Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 21

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 17, 2008 on USA
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Logan jeopardizes both his and Wheeler's careers when a priest convinces him to re-open a murder case that's over a decade old involving an ADA with political aspirations who will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

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  • I'm relieved

    8.5
    Before I saw this episode I heard that Chris Noth who plays Mike Logan was saying good bye to the role again. He left the parent show Law and Order 13 years ago and like so many fans wished that he would return. And we got it whe he joined Criminal Intent. Although I wasn't sure if he had the style of Vincent D'Nofrio's character Goren. He had three different partners during his time on the show makes you wonder if he works well with women cause during his time on L & O he always worked with a guy. As i said we were informed that he would leaving the show and there were reports that the way he would leave was that he ould resign because it's the only way the ase he was working on would be preserved. But instead his exit is uncertain, the priest advised him that he feels not up to the job that it's time for him to go. And that's how it ended, with what became of him uncertain. The producers knew that he's a valuable character and not to kill him off or resign. Too bad he didn't return. But it ws nice thinking he would.moreless
  • This would have been an outstanding Law & Order: CI Movie!

    10
    This episode is outstanding and honestly, the creator missed a great opportunity for some extra bucks for the franchise. My suggestions would have been to have this as a TV Movie between the two seasons.

    Basically leave the end of the season with Logan on the squad and without any issues. Maybe even have him having just gotten an award or promotion. Then pick up a few days later with this story as a 2 hour movie, so to flush out this wonderful story! I'm sure there was so much left out that we'd love to see.

    The last season could have had Logan moving toward wanting a desk job and really earning a promotion to say Lt. and the last episode would come to a head with him taking he desk job. Yet, a few weeks later (or a few months), the priest brings one last case out of him, but taking it risks his promotion and job. He has to do the right thing, though, and in the end forced with three choices (continue as a Lt., take a demotion, or retire) he chooses to . . . (we find out as we did in the next season that he retires as a Lt.).

    Anyway, it is a perfect episode as is, but honestly, they left a great movie - IMHO - on the table.moreless
  • Chris Noth, you will be missed!

    9.7
    I can say I was never really a big fan of the CI series spin but this entire season has made a fond believer out of me. I've watched Chris Noth in movies and shows and I always knew how powerful of an actor he could be and they pulled if off tremendously here.



    This episode had a bit of everything and I loved how everyone was involved all the way till the very end. The only reason I didn't give it a full blown 10 like most others is because I felt the end left a bit to the imagination. It doesn't really tell you where he was going, how or why, and you still have the whole Wheeler play on things that never got resolved...guess that's what the next season will tie up!



    Overall though I loved it and can't wait till next year...Noth don't go too far!moreless
  • Great way to send off a great character (contains major spoiler)

    10
    Who says the world has to end with a bang instead of a whisper? I'm a great fan of Logan's -- World's Fair, Senseless, and Maltese Cross are among my favorite CIs. Goren is a marvelous creation, but adding a second team with the wry Logan really refreshed the show.



    Thus, I was delighted Logan didn't perish in a volley of gunfire or leave in disgrace or after punching out one of those smarmy L&O dep. chiefs (tip to the late, great Det. Norm Buntz). To give him a thoughtful and amusing farewell (that last line was classic Logan) while also granting him peace with the church was classy and in the best L&O tradition.



    I'll hate to see Logan go and am somewhat trepidacious about where they'll take Goren following Frame, but some of this season's eps, particularly Senseless, Kissinger, and Smile (Goren doing what he does best, with my favorite comic Jim Gaffigan to boot) show USA has a commitment to the show. I'll be eager to see where Goldblum goes with this -- we have the eccentric dark genius and had the tough, funny beat detective, so will Jeff be an irreverent Ian Malcolm (Jurassic park) or a meditative Michael Raines? Hmmmmmm, yes, yes (You have to hear it firsthand; it's really dead-on)moreless
  • The previews weren't lying (for once)...no spoilers in my review.

    10
    Excellent, riveting season ending episode about a priest, a man who may be wrongfully in jail for the last 16 years and more twists and turns than a strand of licorice. Chris Noth's final episode is by far one of his best and he and Wheeler (who is in for a surprise of her own) try to sort out the mess of a old triple homicide that gets new life when the priest reveals general facts about it. As it becomes more and more apparent that the D.A. (who is running for Attorney General) wants this swept under the rug, Logan presses harder and harder to get the facts which he eventually does. A fond farewell to Chris Noth; we will miss you buddy!moreless
Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Detective Mike Logan

Julianne Nicholson

Julianne Nicholson

Detective Megan Wheeler

Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian

Captain Danny Ross

Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

Father Shea

Guest Star

James Murtaugh

James Murtaugh

Alan Bottner

Guest Star

Kate Blumberg

Kate Blumberg

Mary Ann

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Ean Sheehy

Ean Sheehy

Joshua Simmons

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