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,)