Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2002 on USA

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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).