Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 17, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Goren and Eames investigate the death of a well-known and well-liked historian, Dr. Adlai Copeland, and their investigation leads them to suspect the victim's brother Ted, who was perpetually short of money and had recently been cut off by his brother. Ted is the prime suspect in the investigation until he, too, turns up dead, and detectives then turn their eye to the victims' wives, both of whom had something to gain from the two men's deaths.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Put this episode out of its misery.

    The actors in this episode, in my opinion, are terrible. A few too many twists in this episode. Everyone acts beyond strange. This episode is not my cup of tea at all. I never skip any L&O episodes but this one... I really wanted to skip.
  • Lots of suspense and plot twists.

    This one keeps you guessing as to whodunit.

    The two wives in this episode could not have been more different. Just like their husbands could not have been more different than each other.

    The two victims' father was kind of strange. He had some kind of cold, manipulative ideas about raising kids.

    The story was really multilayered, with causes and effects piling on top of each other. Good writing. Sad tale plays out as it unreels.

    One sort of sees how one father's flawed parenting to affect one generation after the next.

    It is one very well written mystery story. There are a lot of character foils in this story.moreless
  • Gotta love that Goren!

    A prominent historian is murdered and the fingers point at the loser younger brother who was short of money as well as nobody trusting in him. And then he turns up dead and after he dies. The two wives of the brothers are now the primes suspects in the case that will shock you! Gotta love that Goren!
  • A favorite son....two odd wives....somebody is broke and dad is a joke.

    Two brothers, Adlai and Ted. In the opening sequence it is obvious who the father’s favorite son is. Seems like Ted can’t do anything right. Adlai was the model son and Ted just couldn’t compare.

    When Adlai is found dead (in a really really creepy scene in which his wife is found holding the body in bed) the cops suspect Ted. I myself suspected the father but then I realized I mixed up the brothers….If dad was going to kill either of his sons, he’d probably kill Ted (but that’s for another show…) So, the cops suspect Ted because it was found that he had squandered all his money and was receiving money from his brother who, after the New Year, cut him off by telling him they were square and that he would no longer be “investing” in him. What better motive than to kill your brother because he has cut you off from money you desperately need??? Good motive until Ted winds up dead also.

    This episode included a landscaper/gardener type that had an affair with Adlai’s wife, Charlene (who admitted that she did it only to get back at Adlai; not because she didn’t love him). This character was pretty unnecessary. While Charlene did love her husband, she oftentimes became aggravated by him but she did not, as she explained to the detectives at the end, want him dead. Lena on the other hand, wanted Ted dead. In the end, we find out that the wives agreed to take care of each other’s husbands (if I recall correctly – I could be wrong). Lena killed Adlai and days later, Charlene was to kill Ted but she could not and Lena came in and took care of it instead. Lena tried to play it off at first trying to get Jules (father in law) to believe she did not do anything. The more of the story unfolds (thanks to Charlene) the deeper she got and the more Jules realized Lena was lying and he no longer could remain her alibi. Lena was arrested and taken away.

    As the two young grandsons (one Adlai’s and one Ted’s) gathered around Jules, Jules picked up only Henry (Adlai’s son) and told him what a good boy he was leaving Ted’s son standing there to watch. As Jules walked away with Henry in his arms, he said “I lost my son” (or something to that effect) and Goren had to remind him that he actually lost TWO sons….

    This was just awful to see how a parent can ruin the lives of their children simply by showing favoritism when they were younger. Adlai gets all the love and praise and he turns out to be a good man…Ted, on the other hand, is denied the same and he turns out to be a loser. What’s worse is that now, the grandfather is doing the same to his grandsons. I’d like to see a future episode where Jules gets his but good.

    A great episode as always from CI.moreless
  • Good but kind of a remake...

    A lot of plot twists which is great CI.

    The strangers on the train theme was good but too much like an episode they did before with brothers dieing and wackout father. I did like how they got a shot of the DVD and orginal story in the episode, make syou want to laugh out loud.

    The victims' father was kind of wack. He had some kind of cold, manipulative ideas about which kid is the best and again is like another early episode. Granted in the other CI show one of the sons kills himself and confesses to save his father who is just as wacked as this guy. Sad last seen where the father leaves one of the grandsons.

    I didn't like the way the caption was kind of like checking up on my favorite team, what up with that! Last week he was better and this week he is a dork again. Vic was distracted and not himself or his charector, it would have been nice to seea little more of the results from the ending of their last episode and how it effects Emes and Goren etc...this episode left us like it never happened.moreless
Carrie Preston

Carrie Preston

Lena Copeland

Guest Star

Missy Crider

Missy Crider

Charlene Copeland

Guest Star

Paul Fitzgerald

Paul Fitzgerald

Ted Copeland

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Ean Sheehy

Ean Sheehy

Joshua Simmons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: At the funeral scene, a camera man and crew can be seen very clearly in Eames' sunglasses reflection (in High Definition).

    • Nitpick: In "My Good Name," Eames references her father as having been with the 9-1. In this episode, she states he was with the 4-0. No indication has ever been given that her father switched precincts.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: (talking about the victim) Well, aside from being dead, he's in perfect health.

    • (Looking at a victim who's been shot, stabbed and hit with a statue.)
      Danny Ross: Well, no points for form, but a 10 for stick-to-itiveness.

    • Alex Eames: She's got a small rap sheet. Forged checks, shoplifting, former pageant runner-up, former pharmaceutical rep. She broke up a doctor's marriage, and then left him for the shy historian on the best sellers list.
      Danny Ross: Classy. How does a man of Dr. Copeland's stature end up being married to a future guest of Jerry Springer?

    • Robert Goren: Charlene is a full-on borderline. The more drama that she creates outside herself, the calmer that she gets.

    • Danny Ross: The wife, she really slept with his corpse?
      Alex Eames: Then she brought Gus Ferrero, her gardener, to his funeral.

    • Robert Goren: (about the first victim) Copeland, the historian?
      Det. Yaro: Well, he's history now.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Charlene Copeland: Well, it wasn't her idea. She got it from a movie.
      The movie referred to is the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film, Strangers on a Train. The plot surrounds two men, who have never met before, agreeing to kill a despised member of the other's family. It was also used in Jerry Orbach's final Law and Order episode, "C.O.D.," and the 1987 Danny DeVito film, Throw Momma from the Train starring Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito.

    • Robert Goren: It's a Ponzi scheme.

      In 1903, Charles Ponzi came to the United States from Italy with a scheme that offered extremely large short-term returns on investments to entice investors. In order to make good on each cycle's investment returns, he would lure another batch of investors, and so on. Although not the first to use this scheme, Ponzi became the most well-known in the United States for the sheer amount of money his scheme netted. Scams of this type soon became known as a Ponzi, the term is in (dis)honor of Charles Ponzi.