Criminal Minds Sneak Peek: Watch Prentiss' Extremely Awkward Return

Michael Ausiello

Paget Brewster‘s Prentiss makes her anticipated return to Criminal Minds on Wednesday (CBS, 9/8c) and it’s an awkward re-entry to say the least.

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Her first scene back — which can exclusively be viewed above — starts off warmly, with kisses and hugs and doughnuts. But things quickly spiral downward when it comes time for Prentiss to meet the new guy on the block, i.e. Luke Alves (played by Adam Rodriguez).

Meanwhile, you’ll notice that Prentiss tells JJ and Reid that she’s only back temporarily while Hotch (Thomas Gibson) is off on assignment. Well, as you know, since the episode was shot, Gibson has been let go and Brewster’s short-term return has become permanent.

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“We’re all so excited to have Paget with us full time,” exec producer Erica Messer said last month when news broke of the actress’ status change. “The BAU family has definitely missed her, on screen and off. Having her back on set has been great, it’s like she never left.”

Press PLAY above and watch Prentiss’ homecoming, then hit the comments with your thoughts on the gang being back together.

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