Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 01, 2007 on USA
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Episode Summary

Terrorism is initially suspected after the body of a young Arabic diver washes up on the shore, but Goren and Eames soon learn that the victim was part of a trio of con artists that were working as salvagers for a wealthy local man.

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  • In this episode, the writers and the director let the action drift and neither elicits the performances of which the cast is certainly capable.

    In this episode, a diver is washed up on shore, but we are never given any real reason to be interested in him. The characters being chased by Goren and Eames are also pretty dull, and the main bad-guy is also not convincing. Physically, Goren appears in this episode mostly unshaven, with a tired attitude towards the proceedings (he's probably aware of the lacklustre script and direction).

    Eames follows along, also apparently passing the time.

    All in all, a pretty dull episode, and certainly not good enough to hang on to the discerning audience for this (usually) superior drama.

    If you love Goren and Eames, better skip this one!moreless
  • A dead Arab diver washes up on shore in NY, leading to suspicions of terrorism or plundering of sunken treasure and an investigation of his man and woman partners, her ex-husband (salvage fleet owner) and the rich, mixed-marriage preppy man who hired themmoreless

    More so than many other recent episodes, this one brought back some of the intricacy and cleverness of the series, with an interesting, well-researched story based on long-ago historical events and the effect they could have in the present. The episode also brought back the Goren character to more of his old self, with careful observations, insights, and manipulative acting-out (the scene with the beach bum and his metal detector and with the suspect on the boat at the end are examples). The technical details were, as usual, handled professionally (everything from the underwater breathing apparatus that recycled carbon dioxide rather than emitting it as bubbles to the manners of death).

    That said, the progression of the episode was a little bumpy and at times slow-moving. And the price of making the ending imaginative, original, and dramatic was making it also seem a bit far-fetched and over-elaborate.

    The show began misleadingly with the Arab on a boat chanting, praying, diving, and being killed, and then federal authorities moving in to brief NYPD about a possible terrorist angle based on photographs found on the victim of various "high value" underwater bombing targets and his (convenient) religious extremist background. There is an explanation for the photos, but the rest of the details seemed like plot contrivances. Next, the story shifted to the theory that this was a crime of greed over finding a long-ago shipwreck of gold coins. Somewhat tediously, suspicion falls on, and Goren and Eames track down, one after another of a group of associates (whose relationship with one another is hazy), with a sexpot woman thrown in for effect. Then there follows an uncomfortably long montage sequence where the detectives do historical research on the sunken ship and its ownership.

    The end confrontation aboard a boat in New York harbor is dramatic, but (as too often in this series) the dialogue is frustratingly abrupt and cryptic (Goren's back-and-forth with the killer about devaluing the victims is not as clear and effective as it should be). And the killer's actions as he repeatedly grabs at Goren's walkie-talkie, are not entirely believable (why would the people at the other end listen to the killer's commands, even if he could grab the mike, and why would the person think they would?). The same is true of the killer's complicated motive. But the interesting, entertaining elements made this worth seeing.moreless
  • Good job Law & Order: CI!

    Well I'll admit, even though I love this show, it's been a little sketchy for the past few seasons. It hasn't been as interesting as season 1 & 2 were. And I thought that the introduction of Chris Noth would be great for the sure. I'm not convinced on that point much anymore. Anyway, back to this episode. When a supposedly middle eastern man washes up on the shore, terrorism is immediately assumed. However, what unfolds is a winding story of deep sea divers, long lost revolutionary treasure, and intrigue. I did not expect that the story would be this good, but it really was. I suspected everyone, except the actual killer (until the end). This ha slightly regained my interest for this show and reminded me of how much I love Goren and Eames as a partnership.moreless
Frederick Weller

Frederick Weller

Simon Harper II

Guest Star

Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris

Tom Stipe

Guest Star

Eric Sheffer Stevens

Eric Sheffer Stevens

Stan 'Chilly' Chilton

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: In the autopsy scene of "Chilly" with Rodgers, Goren and Eames, in the shot over Chilly's body looking at Rogers, you can clearly see the actor who plays Chilly breathing, with his stomach noticeably rising and falling.

    • Goof: Tarek, the British suspected terrorist, was stated to have been born in Egypt. But the blow-up of his passport picture shows his place of birth as Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

    • Goof: When the coins are originally hidden, Dana uses a key to lock the padlocks. In her interrogation, though, she says she has a key. When the police use bolt-cutters to remove the lock it's a combination lock, but in that same scene Dana continues to reference the key she had.

    • Goof: Detectives Goren and Eames do not wear gloves at the crime scene on the beach where they touch both the victim and a piece of evidence with bare hands.

    • The boat in the opening of this episode is named Luna Sea, pronounced like 'lunacy'.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Looking at a victim whose death by the bends has left vessels exploded all over his skin.)
      Alex Eames: I'll add this to the list of things I didn't need to see.

    • (At Dana Stipe's home.)
      Alex Eames: Wait for a warrant?
      Robert Goren: I dunno, it's still an active terror investigation.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Agent Corbett: If I find any pictures of Nemo, you'll be the first one I call.
      Referencing the 2003 Andrew Stanton film from Disney•Pixar, Finding Nemo, although the title character was a clown fish, not a butterfly or angel fish.

    • Alex Eames: A fish with a coin in its mouth? Where'd you read that, in the Bible, Walter?
      When one of the interviewees comments that the coin was found in the mouth of a fish, Eames makes a reference to Matthew 17:24-27, in which Jesus miraculously causes the apostle Peter to find a coin in the mouth of a fish.

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