Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 9


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • helpppp

    Can u not watch them ?
  • one of my favorite episodes

    creepy, the team try to solve the case and protecting Garcia really toching
  • penelope one of the best episode of CM

    Love the story, love Garcia acting, great team job.
  • Loved this episode - one of my faves - but ....

    Personally I am one of the many that loves any story line involving Penelope (especially when it involves Morgan) an at the end of Lucky I was on the edge of my seat. At the start of Penelope I was all jittery - it was so believable. The reaction of the team when hearing Pen had been hurt was well filmed - especially Morgan (and on the side, nice to see so rare emotion from The Hotchner)

    And then, after "fighting for her life" BOOM! All reality is abandoned and the team seems to be ice cold towards poor Pen. If it wasn't for Morgan I would have thought that all the stuff they say about being a family was bull. Seriously?

    In this episode the writers come across as having run out of good stuff right after Pen makes it out of surgery (and I find it hard to believe that after suffering such a gunshot wound she could "walk out of here in a couple of days")

    I loved the Bad Guy routine Rossi pulled on Garcia - but again, this was a let down as the writers didn't show us a little conversation at the end with Rossi maybe trying to smooth over the waters with Garcia (remember the time Gideon bought her an MP3 player because he was rude to her?)

    Also, the bad guy routine got all the information needed from Pen in order for the team to solve the case - a little too rushed for my liking especially when they already had key points to who the guy was. I found it hard to believe that in a world where these guys can find the bad guy on the smell of an oily rag, it took the last few minutes of this episode for them to match the dots.

    Another let down for me (apart from the lack of concern from the team) was the Morgan/Garcia angle. We are into the 3rd season (ie: they have been working together for 3 years) and this is the first time Morgan has been to his BFF's home?

    I have read other people's reviews who praise this episode as "a real look inside the BAU Family", "Feels like Rossi has been here for ages", "perfectly shows how the team rallies around each other" (etc) - sorry, I have to disagree. That's what this episode should have been like, but the writers failed to hold it up.

    Still, despite all that (and my intense hatred of that Lynch fellow!) this remains one of my fave episodes. Just needed a little more justice done with it :)moreless
  • 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.moreless

    Penelope Garcia may not survive. That is the word from the doctors who are treating her as she undergoes extensive and hopefully life saving surgery. Meanwhile, the team feel helpless but one thing is for sure, they intend to find out who did this and find him quickly, in fact, you get the impression that Morgan would shoot him first and ask questions later!

    When Garcia, still groggy after the surgery, tells the team all she knows about her attacker, they correctly predict that he has a lot of knowledge of law enforcement and that he obviously targeted Garcia on purpose - his 'meeting' with her was no accident. He wanted her dead for a very specific reason, and when she mentions that she has been volunteering as a counsellor for victims of crime, they think they have found their link. Turns out that the shooter is a law enforcement officer and one Miss Penelope Garcia, with her unrivalled knowledge of cyberspace, has red flagged several of his cases and he is none too happy about this.

    Enter Kevin Lynch (superbly played by Nicholas Brendon, best known from his days on 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer') who is also an FBI analyst and whom Hotch asks to delve into Garcia's system to try and figure out what the connection is. Lynch adores Garcia's artistry but is more than a little intimidated by Hotch.

    Meanwhile, the shooter, in full uniform, turns up at BAU headquarters, supposedly needing some 'police business' looked into. Garcia, now home from the hospital (very VERY quickly after such major surgery!)links up with Kevin who is at her computer station and is horrified to see her assailant standing right there! But what can they do? Easy, let the girls handle it! Only JJ, sitting in her office, it outside the area, and so, only JJ can shoot the unsub through the glass door with pinpoint accuracy! Go, JJ!!!!

    A fantastic episode and really edge-of-your-seat stuff. My only problems with it were that the team as a whole didn't show as much concern for Garcia after her surgery as I would have expected, which is bad writing given that these people think of themselves as a 'family'. Also, as mentioned, the speed with which Garcia was released from the hospital, given that she almost died, was a little far fetched but, apart from these little nit-picking issues, it was great. Watch it and see!moreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Adam Fuchs

Guest Star

Tamara Zook

Tamara Zook


Guest Star

Andrew Elvis Miller

Andrew Elvis Miller

Medic #1

Guest Star

Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon

Analyst Kevin Lynch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • This episode established a large portion of Penelope Garcia's backstory.

    • Garcia spent her childhood in San Francisco, California.

  • 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.

    • JJ: (while watching Hotchner enter elevator)What's Hotch doing?
      Rossi: Right now I'm guessing he's wishing anybody else was the leader of this team.

    • Morgan: (grinning as he looks around Garcia's apartment) I, umm, I would expect nothing less.
      Garcia: (laughs) You should be flattered. Not many people are invited in off the grid.

    • Garcia: I volunteer once a week. Counsel family members of murder victims.
      Morgan: Baby, you don't get enough of this stuff at work?
      Garcia: I look at those crime scene photos all day long. I can't know that those families are out there trying to cope and not do something to help.

    • Morgan: You need some rest.
      Garcia: (nods, then hugs Morgan) You're right. Go. Be free my love.
      Morgan: Hey, I'm not going anywhere.
      Garcia: I'm fine. I've got my goon squad parked out front.
      Morgan: Goon squad or no goon squad that couch right there is going to be my best friend until we find this guy. Now leave it alone.
      Garcia: (smiles) Okay.

    • Garcia: (as "Heroes" by David Bowie plays in the background) You.
      Kevin Lynch: You.
      Garcia: You're good.
      Kevin Lynch: You're better. (extends his hand to her) Kevin Lynch.
      Garcia: (shaking his hand and smiling) Penelope.

    • Morgan: Who the hell uses a revolver?
      Reid: Someone who doesn't want to leave shell casings behind as evidence.

    • Rossi: You look like crap.
      Hotchner: Four days, no leads. I feel like crap.

    • Garcia: One of the last things I said before he shot me was everything happens for a reason. Derek, if I lose faith in that then nothing in my life makes sense.

    • Prentiss: (to Garcia, looking at Adam Fuchs) Oh, don't worry about your reinstatement papers. He'll sign them as soon as his hands stop shaking.

    • Kevin Lynch: (accessing Garcia's computer) This might be the coolest girl I've ever met.
      Rossi: You've never laid eyes on her.
      Kevin Lynch: Well, her GUI is mind-blowing.

    • Garcia: When I was in the ambulance I could hear the song "Heroes" playing in my head. I kept flashing in and out of consciousness, everything was really bright and I remember thinking, "Wait, is David Bowie really God?"

    • Hotchner: (at the crime scene) So, victimology - why Garcia?
      Rossi: Look at her.
      Hotchner: What are you saying?
      Rossi: Well, you don't look like that by accident. She wears her individuality like a shield.

    • Hotchner: I don't care about protocol. I don't care whether we're working this officially or not. We don't touch any new cases until we find out who did this.

    • Morgan: Hey silly girl. I love you, you know that, right?
      Garcia: I love you too.

    • Morgan: Take this gun.
      Garcia: I don't believe in guns.
      Morgan: Trust me, they are very real. Take it.

    • Garcia: William Shakespeare wrote, "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."

  • 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.


    • 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.