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Rank: Special Agent (SA), Technical Analyst, Media Liaison

Vehicle: Vintage Cadillac convertible

Vitals: Penelope Garcia was born in 1977. Her parents died in an auto accident due to a drunk driver when she was eighteen, and she now helps counsel the families of murder victims in her spare time. Garcia has stated that after her parents died, she dropped out of Caltech and went "underground" but continued to teach herself computer coding. She has 4 brothers (names unknown) and is godmother to JJ's son, Henry.

She had been placed on one of the FBI's hacker lists (she was one of a small handful of extremely useful or dangerous hackers in the world), and they recruited her from there (3:09 - Penelope). It has also been mentioned, when she was not allowed to travel with the team to Langley, that she was on the CIA's "lists" as well.(1:21 - Secrets and Lies). JJ joked that Garcia belonged to that list when she (unsuccessfully) tried to hack the CIA for information on Princess Diana's death and other government conspiracies (Namely, Prince William's phone number).

Penelope Garcia is the team's Audio/Visual Technician at BAU Headquarters in Quantico, VA. When she speaks with Morgan they use pet names such as "hot stuff" or "sweet cheeks" or he calls her "baby-girl." Garcia frequently answers the phone with comments like "This is the office of All Knowing; how may I be of assistance?" She is into online games, specifically MMORPGs. She has broken down crying several times due to the fact that the area of her job is to listen to and watch terrifying things in her office to analyze them for the team. However, according to Hotch, she "fills her office with figurines and color to remind herself to smile as the horror fills her screens." She is required in one episode (4x19: House on Fire) to be a profiler. She states when Hotch comes back that she can't go into people's minds and see the "god awful things that happened to them to make them do god awful things to someone else" because she "chooses to see the good in things."

Garcia was shot by an UnSub with a hero/homicide complex by the name of Jason Clark Battle in Season Three ("Lucky" and "Penelope") when she flagged several open homicides to help out the families she helps counsel without knowing that Battle was the murderer in all of the cases. She has since recovered, and is currently dating another Technical Analyst by the name of Kevin Lynch. She may also be the only person that Derek Morgan truly trusts, and they are considered to be best friends.

Has a Fear of clowns.

Key episodes:

1x21: "Secrets and Lies"

2x12: "Profiler, Profiled"
2x15: "Revelations"

3x02: "In Birth and Death"
3x08: "Lucky"
3x09: "Penelope"

4x07: "Memoriam"
4x19: "House on Fire"

5x21: " Exit Wounds"

6x04:"Compromising Positions"
6x08:"Reflection of Desire"

9x12:"The Black Queen,"

10x02: "Burn"

Who is Garcia? Discuss her character development by season.

Season 1

Garcia, although appearing in many episodes, had never really had any back-story given to her other than a few tidbits here and there. Some episodes, while not being Garcia-centric have featured Garcia in more prominent roles than others.

Episode 1x19,"Machismo,"Morgan teases Garcia about not being able to speak Spanish with a last name of "Garcia". Garcia admits she learned French but that Garcia is her stepfather's last name.

Episode 1x21,"Secrets and Lies,"In this episode Garcia gets a good amount of screen time as she uses the CIA database to help the team capture the mole within the agency. While she questions why she doesn't get to go with the rest of the team we find out that she is on a "list," and is therefore not allowed inside CIA premises.

Episode 1x22,"The Fisher King Part 1,"Garcia brings her personal laptop to the bureau to engage in online role-playing games while most of the team is on vacation. This allows an unsub to hack her computer and consequently all of the FBI computers, giving him access to the team's personnel files. Garcia feels guilty, especially when Gideon calls her actions "stupid," saying she has a responsibility. This puts a strain on her relationship with the team, most especially with Gideon.
Season 2 In Season Two, Garcia gains a spot in the main credits; in Season One she only had "Guest Starring" and "Also Starring" captions.

Episode 2x01,"The Fisher King Part 2,"Garcia is noticeably uncomfortable around Gideon following their confrontation in episode 1x22. She and Reid work together to solve one of the hints left by the UnSub. Together, they piece together the major clues to the UnSub's name and location.

Episode 2x02,"P911,"we learn that Garcia has four brothers.

Episode 2x12,"Profiler Profiled,"Garcia is extremely reluctant to hack into Derek's sealed juvenile file for information and it takes a lot of persuasion from JJ to convince her to do so. She also comments that she didn't know that Derek had played football, indicating that she is surprised not to know personal information about his past..

Episode 2x15,"Revelations,"Garcia goes out into the field with the team for the first time. (This is also a particularly difficult episode for her, as she's always watching the computers, and so she sees when Reid is being hurt.)
Season 3 Episode 3x02,"In Birth and Death,"Garcia uses her knowledge of computers to keep Hotch's transfer request and Prentiss' resignation from being processed in the hopes of getting them to change their minds. Hotch figures it out and thanks her after warning her not to do it again.

Episode 3x08,"Lucky,"Garcia stops for her morning coffee and ends up helping a handsome man (James "Colby" Baylor) fix his computer. They exchange phone numbers when he offers to take her out to lunch. She is surprised that such a hottie would ask her and when he calls her to invite her to dinner, she gets scared, lies and tells him she has a cold. When she tries to tell Morgan, he tries to help but it backfires so Garcia gets upset and calls "Colby" back to make dinner plans. After dinner, Colby walks Garcia back to her place, he hugs her and starts to leave. When Garcia is walking up to her door, Colby tells her that he had been dying to do something all evening and when Garcia turns and smiles, he pulls out a gun and shoots her in the chest

Episode 3x08, "Penelope,"We learn that Garcia's parents were hippies and killed by a drunk driver when she was 18 years old. Also, Garcia was recruited by the FBI as she was a self-taught hacker, who had gone "off the grid" for a while and was underground after she dropped out of Cal Tech and kept teaching herself code. Garcia tells the team about her past and how she volunteers once a week to counsel families of murder victims to help them deal with the horror. With her work in counseling the families, she flagged 7-8 case files for them so when local police looked into them, they would know that the FBI was watching the case. Some of these cases belonged to Deputy Jason Battle. The profilers surmised that he had been shooting the victims and thought Garcia was on to him. He invited her out so he could get her alone and kill her before she blew the whistle on him, although she did not know or make the connection until after she was shot. Garcia's devotion to the team on a personal level is evident in that she encrypted file information about their personal movements that she had been required to compile as part of the terms of her FBI contract. She said that she never wanted anything to happen to them again like what happened with Elle and when her computer was hacked. At the end of the episode, Garcia is introduced to Kevin Lynch who is very visibly starstruck to meet her based on having seen her computer interface (LINUX setup, GUI), seen her hack (raced to back-hack her) and briefly interacted with her online.

Episode 3x14, "Damaged," We learn our beloved Garcia has a boyfriend! She is dating fellow FBI geek, Kevin Lynch. When Rossi showed up at her apartment in the middle of the night, unannounced, Garcia stood her ground when questioned about her duties and what specifically he had asked of her. Lo and behold, a naked man strolled out of her shower, leaving her tongue-tied (and us!) to explain her "office-romance" to one of her superiors. At the office the next day, Garcia confided in JJ about her showering partner and got some girl advice from her fellow teammate. Later, she revealed to the rest of the team where Rossi had gone (to Indianapolis to close his 20 year old case). She tried to warn Rossi the team was joining him to help (because we all know there's no "I" in team), but rather than thanking her, he yelled at her and hung up. Kevin Lynch also decided to have a chat with Rossi "man-to-man" regarding Garcia at the end of the episode!
Season 4 Episode 4x07, "Memoriam," We learn that Garcia is the godmother of JJ's son Henry, who was also born in this episode.

Episode 4x19,"House on Fire,"Garcia is required by Hotch to be the profiler to catch an arsonist in a small town. She compares herself to a witch hunter. After digging deep, she finds Tommy Wheeler, the UnSub. When the team returns, she tells Hotch that she cannot be a profiler. She does not want to see the "god awful thing that happens to someone that makes them do god awful things to someone else." She chooses "to see the good in people". Hotch recognizes that and says he would never want to change that.
Season 5
Episode 5x09, "100," Garcia is instrumental in narrowing down George Foyet's location, with the help of Kevin Lynch. She cross-referenced all of the medications that Foyet required and found out that he was back in the D.C. area. Reid would later discover his alias (Peter Rhea).
Season 6
Episode 6x05,"Compromising Positions," Garcia takes over for JJ as the media liaison. In the episode, she tones down her wardrobe and travels with the rest of the team. Garcia begins to become stressed having to juggle both her and JJ's positions. At the end of the episode, Hotch says that the rest of the team will fill in the field portion of the media liaison position and Garcia will choose the cases that the team does.
Season 7Episode 7x08,"Hope," A woman in Garcia's survivors' support group disappeared; the woman's daughter went missing seven years earlier. With Garcia and JJ's help, the team was able to identify and locate the Unsub.
Season 8
Season 9Episode 9x12, "The Black Queen," Garcia is forced to revisit her old past as a hacker after the BAU revisits a case on request by Shane Wyeth and his hacker group Star Chamber. As a result, she visits Shane at the Star Chamber headquarters, appealing to him by dressing up in her old clothing. He is able to give her some information, but winds up arguing with her and stating his disapproval of her new life. Later, Garcia confronts Shane online, where he reveals that he had been following her life ever since she joined up the BAU, consequently misinterpreting her relationship with Morgan as an actual romantic relationship. After Shane survives a near-fatal attack by the unsub, Garcia approaches him and reconciles with him.

Episode 9x14, "200," Garcia assists in the search for JJ (who went missing), by hacking into a database containing information relating to JJ's time at the U.S. State Department. Garcia also manages to deduce JJ's location after receiving a distress alarm triggered by JJ.

Episode 9x24, "Demons," Garcia shoots a nurse who was attempting to kill Reid while he was recovering in the hospital after being shot in the neck by a suspect. During the shooting, she used Reid's own gun, which she quickly grabbed from an items bag.
Season 10Episode 10x02, "Burn," Garcia is shown to be traumatized by her shooting the nurse. To get over her fears, she goes to visit the man she shot in Texas before he is about to be executed by the state for his crimes. However, before she leaves, Garcia gets into an argument with Morgan over the point of the trip. Upon visiting the convict, she learns he has no one who would watch his execution and still support him, then is requested by him to be the one to do so. After thinking it over, she does so, and is forced to watch as he is executed.

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