The fashion designer originally bowed out of the festive episode due to her commitments on I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, but after quitting the jungle just three days into the experience, she flew back to Essex and was able to join her co-stars for filming.
In new photos released today, a jubilant looking Gemma is seen surprising her cast mates on a ferry from Dover to Calais.
Well, Gemma does love to make an entrance!
With a bunch of her co-stars en route from the UK to France to stock up on goodies for the party season, GC makes her return appearance in style, surprising them all on board.
Judging from the pictures, the gang are pleased to see her!
Gemma's greeted warmly by Bobby Cole Norris, Danielle Armstrong, Ferne McCann, Chloe Sims and Lydia Bright, before a champagne bottle is popped and the bubbly flows!
Essex fans had wondered if Gemma would ever return to the show, after she vowed to quit TV after her "traumatic" time in the Australian jungle.
However, she later admitted she'd just been impulsive in saying that, and she really did love appearing on TV.
"That was a silly thing to say. At the time when I said I don't want to be in TV - I was Gemma, I was a broken girl. How good is that to anybody?" she told ITV's This Morning. "You're not seeing the real me. Why would you want to see me so up and down. I couldn't cope emotionally. That's not fair for people that love me to see me in that way."
Hopefully GC is back to her best when the TOWIE Christmas special airs, Wednesday, 10 December on ITVBe.
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