Beauty and the Beast

Just when the romance between Beauty and the Beast's Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent (Jay Ryan) is heating up, Vincent's ex-fiancée Alex (Bridget Regan) is coming back into the picture.

See our winter TV eye candy

The Jan. 24th episode (9/8c, The CW) will find Catherine recovering from the car accident that landed her in the hospital on the midseason finale. When Vincent sneaks in a visit, he's caught by Alex, who works at the hospital — and who thought Vincent was dead! Awkward!

In our exclusive first look at the episode above, it seems Vincent has a lot of explaining to do with both women. "This is a big juicy obstacle in Vincent and Cat's way," executive producer Sherri Cooper previously told us.

Check out the best shows and performances of 2012

Will Alex keep Vincent's secret and will their love be rekindled? Or will Vincent and Cat's relationship continue to progress? Share your thoughts (and hopes) below.