Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 4 Episode 11

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2005 on USA
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Goren matches wits with a one-time chess prodigy who has become a fugitive when the body of a young woman is found tossed in the trash.

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  • A young fiancée is murdered and thrown into a trash bin. The detectives have to find why her first trip to New York ended so sadly. The murder looks premeditated, and the trail leads them to a paranoid delusional ex-chess master.moreless

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    The sullen pest-controlling brother of the dead woman's betrothed at first interests the detectives, but suspicion fast moves to less familial quarters, like the man sitting next to her on the plane to NY, who 'pin-balls' his tickets in a 'strange itinerary' around the world - the once-famous chess pro.



    A clue Goren seizes on is that the victim's luggage is missing travel brochures she had received on the plane. Two new suspects appear, a man-woman team, who pose as business travelers, and target and set-up a "Good Samaritan", who has recently been sent a damaged gift from Singapore. Someone had been trying to find out personal information about the targeted man, and that person had called from a hotel listed in the dead woman's travel brochure.



    The detectives get ahold of the information seeker's luggage left at the hotel and find pad after pad of 'secret writing', as well as photos with the eyes scratched out. The dead woman's eyes had been effaced with a brick, and Goren intuits a major paranoic is on the loose. The photos were taken throughout Asia, and the detectives uncover casino chips with the fingerprints of the male partner, a former pimp and current card dealer, which lead them to "a school of gaming".



    Goren's keen eyes for the unusual spot the paranoic at the school, and although the partner stages an opportunity for him to escape, Bobby has now made the prime suspect. The detectives figure the game of the couple is setting up married men and then blackmailing them. But the connection with the chess master is still unclear until a scene showing that the con man and woman are afraid of the paranoic, a once famous chess player who lost his title and livelihood by playing a match in Cuba 23 years earlier.



    Years later, he is of course even sicker and back to blackmail his family, hence the set up of the 'samaritan', who is his nephew. The detectives are out to nail him via the pay off money route, but he visits his sister for the half million he had won at chess years earlier, leaves with a bag filled with counterfeit money, and further communicates with his sister in chess move code which is interpreted by Bobby as location.



    The connection with the dead woman is tragically the result of the paranoic's unfathomable reasoning....a death based on the chess master's belief that she was spying on him.



    Entertaining epi with BG quietly compelling and mega charismatic, and executing a riveting final dialogue with the sick grandmaster.



    A little character development occurs at the very end when after the chess master emotionally breaks down, and launches into an irrelevant political rant, Goren tells Eames, "see that's what happens when they keep you from doing what you do best, it makes them insane".



    The mixed pronoun references - were they just less than the queen's grammar, or meant to be revealing? A fore-warning? If 'catching bad guys', (BG's partner's opinion of what he does best), should become beyond his control......hmmm. :)





    Note: I've said it ad nauseum already but what the heck - VD'O was dollboy enough in seasons 1-3, but wow, what an elegant, silver-coifed full blown MAN he was in season 4. Toned down the Goren quirkiness a bit while elevating the overall metro-detective sophistication. But exquisitely overcoated and fastidiously groomed or not, Bobby could still muck around in a garbage bin with abandon.



    Gotta love (and love and love and love) it.

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Robert Carradine

Robert Carradine

Chess Grand Master David Blum

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Michael Greyeyes

Michael Greyeyes

Sonny Brightbill

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Leslie Ayvazian

Leslie Ayvazian

Ruth Stockton

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