"The Black Queen" is the twelfth episode of Season Nine and the 198th overall of Criminal Minds.


When the BAU goes to San Jose to investigate the innocence of a man sentenced to death, Garcia delves into her hacker past and reconnects with her old flame to help the team with the case.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals


  • "Deceive" by Trentemøller (feat. Sune Rose Wagner)
  • "Bootylicious" by Destiny's Child

Bookend Quotes

  • Derek Morgan: "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds. It is something one creates." — Thomas Szasz
  • Penelope Garcia: "To invent your own life's meaning is not easy, but it's still allowed, and I think you'll be happier for the trouble." — Bill Watterson


Criminal Minds Episodes
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