Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 16

30

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2007 on USA
9.1
out of 10
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88 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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Logan and Wheeler investigate when Josh Lemle, a reporter friend who had backed Logan after he had gotten himself exiled years earlier, comes to Major Case to report his own murder. Logan agrees to help his friend find out who used Polonium-210 to poison him, but Lemle is reluctant to reveal the whole story to Logan because not all of it is pretty. Both Hazmat and the FBI get involved as the search turns city wide, with both the mayor and Homeland Security wanting answers.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Was good attempt at a touchy subject line and great acting by Logan!!!

    8.8
    Ok things that impressed me about this episode first:



    Finally back to a classic start for CI and not the new musical and lacking beginning. Ok maybe not completely classic start but close and better than their new version.



    Hey points finally go to Wheeler for showing loyality other than to the caption. She covered for Logan because, "hey your my partner...." Wow I was impressed big time, finally a backbone but unfortnately that was really all she did in this show, not much from her really at all. It seems they are playing her as a filler rather than charector. But I did find it funny when they asked if she was pregnant. LMAO!



    I know I am bias because I love Chris Noth but Logan really was great in this episode, really he carried the show. And yes I know that it was based on his friends but really other than the hazmat team leader Logan was the only one making any sense and doing anything.



    Now for the rest:



    Yah the caption played a bigger role in this one but I didn't like where they were going with it. I know the home land security but they even lacked if they where going to go that way. Bad acting and bad writing toward his charector. They need to add something to Ross but that was not it.



    Worst part I am tired of not having an ending!!! Ok so they are going for ratings and it was a touching subject but I am sorry it is rare if not at all the Major Case would just walk away from a case without fighting to the end to make an ending!!!! And I don't get what they are thinking, come on boggis endings and unrealistic endings. Like a cop killing an inmate and no one noticed. I am sorry but it is just how I feel.moreless
  • Guy running through the streets in panic... "I wanna report a murder... My own." Spy games and plenty of surprises along the way!

    9.3
    This is a theme that I'm particularly fascinated by. It strikes me as particularly cruel to know what's going to happen to you... The plot is about a journalist who finds out he's been exposed to radiation and will soon die. He's an old friend of Logan's and Logan and Wheeler start the antemortem investigation of the man's murder. What at first seems like a Russian matter turns into a Palestine/Israel problem when the real intended victim is discovered. A body trail away, the true culprits are still nowhere to be found as everything seems to get lost amidst political intrigue.moreless
  • A very good story! Good acting! Noth was great! I love Noth!

    10
    This is a very good episode , well written and very well done. The guest stars are excellent. I was interested from the very beginning. I was sucked in by the first few scenes

    and I couldn't wait to find out more. This is classic Criminal Intent. It was scary many times given the times we live in and the fear of terrorism. I enjoyed the fact that the end was not a neat explanation. Despite the complicated story I could follow every moment and I was moved. Logan was great, I thought his acting was better than ever. I also liked Ross in this episode.moreless
  • A depressing episode, but only because the guest star playing Logan's friend was such a wonderful actor. An interesting plot twist: A man helps solve his own murder.

    9.8
    Wow, what can I say? This episode was great from the beginning. I loved how it started with the guy bleeding and then rushing off to see his old friend Logan. It was amazing of Logan to defend his friend to the end. Very sad that it ended up being a hit for his girlfriend and he was caught in the crossfire. It’s also depressing that poor busboy died too. Yeah he did the drop but still. I also felt for the guy when we found out that his “deep throat” Uri ended up being a liar. Poor guy. He was so sweet and he was just a superb actor. It was so depressing seeing his decline. I’m sure it ate Logan up inside. And the last moment as he’s thanking Logan? I cried so hard. Yeah he had a love affair, and I don’t condone it. But I don’t think he deserved that for cheating on his wife.



    The entire radiation bit was a very interesting twist. And the whole it being really for his girlfriend was great too. When we find out it was in the kitchen, I immediately freaked out and worried everyone who ate there would have gotten ill. And it was 5 million times worse than cyanide? Yeah that wouldn’t freak me out.



    I loved how the Captain ended up being there for him. Though it was interesting seeing him defend his friend and everything. I did like the other twist that the reason was because the Israeli’s ended up killing their own mole. Dummies. It was insanely crazy. This makes me think... If the Israeli’s were sent by a false tip, i.e. from the Palestinian’s so that they would have their own martyr that makes me think maybe they did it because well, they found out she was a mole. Possible no?



    One of my favorite parts was when we find out the drop site was a cup. Hahaha that made me laugh so hard.



    All in all this was an excellent episode, and the entire episode was original because it had the guy helping with his own murder. An absolutely brilliant plot convention. Loved it.moreless
  • Doesn't pull any punches on some politically sensitive issues

    9.0
    This episode is startling in its willingness to explore poltically sensitive material. The usual disclaimer at the beginning about resemblance to real people being coincidental is doubly disingenuous. It opens with someone being poisoned the same way Alexander Litvinenko was, and then a subplot bearing a strong resemblance to the story of Rachel Corrie pops up. The issue is not ducked of Israeli (and American Jewish) and Palestinian efforts to influence American hearts and minds. In fact, the terms in which it's confronted go way beyond whatever I've seen on a prime-time series. This is the kind of writing one expects (or used to expect) from the L&O people.moreless
Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Josh Lemle

Guest Star

Miriam Shor

Miriam Shor

Rebecca Slater

Guest Star

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Captain Murtaugh

Guest Star

Hudson Cooper

Hudson Cooper

Det. Jefferies

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dr. Foster: Josh Lemle is a dead man walking. He has Polonium-210 poisoning.
      Danny Ross: Radiation poisoning. Like Litvinenko in London.
      Dr. Foster: Litvinenko was the first known fatality. Josh is going to be the first known American one.

    • Artie Ableson: Naive Sarah Myers, in her glorious Palestinian solidarity red scarf, was set up to be martyred.
      Danny Ross: Then why wouldn't you and your PAC or the state of Israel want the whole world to know that?
      Artie Ableson: Because if people dig around, they're also gonna learn that Sarah Myers was a mole for Mossad. Israeli secret service.
      Danny Ross: Israel inadvertently shot their own spy and turned her into a Palestinian martyr?
      Artie Ableson: Tell me that doesn't say 'Middle East' all over it.

    • Megan Wheeler: How contagious is he?
      Dr. Anderson: It doesn't go through the skin. You'd have to inhale it or ingest it. Wear gloves if you have cuts. And don't drink his urine. You'll be fine.

    • (Looking at pictures on his wall.)
      Josh Lemle: Here I am, stringer for everybody. (moves to another picture) Gorbachev. Made me tea.
      Mike Logan: Huh. How was it?
      Josh Lemle: Stick to polonium.

    • Josh Lemle: I'm one of these people who has the person he marries, whom he loves, you know. And the person he could have married, whom he never stops loving. You show me that person on the street, I spit on him. I am him.

    • Yuri Kerensky: In Russia, everyone spies on someone, you know?

    • Mike Logan: You don't know Josh, he's tougher than he looks, okay?
      Dr. Anderson: You don't know polonium. It's five million times more toxic than cyanide.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The episode was criticized in the Jerusalem Post for allegedly portraying Israel in a harsh and unbalanced light and appearing to promote anti-Semitic stereotypes of Jews as disloyal citizens. In one scene, after Capt. Danny Ross tells his officers to halt their investigation, Det. Mike Logan confronts him and asks "Are you a Jew first and a cop second?" – although Logan is later shown to have drawn foregone conclusions. When Ross draws distinctions between the actions of the IDF and the terrorist targeting of civilians by Hamas, Logan cuts him off, saying that this was not the first innocent victiom of the IDF.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Josh Lemle: I want to report a murder, my own.
      This line and the plot of a poisoned man's search for his own killer is taken from the 1950 film D.O.A. starring Edmond O'Brien, and its 1988 remake (with the same title) starring Dennis Quaid.

    • Josh Lemle: I picked it up Tuesday from my Deep Throat, Yuri.
      "Deep Throat" was the nickname for Woodward and Bernstein's confidential inside source during their investigation of the Watergate scandal, immortalized in their book All the President's Men. The name was a reference to a pornographic movie starring Linda Lovelace. Deep Throat's identity was widely speculated about for years; the source turned out to have been Mark Felt, who was Deputy Director of the FBI during Watergate.

    • Danny Ross: A Brighton Beach Walter Mitty.
      Walter Mitty is a character created by writer James Thurber for his short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Walter is a man with a vivid fantasy life. The name has been used as an insult in both US and UK political circles. Brighton Beach is primarily known as a Jewish community located in Brooklyn, New York, although it has a rich ethnic mix. Mitty was a resident of Waterbury, Connecticut.

    • The episode title, "30", is an old reporters' shorthand which means end of story. It is always written with hyphens fore and aft. Its origin has been attributed to the early days of telegraphy, when XXX (which is 30 in Roman numerals) signified end of message. Whatever its origin, the use was established around the time of the Civil War. Since it was originally intended as an instruction to typesetters, its appearance has declined since the advent of computerized typesetting.

    • Doctor: Josh Lemle is a dead man walking.
      "Dead man walking" is an expression that refers to a prisoner who is about to be executed. It's also the title of a movie starring Sean Penn as a death-row inmate and Susan Sarandon as his spiritual adviser.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Alexander Litvinenko case. Radioactive isotope Polonium-210 was the cause of death for Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006. A month later the London Metropolitan Police announced they were treating Litvinenko's death as a homicide. The case had not yet been solved as of the airing of the episode. 60 Minutes aired a segment on "Who Killed Alexander Litvinenko?" only a few weeks before this episode aired on January 7, 2007.

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