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"Exit Wounds" is the twenty-first episode of Season Five and the 112th overall of Criminal Minds.


Garcia plays a crucial role in the case when she travels to Alaska with the BAU to investigate the murders of several residents of a small town.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

Bookend Quotes

  • Penelope Garcia: "Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man." - John Morley
  • Penelope Garcia: Ralph W. Sockman said, "Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength."


  • Scarlett McAlister, the actress that played Deputy Susan Flack, previously appeared on Criminal Minds, starring as Betty in the episode "Solitary Man," also of Season Five.
  • Though depicted in the episode, there are no real-life sheriffs in Alaska, as their functions are fulfilled by the Alaska state troopers.
  • The main setting of this episode is Franklin, Alaska, which is a ghost town in real life. A similar narrative device was used two episodes earlier, in "A Rite of Passage," where the setting was named after a ghost town on the Mexico-Texas border.
    • While the depiction of Franklin is fictional, a map shown in Franklin's police station seems to show that Franklin is located where Skagway, Alaska is in real life.

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