Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 18

Ill-Bred

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 18, 2004 on USA
7.8
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Ill-Bred
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A stable worker resorts to heroin smuggling, deception, extortion, and murder to finance the purchase of the farm and foundation stallion that will provide a leg up on the horsey set's social ladder.

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  • Two themes merged into one unorginal episode

    7.2
    *SPOILERS*

    I dont like anything to do with horses. Nice animals, but the subject matter makes me fall asleep. However, if you dont mind them, you will like or even enjoy this episode. Though its only half of the plot, the horse killing is really restricted to the first part and is a means to an end. The other part was lost on me, but does make the final half intriguing.



    However, having seen both types of plotlines used in other L&O and CSI shows, they were predictable enough, esp. once Goren and Emes found the killer clues.



    It wasnt a terrible episode, but its far short of the original scripts and high quality of episodes that have reached their pinnacle.moreless
  • A vet is found brutally murdered along with several million-dollar horses. The detectives uncover a horse trainer couple is involved in bigtime drug smuggling, and that one of them is also the vet's murderer.moreless

    7.7
    Horses~~!!~~ Firefligh loves them and thinks anyone who would harm one should be shot out of a cannon. These animals were 'put down' with a nail gun, so no punishment is too severe for their and the vet's killer!



    In the early investigation, it is discovered that the horses were balking at jumps because they were literally being run to death, had developed a biting problem, and were not just given performance enhancing drugs but also diuretics to fool the drug tests. Goren and Eames discover that a horse trainer with a history of doping was employed by the owner, and subsequently that the horses were killed to take attention away from the real target - the vet.



    The vet's files were missing on "Mariah", a carriage horse that was earlier stolen from a stable located near a prison, and where prisoners were on work release. The horse actually was allowed to enter the prison gates. A con who took care of Mariah had been involved in stuffing her full of drugs, sneaking them into prison in the horse. The detectives suspect drug smuggling up and down the east coast had been carried out via this method.



    Eventually, Mariah was traveling internationally as a 'stable buddy' to keep the thoroughbreds calm, and bearing two to three kilos of herioin in her uturus per trip.

    The perfect drug smuggler. Just as Eames and Goren close in, poor Mariah "runs off"...she was evidence herself and the trainer claims she was savaged by coyotes. (in the end we find out she is safe)



    So who was benefiting from this arrangement? The culprits turns out to be a youngish horse training couple who are tired of exercising the horses, and out to break into the owners' box. In this capacity they handled all travel arrangements, including customs, and had as their accomplice a supercilious veterinarian. (Goren busts this guy's chops delightfully in several scenes).



    As a side discovery in a toxiconomy screen on the male trainer, a fertility drug is found in his system, and the paternity of a rich jumper's unborn child becomes a critical angle - it turns out the trainer's wife has been sneaking the potion into her hubby's snuff, I kid you not, so he would impregnate the wealthy horse jumper/owner he has been bedding. And she has also been poking holes into her husband's condoms.



    Geez.



    Deakins just wants to know if making babies is a side show or the main event. Well, sort of both. The trainer wife intends to blackmail the jumper by threatening to tell her wealthy. offspring-desiring husband that the baby his wife is carrying is not his. If need be. Her own husband is unknowingly performing for potential stud fees.



    The unfortunate murdered vet was coming too close to too many oddities, and had to go, victim of the trainer wife, who just wanted to buy a farm, and might end buying THE farm.



    A bit convoluted a plot, but seeing some handsome horseflesh along with the usual hunky D'Onofrio manflesh was passable viewing. One can never appreciate enough studs.



    Note: VD'O has Goren neigh a mean whinny. :)moreless
Dana Eskelson

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Paige Mullen

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Marguerite Townsend

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Mark Pinter

Mark Pinter

James Townsend

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