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'Criminal Minds' season 9 episode 12 preview: How Garcia met Hotch

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Have you been waiting to see how Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) went from hacker to FBI technical analyst? Well, fortunately, you don't have to wait any longer because the next episode of "Criminal Minds," 912, "The Black Queen," for which CBS released a new sneak preview Friday, Jan. 10, explores just that.

In this next "Criminal Minds" episode, the BAU travels to San Jose to investigate a string of murders, and Garcia delves into her hacker past and reconnects with her old flame (and fellow hacker), Shane Wyeth (Paolo Costanzo), to help the team with the case.

"The Black Queen" promo is all about Garcia, in the past and present. When the Justice Department website is hacked, she knows the hacker: her old mentor. She may track down criminals now, but remember, she used to be one – and we're going to get to see just how she joined the FBI. "I'm here to offer you an option to prison," Hotch (Thomas Gibson) tells her in a sneak peek of one of the flashbacks to come. "You come work for me." Plus, check out a sneak peek from this episode featuring Garcia and Morgan (Shemar Moore) here.

"Criminal Minds" season 9 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What do you think of this episode 12 "The Black Queen" preview?

© Meredith Jacobs 2014

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