Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 23

A Person of Interest

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2003 on USA

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  • An ex Air Force nurse is found murdered and she appeared to be have been selling anthrax boosters to who knows who. The detectives are faced with a possible terrorist plot, but wait! Even worse than mass murder is the deadly damsel Nicole.

    What could have been a riveting storyline, that of a mistakenly avenging detective usurping his own good judgment, resulting in a suspect's suicide, became very sticky schlock as a result of the Nicole Wallace nonsense.

    The man who falls under suspicion for the nurse's death and the anthrax scare is a pretentious lout whose puffed up ego has him allowing folks to call him 'Doctor', when he ain't. He's just, in Goren's words, "a lab rat" and Bobby "knows his type". Mr. Arrogant Pompousity is also a deadbeat dad, a sin which Goren deeply detests, based on his own dad's failings.

    Evidence is strongly pointing to the loudmouth as a misfit with a terror hit list, and after mega macho posturing with Goren (and some shrill threats fit for a fishwife), a press conference, and bombastic speeches that he can't be victimized, the suspect goes and uhh.....victimizes himself at the end of a noose.

    This 'person of interest' hardly seemed the type to go the hemlock route. In fact, he'd be more apt to drive others to suicide than commit it himself. When it turns out he was not guilty of much beyond deadbeatism and terminal obnoxiousness, poor Bobby is left looking like the vigilante cop whose own issues sent him on a crazed vendetta. "Man hounded to death by ruthless and incompetent detective!" screams the tabloid headline.

    But not to worry! The man driven to suicide (and of course, he wasn't REALLY...Ms. Archcriminal strung him up ) was just part of a fantastically plotted jihad by Ms Wallace, whose motivation is getting back at Bobby for the mean things he said to her at their last meeting. Sob.

    Of course, the storyline ends with another of those charming 'tit for tat' sessions between Goren and Nicole, in which they trade deep psychic wounds like so many jelly beans. And of course, the good boy gets the goods on the bad girl once again.

    I don't know. The one watch-worthy aspect here was the V D'O histrionics, the yelling, wall punching, screaming, baiting, table pounding, and various other testosterone laden antics. Also adorable was the defeated look on his sweet little cherub face when he learns of the suicide, boo hoo! It was fun seeing Goren fairly out of control, even though it was not believable for one darn second. And his scenes with Wallace were tantalizing if only because they are both such beautiful people, and their animosity, we suspect, may indicate some serious sexual attraction, even if Bobby sneers "don't flatter yourself" when Nicole suggests he's hot for her.

    I like D'Abo, if only because female sex appeal appears anathema on CI. She is simply lucious. As any other believable villain, she'd be tops. But her character defies credibility to such a degree, that even what minor chemistry she can unleash with Goren becomes wink-groan-sigh suds.

    Even worse, the Goren character has to take an incredibility bath to serve her persona and level of evil.

    Yes, we know Goren dislikes dead beats, yes, we know he's sitting on top of a load of potentially explosive emotions. But if there has been no sign for two seasons that he is apt to forget his training, abandon his cerebral approach, and turn into a mess of goo over an unsigned health insurance form, then how oh how could he be set up so quickly and accurately by Ms. Mastermind?