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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04x04 - Paradise
Season 4, Episode 04
08x13 - Magnum Opus
Season 8, Episode 13
02x22 - Legacy
Season 2, Episode 22
03x10 - True Night
Season 3, Episode 10
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Penelope Garcia Quotes

12x22 - Red Light Season 12 / Episode 22: - Red Light

Penelope Garcia: Hey. I... I got your text message. I'm confused. You want me to see if there are any missing children?
Emily Prentiss: No, I asked if any AMBER alerts had been issued tonight.
Penelope Garcia: No. Is that important?
Emily Prentiss: Yes. I'm gonna put one out.
Penelope Garcia: You're gonna put out Diana Reid's face and say she's a missing child?
Emily Prentiss: No, I'm gonna put Lindsey's out as an abductor. People pay attention to AMBERs, and that's what we need.
Penelope Garcia: Okay. Oh... I'll do it.

Emily Prentiss: Penelope, no. It's my call. Which means I'll take responsibility for it. Just pull the screen up, okay?

Emily Prentiss: [before Garcia can say anything] I need you to leave. Right now.
12x22 - Red Light Season 12 / Episode 22: - Red Light

Dr. Spencer Reid: This baby is simply a means to an end, which is to keep me here playing your game, guessing like a fool, assuming something I never should have assumed in the first place.
Cat Adams: And what would that be?
Dr. Spencer Reid: My mother's already dead. She was dead before I walked in here.
Cat Adams: She's not dead.
Dr. Spencer Reid: [standing to leave] Yes, she is.
Cat Adams: No, because that would be cheating and I don't cheat. You cheat.
Dr. Spencer Reid: I'm done playing.
Cat Adams: Get back here.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Goodbye, Cat.
Cat Adams: I'll let you talk to her!

Penelope Garcia: Yes, I'm here.
Jennifer Jareau: Garcia, get ready to trace a call on Spence's phone.
Penelope Garcia: Fired up, plugged in. Ready to go.
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