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Criminal Minds
Season 8, Episode 9
Air date November 28, 2012
Written by Sharon Lee Watson
Directed by John Kretchmer
Episode Guide
"The Wheels on the Bus"
"The Lesson"

"Magnificent Light" is the ninth episode of Season Eight of Criminal Minds.


When a recent attendee at a popular motivational speaker's conference in Seattle is murdered, the BAU looks at the speaker as the main suspect, but they have to refocus their investigation when the speaker himself goes missing. Also, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan declines to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend.

Guest CastEdit

  • Rico Anderson - David Cooper
  • Ursula Burton - Cynthia Strobl
  • Jonathan Dane - Ricky Lopez
  • Ariana Dubynin - Mrs. Caldwell
  • Patrick Fabian - Barry Flynn
  • Dan Foote - Replicator Victim #3
  • Cesar Garcia - Gangbanger
  • Matt Yang King - Detective Harrison Chen
  • Kennedy Mason - Caldwell Daughter
  • Raphael Sbarge - Carl Finster[1]
  • Kelly Smith - Doctor Marcy Frome
  • Jenny Robinson - Janet Dodd
  • Kari Wahlgren - Rena Tracey
  • John T. Woods - Stephen Caldwell

Referenced CriminalsEdit

  • Jeffrey MacDonald
  • The September 11 Attacks


  • "Only Rain" by Brett Dennen

Bookend QuotesEdit

  • Jennifer Jareau: "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage." Sydney Smith
  • Derek Morgan: "The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for." Fyodor Dostoyevsky


  • Synthesthesia is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes. One of the common form causes the synesthete to mentally "see" various colors while hearing music.

See AlsoEdit


  1. Credited as "Carl Fisher"

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