Criminal Minds

Season 3 Episode 10

True Night

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The BAU and local authorities in Los Angeles investigate a series of brutal serial killings that appear to involve a famous comic book artist.

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  • Awesome episode

    This episode is one of my favorite episodes of criminal minds. Frankie Muniz is excellent as a very, very sympathetic yet deranged unsub, and I loved the twist at the end. The final scene with the phone was especially good. I also loved Morgan and Reid's banter in the middle of the episode. Overall, great episode. Very well-written.
  • A comic book artist who draws how he will kill.

    This episode shows how someone can change from having a normal life until one incident changes everything and causes someone to go into a psychotic break This is what happens to the unsub in this episode when he and his girlfriend are out and they are attacked by a gang and it was a miracle the unsub survived but his girlfriend died and caused him to act like he is at present time In the episode we see a lot more of the unsub than the main characters because it shows his behavior and the weird part is he doesn't even know he is killing people and he still thinks his girlfriend is alive because he keeps calling her It was kind of interesting what Prentiss said at the end when she said if he can turn like that from his girlfriends death maybe everyone possibly can turn like that.moreless
  • Boring episode but it was nice to be able to cheer on the killer :D

    must admit this episode was pretty boring as it focused too much on the unsub and less on the one thing I did like about it though was that I was happy he killed those lowlifes the saying that no one deserves to these guys definitely did, I did not feel sad at all that they were so brutally fact I was excited
  • Sad, yet very good episode

    This episode really broke my heart to see a young man with a normal life having to suffer such a horrible event. Me seeing a young couple on the street talking then on the alley way a bunch of gangbangers raping and killing them broke moved me. At the beginning of the episode, I was starting to wonder why does Frankie Muniz keep calling the same person and cutting to voicemail. When he kept getting flashbacks about that night, it started to make sense that he was having a psychotic breakdown and Post Traumatic Stress. I don't know why he was going to prison for killing the gangbangers though, if someone done such a thing to my loved one, I would kill them too because they don't deserve to live. Also, the fact that Frankie kept calling his girlfriend and only had a voicemail message to remember her by really moved me.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    Every single time I see this episode, it makes me want to cry. The raw emotion that Mr. Franky Munez shows, the rage, the fear, the pain, breaks my heart, and for the first time, makes me cheer on the murderer. The simple use of a voice mail message, shows a human side of the 'vicious killer'. Finding out that the vicious killer is nothing more than a young boy who wanted nothing more than to bring back the girl of his dreams gives the viewer the urge to call a loved one and let them know they are loved. This is a brilliant show, and this episode in particular brings me more emotion than most television could ever bring.moreless
Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore

SSA Derek Morgan

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Senior SSA David Rossi

Thomas Gibson

Thomas Gibson

Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner

Matthew Gray Gubler

Matthew Gray Gubler

SSA Dr. Spencer Reid

Paget Brewster

Paget Brewster

SSA Emily Prentiss

A.J. Cook

A.J. Cook

SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Morgan: No, listen, I'm gonna stick around for a while, I think you might need me.
      Garcia: Stick around?
      Morgan: Yeah, the team can handle one case without me. They'll be fine.
      Garcia: Honey, I know you love me, but the prospect of you whirling around here trying to fix… this is actually more frightening than getting shot.

    • Reid: Did you know that a domestic cat loose in a normal neighborhood is the equivalent of a small scale ecological disaster?
      Det. Brady: Excuse me?
      Reid: They'll kill anything they can. Bugs, rodents, birds, other cats. Small dogs, if possible, anything.
      Det. Brady: That got something to do with this?
      Reid: An unsub in a violent psychotic break is worse.

    • Det. Brady: You really think this is only one guy, huh?
      Reid: The level of overkill suggests an unsub in a psychotic break. Multiple unsubs in violent psychotic breaks operating in the exact same location is exceedingly unlikely. (Det. Brady has confused look on his face.)
      Morgan: Yeah, it's probably one guy.

    • JJ: I couldn't imagine having nothing left of someone but a voice message. Think I'd never stop listening to it.

    • Reid: Sometimes, for an artist, the only difference between insanity and genius is success.

    • Jonny McHale: (to Bobby Kim) You think we work together? I'm the talent, you're the leech.

    • Reid: "Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He is simply the acceptable face of invading realities." Author Clive Barker

  • 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.


    • 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.