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Key to the Quiz

Key to the Quiz

1. “I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, and I’m armed! Don’t mess with me!”

Special Agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent in Miss Congeniality (2000) who isn’t entirely happy about going undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

2. “You see a lot, doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don’t you—why don’t you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you’re afraid to.”

Special Agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), fresh out of new agent training, verbally spars with the perfidious Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs.

3. “He was kinda of cute...for a sociopath.”

New Agent Janis Zuckerman (Mary Gross) teams with Ellie DeWitt (Rebecca De Mornay) in FEDS (1988) to try to get through the hazing and hazards of FBI new agent training.

4. “Hey, you think it’s easy being surrounded by guys with guns all day?”
Male agent: “I thought you liked guys with guns.”

“I like the guns.”

Special Agent Samantha “Sam” Spade (Poppy Montgomery) works on a fictional Missing Persons Squad in New York City in the television series Without a Trace, which ran from 2002 to 2009.

5. “What are you doing here?”
Male scientist: “We’re trying to plug a hole in the universe. What are you doing here?”

“Apparently the same thing.”

In a series with parallel universes, Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) is part of a multi-agency task force investigating strange crimes with the help of an institutionalized scientist in Fringe: There’s More Than One of Everything (2009).

6. “Sometimes looking for extreme possibilities makes you blind to the probable explanation right in front of you.”

Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) waxes philosophical with her partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) in the television science fiction drama The X-Files, which ran from 1993 to 2002.

7. “Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote: You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.”

In Criminal Minds: Cradle to Grave (2009), Special Agent Jennifer “JJ” Jareau gives her signature voiceover to an episode featuring the fictional casework of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

8. “A cup of tea, a German-English dictionary, and I’ll have it translated in a day or two.”

Special Agent Diana Barrigan (Marsha Thomason) sets Peter Burke straight in the “Deadline” episode of White Collar (2009).


Celebrating Women Special Agents

About This Series

On July 17, 1972, the first two women of the modern era entered the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia. Fourteen weeks later they emerged as special agents. Over the next 40 years, women agents reshaped the Bureau, achieving leadership posts across the U.S. and around the world. This series looks at their roles, their challenges, and the rewards of a demanding career as a G-woman.

- Part 1: A New Chapter is Opened
- Part 2: Two Women Blaze a Trail
- Part 3: Early Pioneers Tell Their Stories
- Part 4: Pop Culture’s Take on Women Special Agents

- Part 5: A Diversity of Backgrounds and Experiences
- Part 6: Working Undercover

- Part 7: Two Made the Ultimate Sacrifice 

In Their Own Words
 Agents past and present talk about what brought them to the Bureau, their challenges, and their place among four decades of pioneers.
 Collage of Women Agents (Black and White)
“You don’t want people to say she’s a good female agent. You want people to say she’s a good agent.. That’s what you strive for.” 
— Mary Rook, Special Agent in Charge, Anchorage FBI

 As Seen on TV 
Marsha Thomason of “White Collar” and Gillian Anderson of “The X-Files” thank the Bureau’s women agents for their service.
 Marsha Thomason and Gillian Anderson




On July 17, 1972, the first two women of the modern era entered the FBI Training Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
This is the second story in our series marking the 40-year anniversary of women special agents.