The team heads to LA to investigate a number of brutal killings which turn out to be related to the creator of a graphic novel, Jonny McHale.


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The BAU are brought to Los Angeles to investigate a string of seven brutal slayings over a two week period. The killings are what Reid describe as "overkill", suggesting that the single killer has suffered a psychotic break which prompted the killings. The overkill that Reid describes is the fact that the victims all had severed body parts, the severing done by a large sharp bladed weapon. When there are more killings, the BAU get a clearer victimology. Although the BAU are closing in at least geographically on the unsub, they get a major break when they are made privy to some drawings resembling the murders and murder sites. Meanwhile, Garcia returns to work after the recovery from her gunshot wound. She is frustrated to find that her office is not the way she left it. Written by Huggo

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28 November 2007 (USA)  »

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


[first lines]
Jonny McHale: 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 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.
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References 300 (2006) See more »


Harlem Nocturne
Performed by Joe Augustine
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The ill-talented Freddy Muniz - 'nuff said
14 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was simply the worst written and acted episode I've ever seen on this show. If you think you'll like watching Freddy Muniz, crying, overacting, agonizing (and putting you in agony) for almost the full hour, watch it. Otherwise, skip. He's a graphic novelist who has delusional hallucinations throughout the entire show. How this one slipped by the producers of such a normally quality show I'll never know. Think of the talented Joe Montegna and the talent-less Muniz sharing a scene. What an abomination! Then there's a scene where Muniz, after running in front of, and getting hit by a car, is flat on his back, injured from the accident, then grabbing a guy (the driver) that outweighs him by about 30 pounds, by the neck, and disabling him. I've never said such things about any episode of this show. But they fit here.

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