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"I doubt myself all the time, Emily. It's just not showing it. That's what being a diplomat's all about."

Elizabeth Prentiss is the mother of SSA Emily Prentiss as revealed in Season Two of Criminal Minds. She is a U.S. Ambassador, formerly posted in Ukraine.


Elizabeth's job required for her and her family to be post in the Middle East, Japan, Russia, Italy, and undoubtedly other countries. Her job greatly influenced both her professional and private lives, leading to a strained relationship with her daughter. At one point, Elizabeth paid for a Georgetown apartment Emily lived in while attending college, as Emily's job as a waitress couldn't cover the cost. When Emily was fifteen, she became pregnant and had an abortion while the family was posted in Italy; Elizabeth was unaware of the situation.

Honor Among ThievesEdit

When Elizabeth is sought by a Russian family asking for help when their father is abducted, she goes directly to the BAU with the knowledge that they are the best equipped to solve a situation of that nature, more so when the abduction is suspected to be the job of Russian mobsters. Once the case is solved, it is implied that both she and Emily are ready to close the bridge that has separated them for decades and start rebuilding their relationship.


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