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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.

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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.

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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.