Last Rites (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)

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"Last Rites"
Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 21 (#154 overall)
Directed by Tom DiCillo
Written by Dick Wolf (creator)
René Balcer (developer)
Warren Leight (story)
Peter Blauner (story)
Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (teleplay)
Marygrace O'Shea (teleplay)
Jacquelyn Reingold (story editor)
Production code CI7021
Original air date August 17, 2008
Guest actors
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"Last Rites" is a seventh season episode of the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It also marks Det. Mike Logan's final appearance in the series.


In this episode, Detectives Logan and Wheeler reinvestigate a cold case when a Catholic priest, Father Shea, who was friends with Logan's former partner Lennie Briscoe, comes to Logan for help; he says that a dead man to whom he gave last rites confessed to having murdered three people 16 years earlier in the South Bronx.

Meanwhile, Wheeler and her fiance attend a fundraiser, and a photographer secretly begins photographing them. Soon back on the case, Logan and Wheeler research Randy Nichols, who was convicted of the murder of a rich CFO and his pregnant wife. The detectives discover that Logan's nemesis, ADA Terri Driver, is involved. Later, when the priest becomes a victim of a near fatal stabbing at the penitentiary where he was working, he is put in critical condition and is not expected to live, at which time the case becomes personal to Logan, who is convinced Driver ordered the hit.


Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan
Julianne Nicholson Det. Megan Wheeler
Eric Bogosian Capt. Daniel Ross


  • Briscoe is mentioned in this episode. Briscoe and Logan worked together from 1992 ("Point of View") to 1995 ("Pride"). Briscoe would remain until the 2004 episode "C.O.D." Jerry Orbach, who played Briscoe, died in December 2004 of prostate cancer.
  • Chris Noth, who plays Logan, officially announced that he was leaving the show several weeks before this episode aired. It was several days, if not weeks, before Jeff Goldblum was announced as Noth's replacement.
  • Denis O'Hare later reprised the role of Father Shea in the 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 14 episode "Presumed Guilty."

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