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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

  • Currently 7.3/10
7.3/10 (3 Votes cast)


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

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