Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 21

Consumed

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 23, 2004 on USA
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A police officer is framed for a triple homicide by a greedy woman, who is enmeshed in a bitter divorce settlement, takes advantage of the officer's sleepwalking to exact her revenge.

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  • When an officer is suspected of a triple moider, it look as if he's the one. All victims are Latino and the cop didn't bother to let his prejudices remain unknown. However, Goren and Eames uncover a perfectly original MO, one that I doubt anyone guessed.moreless

    8.8
    Yes, alternative reality because this storyline was purty far-fetched, but it is an entrancing episode.



    The officer was so exquisitely set up, the evidence pointing so exclusively to him, and his inability to explain himself so complete, that it had to be a masterpiece of planning to point the detectives his way.



    Three men executed on the evening street (what a field day for Goren's investigatory prowess), but none robbed. Bobby says "it doesn't play out like a rage murder", tho. The shell casings found are from the cop's gun. The officer is then found yelling for help on underground train tracks, all rounds of his gun fired, bruised and broken legged.



    But he says he doesn't know how he got there. And his second gun, from whence the bullets came, is found a block or so away from the crime scene, trashed. If it's a frame, it's worthy enough to support the Mona Lisa.



    The cop's attendance has gotten erratic, attention careless, and he's been seen disheveled and confused...every bit of info conspiring to make him seem out of control...



    I almost don't want to spoiler this one for those yet to see it. So just let me say the framer is the officer's next door neighbor, a seemingly compassionate and obviously elegant woman, the cop suffers from parasomnia and spiked eggplant parmesan, a key clue is unearthed via Bobby's aesthetic appreciation and instant recognition of authentic Murano lamps,(wanna re-decorate my house, detective?), one of the victims is an intentional pick.....and the motive is the lady's desire for vengeance on her equally callous and self-absorbed, money-grubbing ex. Oh and there are 15 million bucks in da Caymans.



    Well, that shouldn't spoil anything. :)



    It's fantasia, but fun. A fine epi that you gotta see for yerself.



    PS Hey Tulip. Looks like in this one V D'O in some scenes sported a two day's growth of facial hair, instead of the usual apparent over-nighter. GOD forbid he doesn't show up with a 3-4 day a la Claire Dolan or Firefligh will be found slumped over her keyboard, stone-cold thrilled to death.



    And BG's explanation of parasomnia's symptoms didn't sound a whole lot different from D'Onofrionia's.moreless
  • Diabolically good

    9.3
    The theme of this show is manipulation. The plot cleverly uses two stories interwoven into one big plot that is full of twists and turns. Goren and Emes do what they are good at - take you along the journey of discovery as the set of clues they encounter do their best to fool you into believing that the cop is a killer.



    As the layers of the onion are peeled away, the later middle act takes the suspense built up in the first half to deliver a pretty good finale. If not the best seen, its certain is a decent fit for this episode with a good roubh of resonance as we see the perpertrators get what they deserve.



    The relationships between the cop, the widower and the disgraced husband convict just seem so diabolical in their conception that it really provides a strong adhesive for the story that unfolds!



    Overall, I felt that the concept behind the story was a sufficently fresh approach to the tried and test format of the show and while the first half is truly worth a 10, the latter half brings it back slightly.



    A great episode nonetheless and a fitting season finale.moreless
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Larry Pine

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