Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 23

A Person of Interest

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



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: Detective Goren tested Nicole Wallace's left hand for anthrax. However, she pushed away the anthrax packet with her right hand, and never touched the spot on the table with her left hand.

    • Goof: At one point, the Director from Haznostics refers to anthrax as a virus. It is actually a bacterium, a difference someone in his position should know.

  • Quotes

    • Goren: (referring to Nicole) Croydon. She picked a man I already didn't trust... I already didn't respect. That's how she blindsided me. She, uh, she picked a man like my father. She, uh, she got me. She got me good.
      Eames: Then let's get her back.

    • Eames: I would never say anything in front of the captain, but...
      Goren: Everything pointed to Croydon.
      Eames: You didn't listen, Bobby. You didn't listen to what his wife said.

    • Carver: Dr. Croydon will be a hit with the jury.
      Eames: He's not ready to give it up yet. He had a lot of fight left in him.
      Goren: We stay on him. We wear him down. He'll break. He'll make a mistake.
      (Later, as Eames and Goren discover the body of Dr. Dan Croydon)
      Eames: He's broken now.

    • (Nicole Wallace gets out of her car as Goren and Eames approach.)
      Robert Goren: Hello, Nicole.
      Nicole Wallace: If you insist on calling me that name, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ignore you.
      (He takes her handbag and hands it to Eames then handcuffs her.)
      Alex Eames: Nicole Elizabeth Wallace Hitchens Haynes, whatever. All of you are under arrest for attempted bribery.

    • (Goren comes of a restaurant to find Nicole and her husband, Gavin about to hop into a car.)
      Nicole Wallace: Oh, I was hoping you'd join us. (to Gavin) This is Robert Goren, my friend I was telling you about. (to Goren) This is my husband, Gavin Haynes.
      Gavin Haynes: Oh nice to meet you. Elizabeth tells me you're one of New York's finest.
      Robert Goren: Not these days. So you're married?
      Nicole Wallace: I told you. Gavin has made an honest woman and American citizen out of me. We should give you our number and you should join us for dinner one night. Oh, better yet, you should jot down my license plate and you can find us that way.
      Gavin Haynes: (laughs) She's a remarkable woman isn't she?

    • Nicole Wallace: Hello Bobby. I would call you Detective Goren but given your press coverage lately you'd probably want a low profile. Keep your hands on deck. We don't want you playing with your pistol under the table. (chuckles)
      Robert Goren: Nicole Wallace.
      Nicole Wallace: Hitchens. Same as it was and always will be.
      Robert Goren: Yeah, I thought we cleared all that up. Your identity, your pathology.
      Nicole Wallace: Oh, right, your little theory. But like many of your theories lately, it wouldn't butter your parsnips. What will they do with you, Bobby? Do you think they might find a nice tunnel for you to guard? (chuckles) Well you know there is a bright side. I mean you have more time to spend up at Carmel Ridge.
      Robert Goren: Oh you're just hitting all the marks … I was right about you, Nicole.
      Nicole Wallace: Elizabeth, and you were wrong about me. Just like you were wrong about Dr. Croydon. Read the papers, detective. Your insights have no currency anymore.
      Robert Goren: Is that what this is about?
      Nicole Wallace: Do you remember what you said about Moby Dick and the unrelenting pursuit of evil? I know why you were unrelenting about Dr. Croydon. I know what it was about him that stuck to your hide like a harpoon. (gets up to leave) He ran out on his poor sick wife? (leans in closer to Goren) Cheers, Bobby. This was everything I'd hoped for.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The episode title, "A Person of Interest", is a word play which has two meanings within the episode. One suspect, named by the police as a "person of interest", is a government scientist who works with anthrax and falsely claims 'covert ops' experience. This accused domestic terrorist could be ripped from the headlines of Steven Hatfill's case. Additionally, the return of Nicole Wallace is of interest to both the detectives and viewers alike.