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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.


The BAU is called to investigate a string of ritualistic murders in Seattle, which the team links to a popular but shady motivational speaker. However, the case takes a puzzling turn when the main suspect suddenly 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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