Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 16

Dramma Giocoso

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 2006 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Logan and Barek investigate after the body of eighteen-year-old violinist Laura Booth is found stuffed in a shaft with her fingers covered with cocaine and resin. Although they initially believe her death may be connected to the cocaine that some of the crew had been transporting, they are soon led to a romantic relationship between the maestro, Julian Reinhardt, and the victim's mother, Gillian Booth.moreless

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  • A high rating from me because it displays the talents of two excellent character actors: Julian Sands and Alice Krige These two are notable villian players.

    A high rating from me because it displays the talents of two excellent character actors: Julian Sands and Alice Krige These two are notable villian players.

    I also like episodes that don\\\'t have the Goren character. I like the character but he just seems to know everything about everything. If he is such a great authority on everything, why is he working as a detective? I remember an episode where a doctor questioned the detective on his medical expertise and Goren was quick to point out his credentials. I guess that makes a great actor if he makes the viewer kind of ill at having to put up with such a know-it-all, vain, and void personality.moreless
  • A little predictable, a little flat, but Logan and Barek are starting to impress.

    Despite the fact that Julian Sands played a perfect composer - self assured, narcissistic arrogant – I found the episode predictable in parts and borrowed from a lot of other investigations into the theatrical world.

    I did not find the revelation that it was indeed the ‘wife’ all that surprising, neither was her motive. Considering that they are very image bound people, that she was kill to assure herself a cared future was hardly surprising. That she killed her daughter to do it – again, not surprising.

    Overall I was disappointed with the plot of this episode. However, I am starting to warm up to Logan and Barek as detectives, even though they do not have the chemistry of Goren and Emmes.

  • One of the first in a while that I was actually able to follow. Really good.

    A lot of times when I watch this show I am unable to follow the main plot bunny, but either they kept it relitivly simple, or I was paying more attention.

    The plot was really cool. A lot of times those opera people scare me so it didn't come as too much of a surpise when the one woman turned out to be the killer.

    Although I was a little surpised the the conductor person didn't, he had such a good motive.

    One thing that I'm noticing as a theame for most of the Logan Berek episodes are that when ever someone starts to hit on Carolyn Mike gets all protective. It's really funny.moreless
  • Not the best,but good otherwise.

    This wasn't the greatest episode ever,but I love Logan and Barek so I really don't care.For most of the show I believed that the Maestro killed Lauren(there were teeth marks on his back!),but then Rogers said it could have been a mold.I don't like Alice Krige,she's creepy looking,but by the end of the episode I did kinda feel sorry for her.I mean nobody wants to die alone right?Loved Julian Sands as always,can't wait to see him on 24!!moreless
  • This was a lame episode

    That's the only word that describes this episode, lame. The plot was horrible, the reason behind the murder was stupid, and the characters were annoying. The cocaine subplot was interesting but they didn't do much with it. The conductor was the most annoying extra this show has ever had on.
Alice Krige

Alice Krige

Gillian Booth

Guest Star

Catherine Kellner

Catherine Kellner


Guest Star

David Chandler

David Chandler


Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Logan questions the conductor about his whereabouts during the murder.)
      Mike Logan: Okay, were you alone?
      Maestro Philip Reinhardt: Yes, I was. If I'd known I'd be grilled by some Visigoth...
      Mike Logan: A what?
      Carolyn Barek: It's a barbarian tribe that invaded Rome. I remember that from the one history class I didn't cut.
      Maestro Philip Reinhardt: I'm sure you were a very charming street urchin. Any other questions?

    • Reinhardt's Attorney: Enough with the Vulcan mind meld! Now, I want to talk to my client.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: It's consistent with a bite sustained during a struggle.
      Mike Logan: I hear the fat lady warming up.

    • (Talking about Gillian.)
      Mike Logan: You think any of those tears are for her daughter? (pauses) Yeah, me neither.

    • James Deakins: Fake teeth? Isn't that a little theatrical?
      Mike Logan: Gillian Booth is theatrical.

    • Mike Logan: This crew and these musicians, getting high, having sex ... it's like a frat house on Viagra.

    • (Dr. Rodgers starts singing opera.)
      Mike Logan: Geez, I never thought I'd envy the dead. Thanks for the concert, Rodgers, now tell us what happened to this girl.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Gillian Booth: My Siegfried, my savior.
      Siegfried (or Sigurd, as he's more commonly known) was a hero in Norse and Germanic mythology who rescued the sleeping princess Brynhild, a sort of antecedent to the prince from the story of "Sleeping Beauty." As Siegfried, he was the hero in two of Richard Wagner's ring cycle operas Siegfried and Götterdämmerung (or Twilight of the Gods).

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Helen Mintiks case. Helen Mintiks was raped and murdered on July 23, 1980, during the intermission of a ballet performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, where she was a violinist with the orchestra performing that night. Craig Crimmins, a stagehand at the Met, was convicted of the assault and later pushing her to her death down an air shaft. The case was the subject of the nonfiction book Murder at the Met by author David Black, who would later be a writer and producer for Law & Order.

    • Mike Logan: I hear the fat lady warming up.

      This is a reference to the line, 'It ain't over until the fat lady sings.' Most often associated with sports and close games, its roots lie within opera and a popular belief that all operas end as does Richard Wagner's Die Walküre.

    • Reinhardt's Attorney: Enough with the Vulcan mind-meld!
      A reference to the alien race of Vulcans on the long-running series Star Trek (in its various incarnations). The Vulcan mind-meld is the ability Vulcans have, primarily through physical contact, to share thoughts, feelings and emotions with another person. Very few races in the Star Trek universe were impervious to the mind-meld.

    • (While examining the teethmarks on Reinhardt's back.)
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: By the way, your production of Aida five years ago? One of the best nights of my life. Lennie Briscoe took me.

      Aida is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi, written about an Ethiopian princess named Aida who is sold into slavery in Egypt.

    • The title of this episode, "Dramma Giocoso", refers to a comedic opera that focuses on pathos and tragedy rather than light-hearted humor.