Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 2

Gemini

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2003 on USA
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When a schizophrenic obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and the cult of the blond and the blue-eyed commits a series of murders to eradicate those he feels are responsible for promoting the homogenization of appearance rampant in society, Goren and Eames suspect that a person close to the man may have taken advantage of his illness and his crimes to commit extortion.moreless

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  • Two workers at separate eyeware stores, and a plastic surgeon who does rhinoplasty are shot in the face. The detectives have quite a different perp on their hands. And actually they have TWO different kinds of perps on their hands.moreless

    8.3
    This storyline was intriguing, and thankfully stopped itself shy of bizarre.



    A paranoid schizophrenic (PS) with a Marilyn Monroe fetish is obsessed with how folks can 'fake' their physical genetic heritage with blue-eye contacts, nose jobs, and L'Oreal, because with such cosmetic treatments, you can never quite be sure who one is. He traces this false trajectory to the late MM, who he believes was the first to mask her eye color and create the desire in others to do so. (Honey, if you think MM was a mere creation of peroxide and that chin job, look at her early photos…she was a bombshell as an 'imperfect' brunette, as well).



    Anyway, the PS feels threatened by not knowing who folks really are…not necessarily by WHAT they really are, so he effaces the faces of a nip-tucker and a few unfortunate salespersons. Paradoxially, he gets his own dye job and blue contacts.



    PS's brother find out what he's up to, and 'extorts' (or connives ) five million from a contact company, whose spokespeople are frantic over how sales will drop once the public learns their products (and perhaps, eventually users) are being targeted. But Goren and Eames arrest PS before the pay off, so big bro kills another unfortunate with the same gun, not to convince anyone his brother is innocent, but to ensure his reward.



    Big Bro has been applying such TLC all his life. In fact, PS went away for some as a juvenile on a rap BB was guilty of - beating a store clerk with a tire iron. Only fair, because BB was 'going to college", and PS wasn't. So setting up his little brother is nothing new to him.



    The PS's dilemma is as interesting as can be expected when the mind of the unfathomable is involved. Lots of entertaining offsides like a biologist alarmed that mainstream cultural preferences for blue eyes may someday lead to more insidious practices than the contact route, references to 'aggressive mimicry', and a Goren trip to his favorite haunt - the library.



    Ends with one of the better Goren 'play-offs', as PS has been immunitized and BB is such an egocentric monster of selfishness that you just know Bobby will love taking him down. BB has the gall to blame PS for ruining his life, when in reality, it was much more the other way around. "He's crazy, but you're evil' is Goren's neat sum-up.



    A little revealing of BG's relationship with his own older brother occurs in this epi.



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