Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 11

Baggage

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2003 on USA
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Baggage
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When an airline baggage supervisor is found murdered in the trunk of her car, the detectives investigate the employees listed in a sexual harrassment complaint which leads them to a scam involving credit cards and credit reports with foreign links.

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  • A young woman is killed when her car that was acting up died on the way home from work. She was a supervisor at an airlines and there had be a series of harassing things that happened to her. It becomes apparent it was someone from work that killed her.moreless

    8.5
    The first question one had to ask was who's car would she have gotten into? You would have to believe the only person from work she trusted was the other supervisor she worked with. She had a journal and she had mentioned that fact in the journal.



    Once they figured out what was going on with the mail bags it was a simple step to figuring out that the harassment was meant to get rid of her. When that didn't work she was eliminated. All of the other suspects were involved in the mail fraud but it was the supervisor who was the ring leader and the go between with the Russian mob.



    The problem this guy had was more than just his addiction to sharply dressed women and upscale places it was that once in bed with the Russian mob you can't just back out when the heat is turned up.



    Obviously when this women started working there it was just a matter of time before they got caught. It's too bad her father or the airline didn't really listen to her problems.



    An OK episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The acting for the main cast was good but a little tentative for the rest. Everything seemed a little out of sync to me. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A woman who was being harassed on her airlines job is beaten to death and stuffed into her car trunk. Bobby's on the death scene analysis is "he punished her". The question is why anyone would hate so much to commit such a horrific crime.moreless

    8.2
    The dead woman's parents knew she was being harrassed but clained they didn't know by whom. Suspicion falls on an ex-boyfriend, but then gravitates to her workplace. It only takes a newly painted locker for Goren to sense something conspiratorial - and pong pong balls in your gasline qualify.



    The 'overly sensitive' victim kept a journal listing every scumbag trick in the book (Animal House had more class (and creativity) than the co-workers) and the detectives think at first fear of being slapped with state charges consoldiated the ranks of congenital losers.



    Eventually, Goren and Eames make their case...what the woman had discovered was more than piggish pranks, but mail fraud involving credit cards..ie. a federal offense. And even this motive didn't do her in...her fatal offense was falling for her phony of a supervisor , who just couldn't bear the attentions of a Plain Jane.



    Primo Goren face-off finale,but what's Bobby's problem with 'high maintenance ball-busters', anyway?

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Lee Tergesen

Lee Tergesen

Keith Ramsey

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Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson

Walter Tate

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Ron Ryan

Ron Ryan

Ralph Sullivan

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The detectives mention that the suspect lives at The Dakota. This is the apartment building where John Lennon lived with his wife and son. On December 8, 1980, he was murdered in front of the building by Mark David Chapman.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ron Carver: There is not a single case on the books showing a causal relationship between sexual harassment and murder.
      Alex Eames: Not a single case, until now.

    • Ron Carver: That's the problem with most men: they want what they can't get and don't want what they have.
      Alex Eames: No, the problem with men is they talk too much.

    • Airline Worker: You understand I'm bending our rules.
      Alex Eames: I think your rules are used to it.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to ripped from the headlines of the Susan Taraskiewicz case. Susan was a Northwest Airlines baggage supervisor who kept a diary detailing the sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of coworkers. She was last seen on September 13, 1992 when she left Logan International Airport. Thirty hours later, her body was found inside the trunk of her car outside an auto body shop in Revere, Massachusetts. After an FBI team declared that the murder required two or three people, the investigation focused upon Northwest Airlines workers who had sexually harassed and physically threatened Taraskiewicz, who was a ramp supervisor. The same workers were engaged in a credit card theft ring, and before her death, at least one worker had claimed to others that Taraskiewicz was a snitch. Her murder remains unsolved.

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