It has been postulated that mouse epidermis contains two populations of resting cells, one of which is blocked at the G1-S boundary and the other between G2 and mitosis. The 'arrested G2 cells' were estimated, by the labelled mitosis method, to comprise 5-10% of the epidermal population and presumed to function as a 'reserve pool' which could be activated by wounding. A comprehensive search has now been carried out for arrested G2 cells in mouse epidermis using the direct methods of single cell and flow through cytophotometry. No evidence was obtained which supports the existence of such a cell compartment. Suitable control experiments were carried out to ensure that G2 cells were not lost during the isolation of epidermal nuclei.