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Now that Kate’s daughter and her friend have been abducted, the BAU will do everything in their power to track the kids down in the Criminal Minds finale—but this is one investigation Kate can’t be involved in.

“The stress of Meg missing is now not good for the health of her and her fetus,” executive producer Erica Messer tells EW. “The idea is she actually has to sit this out. She can’t be in the line of fire. It infuriates her, but at the same time, the team is right. She has to sit it out. But emotionally, and even investigatively, she can tell the team things they may have never have known about Meg and her strengths. All of those things are helpful and she’s still very much a part of the episode, but she’s not throwing on a bulletproof vest and chasing the bad guys.”

Check out a sneak peek of the finale, which airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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