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Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 2

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Season 2
Season 2 U.S. DVD cover
No. of episodes23
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2002 (2002-09-29) –
May 18, 2003 (2003-05-18)
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The second season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent premiered September 29, 2002 and ended May 18, 2003 on NBC.


Law & Order: Criminal Intent was renewed a second season in May 2002 and production began in Summer 2002. Show runner/executive producer René Balcer became head writer this season, writing every episode of the season.

Peter Jankowski was promoted to executive producer this season; last season Jankowski was a co-executive producer. Co-executive producers this season were Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney, and Theresa Rebeck with John L. Roman and Michael Kewley serving as producers. Supervising producers were Roz Weinman and Marlane Gomard Meyer. Original Law & Order writer and co-executive producer at the time, Michael S. Chernuchin was consulting producer and Tim DeLuca as associate producer. Mary Rae Thewlis became co-producer starting with the 6th episode, "Malignant". Warren Leight, who later became co-executive producer and then show runner/executive producer, began as a producer with the 10th episode, "Con-Text". Balcer hired Leight from a recommendation by co-executive producer, Theresa Rebeck.


Primary cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]


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No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
231"Dead"[1]Darnell MartinS : René Balcer;
S/T : Stephanie Sengupta
September 29, 2002 (2002-09-29)E320215.80
The murder of a mortician, and the discovery of corpses at a crematorium, leads the detectives to a family man (Jay O. Sanders) who claims to own a consulting business but is suspected of being a contract killer with a penchant for perfection. Goren attempts to prove the man's guilt by setting up a scheme that puts his "fear of making a mistake" in jeopardy.
242"Bright Boy"[2]Frank PrinziS : René Balcer;
S/T : Marlane Gomard Meyer
October 6, 2002 (2002-10-06)E320514.80
The double murder of a social services worker and a deputy mayor lead the detectives to suspect a couple who may have a grudge against the social worker for taking away their children. When they learn that the social worker had taken special interest in a child prodigy being considered for admission to a prestigious, accelerated school, they examine both the boy (Liam Aiken) and his obsessive father (Tim Guinee).
253"Anti-Thesis"[3]Adam BernsteinS : René Balcer & Dick Wolf;
S/T : Eric Overmyer
October 13, 2002 (2002-10-13)E320314.60

As Goren and Eames sift through the likely suspects in the murder of a university president and his assistant, they discover that the culprit is a wily adversary who has more than these crimes to hide.

264"Best Defense"[4]Gloria MuzioS : René Balcer;
S/T : Elizabeth M. Cosin
October 20, 2002 (2002-10-20)E320114.70
An assistant district attorney (David Marshall Grant), who had been receiving death threats, confronts and kills a hired gunman. Goren and Eames first suspect his wife, a prominent defense attorney, through a convict whose case was being prosecuted by the A.D.A. and the rumors of her romantic affairs. After he realizes there are cracks in the seemingly airtight case, Goren is forced to keep Carver in the dark about some details to prove his theory.
275"Chinoiserie"[5]David PlattS : René Balcer;
S/T : B. Mason
October 27, 2002 (2002-10-27)E320614.10
After a mother of two is shot to death in Chinatown, Goren and Eames first believe her death may be connected to the Tiananmen Square massacre. However, the investigation leads them to a smuggling ring that deals in antiquities.
286"Malignant"[6]Frank Prinzi & Juan J. CampanellaS : René Balcer;
S/T : Michael S. Chernuchin
November 3, 2002 (2002-11-03)E320815.00
A robbery that involved two fatalities leads to the discovery of a long-running case of tampering with drugs. Goren and Eames have to figure out a way of catching a pharmacist (Stephen Tobolowsky) who has been diluting cancer medication without using the exhumated bodies of patients who had been given the medicine.
297"Tomorrow"[7]Don ScardinoS : René Balcer;
S/T : Stephanie Sengupta
November 10, 2002 (2002-11-10)E320715.90
The detectives investigate a triple murder, including the son and daughter of a wealthy businessman, that occurred in his apartment. After investigating the children's stepmother (his second wife), they turn to a pair of nannies (Tammy Blanchard and Merritt Wever), one of whom works for the family. However, the detectives must reach back to the nannies' history as children, and a television soap opera, to better understand the motives for the crime.
308"The Pilgrim"[8]Darnell MartinS : René Balcer;
S/T : Marlane Gomard Meyer
November 17, 2002 (2002-11-17)E321016.20
The detectives are called to investigate the adult daughter of a retired officer which takes them to a case of terrorism involving someone she knew that includes a shipment of explosives.
319"Shandeh"[9]Steve ShillRené BalcerDecember 1, 2002 (2002-12-01)E321613.70
A businesswoman (Linda Lavin) becomes a suspect in the murder of her daughter-in-law, who was strangled in her garage. Disparate bruises on her body lead Goren and Eames to believe that there were two assailants.
3210"Con-Text"[10]Alex ZakrzewskiS : René Balcer;
S/T : Gerry Conway
January 5, 2003 (2003-01-05)E321315.00
Goren and Eames run a con of their own on a phony motivational speaker (John Benjamin Hickey) who they suspect exploited a fragile disciple by convincing him to commit murder for profit.
3311"Baggage"[12]Constantine MakrisS : René Balcer;
S/T : Theresa Rebeck
January 12, 2003 (2003-01-12)E320916.20

When an airline baggage supervisor is found murdered in the trunk of her car, the detectives investigate the employees listed in a sexual harassment complaint which leads them to a scam involving credit cards and credit reports with foreign links.

Inspired by Susan Taraskiewicz case.[11]
3412"Suite Sorrow"[13]Jean de SegonzacS : René Balcer;
S/T : Warren Leight
February 2, 2003 (2003-02-02)E321215.30
When the wealthy and matronly owner of a hotel is found naked and murdered with injections of Botox in the bathtub, detectives Goren and Eames focus on the victim's unstable adult daughter who resented her mother's meddling in her love life.
3513"See Me"[14]Steve ShillS : René Balcer;
S/T : Jim Sterling
February 9, 2003 (2003-02-09)E321115.90
Detectives Goren and Eames come to believe a doctor conducted shameful experiments on the residents of a halfway house.
3614"Probability"[15]Frank PrinziS : René Balcer;
S/T : Gerry Conway
February 16, 2003 (2003-02-16)E321814.80
While probing the seemingly random murders of several homeless men, Goren and Eames uncover a scam involving a crooked insurance agent (Lance Reddick). However, an unusual twist leads the detectives to an unlikely suspect (Mark Linn-Baker).
3715"Monster"[16]Joyce ChopraS : René Balcer;
S/T : Marlane Gomard Meyer
March 2, 2003 (2003-03-02)E321410.80
The murder of a woman in her apartment results in her son (Adam Storke), recently paroled after serving 15 years for murder, becoming the prime suspect. Having consulted with the lead detective on the old case (Mike Starr), Goren and Eames discover he was involved in a cover-up to rush other cases to closure.
3816"Cuba Libre"[17]Darnell MartinS : René Balcer;
S/T : Warren Leight
March 9, 2003 (2003-03-09)E32159.70
After the trophy wife of a recently released prison inmate (Joel Grey) is murdered, Goren plays on the man's paranoia to find a connection to another inmate with a hit list.
3917"Cold Comfort"[18]Constantine MakrisS : René Balcer;
S/T : Stephanie Sengupta
March 30, 2003 (2003-03-30)E32179.60
When a woman suing her brother over the disposition of their father's remains is found murdered, Goren and Eames discover a concealed parentage and a man willing to go to any extremes to ensure his legacy.
4018"Legion"[19]Steve Shill & Frank PrinziS : René Balcer;
S/T : Theresa Rebeck
April 6, 2003 (2003-04-06)E321915.60
When a father and son are found with their throats slit, the detectives discover a group of adolescent boys have disappeared from the same neighborhood. When the locals do not cooperate with the investigation, the police believe the boys are being used by someone operating a bicycle theft ring.
4119"Cherry Red"[20]Frank PrinziS : René Balcer;
S/T : Jim Sterling
April 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)E322113.40
The detectives try to figure out a mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire. The mystery deepens when the young woman who has been left some of the dead woman's estate is murdered. The case takes them to a state public administrator (Dennis Christopher) who has invented a new form of grave-robbing.
4220"Blink"[21]Don ScardinoS : René Balcer;
S/T : Gerry Conway
May 4, 2003 (2003-05-04)E322214.30
Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a math student who had worked in a poker club as a card-counter. They uncover a group of computer nerds, then discover a computer gambling system with tougher suspects. The detectives learn even their own workstations are hit by the ringleader of the group (Ian Kahn).
4321"Graansha"[24]Darnell MartinS : René Balcer;
S/T : Joe Gannon
May 11, 2003 (2003-05-11)E322413.00

Goren and Eames enter the closed world of a thieving Irish Traveller clan when they investigate the death of a probation officer who had been run over three times by a car after meeting a friend at the bar (Tom Noonan). They soon learn the probation officer had been involved with one of her charges.

NOTE: Lyric Marie Benson guest starred as a waitress in the episode. Benson was subsequently murdered by her ex-fiance, in a high-profile case which attracted widespread tabloid coverage.[22][23]
4422"Zoonotic"[25][26]Don ScardinoS : René Balcer;
S/T : Warren Leight
May 18, 2003 (2003-05-18)E322514.50
The investigation into the murder of a crooked cop leads to a preening veterinarian and his friend, an obsessive doctor whose ex-girlfriends have all been infected with a rare disease.
4523"A Person of Interest"[27]Frank PrinziS : René Balcer;
S/T : Warren Leight
May 18, 2003 (2003-05-18)E322016.20
Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a former nurse and discover a possible anthrax terrorist plot. The case takes a turn for the worse when Goren is blamed for driving a suspect to commit suicide. Now disgraced, Goren learns that a cunning adversary from his past may be involved. Olivia d'Abo guest stars.


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  4. ^ "Episode Guide: Best Defense". NBC. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
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  19. ^ "Episode Guide: Legion". NBC. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
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  21. ^ "Episode Guide: Blink". NBC. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
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