Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 4

Lonelyville

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2007 on USA
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9.1
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  • The combination of Lola Glaudini and Alicia Witt sounded the death knell.

    4.0
    Watching this episode you realize how important minimally competent actors are to the show. Even filler fare can rise above in the correct hands. There's a reason very few people were sorry to see Lola Glaudini leave Criminal Minds: she's never progressed beyond her high school acting classes, and wouldn't know how to develop a character if her life depended on it. If you watch this performance, she's taken what could have been an amazingly complex character who is pathologically evil and boiled her into a one-emotion act. The problem here is that her emotion of choice -- the only one she knows how to play -- is a remote dominatrix. Unfortunately, since Lola can only play herself, all she pulls off is remote. She's not comfortable enough in her skin to show the innate sexiness of a dominatrix, and she will never have the talent to move beyond a self-portrait. By the time the final con is played and an explanation for why the character is what she is, no one cares. Certainly not Glaudini, who reveals nothing at her character's exposure. Add to all this Witt's facial tics and eye-rolling, and you just have to feel for Bogosian, Noth and the crew who had to live through this shoot. This one is definitely worth a miss unless you're a hard-core fan.
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