Tonight on “Criminal Minds,” the Behavioral Analysis Unit continues to jell with Garcia (Kristen Vangsness) finally warming up to the newbie, Alvez (Adam Rodriguez). So much so that the sassy tech analyst even brought some goodies for the former Fugitive Task Force member’s beloved pooch, Roxy.
Following a rough start in what is presumably going to be a long-standing working relationship, Garcia and Alvez will finally get things rolling. In a sneak peek for the upcoming episode, Garcia trots to the BAU office and heads straight to Alvez’s desk. She hands him a box of dog biscuits and a cute, light pink dog sweater.
The agent-in-training is obviously baffled by the gesture but carefully chooses his words when Garcia asks him about what he thinks of her presents. Unfortunately, 11 years of working with prolific profilers has given Garcia an eye for reading behavior and even body language, thus, catching his uneasiness with the situation. In the end, Alvez got off the hook by making up some excuse about Roxy’s diet that may not have her enjoy the biscuits. Needless to say, it was humorous seeing Alvez struggling with his poker face.
Onto the more serious side of things, the episode titled “The Anti-Terrorism Squad” will feature the squad being called to investigate whether a bullying incident involving two high school students may have something to do with their families being murdered. As it turns out, the two were the only ones who survived the bloody murders.
Meanwhile, after several installments in the season, there is still no substantial explanation on-screen why Hotch (Thomas Gibson) has yet to come back from temporary duty, as revealed in episode 3. Since then, the team has been solving case after case with the help of the returning Prentiss (Paget Brewster), but it seems unusual that they continue to move forward without referencing him. After all, he is still officially the leader of the BAU and his absence was deemed short-term.
As previously reported, no farewell episode was filmed in light of Gibson’s unfortunate departure but his character will be written out in a way that will have the character deal with family issues, prompting him to leave his decade-long post in the FBI.
“Criminal Minds” season 12 airs every Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.