high up this decision was made, but the fact is that those with the power to force the transfer did so thinking of what’s the best use of resources. How it affects the team’s dynamic was not part of the equation. It’s quite likely they considered and calculated whether the benefits of JJ at the State Department would outweigh the costs of having increased workload for the remaining BAU agents, etc etc.
And a little reminder: Erin Strauss’ title is Section Chief, in charge of a certain number of teams of agents in the FBI. She’s not the Director, or Assistant Director. She has her job to do, and rules to abide by, just like the other agents who have sworn the oath (see Prentiss’ speech near the end of ITAV when she recites it to the Senate committee). There are those who make orders that even Strauss has to follow.
Nini, you are very passionate in your arguments, remind me to never argue with you, because I don’t want to lose so badly.
No comment that I make it will be able to overcome those already made, simply thank you for this ^^
I would agree with the discussion of the motivations and such for Strauss in this episode alone. But in previous episodes, Strauss was most definitely an antagonist. She saw Hotch as competition and therefor a threat and tried to sabotage his career. She was also rude to local police and to JJ.
I really had a problem with this episode because the writing was so poor. As someone who grew up in a federal LEO family, I know that they can’t force a person to transfer to another department. So the whole bit about how Strauss was forced to make JJ go to State Department doesn’t hold water. Now, they could easily have transferred JJ to another position within the FBI. When people sign up for the FBI they are told that they can expect to be transferred to another location every 2 years. Obviously that doesn’t always happen, but they are supposed to be prepared and willing to move that often. It was further insulting that the writer/showrunner couldn’t even remember to where she had JJ transferred in later episodes. In one episode it was the Pentagon, then it was State Department.
Don’t even get me started on the retarded line from Reid about JJ asking for a raise. It showed that the writer has absolutely no concept of the structure of the FBI and how promotions and such work. There is no such thing as a raise— there are only step increases and promotions.
But anyway, I sort of dislike the fact that they started turning Strauss into a protagonist and was highly annoyed that she bumped Reid out of the picture as one of the “Seven Stories” on the season 7 DVDs. And she almost literally bumped Reid out of the picture in the season 7 finale during JJ’s wedding ceremony. Strauss was in the picture and Reid was not.
But those are side points. I like these gifs at least. I know the writers were taking pot shots at CBS with this.
A. J. Cook and Matthew Gray Gubler at the Celebrity Ski event at Sunshine Village in support of the Waterkeeper Alliance. [x]
I’m trying to remember which episode this was. It was an older one.. They were in New York.. A Real Rain maybe?
Sunshine Village 2013 Waterkeeper Alliance Celebrity charity event. Matthew Gray Gubler and AJ Cook were in this one. They briefly showed AJ on the toboggan and Matthew after he finished.They appeared randomly throughout the video.
Actor, Matthew Gray Gubler and actress, A.J. Cook during the Chateau Ste. Michele/UGG snowshoe and toboggan races at Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort as part of the Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which benefits the Waterkeeper Alliance on Friday Feb 1, 2013. Darren Makowichuk/Calgary Sun/QMI AGENCY
I love Maeve. But Reid & JJ will always be my OTP
OH HELL YES!
Is it wrong that my first thought was:
and that Reid immediately went and washed his face?
That’s actually my theory on why Reid doesn’t shake hands anymore. Every time someone holds out their hand, he thinks that.
JJ, it’s okay that you go see your Spence. We want you to do that. Preferably alone, and with nothing on under that trench. If anyone could make him feel better? It’d be you, Agent Jareau.
LOL. Now that you mention it, it does look like she had nothing on under that jacket. And those heels! Yikes.
But I think she started dressing somewhat like this at the end of season 6.
The writer and/or director in this had a thing for showing women’s legs while walking. They showed started with the legs of the woman who found the first body, then they had JJ’s legs, and they had Jamie Luner’s legs too. I wonder if it is some fetish, or if the writer/director just thought it would look cool.
Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go but rather learning to start over. — Nicole Sobon.
I’m reblogging every Spencer gif from MO that shows up today. ALL THE!!
God my heart…
Finally they actually SHOW them acting like a “family” instead of telling us that they are when they are not actually acting like it.