Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 12


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

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  • 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.

    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...
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