Whether this is relevant to this forum I will let others decide, but here is my take on it.
So I wrote because I felt like I had a real issue with intimacy and connection.
 I didn't want her to know so that in her other episodes, she wouldn't be wondering, "Oh, is this going to be my last episode before I die? She has a fondness for Strauss, obviously, but she said, "I know what you mean. It would've been more of a traditional finale-premiere two-parter for us.
" I told her during at the end of shooting Episode 16. Creatively, she's sort of run her course." Strauss is another member of the team and if you had to hurt a member of the team, it made sense that it's her. And she has other things that are keeping her on the East Coast. I think that was also them having faith in the fact that the show was going to be back and we wouldn't leave a team member in jeopardy, and in the negotiations risk everybody. Episode 24 would've been the first part and then 901 would've been catching him.
[The turning point was] with The Reaper and she started understanding the team more and being more sympathetic.
And then Hotch and Morgan were there for her [when she went to AA], and then obviously her and Rossi. CBS fall schedule: moves to Fridays; two-hour comedy block on Thursdays Since you planned this arc last summer, she was always going to be the death, right? Messer: Yeah, we knew very early on and I just avoided having the conversation with Jayne until I had to. The first episode [of Season 9] would've been catching The Replicator.