Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 1)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 1)
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 1 DVD Digipak
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 30, 2001 (2001-09-30) – May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
Home video release
DVD release date October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
Season chronology
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List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes

The first season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, an American police procedural television series developed by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, began airing on September 30, 2001 on NBC, a national broadcast television network in the United States. Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the second spin-off of the long-running crime drama Law & Order, and follows the New York City Police Department's fictional Major Case Squad, which investigates high-profile murder cases. The first season comprises twenty-two episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 10, 2002. Four actors received star billing in the first season; Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, and Courtney B. Vance.

Episodes depict Detectives Robert Goren (D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Erbe) as the squad's lead investigators. Captain James Deakins (Sheridan) is the detectives' direct supervisor and head of the Major Case Squad. Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver (Vance) often attempts to obtain confessions from the suspects, rather than taking them to trial. Law & Order: Criminal Intent focusses on the actions and motives of the criminals, and divides screen time equally between the suspects and victims, and the police's investigation. The season was filmed on location in New York City, although scenes set inside the Major Case Squad department were filmed in a studio at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan.

The season was nominated for four awards, and was described as the most impressive of all the Law & Order series. It was sold to numerous television stations around the world, has been adapted into localized foreign versions in Russia and France, and has been syndicated in the US on a number of cable channels. A DVD box set of the season was released in America on October 21, 2003, and episodes are available to purchase at the US iTunes Store and Amazon Video on Demand.

Production[edit]

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the third series in the Law & Order crime drama franchise, which was created by Dick Wolf in 1990.[1] He developed it with René Balcer, who began working on the original series during its first season.[2] During his time on Law & Order, Balcer was promoted to head writer, show runner, and executive producer before leaving in 2000.[2] News first broke of a new series in late 2000, when it was reported that NBC, broadcaster of Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, approached Wolf Films and Studios USA about a second spin-off.[3][4]

Balcer and Wolf conceived Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a police procedural crime drama that follows a distinct division of the New York City Police Department: the 'Major Case Squad', and its investigations in to high-profile murder cases, such as those involving VIPs, local government officials and employees, and people working in the financial industry and the arts and entertainment world.[5] Unlike the other series in the Law & Order franchise, Law & Order: Criminal Intent gives significant attention to the actions and motives of the criminals, rather than primarily focusing on the police investigation and trial prosecution. Episodes do not contain trials, and end in confessions rather than plea bargains or verdicts.[6]

Pier 62, at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan contains the set used to depict One Police Plaza, the real headquarters of the NYPD.

Production began in January 2001,[7] shooting on location in and around New York City using local color.[8] The main set of One Police Plaza is located at Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, Manhattan.[9][10] Thirteen episodes were initially ordered,[3] and were completed by April 2001, so that production would not be halted by a potential strike from the Writers Guild of America.[4][11] Balcer was the show runner, executive producer and head writer on the first season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Wolf was also credited as an executive producer, as with all other Law & Order series. The first season gave co-executive producers credits to Peter Jankowski, Fred Berner, Geoffrey Neigher, and Arthur W. Forney. John L. Roman, Roz Weinman, and Eric Overmyer were named producers, with Michael Kewley a co-producer. Theresa Rebeck and Marlane Meyer were consulting producers.[12] Twelve people directed, and nine people wrote the twenty-two episodes; Constantine Makris directed four episodes, and Balcer wrote or co-wrote ten episodes.[13]

Cast[edit]

Season 1 cast members: (left to right) Courtney B. Vance, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Jamey Sheridan

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is not an ensemble series,[14] and therefore differs from Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit which respectively featured six and eight actors receiving star billing during the same broadcast season.[15][16] Movie actor Vincent D'Onofrio was offered the lead role of Detective Robert Goren, a hyper-intuitive contemporary Sherlock Holmes-type investigator who used to work for the US Military Police.[17] Other than a 1998 guest role on Homicide: Life on the Street that earned him an Emmy nomination, this was D'Onofrio's first major television role.[18][19] Goren's partner, former vice squad detective Alexandra Eames,[17] was played by Kathryn Erbe who had just completed a role on Oz as convicted murderer Shirley Bellinger.[20] Balcer stated Eames was cast because "she just looked like a real cop."[21] Courtney B. Vance plays Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.[17][22] Jamey Sheridan was the last actor to be cast in a main role, taking the part of James Deakins, a "seasoned" NYPD Captain.[7][17] In a recurring role, Leslie Hendrix appeared as Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers, the same character she had played in the other two series.[23] Steve Zirnkilton provides a voice-over at the beginning of each episode's opening credits, saying "In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories."[24][25]

Actor/Actress Character Duration Notes
Vincent D'Onofrio Detective Robert Goren entire season
Kathryn Erbe Detective Alexandra Eames entire season
Jamey Sheridan Captain James Deakins entire season
Courtney B. Vance ADA Ron Carver entire season

Many New York-based actors guest-starred in the first season, as either victims, suspects, or their family members. Jake Weber starred as the murderer in the first episode;[26] Kathleen Chalfant guest-starred in "Smothered" as a murder suspect's wealthy, socialite mother;[27] Stephen Henderson played the murder victim in "The Faithful";[28] the murder suspect in "Jones" was played by Griffin Dunne and Karen Young played his wife;[29] "Faith" featured guest appearances from Mia Dillon, Remak Ramsay, Adam LeFevre, and Polly Draper.[30]

Distribution[edit]

The first season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent premiered during the 2001–2002 television season on the American terrestrial television network NBC. The pilot episode, titled "One", aired on Sunday September 30, 2001 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Episodes aired weekly until December, when the show took a brief hiatus until January, and took another hiatus during February. The final episode of the season aired at 9:00 p.m. on Friday May 10, 2002.[13] Under a $100,000-per-episode shared or second window syndication agreement that cable channel USA Network made with NBC,[3][11] USA Network was allowed to broadcast episodes out of primetime a week after their premiere on NBC.[31] The season is also under a regular off-network syndication deal at USA Networks and Bravo. The two channels teamed up late 2004 to pay $2 million per episode for the syndication rights to the series, allowing USA Network to air episodes during the week, and Bravo to air episodes at the weekend.[32][33] In 2007, Fox Television Stations, a group of Fox Broadcasting Company owned-and-operated stations, entered a syndication deal to broadcast episodes as part of its daytime schedule.[34] From late 2009, MyNetworkTV will broadcast Law & Order: Criminal Intent, including episodes from season one, having changed their business model from a network broadcaster to a syndication programming service.[35][36][37] The series has also been distributed to international broadcasters. It aired in Canada on CTV,[38] in France on TF1,[39] in the United Kingdom on Hallmark Channel and Five,[40][41] in Australia on Network Ten,[42] and in New Zealand on TV3.[43]

Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent's first season have been adapted into localized foreign versions.[44] Russian: Закон и порядок: Преступный умысел (lit. Law & Order: Criminal Mind), premiered in 2007 on NTV (Russia) and is produced by Global American Television, Studio2B and NTV, Wolf Films and NBC Universal.[45][46] On May 3, 2007, the French Law & Order: Criminal Intent broadcaster, TF1, began airing Paris enquêtes criminelles, a co-production from TF1 and ALMA, Wolf Films and NBC Universal.[47] All eight episodes of Paris enquêtes criminelles's first season, two episodes from the second season, and one third-season episode were adapted from Law & Order: Criminal Intent first season episodes.[48] Wolf stated that Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been sold to foreign networks because it is easier to adapt into local legal systems than Law & Order, where half of each episode occurs in the courtroom.[49]

The season is available in a number of new media formats. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released it in a 6-disc DVD box set on October 21, 2003 in Region 1, titled Law & Order: Criminal Intent – The First Year.[50] The pilot episode was also released on a separate DVD on June 3, 2003.[51] Consumers in the US can purchase and download episodes from the iTunes Store and Amazon Video on Demand.[52][53]

Reception[edit]

Laura Fries of Variety commented on the difference between this series and Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: "By scrutinizing motive and intent, Criminal Intent utilizes a more personal style that sets it apart from its brethren. Wolf's characters are notoriously devoid of detailed personal lives, but debut [episode] hints at a little more introspection on the part of the characters".[12] In Entertainment Weekly, Ken Tucker wrote that Law & Order: Criminal Intent was the best series of the year from the Law & Order franchise and that while Law & Order suffered from tired, wooden performances from actors with poor chemistry, the acting on Law & Order: Criminal Intent was at "the other end of the spectrum." Both writers commented on the overpowering screen presence that D'Onofrio commands in the first episode: "Criminal Intent so far is a one-man show with Vincent D'Onofrio at its center. [He] commands the most attention, tending to overshadow Erbe, who is reduced in the pilot to following Goren with an awe-struck look," wrote Fries,[12] while Tucker also stated, "D'Onofrio is so eccentrically entertaining, even his costar Kathryn Erbe seems fascinated",[5] but complained that Erbe's role was smaller than D'Onofrio's, which "jibes with the subtle range she showed on [HBO's] Oz and proves her professional generosity." He also said Sheridan "is similarly nonplussed and under-utilized," but "Vance is terrific [as Carver], who makes defendants wither in the face of his elegantly reasoned cross-examinations."[5]

Law & Order: Criminal Intent's first season received four nominations from three award ceremonies. "The Faithful" and "Smothered" were given commendations at the Prism Awards in the category for Best TV Drama Series Episode.[54] Vance was nominated in the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series category at the 2002 NAACP Image Awards.[55] René Balcer received an Edgar Award nomination for "Tuxedo Hill".[56] Casting director Lynn Kressel was nominated at the Casting Society of America Artios Awards in the category for Best Casting for TV in a Dramatic Pilot.[57]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1 1 "One"[26] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Rene Balcer
Story by: Dick Wolf
September 30, 2001 (2001-09-30) E2101 12.80
Detectives Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames investigate a diamond heist in a house that left its two occupants and one of the robbers dead. Karl Atwood, the criminal who planned the heist, attempts to trick the police into thinking that the robbery was mob-related, but the detectives uncover the deception when they track down a lead that shows that he served time in a Canadian prison, and has skipped parole and crossed the border. Goren and Eames interview Atwood's girlfriend, Gia, and tell her that he was infected with AIDS in prison, and that he has passed it on to her. They promise to be lenient on her and get her treatment if she will help them to apprehend Atwood. She arranges to meet with Atwood, and when the buyers for the diamonds arrive at a hotel, Goren and Eames arrest everybody. They inform Gia that she has not contracted AIDS.
2 2 "Art"[58] David Platt Elizabeth M. Cosin October 7, 2001 (2001-10-07) E2110 11.30
Anne Ellis and Bernard Jackson, two art authenticators, are found dead; one has been hanged and the other shot in the chest. Initial evidence indicates a murder-suicide, and the investigation leads Goren and Eames to a forged Claude Monet painting. The detectives suspect German art gallery owner Rudy Langer, who implicates a female forger but will not name her. Goren discovers that the forger is Sylvia Moon, a former student of Jackson's, whose art-school roommate committed suicide by hanging herself. After confronting Moon and Langer at the murder scene, Moon reveals that Langer killed Jackson, and confesses to helping him kill Ellis.
3 3 "Smothered"[27] Michael Fields Marlane Gomard Meyer October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) E2111 14.50
The Major Case Squad team investigate the murder of Lois Romney, a pregnant woman who has given up her drug addiction and is struggling to stay clean. It initially appears that the murderer is the victim's unstable junkie boyfriend, Dale van Acker, and Captain Deakins tells Goren and Eames to close the case. Deciding that the death of a pregnant woman deserves more attention, their investigation leads them to the boyfriend's wealthy and domineering socialite mother, Priscilla van Acker, and his stepfather. Goren suspects that Priscilla is a sociopath, who disapproved of her son's girlfriend, plotted to kill her and framed her son.
4 4 "The Faithful"[28] Constantine Makris Stephanie Sengupta October 17, 2001 (2001-10-17) E2104 19.30
Goren and Eames investigate the death of a Catholic church sexton, Morris Abernathy. They begin to suspect Kevin Donovan, a thieving drug addict who works at the church, until he is found murdered in his apartment. As Goren and Eames delve into the church's business, they uncover the embezzlement of money from the collection funds, and believe it was by Abernathy who tried to frame Donovan. When they realize someone performed last rites over Donovan's body, the detectives are led to a priest who has been trying to keep a twenty-year-old secret hidden.
5 5 "Jones"[29] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Geoffrey Neigher
Story by: Geoffrey Neigher & René Balcer
October 21, 2001 (2001-10-21) E2114 13.10
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a pretty, petite woman found drowned in her bathtub. Days later, a second petite woman is found naked and washed up on shore, and this is followed by the discovery of a strangled third female, and then a fourth victim. They discover that the second victim was also drowned in a bathtub, and they find a link between all four – Henry Talbott, an abusive, drug-addicted lawyer was their boyfriend who was taking money from them to help feed his gambling addictions. Unable to get assistance from his disbelieving wife, the detectives have to work against the clock to gather their evidence before he kills a fifth woman.
6 6 "The Extra Man"[59] Jean de Segonzac Marlane Gomard Meyer October 28, 2001 (2001-10-28) E2106 12.60
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a man found beaten to death in a hotel suite. It appears the victim was Didier Foucault, a Swiss conman who cheated a group of wealthy investors and romanced their wives, but further evidence reveals that the dead man is not Foucault, but his assistant Felix Perez. The detectives discover that the investors hired a hitman to teach Foucault a severe lesson, but that he learned of the attack and sent Perez to his hotel room in his place. The hitman attacked Perez, but left him alive, and Goren begins to suspect that Foucault returned to the hotel and killed him. ADA Carver indicts the investors on false murder charges, in an attempt to lure Foucault out of hiding so they can arrest him for Perez's murder. Inspired by the life of Christophe Rocancourt.
7 7 "Poison"[60] Gloria Muzio Stephanie Sengupta November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11) E2108 11.80
Detectives Ed Green and Lennie Briscoe from the 27th Precinct report a suspicious cyanide poisoning to the Major Case Squad. When other cyanide deaths occur in a hospital, Goren and Eames initially suspect Colleen Braxton, a nurse who fits the typical criminal profile, but the poisonings continue while Braxton is in custody. The source of the cyanide is tracked down to a batch of laced over-the-counter Necedrol pills. The investigation turns to the victims' families which leads the detectives to a widow named Trudy Pomeranski. The detectives discover she killed her husband and sued the medicine company, then laced other boxes of the same medication around the city in an attempt to cover-up the murder and strengthen her lawsuit. As she used her lawsuit money to buy into a infant clothing franchise, she was caught mailing a cyanide laced letter to the Ledger. She is subsequently arrested while setting up her store, after her franchise agreement was nullified due to a morals clause, when her mother was considered a suspect.
8 8 "The Pardoner's Tale"[61] Steve Shill Theresa Rebeck November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18) E2112 12.80
An investigative news reporter and his girlfriend are gunned down in the street, and the detectives learn that the reporter had a history of uncovering police corruption. Their investigation into the deaths leads to the buying and selling of pardons, and a connection to organized crime. When their investigation leads them to the state governor's office, Captain Deakins orders the detectives off the case, but Carver's work ethics put him at odds with Goren and Eames.
9 9 "The Good Doctor"[62] Constantine Makris Geoffrey Neigher November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25) E2103 14.00
Goren and Eames investigate the disappearance of an adulterous drug-addicted wife of a plastic surgeon. While the doctor says he has attempted to locate his wife, the detectives suspect he is lying, especially when they discover he also has a secret lover but they struggle to find any flaws in the his alibi. Weeks later, body parts of a decomposed woman wash ashore, so the detectives arrange for a false story to be printed in the newspapers, claiming they are from the missing woman. The detectives wait for the husband's reaction when he reads the article, hoping that they can turn his strong ego against him and discover the truth.
10 10 "Enemy Within"[63] John David Coles David Black December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09) E2107 10.80
The Major Case Squad investigate the death of Harold Sternman, an elderly and paranoid banker who died in the penthouse suite of his own luxury apartment building during an arson fire. The investigation leads Goren and Eames to Harold's dysfunctional family, consisting of his young trophy wife Kit, his alcoholic son Edward, and Rick Zainer, Harold's private nurse. When DNA from Kit and Edward are found in Harold's bed, the detectives suspect Harold was using them as evidence to get divorced from Kit, but both Kit and Edward deny sleeping with each other; Edward is gay. Suspicion falls on Zainer, who admits to sleeping with Edward and turning the three family members against each other as revenge for Harold failing to deliver on a promise to write letters of recommendation for Zainer's sons to enter an elite private school. After increasing Harold's drug dose, which made him even more anxious and paranoid than usual, he led Harold to believe that Kit was cheating on him with his own son; Kit then conspired with Edward to kill him so she could get her inheritance and Edward would be left the apartment building, which he could promptly sell.
11 11 "The Third Horseman"[64] Constantine Makris René Balcer January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06) E2115 12.30
Goren and Eames investigate the murder of an abortion doctor who was shot in his own apartment. The detectives are convinced that a pro-life activist is to blame and begin tracking him through his contacts. When they find a second gun, they suspect the sniper has not acquired his final target. The evidence sends the detectives on a search for the killer before someone else becomes the next victim. Meanwhile, Goren tries to find out the real reason for the gunman's rage, and ADA Carver worries about turning a murder case into a test about abortion before a jury.
12 12 "Crazy"[65] Steve Shill René Balcer January 13, 2002 (2002-01-13) E2102 13.30
Larry Feldman, a heart surgeon is murdered at the Bar Mitzvah of his son Ricky. Goren and Eames realize that Feldman had recently gone through a bitter divorce, and that his bitter ex-wife, Julie, believed he was committing child sexual abuse against their daughter Sophie. As their investigation deepens, their attention turns to Charles Webb, a forensic psychiatrist who often testifies as an expert witness for ADA Carver in criminal trials. The detectives discover that after becoming obsessed with Sara Lindstrom, Julie's sister, Webb attempted to gain her affections by helping her sister gain custody of her children, and hired a corrupt detective to murder Feldman. When confronted, Webb's attorney lays down an insanity defense and attempts to have him sent to a psychiatric hospital, but Goren proves that the insanity plea is bogus.
13 13 "The Insider"[66] Jan Egleson Elizabeth M. Cosin January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27) E2105 13.00
The detectives investigate the murder of Wharton Carlyle, found stabbed to death in a yacht marina. They interview the victim's teenaged daughter, Lilly Carlyle, a frequent nightclub goer with drug and alcohol addiction. During the investigation, Goren and Eames' suspicions turn to a nightclub owner who has close connections with organized crime. When the detectives look deeper into the case, they think that the relation between the girl and the club proprietor aroused the victim's fears, and was the cause of the murder. All is not what it seems, however, because the main suspect, John Hampton, is an undercover FBI agent posing as a thug to infiltrate a drugs ring. He could be the main culprit, but the detectives and the FBI clash over the conflict of interests.
14 14 "Homo Homini Lupis"[67] David Platt René Balcer March 3, 2002 (2002-03-03) E2113 11.60
Unable to raise money to make a payment to Carl Pettijohn, a dangerous loan shark, stockbroker Lucas Colter returns home from a morning jog to find that his family are missing. Colter's mother-in-law goes to the Major Case Squad with her suspicions that the family was kidnapped for ransom. Detectives Goren and Eames attempt to gain Colter's cooperation, but he makes repeated excuses and tries to avoid them. Colter takes a phonecall from the kidnappers who begin threatening the his family's lives, and rape his eldest daughter, Maggie. Colter asks his father, Melvin, for help in paying off the loan shark, and the family are returned. Initially suffering from Stockholm syndrome, the family deny that they were kidnapped, until Eames gains the trust of Maggie who recalls a tattoo on her rapist. The detectives track down Pettijohn, who gives up the names of his bagman. When they arrest Simon Matic, a former Serbian soldier, he inadvertently reveals his tattoo, which matches the sketch provided by Maggie.
15 15 "Semi-Professional"[68] Gloria Muzio Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
March 10, 2002 (2002-03-10) E2118 8.60
The body of Emily Trudeau, a court clerk, is found in the home of her married lover, Judge Peter Blakemore, a candidate for an open seat on the appellate court. Goren and Eames find that, despite being held in high regard by the legal community as an expert in the area of intellectual property law, the law review articles attributed to Blakemore were actually written by Trudeau. The murder investigation leads the Major Case Squad to Arnie Cox, a low-profile ex-convict with links to one of Blakemore's appellate seat rivals, Judge Raoul Sabatelli, who has authored a number of internationally successful crime novels. Despite Cox refusing to cooperate, and Carver's positive feelings towards Sabatelli, the detectives press on with their case, and find Sabatelli was incensed that the legal community wanted to see Blakemore gain the appellate seat rather than himself. While Blakemore's success came only from being born into a wealthy and well connected family, Sabatelli feels that he deserved the seat because he had worked hard all his life to get where he is today, with no money to fall back on. Goren and Eames discover that after Sabatelli found some of Trudeau's unpublished legal articles, he killed her so he could take them for himself.
16 16 "Phantom"[69] Juan J. Campanella Teleplay by: Marlane Gomard Meyer
Story by: Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer
March 17, 2002 (2002-03-17) E2116 11.90
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a paroled bank robber, killed only two days after he was released from Sing Sing prison. During the investigation, Goren and Eames visit the victim's sister, Charlotte Fielding, and her boyfriend, Gerry Rankin, a mysterious man living a double life. Rankin leads everyone to believe that he is an economist for the United Nations, but the UN tells the NYPD that they have no knowledge of him. As the detectives close in on the suspect, they find that everyone involved in the case has been living a delusion, but that Charlotte's brother knew the truth. Although Rankin desperately wants the approval of his children, Goren suspects that he may also be planning to kill them, and must talk him out of it, by convincing him that they see him as a hero.
17 17 "Seizure"[70] Michael Fields Teleplay by: Hall Powell
Story by: Hall Powell & René Balcer
March 31, 2002 (2002-03-31) E2119 11.70
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a bisexual woman who is found slain in a hotel room. At first, Goren and Eames note the murder has the distinctive characteristics of one committed by an imprisoned serial killer, raising fears that he has found an accomplice to carry on his work while he is in prison. The investigation leads them to a human behavior research institute, where they discover that a series of experiments has been developed on the man to discover the main cause of his insanity. Then the detectives interview the institute's director, an arrogant doctor who struggles for public and scientific credibility, and his research assistant, a shy woman who might have fallen under the killer's spell and committed the copycat murder. Nevertheless, while D.A. Carver stalls to prevent the release of the imprisoned man, Goren and Eames discover evidence that might point toward a most unlikely ending.
18 18 "Yesterday"[71] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Theresa Rebeck
Story by: Theresa Rebeck & René Balcer
April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14) E2117 10.30
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the discovery of a woman's body on the banks of the Bronx River. The woman appears tied and carefully wrapped in a plastic tarp, and they learn that she was reported missing 20 years previously. Her well-preserved body shows signs that she was subject to substantial physical torture before being killed. Chemical residue on the body leads Goren and Eames to the basement of the house in which she had originally been buried, and later to a drug addicted man whose parents owned the home. When the junkie ends up murdered as well, the detectives focus their investigation on his college classmate, a former chess master who is now a successful and control-oriented mechanical engineer, known to suddenly disappear for a while from his family. The man, who has a history of drugging and sexually assaulting women, could be linked to two earlier rape cases with similarities to the murder. The case takes a major turn when Goren confronts him during an interrogation.
19 19 "Maledictus"[72] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
April 21, 2002 (2002-04-21) E2122 11.50
Detectives Goren and Eames are investigating the case of a beheaded woman whose body has disappeared. They discover that the victim is the daughter of a jailed Russian mob boss. At first, they suspect that she was murdered after announcing plans to write a revealing book about the family business, and thugs planned a gangland hit to kill her, but evidently someone beat them to it. Further investigations reveal that one of her previous private school classmates had an even more sordid reason to execute her. Goren and Eames discover that an uptight, self-tortured real estate magnate might have feared the exposure of his own dark childhood secrets and his kinky alter ego if a book had been published.
20 20 "Badge"[73] Constantine Makris Teleplay by: Marlane Gomard Meyer
Story by: Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer
April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28) E2124 13.40

The Major Case Squad investigate the murder-suicide of a city auditor who appears to have killed his family and then himself; however, an analysis of the crime scene suggests a different scenario. When Goren and Eames learn that the dead man uncovered a pensions scandal involving retired police officers, the trail leads them to corruption within the force. When the dead accountant's report of the city school district's School Security Division is discovered, the detectives learn that he was investigating the illegal practice of retired cops drawing a city pension while also drawing a second NYC salary as School Division officers. Evidence of the murders points towards a handful of former cops, particularly a tough female School officer with an urgent need for money to keep her daughters in an expensive private school.

Special Guest: S. Epatha Merkerson as Police Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
21 21 "Faith"[30] Ed Sherin Teleplay by: Theresa Rebeck
Story by: Theresa Rebeck & René Balcer
April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28) E2121 15.30
Goren and Eames investigate the death of a wealthy publisher killed by a car bomb. During the investigation they discover that the victim was murdered after he demanded to meet a disabled girl he had been supporting. She is known as an orphaned and elusive teenage author whose personal tragedies have spawned best-selling books and profitable charities. After interviewing one of her editors they begin to suspect that the girl in question does not even exist; no-one can say they have ever met her. They suspect her foster parents are running an elaborate fraud.
22 22 "Tuxedo Hill"[74] Steve Shill René Balcer May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10) E2127 15.20
Goren and Eames investigate the assault/car accident of a corporate finance officer and the murder of her boyfriend, and they stumble upon a corporate accounting fraud/stock manipulation scheme. The corporate finance officer, Elizabeth Dawson, had been investigating her corporation's accounting irregularities and had refused to sign the accounting statements. Unbeknownst to Dawson, it was her corporate boss Chief Financial Officer Jack Crawley who had assaulted her, murdered her boyfriend and subsequently framed her for that murder. Crawley offered to provide her with an alibi if she signed the accounting statements.


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