Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 16

30

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 2007 on USA
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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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Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Josh Lemle

Guest Star

Miriam Shor

Miriam Shor

Rebecca Slater

Guest Star

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Captain Murtaugh

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Hudson Cooper

Hudson Cooper

Det. Jefferies

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Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

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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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