Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 4)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 4)
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Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 4 DVD
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26) – May 25, 2005 (2005-05-25)
Home video release
DVD release date November 28, 2009
Season chronology
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List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes

The fourth season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent premiered on NBC on September 26, 2004, and ended May 25, 2005. The series remained in its time slot of Sundays at 9 PM/8c, but the season finale episode "False-Hearted Judges" aired on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 10 PM ET/9 CT.

Stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan, and Courtney B. Vance returned for the fourth season. Around mid-season, star Vincent D'Onofrio fainted twice from exhaustion, once on set and again at his home.[1] Writers René Balcer and Elizabeth Benjamin won an Edgar Award in the category Best Episode in a Television Series Teleplay, for the episode "Want".[2] Almost three months before the fourth season finale, it was announced Chris Noth would join the show in the fifth season, alternating episodes with D'Onofrio, due to his health issues at the time.[3]

Production[edit]

NBC renewed Law & Order: Criminal Intent for a fourth season on May 12, 2004. On Sundays during the 2003-2004 broadcast network TV season, Law & Order: CI was undefeated in its third season against regular competition in 18–49 and was the only NBC regular series to win that time slot in the last eight years.[4]

In a broadcast network first, Law & Order: Criminal Intent viewers chose the fate of Detective Robert Goren's nemesis, Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo): whether she lives or dies at the end of the episode "Great Barrier" (aired originally on October 17, 2004). Two versions of the episode were shot before the voting began on October 6 and ended October 20, 2004. The East Coast viewers saw Wallace live; the West Coast viewers saw her die. More than 116,000 viewers cast a vote online. "We are very gratified by the response," said show runner-executive producer René Balcer, "We've always seen this as a gift to our fans, to thank them for their continuing dedication to the series. Live or die, we'll abide by their decision."[5][6] The choice of Wallace living became the outcome, but Wallace is believed to be killed in the seventh season by Detective Goren's mentor, Dr. Declan Gage (John Glover).

Previous original Law & Order actor Chris Noth guest-stars in the episode "Stress Position" as his character Detective Mike Logan before returning to join the cast for the fifth season.

Cast[edit]

Primary cast[edit]

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

Recurring cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Neil Patrick Harris guest starred as John Tagman, a character based on Jeffrey Dahmer, in the award-winning episode "Want".

Episodes[edit]

No. in
season
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(million)
1 67 "Semi-Detached"[7] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
September 26, 2004 (2004-09-26) E5404 12.67[8]
The investigation into the deaths of a shock jock (Fisher Stevens) and the housekeeper who supplied the pain killers to which he was once addicted leads Goren and Eames to a detox clinic staff member whose mental illness hits Goren close to home.
2 68 "The Posthumous Collection"[9] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Marlane Meyer
Story by: Marlane Meyer & René Balcer
October 3, 2004 (2004-10-03) E4525 11.00[10]
The investigation into the death of a famous photographer (Sam Tsoutsouvas) leads to the discovery of multiple homicides committed by the collaborator on his latest project (Glenn Fitzgerald), who was attempting to exorcise demons from his past through an artistic expression the photographer soon found intolerable.
3 69 "Want"[11] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Elizabeth Benjamin
Story by: Elizabeth Benjamin & René Balcer
October 10, 2004 (2004-10-10) E5407 12.81[12]
After he gets into the head of John Tagman (guest star Neil Patrick Harris), a man driven to torture, murder, and cannibalism by overwhelming despair and loneliness, Goren surprises his colleagues with a passionate plea that the man be spared the death penalty, and engineers the confession that will save the man's life through a plea bargain.
4 70 "Great Barrier"[13] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
October 17, 2004 (2004-10-17) E5402 11.92[14]
When Goren and Eames search for a jewel thief who murdered her accomplice, they discover that the clever larcenies are the brainchild of her lover, Nicole Wallace (special guest star Olivia d'Abo), Goren's long-standing nemesis. As the detectives delve into the personal and working relationships between the two women, they uncover a plot to cause the death of Wallace's ex-husband, the only person who can lead them to evidence of the very first murder Wallace committed.
5 71 "Eosphoros"[15] Alex Zakrzewski Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: René Balcer
October 24, 2004 (2004-10-24) E5401 12.40[16]

When Goren and Eames investigate the death of a prominent atheist and her kidnappers, they discover that the crime, fueled by a need for sympathy and publicity as well as greed, began close to home.

Loosely based in Madalyn Murray O'Hair family murder.
6 72 "In the Dark"[17] Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Jim Sterling
Story by: Jim Sterling & René Balcer
October 31, 2004 (2004-10-31) E5403 11.51[18]
During the investigation into the deaths of several homeless people, Goren and Eames uncover a series of frauds that lead them to a woman (Rutanya Alda) in the early stages of dementia and the man (Geoffrey Lewis) who is willing to commit murder to demonstrate his devotion for her.
7 73 "Magnificat"[19] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) E5414 11.53[20]
Goren and Eames are frustrated when the law has no provision for the arrest of a man whose abusive control of his family and neglect of his severely depressed wife led her to several murder-suicide attempts that he did nothing to prevent, which eventually resulted in the deaths of three of his sons.
8 74 "Silver Lining"[21] Kevin Dowling Teleplay by: Marlane Meyer
Story by: Marlane Meyer & René Balcer
November 14, 2004 (2004-11-14) E5409 15.16[22]
A master thief who specializes in stealing antique silver from wealthy families across the country is finally captured after his pregnant wife takes desperate measures when an appraiser threatens to ruin her white-picket-fence dreams of the future.
9 75 "Inert Dwarf"[23] Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
November 21, 2004 (2004-11-21) E5408 13.47[24]
A world-renowned physicist (Austin Pendleton) resorts to murder to avoid being humiliated by his failure to prove a controversial theory of quantum physics for which he has spent his career espousing.
10 76 "View from up Here"[25] Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Jim Sterling
Story by: Jim Sterling & René Balcer
January 2, 2005 (2005-01-02) E5410 14.85[26]
A nanny confesses to a murder and an attempted murder that she claims God told her to commit. The common links were both victims had lived in the same poorly constructed building and they were rumored to be having an affair.
11 77 "Gone"[27] Christopher Swartout Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09) E5406 13.23[28]
Goren matches wits with a one-time chess prodigy (Robert Carradine) who has become a fugitive when the body of a young woman is found tossed in the trash.
12 78 "Collective"[29] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
January 30, 2005 (2005-01-30) E5411 14.26[30]
A female con artist (Kim Director) who frequented fantasy conventions is found dead, and the reason can only be discovered in the stifling confines of the small literary fandom to which her latest victim belonged.
13 79 "Stress Position"[31] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Charlie Rubin
Story by: Charlie Rubin, Warren Leight & René Balcer
February 13, 2005 (2005-02-13) E5416 13.53[32]
When a prison guard is murdered, Eames and Goren investigate, only to discover they've riled the feathers of Mike Logan (special guest star Chris Noth), a Staten Island police officer who happens to be dating the nurse at the prison. Logan joins the duo to find out exactly what is happening at the prison.
14 80 "Sex Club"[33] Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Elizabeth Benjamin
Story by: Elizabeth Benjamin & René Balcer
February 20, 2005 (2005-02-20) E5415 9.04[34]
When Goren and Eames investigate the death of the new owner of a "little black book" once belonging to legendary playboy George Merritt (Peter Bogdanovich), they uncover the marital indiscretions of a U.S. Senatorial candidate involving sex clubs. However Goren soon discovers his ex-wife (Rosanna Arquette) is holding a even shameful secret.
15 81 "Death Roe"[35] Rick Wallace Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
March 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) E5405 15.72[36]
After a food critic is found beaten to death, Goren and Eames turn their suspicion to the chef at the last restaurant she visited. Unfortunately, Joshua Mailer has also gone missing, and their investigation then turns to his father-in-law (Chris Penn), the owner and head chef of another very popular restaurant in the city. An off-the-cuff comment tips Goren off to the fact that not all is well in the Onorato household.
16 82 "Ex Stasis"[37] Bill L. Norton Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
March 20, 2005 (2005-03-20) E5419 12.35[38]
When a young woman is shot during an unscheduled appointment, Goren and Eames investigate her death and learn she had received a kidney transplant a few years earlier. Initially, they believe Vanessa Nikos may have been killed so her organs could be harvested, but soon learn her death was more closely connected with the organ she initially received from living donor Boyce Wainwright (Gregg Edelman). When her shooter, who is also awaiting an organ transplant, is found dead, the police realize that they're onto something.
17 83 "Shibboleth"[39] Darnell Martin Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
March 27, 2005 (2005-03-27) E5418 10.70[40]
When Phoebe Morton is murdered while on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator, Goren and Eames take the case and soon realize that Morton is one of five women murdered with a similar connection: the killer known as Body By Jake (B.B.J.). Their investigation leads them to Keith Durbin (Paul Sparks), a recently released parolee who appears to be a perfect suspect. Goren has his suspicions about Durbin, who doesn't seem to Goren to be the right suspect. When they learn there are similar earlier murders, Goren and Eames focus their attention on a new suspect, and realize that, although he's not guilty, Durbin is the key.
18 84 "The Good Child"[41] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Marlane Meyer
Story by: Marlane Meyer & René Balcer
April 3, 2005 (2005-04-03) E5421 12.98[42]
After Dennis and Camille Burnett are found murdered in their home, the only survivor is their twenty-year-old daughter, Rachel. Because the Burnetts had been in the witness protection program, Goren and Eames initially suspect someone connected with a crime family had the Burnetts killed. The detectives soon realize that the connection isn't the parents; it's the daughter. Suspicion then turns to the daughter's biological parents (John Shea and Jean Arbeiter) and her birth father's very jealous wife.
19 85 "Beast"[43] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
Story by: Gina Gionfriddo & René Balcer
April 10, 2005 (2005-04-10) E5420 10.94[44]
When Lisa Ross is brought into the emergency room with a severe case of chloracne, suspicion quickly turns to her husband Greg (Bronson Pinchot), a well-known dentist, especially after she dies. During their investigation, Goren and Eames hear whispers about Lisa's infidelities, but the real break comes when they learn that Lisa was not the first woman to whom Greg Ross had been connected who had died of the same symptoms.
20 86 "No Exit"[45] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
May 1, 2005 (2005-05-01) E5423 11.60[46]
When five young people are found dead by the railroad tracks, Goren and Eames initially write them off as suicides until their investigation reveals one of the victims had no desire to be part of a suicide pact. Although they begin looking into a website that gives instructions on how to commit suicide, the investigation leads the detectives to the unsolved suicide of one of the victim's co-workers, who had once testified against the company in a harassment suit.
21 87 "The Unblinking Eye"[47] Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Jim Sterling
Story by: Jim Stering & René Balcer
May 8, 2005 (2005-05-08) E5424 11.54[48]
After a young actress (Jicky Schnee) is gunned down after an evening out with her boyfriend (Jeff Hephner), Goren and Eames initially focus their attention on a young man who had showed an unusual interest in the couple, but soon realize that there is more to this case than meets the eye. A jealous and seemingly obsessive ex-girlfriend, a best friend (Pablo Schreiber) who never made it as an actor, and a grieving boyfriend who seems too good to be true lead Goren and Eames down another path, one where the key to exposing the truth about the present depends on exposing the lies of the past.
22 88 "My Good Name"[49] Alex Zakrzewski Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
May 15, 2005 (2005-05-15) E5422 10.32[50]
When the body of a man is found and it soon becomes obvious the body has been moved, Eames and Goren investigate the death of Walter Czabo, whose wife has been sleeping with a decorated former police officer who happens to have close ties to Deakins. The suspects start piling up, starting with Frank Adair (guest star Michael Rispoli) and leading to his controlling publicist, but as long as Deakins lacks good, hard proof, he is reluctant to go after his friend, who wields a lot of local influence.
23 89 "False-Hearted Judges"[51] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
May 25, 2005 (2005-05-25) E5426 14.98[52]

It's open season in New York when not one but two powerful judges are executed. At first they seem to have no connection; one was a family court judge whose entire family was attacked and the other is an appellate court judge. After investigating the judges more thoroughly, Goren and Eames realize that their first set of suspects was simply a smokescreen, and there is a far more insidious threat. Their investigation leads them to a non-custodial father (David Andrews) who has a beef with the court system.

Loosely based on the Joan Lefkow case and the Beltway sniper attacks.


Preceded by
Season Three
List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes Succeeded by
Season Five

References[edit]

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