The actress was a series regular on the show for six seasons, leaving her post in the season seven finale. Her character was mentioned in the eighth season, but Brewster hasn’t made any appearances on the show since May 2012.
The 200th episode will be a look-back at what happened to J.J. Jareau (A.J. Cook) during her year away, which will also help the team solve a case in the present-day.
“Our 200th episode is going to be a special show,” said executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. “We can’t imagine telling this story without Paget being present.”
“Criminal Minds” airs on Wednesdays at 9pm on CBS. The landmark 200th episode will air in February 2014.