Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 10


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary


Goren reaches into his own experience working with a partner to solve the murder of a gamer who appears to be connected to a network of thieves using spyware to commit fraud. Eames gives birth.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The best one with Samantha Buck (G Lynn Bishop).

    I loved this episode even though Eames was not there. I love how the story between the BloodMatch partners parrelled what Goren was going through without Eames (except without murdering someone, lol). The look on Bishop's face was priceless when Goren attempted to demonstrate on her how the killer lifted the victim up by choking her. Bishop was less than pleased by this re-enactment and we see her look (behind his back) incredulously at him. I love how they contrasted Bishop and Eames. Eames has learned to trust Goren's instincts, let him follow hunches and put up with his generally odd behaviour. Whereas Bishop thinks he just might be crazy.

    Further into the episode we see little clues that she's just not fitting in (she doesn't follow Goren when he tries to tell her about Hitchens, she moves Carver's briefcase and he awkwardly retrieves it from the floor).

    The scene where he throws a balled up wad of paper at Eames' empty chair and then makes the revelation to Bishop ("he misses his partner") was a great little insight, I'm glad they added that.

    I only had two qualms with this episode. The BloodMatch partner Neil, is a little short to have lifted the girl off her feet and thrown her over the rail....???

    And also, the back and forth misdirection was nauseating. First there was this mumbo jumbo about 2 brothers, a hundred thousand dollars and some plane tickets to Costa Rica, then this BloodMatch game enters the scenario, then they suspect Jack, and then he didn't do it cause he was playing online with her and then he did cause he only made it look like he was playing online with her, and then it was someone else that was making him look like he was online and then it was this totally innocent guy who had nothing to do with anything....I almost tossed my cookies from motion sickness.

    I suppose we can chalk it up to time restrictions. When you're trying to tell a very complicated story in 45 mins, the discoveries and revelations have to come quick.moreless
  • Video Gaming can be bad for your health!

    A good start fades somewhat in the middle but a final closing scene with Goren at his best makes this a very good episode.

    The episode does provide some intrigue as Goren w/ Bishop unravel the confusion around the death of a Gaming corporation co-owner. The standard way in which the duo (usually Emes) peel the layers away (like that of an onion) is what a fan of these shows expects.

    Sometimes I really feel the show could do so much better by having Carver involved a lot more than he is. Again here he is used as a foil for the final scene.

    Not the most intense or exciting episode, but well written and constructed. Worth a view imo.moreless
  • Goren and Bishop become embroiled in the world of computer gaming while investigating the death of a young woman.

    It was not until I saw this episode after seeing two essential season two episodes (A Person of Interest, and Probability), that I was really able to appreciate the deeper nuances of the story. I found the continued tension between Goren and his temporary partner Bishop to be entertaining, and no more than in this episode does one see how much Goren truly values Eames, as well as how much he needs her. It's really very touching, insofar as the character of Robert Goren is concerned. I finally understood in my latest viewing of the episode that the criminal himself was much, much more of a devious mastermind than I realized, and it was so satisfying to see Goren outsmart him through his own self-realization. By this I mean that he stopped and thought about how he was reacting to McVee, the deadbeat dad, and took another look at the clues they'd discovered, and realized that the biggest clue was himself. The killer had learned of Goren's talent for recognizing obscure patterns through studying the transcripts of his testimony from the Walter "Wally" Stevens case (Probability), and thus added a recognizable pattern to the gaming bot, and had learned of Goren's impatience with deadbeat dads from, as Deakins suggested it, likely reading any old newspaper (A Person of Interest), and so Neil used the coding signiture of a just such a man in order to lead the detectives to McVee. I loved the part where Goren tried to explain this to Bishop, using only the words "Croyden," and "patterns," and became so frustrated at Bishop's lack of understanding. Part of his appreciation of Eames as his partner is that she really does follow his eccentric genius very well... she doesn't need to be led, and he could have spoken two words to her and she would have understood his entire complex thought pattern. The look that he gave her empty chair when he gave up trying to explain it to Bishop was so important to the nature of he and Eames partnership. He felt lost, bewildered, and I can truly see his partner as being his anchor...his connection to the really real world. He was angry at this feeling of abandonment, and threw that piece of paper he crumpled at her chair. And then in that moment, his own character became the clue he needed. His longing for his partner made him understand what the motive for the killing must be, and thereby how to catch him. All in all, very poignant character episode.moreless
  • A young gamer is thrown over her balcony and Goren and Bishop find she was victimized by a partner in a computer game business, jealous that his buddy might code-write him out of his life. As Bobby says, "it's about yearning".moreless

    This episode was more about friendship and betrayal then about computer games. The techno aspect was interesting enough, as the epi demonstrated how 'bots' could be programmed to provide alibis, or..set up suspects.

    But the chief area of interest lay in the relationship between two young entrepreneurs who had built a thriving game business together. 'Jack' had been the visionary of the enterprise, and had cast off his nerdier traits via dieting, music composing, and racing his new Ferrari. A likeable sort, unstuck in time, and capable of pulling off a GQ level transformation thru a slimmer waistline, sexy goatee, and sexier do. Ready to move on to bigger and bustier things.

    Partner Neil was indeed trapped in games of Christmas past, zapped by relative inadequacy, and wrapped in jealousy of any person or interest that might draw Jack out of his limited code scribing orbit. Neil simply needed Jack more than Jack needed Neil...the eternal dilemma. The latter's code was stiff and lifeless without the spirit of Jack's ingenuity, and Neil desperately tried to hold onto the wonder years of gaming growth, before Jack's curiosity about life sprung him loose from what had developed into a graveyland geekdom.

    The poor murdered girl, a threat to Neil's sense of continuity and security, didn't even move within Jack's real circle of friends. She was 'just a gamer' but the time Jack blew off playing electronic kungfu with her panicked Neil into murder.

    The other interesting aspect of this epi was the Goren-Eames friendship - absence makes the heart yearn for old attentions, and the new taller but brittler partner doesn't seem to fancy second fiddle with the ease of Eames. Nerdy Neil had gotten hold of a few smelly old tabloids, sniffed out the infamous Croyden fiasco...and dropped a double dipping of deadbeat dad on Dollboy, (who of course, like Pavlov's puppy commences salivating at the mere suspicion of a family court judge's gavel sounding). (More fallout from the infernal Nicole Wallace nonsense, sigh).

    But Bobby realizes he is being resonately played again, ruminates a bit at his desk, mutters former antagonists' names - served up as bizarre non sequiters for Bishop's total mystification - until finally Goren groans, "Eames would have known', and tosses a ball of wadded paper at her empty chair. Sweet.

    (sarcasm off)

    Yes, she would have known, and how nice of him to notice.

    The epi ends with news of the birth of her/her sister's child, and the suggestion that Bobby is actually going to call.

    We never would have had any doubts Eames would.moreless
Jordan Bridges

Jordan Bridges

Jack Cadogan

Guest Star

Kevin Geer

Kevin Geer

Computer Forensics Technician

Guest Star

Annette Arnold

Annette Arnold

Jody Colby

Guest Star

Samantha Buck

Samantha Buck

Det. G. Lynn Bishop

Recurring Role

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