Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 20

Bombshell

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 08, 2007 on USA
5.0
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181 votes
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A woman who married a billionaire winds up dead under mysterious circumstances shortly after her son dies.

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  • This episode brings a whole new meaning to ripped from the headlines. "SPOILERS"

    5.0
    This is Anna Nicole Smith's life and death written without much compassion. I am very glad to have missed this episode when it first aired. At this distance I will say that I liked the interaction between the detectives and Captain Ross. I thought Logan's partner would have had a word to say when he was oogling the "Honeys". Logan seemed over awed by the Lorilie character. I was surprised when he gave up his watch without a fight. I also didn't buy the last scene. The "killer" did what she did in part to save the child and then threatened the child. It wasn't credible. I wouldn't watch this one again.moreless
  • Just plain dumb

    2.0
    You know I really like this show, I've been defending it for some time now. I even like splitting the episodes between Goren/Eames and Logan/whoever as lead detectives. I even like adding Captian Ross to the cast. But good this episode no one can defend.



    It was just plain unwatchable crap, an Anna Nicole story? UGH! Even the wierd guy from Scary movie and a Hef wannabe couldn't even save it. The whole story line was predictable and cheesy. It was just hard to watch and should have never been made. I wish Bravo and USA Network wouldn't play it. They should burn this episodemoreless
  • A dazed and confused blonde bombshell, heir to a rich man's fortune, loses her son to a suspicious drug interaction and then dies of the same, leaving behind her baby daughter (father uncertain), mousy sister/assistant, and controlling nebbish of an agentmoreless

    2.5
    Other reviews of this episode say little more than that they are offended because it was based on details of the life of Anna Nicole Smith, who should be allowed to rest in peace. I think this usually high-quality TV series deserves a closer discussion of the details of the episode than that kind of generic, off-hand dismissal.



    In this episode, as always, the regular cast was engaged and professional, and the technical details (such as manner of death) seemed well-researched and authentic. The show did a good job of depicting the fictional son's lifestyle of partying with drugged-out high-fashion models. The bombshell was so dysfunctional and her life so empty, plastic, and volatile that she was unpleasant to watch. But to some extent that was the point. Indeed, Captain Ross's exasperated comments about life in the fast lane gave this episode of weird characters and events some helpful grounding. And there are some observant character details (as when she asks to see Logan's they-don't-make-ones-like-this-any-more wristwatch and then straps it on and walks away with it, saying she took it as "a gift"; and when she turns up her nose to a question about her relationship with her unattractive agent, saying "Look at him."). Peter Bogdanovich added some background as a prissy, superficially drawn Hugh Hefner type who introduced the then-stripper to the now-dead rich codger.



    The problem is that the writing copied the surface outline of the real-life events without creating a meaningful, intricate, coherent, dramatically satisfying crime story. There were no interesting suspects or motivations. The writers struggled unsuccessfully to come up with anything believable other than the obvious money motives. Frozen sperm and artificial insemination were injected into the story in a contrived, disorganized way, seeming almost like an afterthought. The two spinster relatives of the dead husband seemed like stock characters introduced for comic relief (the scene mixing Logan with their cats was cute but nothing more). However well-acted, the agent was out-of-place and exaggerated. The mousy sister/assistant was a confusing cliche whose actions were poorly explained and made little sense. Indeed, all of the guest characters were ineffectual and/or unpleasant to watch. The resolution, which included a forced confession and a threat on the baby's life, was far-fetched and unconvincing, leaving the fade-to-black shot of Wheeler holding the baby one of the least effective wrap-ups of the series. Little wonder, then, that other reviews felt that the episode sloppily exploited a sad, sensational headline.moreless
  • I was never an Anna Nicole fan but I feel like her death and that of her son was very tragic. Let this family and this story die in peace.

    7.5
    I was never an Anna Nicole fan but I feel like her death and that of her son was very tragic. This story line is too close to the real story. I started to wonder if the producers had to get permission from the family members. There certainly isn't any original touches to this story. It is laid out almost exactly like we saw not too long ago with Anna Nicole. I still love the Law and Order franchise; this just was not one of their best moments. In addition to the aformentioned issues; I would rather have seen Gorem and Eames work this case. Their style would have given at least some pizzazz to the story. Let this family and this story die in peace.moreless
  • Logan & Wheeler search for the how and why the son of an "Anna Nicole" type celebrity died. Later the woman (Swanson) dies as well. Leaving them to look at all the people surrounding her as suspects & wonder what will happen to her newly born daughter.moreless

    4.8
    I know that what happened to Anna Nicole is interesting but doing an episode about it this soon just seems off to me. And I was hoping the killer(s) would have been either more of a surprise or crazier. But I did like how Capt. Ross started to bring up the quick rise and fall of people trying to be famous and in this case for what they are having to use to become famous. While I like Nicholson and Noth it didn’t seem like they were into it either. I had been wondering what ever happened to Kristy Swanson. I have to say she now scares me.moreless
David Cross

David Cross

Ronnie Chase

Guest Star

Ever Carradine

Ever Carradine

Jolene

Guest Star

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant

Bessie Holland

Guest Star

Ean Sheehy

Ean Sheehy

Joshua Simmons

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

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