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


The BAU links a series of ritualistic murders in Seattle to a popular motivational speaker, but the case takes a puzzling turn when the main suspect disappears. Also, Garcia is puzzled when Morgan declines to attend a dinner honoring an old family friend.

Guest Cast

Referenced Criminals

  • Jeffrey MacDonald
  • The September 11 Hijackers


  • "Only Rain" by Brett Dennen
  • "Crash" by Esthero (feat. Jonah Johnson)

Bookend Quotes

  • Alex Blake: "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.


  1. Credited as "Carl Fisher"

Criminal Minds Episodes

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