Criminal Minds

True Night

Season 3, Ep 10, Aired 11/28/07
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  • Episode Description
  • The BAU and local authorities in Los Angeles investigate a series of brutal serial killings that appear to involve a famous comic book artist.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Shemar Moore

    SSA Derek Morgan

  • Joe Mantegna

    Senior SSA David Rossi

  • Thomas Gibson

    Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

  • Matthew Gray Gubler

    SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

  • Paget Brewster

    SSA Emily Prentiss

  • Fan Reviews (38)
  • Awesome episode

    By ExistentialAnnihilator, Sep 28, 2013

  • A comic book artist who draws how he will kill.

    By DexterMorgan2, Feb 02, 2013

  • Boring episode but it was nice to be able to cheer on the killer :D

    By cdnaera, Feb 17, 2013

  • Sad, yet very good episode

    By Luka149, Nov 07, 2009

  • From the start are two lovers, an artist, and a girl. In the end, there is an artist. Miserable and alone, he later finds himself in the police station, scared and confused. They tell him he killed seven gang members and a likely eighth.

    By MynameisMary, May 22, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Garcia: Kevin Lynch, you may be cute, but if you ever mess with my stuff again…

    • Jonny McHale: (voiceover) No one sees True Night - what's really there in the dark. It's not that they can't see, they simply don't. They feel an elemental force that scares them into the deepest reaches of their minds, but they refuse to see the actual source. Something watching them just out of their reach. Something cold and frightening. Something inhuman.

    • Garcia: Hey, do you know who Frank Miller is?
      Morgan: Frank Miller, ummm, sounds familiar. Unsub?
      Garcia: Nope. Graphic novelist? 300? Sin City?
      Morgan: Oh, right right right. Cool movies.
      Garcia: Anyway, he said something once and it makes me think of you. "The noir hero is a knight in blood-caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time."

    • Morgan: (on the phone with Garcia) Just leave it alone until I get there. Hey, hey, hardhead. Don't make me spank you when I get back.
      Reid: Don't listen to him Garcia, he's all talk. (Morgan smacks Reid's head) Ow! JJ, he just hit me!
      JJ: Boys, behave or I will ground you both.

    • Reid: Should have listened to me.
      Morgan: It wouldn't have saved that much time, Reid, let it go.
      Reid: The interchange between the 405 and the 101 freeways is consistently rated the worst interchange in the entire world.
      Morgan: Why do you know that?
      Reid: It's a government report.
      Morgan: So what?
      Reid: So you work for the government. What, you don't read the reports?
      Morgan: On traffic patterns in a city 2,500 miles from where I live?
      Reid: 2,295 miles.
      Morgan: Don't make me smack you in front of all these people.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Music.

    • Songs heard in this episode were "Harlem Nocturne" by Joe Augustine at the very beginning of the episode, "Absurd (Whitewash Mix)" by Fluke during the first kill scene, "Ooh La" by The Kooks plays at the book signing, and "Atom Bomb" by Fluke during the second kill scene.

    • Frankie Muniz was credited as Special Guest Star in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • It is revealed in this episode that Garcia is a fan of comic books, especially of Frank Miller's comics, and makes many references to his works and the movies based on them.

    Allusions (2)

    • Rossi: Like Bernie Goetz, riding the subways with a gun, waiting for someone to confront him. In January, 1981, Bernie Goetz, the "Subway Vigilante," was mugged by three teens at a subway station in New York. On December 22, 1984, four black teens carrying screwdrivers approached Bernie Goetz on a subway asking for money. Goetz pulled out a .38 Smith and Wesson and shot all four teens, leaving one teen paralyzed. Goetz originally fled the scene and buried the gun, but he was eventually arrested and then confessed to a desire to hurt the teens, to "make them suffer." Goetz was tried on charges of attempted murder and assault, but, by that time, NYC sentiment was rampant in its support of Goetz's actions. Goetz was acquitted of all 17 counts of attempted murder and assault.

    • The black-and-white fight sequences in this episode are done in the same style as the 2005 movie Sin City, which is based on the serialized comics of the same name by Frank Miller. The unsub in this episode draws comics in much the same style.

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