Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2002 on USA
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A psychiatrist who provides expert testimony at criminal trials lays down an insanity defense to hide his obsession for his younger girlfriend after revealing to her that he hired a corrupt detective to murder her brother-in-law at his son's Bar Mitzvah after alleged reports that her niece had been abused by him.moreless

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  • A doctor is shot on the day of his son's bar mitzvah, and the murder appears to be connected to an acrimonious custody battle. But the detectives learn that a lovesick psychiatrist had ordered the killing, thinking it would win him the hand of a lady.

    Michael Gross was very good as the doc who hired a suspended cop to shoot

    the brother-in-law of a beautiful woman he was ardently wooing, (and who was not returning the emotion). When he learned the woman's sister was frantic her daughter had been molested by her father, he arranged the father's murder.

    The molestation had never occurred, but that hardly concerned the shrink. His motivation was impressing a woman far younger and more desirable than he could reasonably be expected to attract.

    With his background in expert witnessing, the shrink had been crafty enough to fictionalize a mental illness for himself - persecutory disorder, delusionary type, just in case.

    But Goren wasn't about to let that get by, especially after realizing the doctor had done nothing in the way of urging therapy to the mother of the little girl he believed had been abused. In a couple of very entertaining scenes. Bobby lowers the boom on the doc, including one long stare session which led the shrink to demand, "will someone please tell him to stop looking at me?"

    Even funnier was the inevitable finale, with Goren needling, needling, needling about the relative attractiveness of the doctor and his desired. Altho the doc managed a few taunts, like the sarcastic "listen to this amateur psychologist", he was no match for Bobby's non-stop ridicule..."he had dug into his reptilian brain" for ways to impress the woman, but could come up with nothing more original than second-hand murder. By the time BG gets to mocking the doc for making 14 phone calls on one evening to his desired, (tho admitting "I've been there. Every man in this room has") the physician is more than ready to crack. REALLY crack, as opposed to fake crack.

    Carver seals it with a "he's not crazy, he's in love. Maybe it's hard to tell the difference, but the law can".

    Bye, bye doc!

    Note: neat sleight of hand there by VD'O, (and gee, after he referred to it as a "useless" talent).

  • A court appointed psychiatric expert goes off the deep end when he falls in love with the sister in law of a highly respected heart surgeon. In his zealous pursuit he has the surgeon killed for a false motive then pleads temporary insanity.moreless

    A decent episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. You have to love episodes where Bobby gets to trade wits with professionals in the field of psychology. In a way the psychiatrist was insane but it was in his pursuit of this younger woman. Imagine having the need so bad that you would kill someone just to get what you want. Of course that is always the motive for murder, but a man in this field with these connections it is amazing.

    This case was loosely based on another incident so that amazes me even more. What would make someone in this mans position think that a person is going to respect them more for having someone killed? It makes it worse when you find out the surgeon was innocent of the charges and was only guilty of manipulating the system to his advantage. The soon to be ex-wife as well as the case worker were culpable in bringing about the murder, but who could have seen someone doing this?

    The episode itself was well done if not a little dry. It makes one sad to think people are so desperate for love that they will do something like this. This episode really brought that to light. So well done and another great performance by D'Onofrio and Erbe. Thanks for reading...moreless
Michael Gross

Michael Gross

Dr. Charles Webb

Guest Star

Stephanie Seymour

Stephanie Seymour

Sarah Lindstrum

Guest Star

Jenna Stern

Jenna Stern

Julie Feldman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Discussing a murder victim.)
      Robert Goren:: Alimony orders. Feldman was pulling down $700,000 a year, and the judge awarded Mrs. Feldman $1,000 a month. Out of five million in community assets, Mrs. Feldman gets $300,000.
      Alex Eames: Who is this judge, the Honorable O.J.?

    • Alex Eames: (about the murder of a soon-to-be-divorced man) I guess the custody issue's been worked out.

    • Ron Carver: (to Webb's lawyer) Your client's not insane, he's in love. Maybe it's hard to tell the two apart, but the law can.

    • (Goren has been staring at him for the past ten minutes.)
      Dr. Webb: Could somebody please tell him to stop looking at me?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Robert Goren: (referencing a child molestation case) What about the Special Victims Unit?
      This, of course, is a reference to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a L&O spin-off about New York City detectives who specialize in cases involving sex crimes and crimes involving children.

    • The episode title, "Crazy", refers to the insanity defense the episode's main suspect attempted to use. The term might also refer to the Willie Nelson song "Crazy" (most famously covered by Patsy Cline), which includes the lyric "I'm crazy for loving you!", as the main suspect's motive for hiring a hit man was love.

    • Dr. Webb: The Party can see everything.

      This is a reference to the book 1984 written by George Orwell. In it, the Party is a dictatorial group that controls futuristic Britain. The Party keeps constant tabs on people with audio and video surveillance everywhere.

    • There's a scene in a judge's chambers where Michael Gross's psychiatrist character makes a remark about bugs in the room after complaining about Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) staring at him. D'Onofrio became well-known for playing a nasty alien bug inside a human skin in Men In Black.