Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2001 on USA
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When a museum curator and an art authenticator are found dead in what was set up to look like a murder-suicide, Goren and Eames follow the clues and realize the deaths are linked to the sale of numerous art forgeries. Their investigation hits a dead end when they're unable to locate the forger.moreless

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    Who Do The Detectives Arrest In This Episode & For What?
  • We are left to wonder what the motivation was when a small museum curator and a famous authenticator of art works are found dead in an apparent murder/suicide. Goren and Eames finds things are not what they seem and follow a trail of forgeries.moreless

    This was a very well done and complicated story much in the vain of most Law & Order: Criminal Intent's. Goren with his vast knowledge of many different things starts to smell a rat in the art world when things just don't add up.

    The interesting thing about this episode is the trail they follow and the little seeds they plant in the interwoven story to take to the next place. I like how Goren always seems to look for the weakest link. In this case it is the forger Sylvia Moon.

    Langer who obviously is the manipulative brains of the operation is never going to crack as he obviously has an overall feeling of superiority especially with women. His crack about not being threatened by women did not go unnoticed I'm sure. Even though he walked into certain things he revealed they were never going to get the whole story from him.

    So in the end Goren cracks Sylvia open at the scene of the crime. Obviously the discovery of the stolen painting from the roommate and the pipes in the ceiling were great leads but I think the joy is in watching Vincent D'Onofrio work. We all expect he and Eames to win, it just is how are they going to do it this week.

    Just think this whole house of cards came falling down because of one women's integrity. Good people like that are hard to find!

    Good story with a rich texture and well written, acted, and produced. A great example early on of things to come. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • What looks at first to be a murder-suicide turns out to be a double homicide, and Goren and Eames follow their leads to a thriving art fraud business which includes a faked Monet and an artist living off a previous victim's talents.moreless

    In tv art storylines, it never pays to be a forger, even if in real life your skill will let you retire on the Riviera by 30. And what really doesn't pay is knowing that someone else is a forger. That always earns you a ticket to a closed museum.

    Another sunken ship with enough missing paintings gone under to support forgeries for a lifetime plot. Doesn't anyone ever CHECK to see what the more valuable cargo was on board when ships go down? I mean, like insurance companies realizing there went a few Van Goghs and a Titian?

    The interesting twist in the episode was one of the partners in the fraud ring, who had killed another artist in order to appropriate her paintings, but seems to have been good enough to rack up a string of impressive forgeries on her own. As though the soul of her victim got incorporated into her own second rate talent.

    The best thing about this one was a lively Goren, and a sweet museum scene with Bobby posed in front of a lovely Monet...Spring Violets might have been fake, but the detective was most genuinely hot. And Bobby's German ain't too bad! (better than his French, Chinese and "Boston", anyway,)

Linda Gehringer

Linda Gehringer

Katherine Jackson

Guest Star

Sam Freed

Sam Freed

William Blunt

Guest Star

Tom Bloom

Tom Bloom

Bernard Jackson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Robert Goren: That's one explanation for their behavior.
      James Eakins: Why don't you find the explanation that works for you.

    • Alex Eames: Popular opinion's got this pegged as a murder-suicide.
      Robert Goren: Well, never trust opinion polls.

    • Robert Goren: Right! It's a Monet. It's all in the lighting.

    • Robert Goren: Impressionists are too pretty.
      Alex Eames: Right. You probably like those sweaty, naked people in the next room.
      Robert Goren: Lucien Freud. As a matter of fact, I do.
      Alex Eames: You can't put that stuff in your home. You can't live with it.
      Robert Goren: Well, I'm not interested in living with it. I'm interested in... thinking about it.

    • Sylvia Moon: You don't know what it's like!
      Robert Goren: What, to work so hard?
      Sylvia Moon: Yes.
      Robert Goren: And still be a nobody.
      Sylvia Moon: Yes.
      Robert Goren: Welcome to the human race.

    • Rudy Langer: Americans have no idea what art is anymore.

    • Alex Eames: Americans are also impressed with other things, like subpoenas. We'd be glad to show you how impressive they can be.

    • Robert Goren: Apparently Annie thought your exquisite Monet might be an exquisite fake.

    • James Deakins: All my favorite theories shot to hell in sixty seconds.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Robert Goren: Did you know that there's an original Salvador Dali hanging at Rikers Island? He donated it in the '60s.

      The painting referenced was an untitled paint and charcoal sketch of the crucifixion donated by Salvador Dali in 1965 for the prison dining area, as an apology for being too sick to fulfill his promise to attend an art workshop at the prison. It was hung in various sites within the prison until March, 2003, when it was stolen by a group of prison officers, and later reportedly destroyed in a panic by the former superintendent who masterminded the theft. No proof of the destruction or a black market sale has been found to date.