Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 4 Episode 6

In the Dark

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2004 on USA

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • Unintentionally funny

    I could not stop laughing during this episode. The character acting was spot on with the main cast as well as the guest stars. It all starts out with homeless people getting murdered and their body parts showing up sale. It all ends up with nine murders and a calcified fetus. The chop shop mechanic was hilarious talking about the parts he didn't stock.

    Usually CI episodes are not funny, but there were so many great one liners in this episode its crazy! Overall it was an entertaining episode especially when it is revealed the woman has been pregnant for a very long time!
  • Bizare plot lets this one down

    An episode that covers needless murder, loss of mental faculty and devotion.

    While this story made me feel somewhat sympathetic towards the female perpetator, the plot just had too many loose ends and failed logic for me to like it. Overall, the story is fair and it would have been watchable if not for the motivations of Butch which I felt arent explained enough. Sure there is enough motivation to his life's love, but to kill so many unconnected people for her just eludes me.

    Furthermore, I felt the first act of the story was more in keeping with what youd expect from a L&O-CI episode and was promising something spectacular involving, a serial killer morphed into a mythical demon dreamt up by homeless community, a black market business salvaging body parts from dead homeless people. Both of these threads had so much potential in their own right, that they could have made an episode each from them. Instead the story takes its deviation into a tame unremarkable crime, whose only interest is the shocking truth of the woman's condition and the reality of her elusive daughter - Jenny.

    As others have indicated, there is very little plausibilty as to why the mechanic would kill so many homeless people, unless they were had the mind of serial killer, something that is never communicated at all.

    The finale is also a let down, by which point Id stopped caring about the protaganists, so that even their eventual adversal confrontation to shake out the truth meant very little.

    I wouldnt worry if you miss it. The only notable mention is that Geoffrey Lewis does a good job playing the role of Butch the overprotective mechanic. Overall a let down.
  • Question: what do you do if you're a mechanic in late middle age whose ladylove has a grown daughter in financial need? Well, you kill 9 homeless men after getting them a little credit - enough to finance a car, which you then chop up to parts unknown.

    And imagine your surprise on learning said daughter was never even born, but had calcified in the womb of her increasingly demented mother?

    Probably a little stupid. :)

    Yet another take on how to deal with the homeless problem, only a bit more adventurous than the usual straight insurance storyline.

    The victims (denizens of a tunnel) have had their skills blasted through plastic soda bottles, and the detectives must learn why and by whom.

    After intimidating a body (human) parts harvester, the detectives are led to an underground man known as the demon "Donald" (there's one below as well as above and the subterranean one is at least slightly more appealing) who paves the road to a body (motor vehicles) parts owner. Donald is kind of an intriguing figure tho, clever enough to understand that his slice of cellar level 'real estate' is a crossroads transecting three power lines, and the resulting lack of radio transmissions allow him a claim on the supernatural.

    It's the chop shopper tho, who is the real nutcase. His motive is love for a sweet-natured lady whose recent TIA's have rendered her a scarier rendition of Betty White's old character on The Golden Girls. She now believes the child dead in her womb for thirty years is alive, unwell, and economically pinched upstate, and has convinced her partner to subsidize the unrealized daughter. Hence the mechanic's scheme to defraud credit card companies by buying on time what will never be paid for, but may well be unloaded piecemeal on e-bay. Nine or more bankruptcies would ring too many bells, but the homeless tell no tales in life or death.

    Need a top grade disbelief suspender for this one, but saved by fine guest acting, some sweet BG moves (beginning with the early ME room gory Goren lean into the plastic infected skull of a victim), an Eames op to talk up her always engaging car acumen( love the auto lingo, soap bar rubbings on fan belts and all), as well as Deakins' 'mother ship' quip, which was absolutely classic!

    Note: Whoever dressed VD'O for this one deserved an Emmy. He looked better tailored than ever and the color coordinating shades of gray and black..suit, shirt, tie, with HAIR!...impressive. :)
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