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'Criminal Minds' season 9 episode 23 sneak peek: The team is at risk

The 'Criminal Minds' season 9 BAU team
The 'Criminal Minds' season 9 BAU team
Cliff Lipson/CBS, used with permission

Are you ready for another two-part season finale on "Criminal Minds"? It begins this week with episode 923, "Angels," for which CBS released a sneak peek on Tuesday, May 6, teasing what happened to one of the victims.

In this week's episode, the BAU is called to Texas to consult on the murders of prostitutes, and the evidence points to killings with religious overtones. However, as they dig deeper, the team could be putting their lives at risk. Notable guest stars include Michael Trucco as Owen McGregor and Brett Cullen as Preacher Mills. Also, Esai Morales returns as BAU Section Chief Mateo Cruz, last seen in "200."

The "Criminal Minds" 9x23 promo teases, "Before this episode is over, two agents will go down." "He thinks he's showing us that he's smarter than we are," Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) explains during the investigation. Everything else in the promo is about building the suspense. We see the local police and the team ready for something, and we do see a shootout, during which Reid goes down, but as teased, he's not the only one in trouble. Morgan (Shemar Moore) too goes down, but not in the shootout. Instead, he seems to be in a house.

Meanwhile, the "Angels" sneak peek shows Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) talking to the ME about one of the victims, but something is clearly off about this guy. When Rossi asks what kind of knife the killer used, he replies, "A sharp one." Oh, don't worry, it gets worse, and you'll probably find yourself wearing a similar expression to the profilers' ones by the end of the clip.

Why wasn't a rape kit done? "She was a hooker. This was easy math." How does he explain the fact that the cutting pattern isn't jagged like it should be? "Drugs." Did a tox screen confirm that? "I didn't order any of that." Why not? "C.O.D. was a gunshot wound to the head, hello?" Finally we get an answer as to why this M.E. seems completely incompetent when Blake asks where he went to medical school (likely to place a call and find out how he passed one single class). "Oh, I ain't a doctor. I was elected to this position." That explains it all. "Democracy in action," Rossi says. Here's a question for you: If this guy was elected, what does that say about the rest of the town?

"Criminal Minds" season 9 airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What do you think of the episode 23 "Angels" promo and sneak peek?

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