'Criminal Minds' Kirsten Vangsness: 'My performing suffers when I watch the show'

These days, "Criminal Minds" is as much about the regular characters' personal lives as their bizarre cases, as Kirsten Vangsness certainly knows.Since the show's start, the actress has been absent from only one episode as quirky tech whiz Penelope Garcia, who's reminded of an old romance in the new story Wednesday (Jan. 15) on CBS. The Behavioral Analysis Unit's latest serial-murder case prompts Garcia to draw upon her days as a self-styled hacker, which reunites her with a similarly skilled ex-boyfriend (guest star Paolo Costanzo, "Royal Pains")."I've got different special episodes coming up," a clearly excited Vangsness tells Zap2it. "This first one was written by (series co-executive producer) Breen Frazier, and I promise you've never seen a 'Criminal Minds' like this. I've never seen one like this. It has some really interesting stuff, and Breen had to work really hard and do a lot of research for it. It was really fun to do."Another "special...



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