"Sick Day" is the second episode of Season Twelve 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."


  • Robert James Watkins was slated to appear in this episode as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, but his scene(s) appeared to be cut from the final version.


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

Criminal Minds Episodes