Joe Mantegna may be leading the cast of Criminal Minds this season, but viewers can expect to see more of Mandy Patinkin, as he is set to return to the series for one more episode in the fall.
Patinkin, who left the drama series with no prior notice, will reprise his role as profiler Jason Gideon for one last time in October. His short-term return has been written into the series so as to provide closure for the character. TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello reports that the 54-year-old actor will only appear in one scene, and that he alone will be in it. Apparently, the other cast members refused to work opposite Patinkin again after his abrupt departure from the show. Moreover, producers reportedly had to use a special crew to shoot Patinkin’s final scene because the regular staff of Criminal Minds refused to work with him as well. BuddyTV