The FBI recently returned from a hiatus with a fiery Season 5 premiere that changed priorities in Maggie's absence (as actor Zeeko Zaki explained), but it did not follow up on anything from Season 4, which was not the case for FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted. This was due to CBS' decision to remove what was originally planned to be the Season 4 finale just hours before it was scheduled to air in the spring. Now, the plot of the Season 5 premiere is working.
So, how did the Season 5 premiere of FBIs set up the Season 4 finale, when Prodigal Son was originally scheduled to air months before its return earlier this week? Well, after one star shared that the fifth season would start off to a different start, the premiere of Heros Journey was picked up as if it were following what was initially planned as the penultimate episode of Season 4.
The FBI isn't the most serialized of the nine programs under the Wolf Entertainment umbrella, so Heros Journey might simply tell a narrative that established Jubals' storyline with his son without putting it in conflict with anything that had already been broadcast. If anything, the upcoming Season 4 finale-turned-October episode may pack more of an emotional punch.
Tyler has been struggling to make friends due to his complicated father's relationship, as well as his diagnosis with leukemia, which accompanied the usual anxieties of adolescence. Jubal was caught up in a high-stakes situation of attempting to prevent a bombing and then resolving a hostage situation with a different teenage boy, and forgot about Tylers fifteenth birthday party. (And didnt even have time to buy the cake.)
This narrative went a long way to establish how Tyler has been feeling and explain why he might be tempted to make friends with the wrong kind of person after Rina's death, but it might have made Prodigal Son even more engaging in October.
Prodigal Son will be available on CBS on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET, ahead of new episodes of FBI: International at 9 p.m. and FBI: Most Wanted at 10 p.m. If you want to replay the show's conclusion to see how it ended, you can do so via a subscription to Paramount+.