Criminal Minds

Penelope

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 11/21/07
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  • Episode Description
  • As Garcia fights for her life in this conclusion of a two-part episode, the BAU's search for her attacker leads the unit to believe the assailant could be someone close to the investigation.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Joe Mantegna

    Senior SSA David Rossi

  • Thomas Gibson

    Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • helpppp

    By raeebabyyy, Sep 21, 2014

  • one of my favorite episodes

    By dcmg, Jul 30, 2014

  • penelope one of the best episode of CM

    By carrroll, Jun 18, 2014

  • Loved this episode - one of my faves - but ....

    By sarahjohnstone1610, Sep 29, 2013

  • We all watch helplessly as Garcia fights for her life after being shot and flashes back to her past where we learn a little more about the quirky Technical Analyst we have all grown to love while the BAU unofficially hunt the perpetrator.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Jul 10, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Hotchner: How are you feeling?
      Garcia: (after being shot by James Colby Baylor) You know, I've had better dates.

    • Kevin Lynch: This system is insane. It's completely Linux-based, open-source programming. You don't see this in government systems outside of like... Switzerland.
      Hotchner: James Colby Baylor.
      Kevin Lynch: Right... I get it, chop chop, geez.

    • Reid: Tell us about the watch he was wearing.
      Garcia: It was a fake Rolex.
      Morgan: You sure about that?
      Garcia: I know my knock-offs.

    • Hotchner: Why does he risk coming into an enclosed courtyard to steal a purse? Rossi: World's boldest purse snatcher?

    • Rossi: (to Hotch) I told you I'm sick of this jagoff being in front of us.

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    Notes (2)

    • At the end of the previous episode ("Lucky"), Garcia is shown being shot in the chest. By the beginning of this episode, the bullet wound had mysteriously moved to her abdomen. The continuity error was explained as a practical decision made by the show's writers. Kirsten Vangsness explained in the extras from the Season 3 DVD set if Garcia had survived a gunshot to the chest, either she would no longer be able to wear her trademark cleavage-exposing outfits or else Kirsten would have had to wear scar makeup for the rest of the series because the trauma surgery requires the breastbone to be split and the ribs spread apart, so the surgeon can locate the bullet and repair the damage. This surgery always leaves a scar running down the center of the chest where the low-cut section of Garcia's blouses would lie.

    • The song playing when Garcia and Kevin Lynch are trying to out-hack each other was "Virtually Happy" by Holly Golightly. The song playing at the end of this episode when Kevin Lynch and Garcia finally meet was "Heroes" by David Bowie.

    Trivia (7)

    • After Battle confirmed with Lynch that his files were wiped off the system, Fuchs stood and moved a step closer while telling Battle that he would keep Battle updated about their investigation. The view then moved on to Garcia's home screen, and Reid said Battle knew the profilers were on to him. However, from Garcia's home screen, Fuchs was still sitting when Reid said that.

    • Garcia is said to be an only child in this episode. However, Garcia stated in "P911" that she had four brothers who wore shirts from a wilderness group called the Tadpoles.

    • Guest stars Bailey Chase and Nicholas Brendon worked together previously on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Thomas Gibson and Nicholas Brendon worked together previously in the film Psycho Beach Party.

    • As Garcia was being transported to the hospital in this episode, it was revealed she is 30 years old.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Garcia's password to the encrypted files was "Gilman Street." 924 Gilman Street Project in Berkeley, California (aka the Alternative Music Foundation) is an all-ages, non-profit, collectively organized music and performance venue. The members strive to provide a violence, alcohol and drug-free environment, and will not book or support racist, misogynist, or homophobic bands or performances.

    • Reid: It's like Frank Abagnale; the Bureau figured if you can't beat 'em, hire 'em. Frank Abagnale is a former con man and impostor who at various times pretended to be a lawyer, a pilot and a physician. His story inspired the movie Catch Me If You Can, in which he was played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He now works as a security consultant.

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