Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 7)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 7)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Original run October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) – August 24, 2008 (2008-08-24)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)[1]
Region 2 December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)[2]
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List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes

The seventh season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent premiered on USA Network on October 4, 2007, and ended on August 24, 2008.

The first ten episodes of the seventh season aired on Thursday night's at 10:00PM/9:00PM (Central), filling a slot previously occupied by the first season of Burn Notice. The season then took a "fall finale" with the episode "Senseless," coinciding with the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike where show runner/executive producer Warren Leight and the rest of the writing staff participated in the work stoppage; the first ten episodes of the season being the only ones produced. The remaining twelve episodes resumed airing Sunday night's at 9:00PM/8:00PM (Central) leading in In Plain Sight starting June 8, 2008.

Network change and production[edit]

During the 2006-2007 network TV season, both Law & Order: Criminal Intent and the original Law & Order series began to falter in the ratings on NBC; president at the time Jeff Zucker was in a telephone interview with creator Dick Wolf when he renewed both series, Mr. Zucker said the plan to move original episodes of Criminal Intent to USA Network, with the repeats then set to play "shortly thereafter" on NBC, represented "a new paradigm for network TV." Wolf said he was thrilled with the deal because "my stated goal has been to keep all three shows (L&O, CI, & SVU) up and running." Both the original series and Criminal Intent won full 22-episode orders, although most series for cable channels do not produce more than 13. Mr. Wolf said that he had found some budgetary savings to make the deal more viable, but that "none of them are going to be apparent to viewers."[3]

A scene from the episode, "Senseless" being filmed in November 2007.

Chris Noth who portrayed Detective Mike Logan said on the move from network to cable; "Cable is probably the future. They're paying a lot more attention to [the show] than NBC did, frankly." Noth also believed the change would help the series differentiate itself from the rest of the franchise, saying, "We're happy to set ourselves apart."[4] Vincent D'Onofrio who portrayed Detective Robert Goren said about the switch, "I feel like it saved the show." In an interview about his character, Eric Bogosian (who portrayed Captain Dainel Ross) thought about the move to USA, "We were one of whatever number of shows on NBC, we're getting numbers every week, we're knocking ourselves out to do the best we can, and I don't think we had one ad all season. To be on USA and have them embrace us and cheerlead us, we feel we deserve it. USA wants us to succeed. I just hope more people watch it and dig it."[5]

The theme music changed to that of the now defunct Law & Order: Trial by Jury. Original episodes of season seven aired on USA Network until August 2008, with reruns on NBC beginning in January 2008. Production of the seventh season was interrupted by the 2007 Writers Guild of America strike when Executive Producer Warren Leight and the rest of the writing staff participated in the work stoppage. Only 10 of the 22 episodes ordered were produced pre-strike, with the remaining 12 episodes which aired June 8, 2008.

In May 2008, before the remaining episodes returned, USA Network decided to renew Criminal Intent a sixteen-episode eighth season.[6] Days after USA Network renewed the series, Warren Leight announced that he was departing the series, network president Bonnie Hammer in the midst of hammering out a new deal with Leight, under whose leadership, CI was the top drama series in basic cable primetime for the fourth quarter, more than doubling USA’s audience in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot from the same period the previous year. Leight departed at the end of the season to work on HBO's therapy drama, In Treatment.[7]

During the eighth season, the duty of show runner was split between Walon Green (D'Onofrio/Erbe episodes) and Robert Nathan (Goldblum/Nicholson episodes)[8]

Cast changes[edit]

While Criminal Intent was in transition from NBC to USA Network, the salaries of cast members Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Chris Noth were frozen. The prospect of the salary freeze wasn't sitting well with them, as they typically enjoy at least a five percent year-to-year bump. In the end they accepted a non-pay raise for the new season and they returned, keeping their haul at $350K for each of the 11 episodes they shot.[9][10]

Julianne Nicholson was temporarily replaced by Alicia Witt who played Detective Nola Falacci, a new partner to Detective Logan, while Nicholson was on maternity leave.[11] Nicholson returned in the episode "Contract," which aired on June 15, 2008 (with In Plain Sight's Mary McCormack making a cameo as her character).

Chris Noth decided to leave the series at the end of the season; Noth told TV Guide, "When others couldn't get television shows produced in New York, Dick Wolf found a way to do it, and as a New Yorker I truly appreciate all that he has done for the city. The last few years have been fantastic, and both sides are happy with the result. 'All's well that ends well.'"[12] Noth said the split was "totally mutual." He added, "The show keeps morphing and always finds new people. I'm gonna miss everyone I work with every day." Creator Dick Wolf said about Noth's departure "Chris has been a member of the "Law & Order" family since the beginning, and Mike Logan is one of the most popular detectives in the history of television," Wolf says. "We all wish him the best."[13]

Jeff Goldblum was set to replace Noth. "Jeff's presence will add a new dimension to an already successful show," Dick Wolf said in a statement.[14]

Cast[edit]

Primary cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character
Team A
Vincent D'Onofrio Detective Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe Detective Alexandra Eames
Team B
Chris Noth Detective Mike Logan
Julianne Nicholson Detective Megan Wheeler
Alicia Witt Detective Nola Falacci
Both
Eric Bogosian Captain Danny Ross

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character
Leslie Hendrix Chief Medical Examiner Elizabeth Rodgers
Tony Goldwyn Frank Goren
Geneva Carr News Reporter Faith Yancy
Seth Gilliam Detective Daniels
Mike Pniewski Chief of Detectives Kenneth Moran
Holt McCallany Detective Patrick Copa
Leslie Hope Assistant District Attorney Terri Driver

Guest stars[edit]

Kelli Giddish (pictured) portrayed Dana Stipe in the episode "Depths." She now portrays Detective Amanda Rollins in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Holt McCallany guest starred in the season premiere episode "Amends" as Detective Patrick Copa, a cop with visual problems who witnesses his partner Kevin Quinn (Gerald McCullouch) getting killed in their unmarked car. Copa returned in the teaser of the episode "Purgatory," where he gets into an altercation with Goren in a local bar, because Goren wound up having Copa forced into early retirement due to his vision problems. Seth Gilliam guest starred in the season premiere and in episodes "Senseless" and "Purgatory" as Detective Daniels, a detective from narcotics who helped work cases in Major Case where drugs and gangs were believed to be involved. Daniels is Eames' partner temporarily while Goren is under suspension and undercover. Michael O'Keefe guest starred in "Seeds" as Doctor Eli Rush in a case where an OB-GYN is murdered and posed in a ritualistic fashion.

Amy Acker guest starred in "Smile" as Leslie LeZard, an employee in a company that appears to have been the victim of a criminal conspiracy involving contaminated mouthwash. Lola Glaudini portrayed Leanne Baker, a double-crossing defense attorney who almost gets away with double murders. Frederick Weller guest starred as Simon Harper, a wealthy man who kills members of a treasure hunting trio of con artists that were working for him. Kelli Giddish played Dana Stipe, a woman who was initially believed to have killed one of her partners. Steve Guttenberg and Paula Devicq guest star in "Courtship" as a famous couple, Clay Darren and Christine Mayfield, in the middle of a divorce after both bribing and harassing a judge (Bruce MacVittie) in their own ways, Mayfield killing the judge's wife just to be with him. Peter Coyote guest starred in "Self-Made" as Lionel Shill, a celebrated writer whose career is on the decline, as well as his young protégé T.J. Hawkins (Pablo Schreiber).

Dean Winters (pictured) played Mike Stoat in the episode "Purgatory." He played Detective Brian Cassidy in the first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He returned to SVU in the 14th season.

Cynthia Watros guest starred as Beth Hoyle, the spouse of an ambitious Bronx assistant district attorney (Andrew McCarthy), who is seeking a rape case against a group of college football players. In "Untethered," Tony Goldwyn returned as Frank Goren, Detective Goren's brother, who is off the streets and has cleaned himself up; his nephew Donny Carlson (Trevor Morgan) is in prison and he suspects foul play in an inmate’s death, due to a warden (Debra Monk) who takes her prisoners to isolation and allows them to be killed. Jesse Garcia guest starred as Felix Aguilar in the episode "Senseless." Aguilar killed three black teenagers because he thought they thought they were "better than him."

In the episode "Purgatory," Dean Winters and Lauren Vélez guest star as Mike Stoat and Lois Melago, a duo of dirty cops. Det. Robert Goren is the other partner of this duo as he goes undercover to take down a high-level drug-dealer named John Testarossa (Danny Mastrogiorgio) in order to prove himself while he is under suspension pending a psychiatric evaluation. In Plain Sight's Mary McCormack guest starred as U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon in "Contract." Brenda Strong portrayed Kathy Jarrow, a woman who becomes a suspect in the disappearance of her husband and his lover. She gets close to Captain Ross in this episode, hoping to keep him and the detectives from solving the case; Senator Charles E. Schumer also makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Betrayed." In "Assassin," Indira Varma plays Bela Kahn, a Tamilian freedom fighter and political activist who survives an assassination attempt at JFK when she returns from her house arrest in Sri Lanka.

Olivia d'Abo (pictured) started portraying Nicole Wallace in the second season of Law & Order: CI.

Sarah Jane Morris guest starred in "Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger" as Marla Reynolds, a woman who murders the parents of three children who are on an exclusive and long waiting list to get into a Day Care Center. Jessica Walter portrayed her wealthy, ambitious, and vindictive mother-in-law Eleanor. In "Reunion," Michael Massee plays a rock-star accused of murder named Jordie Black. Noel Fisher guest stars in the episode as Milo Rhodes-Black, the son of a murdered talk-show host. James Frain and Christopher Lloyd guest star in "Vanishing Act" as magicians accused of murdering another magician. Miguel Ferrer guest starred in "Ten Count" as boxing coach Gus Kovak, who coached Gabriel and Peter Gardela (Enver Gjokaj). Detective Logan was Peter's mentor, and Logan kept him out of trouble and showed him how to control his impulses.

Leslie Hope guest starred in "Neighborhood Watch" and "Last Rites" as Assistant District Attorney Terri Driver, an ambitious prosecutor who pushed a girl to lie and say she was raped to put an innocent boy in prison, who was later killed. Logan and Driver immediately begin knocking heads. Logan jeopardizes both his and Wheeler's careers when a priest convinces him to reopen a 16-year-old homicide case which involves Driver, who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried. Logan goes to war with her, as she is planning to run for Attorney General, when Logan discovers that she may have prosecuted the wrong person for her own personal gain. In "Frame," John Glover returns as Dr. Declan Gage; he works with Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo) to kill Detective Goren's brother (Tony Goldwyn), but Gage plays her and kills her as well.

Episodes[edit]

No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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U.S. Viewers
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1 134 "Amends"[15] Jesús S. Treviño Teleplay by: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
Story by: Warren Leight & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
October 4, 2007 (2007-10-04) 07003 3.75[16]

In the Law & Order: CI seventh season premiere, the death of an officer named Kevin Quinn (Gerald McCullouch) pulls Goren from his compassionate leave as the case is given top priority, but his relentless investigation brings out information related to Eames' husband's death, and the fallout threatens to become catastrophic as the case is reopened, potentially freeing the man she blames for her loss.

  • This was the first episode of CI to air originally on USA Network. 
2 135 "Seeds"[17] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Peter Blauner
Story by: Warren Leight & Peter Blauner
October 11, 2007 (2007-10-11) 07004 3.41[18]

While recovering from the loss of his neighbor and the departure of his previous partner, Detective Logan is on the case of a murder of an obstetrician who is killed in a ritualistic fashion leaves Logan and his new partner, Detective Nola Falacci, sorting out complex family dynamics, a doctor with a god complex, and so much spread around DNA that finding the real killer will be a miracle of genetics.

3 136 "Smile"[19] Michael Smith Teleplay by: Charlie Rubin
Story by: Warren Leight & Charlie Rubin
October 18, 2007 (2007-10-18) 07005 4.54[16]
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a dentist which turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. As Goren and Eames look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street ambit. Though initial suspicions by dentist's wife are levied against the local population, the victim was loved and embraced by the Harlem community. The detectives turn their attention to a man, whose close proximity to the clinic makes him an obvious choice for a good eye witness. The man tells them that he saw a woman, then two teen boys leaving the clinic the night of the murder. When suspicious activity turns up on dentist's credit card, Goren and Eames zero in on the two teen boys. Then, the detectives bust the kids for stealing the credit card, but one of the boy's mother gives them an unexpected motive for the dentist's murder: the good doctor was a suspected pedophile. 
4 137 "Lonelyville"[20] Constantine Makris Teleplay by: Jacquelyn Reingold
Story by: Warren Leight, Julie Martin & Jacquelyn Reingold
October 25, 2007 (2007-10-25) 07006 3.61[21]
When a dead woman is found tied up in a motel room, Logan and Falacci follow the leads to a lonely writer (Josh Pais) who is profiling the singles scene and later a corrupted lesbian lawyer in over her head (Lola Glaudini). 
5 138 "Depths"[22] Norberto Barba Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Warren Leight, Julie Martin & Diana Son
November 1, 2007 (2007-11-01) 07001 3.58[16]
Terrorism is initially suspected after the body of a young Arabic diver (Amir Arison) washes up on the shore. The initial suspicions are that the dead man may have been planning a terrorist attack, according to FBI agents, until Goren learns that he is part of a treasure hunting team. Then, the detectives focus their attention on the victim's lover, Dana (Kelli Giddish) making her a prime suspect. Other possible suspects include a local coin dealer, the Dana's ex-husband Tommy (Michael Cerveris), a private ship owner, the victim's diving partner Chilly (Eric Sheffer Stevens) and the founder of a philanthropic foundation who organized the expedition, Simon Harper (Frederick Weller). 
6 139 "Courtship"[23] Jean de Segonzac Warren Leight & Julie Martin November 8, 2007 (2007-11-08) 07002 3.28[24]
Detectives Logan and Falacci investigate the shooting murder of the wife of a New York Supreme Court judge (Bruce MacVittie). 
7 140 "Self-Made"[25] Ken Girotti Teleplay by: Jerome Hairston
Story by: Warren Leight & Jerome Hairston
November 15, 2007 (2007-11-15) 07007 N/A
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the torture and murder of a young writer (Shamika Cotton), leading them to uncover a shocking conspiracy behind her shooting. When the detectives begin, they suspect the victim's boyfriend, a known drug dealer, may have had been involved in his late girlfriend's murder. They find him badly beaten when he comes to their attention, but then conclude that he and the other drug traffickers had nothing to do with the murder when his alibi checks out. Goren and Eames start to delve into the world of literature for more answers. They question the bad-boy writer (Pablo Schreiber) and his mentor Mr. Shill (Peter Coyote), both of whom were part of the same writing circle as the victim. Questioning her sleazy agent (Fisher Stevens) again, they get a lead from him that leads them down a trail of plagiarism, deception, and manipulation along the way to solving the crime. 
8 141 "Offense"[26] Tom DiCillo Teleplay by: Kate Rorick
Story by: Julie Martin & Kate Rorick
November 29, 2007 (2007-11-29) 07008 3.85[27]
A rape trial goes wrong when a witness is killed, but the likely suspects – the football team members accused of the rape – turn out not so likely, and attention turns towards an attorney. Logan and Falacci uncover a complex web of deceit involving the ambitious Bronx ADA's (Andrew McCarthy) rape case against the group of college football players. 
9 142 "Untethered"[28] Ken Girotti Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, & Diana Son December 6, 2007 (2007-12-06) 07009 4.57[29]
Goren investigates when his nephew Donny (Trevor Morgan), a prisoner who's bipolar, claims that inmates are being abused to the point of murder. Goren gets himself admitted into the psychiatric ward of the prison without the knowledge of his superiors, in order to investigate his nephew's accusations that the corrections officers are harming the inmates. After Goren goes undercover without clearing it with his superiors, he is placed on suspension by Chief of Detectives Moran, Eames and Captain Ross getting notes placed in their files for being involved in Goren's undercover operation. Then he goes after his brother Frank (Tony Goldwyn) to demand he tell him where Donny is, after he escaped from the prison facility. 
10 143 "Senseless"[30] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Julie Martin & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
Story by: Warren Leight & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
December 13, 2007 (2007-12-13) 07010 4.33[31]

Logan and Falacci investigate the execution-style murder of three young college freshmen. Logan and Falacci are frustrated in their attempts to find suspects in the apparent gang shooting of the three students, who have no gang affiliations whatsoever.

11 144 "Purgatory"[32] Jesús S. Treviño Teleplay by: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
Story by: Warren Leight & Siobhan Byrne O'Connor
June 8, 2008 (2008-06-08) 07011 4.52[33]

Still on leave from the force, Goren decides to tip the balance in his favor with an undercover operation hoping that it will help him get back on the job. Meanwhile, Eames investigates a triple homicide which turns out to be related to Goren's case. When Eames finds out that Goren never informed her about his assignment, she becomes very upset, leading to a sizable rift between the partners.

12 145 "Contract"[34] Jonathan Herron Teleplay by: Peter Blauner
Story by: Warren Leight & Peter Blauner
June 15, 2008 (2008-06-15) 07012 3.35[35]

While in his car committing blackmail, gossip columnist T.K. Richmond (Mo Rocca), who used his insider knowledge to feed his habit, is murdered while being taped by the police. This leaves Detectives Logan and Wheeler (who is returning from Europe) to work through a list of suspects that grows longer the more they probe the victim's life. They must peel through the layers of lies, motives, and misleads to get to the truth.

13 146 "Betrayed"[36] Michael Smith Teleplay by: Diana Son & Marygrace O'Shea
Story by: Warren Leight & Charlie Rubin
June 22, 2008 (2008-06-22) 07013 4.69[37]
Young lovers Woody Sage (Scott Evans) and Avery Hubert (Kim Allen), both married to spouses twice their age, run away together and vanish mysteriously before reaching their destination. Captain Ross loses his objectivity and jeopardizes the case when an old flame named Kathy Jarrow (Brenda Strong) becomes a suspect in the disappearance of her husband and his lover. Detectives Goren and Eames have the first impression that the case is a car-jacking gone bad, but soon figure out that not only was Woody not alone, but that the car-jacking might just be a cover to buy time. When Avery's parents, who were expecting her and Woody, report them missing, Goren and Eames investigate the possibility that, even though the two left together under their own steam, they may have met with foul play. Avery's violent husband Roy Hubert (Eric Roberts) looks good for the crime, but looks can be deceiving. 
14 147 "Assassin"[38] Norberto Barba Teleplay by: Julie Martin & Eric Overmyer
Story by: Warren Leight & Julie Martin
June 29, 2008 (2008-06-29) 07014 4.04[39]
Detectives Logan and Wheeler investigate a murder attempt against a woman, shortly after returning to the United States from South Asia. A political martyr and influential leader, Bella Kahn (Indira Varma), she leads an ethnic group and clearly appears to be the target of a political assassination. Along with collecting evidence, Logan and Wheeler examine the body of the shooter, taken out by her bodyguard, but not before the assassin could get off two shots, one of which felled her young woman assistant, who sacrificed her own life, diving in front of her boss to take the fatal bullet. At first, the detectives turn their suspicion to the bodyguard, but the activist family completely trusts their hired security, and rejects the possibility that the man could be complicit in a murder attempt. Then, the detectives decide to place the notorious woman under strict surveillance for her protection. Meanwhile, a FBI agent learns of an assassin who has entered the country and whom he suspects of putting together another attempt of murder against her. Protected by security guards, she makes her next public appearance during a memorial speech for her assistant. Nevertheless, the detectives are surprised when they learn that her loyal bodyguard is shot down by a sniper while being transported to a police detention center, far removed from the cemetery speech. The case takes a new twist when Logan and Wheeler delve deeper into the woman's wealthy family. 
15 148 "Kissinger"[40] Kevin Bray Teleplay by: Marygrace O'Shea
Story by: Warren Leight & Marygrace O'Shea
July 6, 2008 (2008-07-06) 07015 4.88[41]

While taking his three-year-old son on an evening stroll in the park, stock analyst Skip Lowe (Jason Pendergraft) is gunned down by someone familiar to him. While the detectives are investigating the shooting, Paloma Renzi (Lisa Kathleen McMahan), the mother of another toddler, is gunned down under similar circumstances. Detectives Goren and Eames find a connection between the two victims, but when a third parent with a three-year-old surfaces as a victim (and turns out to be the first victim), she seems to have no connection to Skip and Paloma, so Goren and Eames shift their focus to the Day Care Center that all three children have in common, where there is an exclusive and long waiting list.

16 149 "Reunion"[42] Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Jacquelyn Reingold
Story by: Warren Leight & Jacquelyn Reingold
July 13, 2008 (2008-07-13) 07016 4.89[43]
Television talk show host Silvia Rhodes (Joan Jett) is bludgeoned to death by a champagne bottle. Her murder may link to her former avocation as a groupie to famous musician Jordie Black (Michael Massee), Detective Wheeler's favorite rock star from her high school days, whose secret past pushes Wheeler's admiration to the brink. Rhodes' death puts Jordie Black and his wife Tara Black (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) right at the top of the suspects list, along with Rhodes' son Milo (Noel Fisher), Rhodes' assistant Ava (Denise Ramirez), and the family attorney (David Patrick Kelly). But the motive behind Silvia Rhodes's murder isn't as it appears when the detectives learn who the true suspect is. 
17 150 "Vanishing Act"[44] Peter Werner Teleplay by: Jerome Hairston
Story by: Warren Leight & Jerome Hairston
July 20, 2008 (2008-07-20) 07017 4.83[45]
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the case of a man found dead in strange circumstances following a magic act. The opening shows two very different acts of illusionism, one by Miles Stone (Jeremy Gender), a young escapologist and TV celebrity figure, and the other by The Great Carmine (Christopher Lloyd), an alcoholic has-been. While Stone is doing a stunt where he is buried for over 30 days, Carmine is performing a trick where a pretty woman hides in a box and appearances are she’s being skewered with swords. But the acts takes on a new twist when both stunts go awry after Stone appears to become ill in the underground casket, and when the casket is opened, he is not in there. Simultaneously, Carmine opens his own magic box to find Stone in there, with seven swords stuck in his body. During the investigation, Goren and Eames question Carmine, and find that his original assistant disappeared from the job for a vacation, and her replacement also seems to have vanished after Stone’s body is found. Though the old man has not completely been eliminated as a suspect, he offered an alibi that leads them to realise other people could have been involved. The list of suspects include Dean Holiday (James Frain), a renowned illusionist who, along with Stone, was trained by the old magician, as well Jacob Green (Will Janowitz), a highly skilled technician who was in charge of Stone’s act. It is clear that the small circle of suspects had their own motives for wanting this magician dead. After further testing shows that the victim had been given potassium chloride through his I.V. drip, mimicking a heart attack, the detectives focus their attention on the missing mystery woman, who could be the final puzzle piece to solving the case. 
18 151 "Ten Count"[46] Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Julie Martin
Story by: Warren Leight & Julie Martin
July 27, 2008 (2008-07-27) 07018 4.32[47]
Detectives Logan and Wheeler investigate the world of amateur boxing after the brother of a young man that Logan once mentored is shot outside a nightclub, after winning a prize fight is shot to death while trying to play peacemaker in a bar quarrel. Logan commits himself and Wheeler to solving the crime, the detectives piece together the setups and payoffs make life outside the ring just as dangerous as life inside it, but they have to establish that the confrontation may have been staged. Logan commits himself and Wheeler to solving the crime. Unfortunately, as he and Wheeler explore the world of amateur boxing, secrets and betrayals complicate the case. 
19 152 "Legacy"[48] Betty Kaplan Teleplay by: Alan Kingsberg & Kate Rorick
Story by: Warren Leight & Alan Kingsberg
August 3, 2008 (2008-08-03) 07019 4.92[49]

Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the case of Paul Phillips, a student at an elite private school, found dead, hanging from overhead pipes in the boiler room. The detectives survey the crime scene and meet a Renaissance art teacher, Mrs. Anna Nobile (Joanna Adler), who found the boy's body. They learn that she has a daughter, Tessa (Sarah Steele), who also is a student at the school. Preliminary findings indicate that the death appears to be suicide, until Goren looks below the surface. He discover fresh mud on Paul's sneakers, while Eames adds that the knot was a sailing knot and Paul's cellphone and backpack are missing. They tell Captain Ross about the victim. His father is a corporate raider, known for toughness, as Goren theorizes the man was embarrassed by his son. Then, the detectives meet with the victim's parents.

The mother says he was looking forward to his school prom, but she doesn't know how it went because they went out of town to a regatta. The father does not respond well, insulting them. At the morgue, Dr. Rodgers informs detectives that the cause of the young man's death was asphyxiation by hanging, but his skull was bashed in. Rodgers shows them the two to three day old bruises all over his body, concluding the victim was brutally beaten before his death. Goren and Eames go talk to Jack Walker (Anthony Carrigan), a boy the grief counselor said Paul might be friends with. At home, Jack shows the detectives a make-out, grotesque cartoon the victim made. Later, a police computer technician shows them the video of a girls group, wearing sports goggles and masks, attacking Paul, knocking him down, kicking and punching him furiously. Nevertheless, the investigators cannot prove their theories until meticulous research yields a lost clue that could be the missing link to resolve the case.

  • Episode bears many resemblances to a controversy over appropriate disciplinary action in incidences of online misbehavior on Facebook, where students of Horace Mann School were implicated in making racist and sexist comments, and derogating specific teachers in those terms. 
20 153 "Neighborhood Watch"[50] Kevin Bray Teleplay by: Eric Overmyer
Story by: Warren Leight & Eric Overmyer
August 10, 2008 (2008-08-10) 07020 4.16[49]

A neighborhood receives notices from a watch group that a sex offender is moving in. The entire community is soon making the offender's life miserable. The following day, his headless body is found floating in the Maspeth Creek. Logan and Wheeler learn that offender, Kyle Jones, pleaded guilty to statutory rape. He was 19, she was 15. He served five years and was staying at his mother's house. Both Jones' mother and the girl in question say that the sex was consensual, and the complaint was filed by the girl's parents and prosecuted by Terri Driver (Leslie Hope), an ADA who has since made a name for herself. The detectives' investigation uncovers official misconduct in the DA's office, and makes Logan some new enemies.

  • Inspired by the murder and decapitation of Daniel Sorenson. 
21 154 "Last Rites"[51] Tom DiCillo Teleplay by: Siobhan Byrne O'Connor & Marygrace O'Shea
Story by: Warren Leight & Peter Blauner
August 17, 2008 (2008-08-17) 07021 4.64[52]

Logan jeopardizes both his and Wheeler's careers when a priest convinces him to reopen a 16-year-old homicide case which involves politically-aspiring ADA Terri Driver (Leslie Hope), who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried. Logan goes to war with the ambitious ADA, who is planning to run for Attorney General, when he discovers that she may have prosecuted the wrong person for her own personal gain. Meanwhile, Wheeler has to deal with her fiancé Colin Ledger (Jonathan Cake) being brought up on federal charges.

22 155 "Frame"[53] Norberto Barba Teleplay by: Julie Martin & Kate Rorick
Story by: Warren Leight
August 24, 2008 (2008-08-24) 07022 5.20[54]

In the seventh season finale of Law & Order: CI, Detective Robert Goren is visited by the past when he finds a picture at his mother's grave that indicates an old nemesis has returned. The case becomes more complex when his brother and a mentor reappear. Goren's brother Frank (Tony Goldwyn) is murdered, and Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo) appears to be the killer. After that, the people he holds closest to him end up in grave danger, and Goren will be pushed to the breaking point to solve his toughest case yet.


Preceded by
Season Six
List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes Succeeded by
Season Eight

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