Senseless (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode
Episode no. Season 7
Episode 10 (#144 overall)
Directed by Jean de Segonzac
Written by Dick Wolf (creator)
René Balcer (developer)
Warren Leight (story)
Siobhan Byrne O'Connor (story and teleplay)
Julie Martin (teleplay)
Stephanie Sengupta (story editor)
Production code
  1. CI7010
Original air date December 13, 2007
Guest actors
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"Senseless" is a seventh season episode of the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Plot summary[edit]

The episode starts with a flashback to 1995 of two young boys in a barber shop.

The next flash back takes place in 2001 where a set of teenagers, two boys and a girl, can be seen playing on a park swing set. It is also revealed that the barbershop from the first flashback is for sale.

The next scene takes place in present day (2007). The two boys from the barber shop (and another friend) and the three teenagers from the park cross paths one night at the park. An altercation ensues which results in the young lady being shot point blank in the torso. Her twin brother and friend are gunned down execution style.

Major Case sends Detectives Logan and Falacci to try to make sense of what happened at the park. Through their investigation they discover that the three young people who were shot were college freshmen who were attending college on academic scholarships. The crime appears to be completely random.

The two boys die instantly, and the twin sister of one of the boys, Naomi, is barely hanging on after being shot in the stomach. When the utter senselessness of the crime hits Logan, he vows to apprehend the killers and bring them to justice. After 48 hours on the case, the detectives still have nothing much to report, but they catch a break when Naomi wakes up in the hospital and is able to give a description of the three boys that were involved.

The police sketches bring the case back to the two boys from the Barber Shop – Hector and Paco. Paco, the younger brother who is an honor student, is the first one brought in for questioning. When the name Felix is brought up, a frightened Paco confesses to the three killings and is put in a holding cell.

Logan and Falacci know he is not the killer, but hope this will get a confession out of his older brother. Hector, also unnerved by the name Felix, after some deal talking from Logan decides to write down what really happened — naming Felix as the shooter of Naomi but his brother, under threats by Felix, as the shooter of the boys. It was soon discovered that Naomi has fallen into a coma, and that there is little chance that she'll pull through.

Logan and Falacci catch up with Felix and end up chasing him through the woods. Falacci soon finds herself being used as a shield, with a knife to her throat. Falacci is able to free herself from her assailant, but injures her arm in the process.

Logan and Falacci apprehend Felix, and bring him back to the Major Case Squad interrogation room, where he admits to shooting Naomi.

Naomi dies from her injuries.


Principal Cast
Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan
Alicia Witt Det. Nola Falacci
Eric Bogosian Capt. Daniel Ross
Recurring Role
Leslie Hendrix Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Notable Guest Appearance
Ben Vereen Rev. Jeremiah Morris


  • This is the only episode of the series that does not focus on the criminals.
  • This is the last episode to feature Falacci as Logan's partner. Det. Megan Wheeler, Logan's previous partner, eventually returns in the episode "Contract".
  • This episode draws heavily from a real-life incident in which three college students were killed in a Newark park by members of the MS-13 gang.[1]


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