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Criminal Minds: The Black Queen

When the BAU goes to San Jose to investigate a string of murders, Garcia delves into her hacker past and reconnects with her old flame to help the team with the case

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x12
Airdate: Wednesday January 15th, 2014

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky LIVING) Mar 24, 2014
DK (Kanal 5) Jun 04, 2014
AU (Seven) Sep 03, 2014
NZ (ONE) Sep 29, 2014

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Guest Stars
Erik Passoja
As Sam Russell
Jeffrey Combs
As John Nichols
Paulo Costanzo
As Shane Wyeth

Co-Guest Stars
Caroline Whitney Smith
As Kathleen Miller
Cecile Cubilo
As Debbie Bloom
Clifford Morts
As Bob Cooper
David Salsa
As Lt. Mike Sommers
Jackie Joyner
As Rhonda
Jesse Heiman
As Ethan
Mandy May
As Gloria Holden
Rayna Tharani
As Marguerite Churchill
Main Cast
Thomas Gibson (1)
As Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner
Shemar Moore
As Derek Morgan
Matthew Gray Gubler
As Dr. Spencer Reid
A.J. Cook
As Jennifer "JJ" Jareau
Kirsten Vangsness
As Penelope Garcia
Joe Mantegna
As David Rossi
Jeanne Tripplehorn
As Alex Blake


In a San Jose FBI field office, in 2004, Hotch interrogates Garcia. He says they have evidence of everything she has done and she will be going to jail unless she accepts his offer. She won't go to jail if she agrees to work as a technical analyst. He states that all of her hacking activity was done to protect the innocent and she can continue to do that under him. Morgan brings in her purse so that she can write a quick resume for Hotch. She accepts the offer and Morgan unlocks her handcuffs...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorJeff Davis (1)
Executive ProducerErica Messer  |  Janine Sherman Barrois
Co-Executive ProducerBreen Frazier  |  Bruce Zimmerman  |  Virgil Williams  |  Harry V. Bring  |  Glenn Kershaw  |  Sharon Lee Watson
Supervising ProducerGigi Coello-Bannon
ProducerRick Dunkle
Co-ProducerKimberly Ann Harrison
Production DesignerVincent Jefferds
EditorMichael Schweitzer
MusicSteffan Fantini  |  Scott Gordon (1)  |  Marc Fantini
Director of PhotographyGreg St. Johns
Warning: Criminal Minds season 9 episode 12 guide may contain spoilers
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