Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 19


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Aug 03, 2008 on USA
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Episode Summary

A student's apparent suicide becomes a murder investigation at an exclusive private school, leaving Eames and Goren sifting through teenage politics, an online community that is hiding a secret, and a murderer whose motive is almost as complex as the murder plot.

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  • Great plot, first-rate acting, devastating portrait of the Prep School World, and serious portraits of family interactions. Not one you forget easily.

    CI is generally my favorite of The three, but this one is one of the great episodes -- and after a few featuring Goren and Eames, they 'play back' in this one, and let the characters carry it. The plot is simply too good, and too complex for spoilers, but as good as it is, the story is mostly about families, rich families, and the relationship between parents and the children who go to such schools. And it is devestating, from the first father shown, that of the victim, a high-profile corporate raider, who seems at least as upset over his tuxedo having been ruined -- in an early scene we see -- to his son having been killed. (And while Goren's part is minor, the reaction he shows to hearing the son and father have schizophrenia in their family is a subtle stroke of his usual fine acting.)

    It would have been so easy to use the setting for a story dealing with sex, but that has only a background part to play. Nor is the 'frustrated geek' part of the plot as important as it first seems. Instead, the story turns on class, on the fact that the 'rich ARE different from the rest of us.'

    I wish a cast list had been posted, or I had taken notes, because everyone in the show is superb -- and if you wonder whether the listing for John Shea is a slip, no, he appears only in the final scenes, but he plays a key part.

    If they can keep up this level of show, the next season will be major.moreless
  • Being the odd-man-out at an elite prepschool can be deadly, especially when you get in the way of the popular kid's plans.

    The episode beings with prom preparations for an ultra elite prep-high school. One can already make distinct delineations about who is "in" and who is "out" in the social hierarchy of this school. When the odd ball "geek" of the class is found murdered in the boiler room, Goren and Eames discover that in this world, the kids have taken over…even to the point of determining their own grades. The suspect list runs into a snag as they venture onto the internet, and one suspect goes so far as to create a "virtual" suspect to throw the detectives off the scent.

    A strong episode with strong supporting characters, although this was is particularly lacking in the great character development between Goren and Eames that we've been treated to in recent episodes. The detectives seem particularly impressed at the lengths some of the kids will go to get the grades to help them on their climb to the successes their rich parents have achieved. And like most other plots involving the "haves" and the "have not's" – the rich think themselves above the law and that they are, in fact, NOT like everyone else. Loved the "Lord of the Flies" reference by Ross – little jab at incoming Goldblum, methinks.moreless
John Shea

John Shea

Mr. Walker

Guest Star

Anthony Carrigan

Anthony Carrigan

Jack Walker

Guest Star

Joanna P. Adler

Joanna P. Adler

Anna Nobile

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Gary Patent

Gary Patent

Ira Whipple

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Brent Williams: What's wrong with trying to get rid of a teacher who makes you do community service and gives out Cs?

    • Mr. Richmond: My daughter is not a murderer, and she is not a lesbian.
      Alex Eames: Which of those scares you more, Mr. Richmond?

    • (Discussing Paul Phillips)
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Cause of death, asphyxiation caused by hanging.
      Alex Eames: But he didn't do it himself?
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Not unless he fractured his own skull first.

    • Robert Goren: Even if someone wants to kill himself, you know, the body still fights to survive.

    • Bill Phillips: You know, they told me that major case was an elite unit. I'm underwhelmed.
      Alex Eames: If he were my dad, I'd hide in my room, too.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Facebook:

      Interestingly, this episode revealed many resemblances to a controversy over appropriate disciplinary action in incidents of online misbehavior on Facebook, where students of Horace Mann School were implicated in making racist and sexist comments, and derogating specific teachers in those terms.

    • Captain Ross: ...Lord of the Flies up there.
      Ross refers to Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's first novel, Lord of the Flies (1954). Film versions with the same name followed in 1963 directed by Peter Brook and in 1990 directed by Harry Hook.

    • Friendpost

      The website Friendpost that was shown in this episode is likely an allusion to the popular social networking website Friendster