Sep. 22, 2005
Returning Series
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Criminal Minds

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.Each member of the BAU brings his or her own area of expertise to the table as they pinpoint predators' motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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Kirsten Simone Vangsness,an American actress, was born in Pasadena, CA to parents Errol Leroy Vangsness ...

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Penelope Garcia is the team's Technical Analyst. She joined the BAU after bringing attention upon herself by illegally accessing some of their equipment; she is offered a job in lieu of a jail sentence. She usually supports the team from her computer lab at Quantico, but occasionally joins them on location when her skills can be used in the field. She is a leader in a support group for those who have lost someone in their lives. Her parents were killed by a drunk driver when they were out looking for her when she was a teen and had missed her curfew. She enjoys a flirtatious relationship with SSA Derek Morgan, often engaging in comical banter of a sexually suggestive nature when he calls in for information. She was once shot and almost killed by Jason Clark Battle (Bailey Chase) who lured her on a date in the season three episode "Lucky". When SSA Jennifer Jareau leaves the BAU, Penelope takes over her job as Communications Liaison. Penelope is also the godmother of Jennifer's son Henry.

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04x14 - Cold Comfort
Season 4, Episode 14
01x03 - Won't Get Fooled Again
Season 1, Episode 03
11x18 - Beautiful Disaster
Season 11, Episode 18
04x13 - Bloodline
Season 4, Episode 13
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Penelope Garcia Quotes

12x13 - Spencer Season 12 / Episode 13: - Spencer

Emily Prentiss: Thanks, Cruz.

Emily Prentiss: This is bad.
David Rossi: I know. It doesn't make sense.
Jennifer Jareau: [seeing them approach] What's wrong?
Emily Prentiss: Reid is in jail.
Penelope Garcia: Jail?
Emily Prentiss: In Mexico.
Jennifer Jareau: What the hell is he doing down there?
Emily Prentiss: I don't know. I didn't talk to him. The call came into Cruz from their lead investigator.
Luke Alvez: What's he being held for?
David Rossi: Drug possession. With intent to distribute.
Luke Alvez: What type of drugs?
David Rossi: Cocaine and heroin.
Jennifer Jareau: Oh, my god.
Penelope Garcia: This can't be happening.
Emily Prentiss: We need Lewis and Walker here ASAP.
12x13 - Spencer Season 12 / Episode 13: - Spencer

Dr. Tara Lewis: This has got to be Scratch. He was laying low. Now we know why.
Luke Alvez: Crossing the border as a fugitive is a huge risk.
Emily Prentiss: The reward is greater. He's been punishing the team. Now his target is Reid.
Stephen Walker: Peter Lewis dropped off the map after attacking Tara's family. Maybe he's been hiding in Mexico this whole time.
Emily Prentiss: We also have to consider this isn't related to him.
David Rossi: Who else would it be?
Luke Alvez: Drug cartels. Could have threatened Reid and used him as a mule.
David Rossi: Agreed. This could simply be a case of bad luck. Reid was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Jennifer Jareau: Spence's mom is okay. The home nurse he hired said all is stable.
Penelope Garcia: Oh, thank the stars.
Luke Alvez: How long did he tell the nurse he'd be gone?
Jennifer Jareau: Uh, three days.
Emily Prentiss: That sounds reasonable. After the Palm Springs case, Reid said he had to get back to Houston to talk to his mom's doctor.
Dr. Tara Lewis: Well, Houston is only a five hour drive from the border.
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