Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 11

Mad Hops

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2004 on USA

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  • A lonely high school basketball coach murders one of his players and a PI because he fears the mother of another player will learn he has been padding the stats of her son. Coach hopes a college scholarship will win him the love of the mom.

    An interesting episode, that reveals that Goren played jv hoops, as a power forward (one can see him as a Charles Barkley "Round Mound of Rebound", for sure).

    Other revealing aspects of our favorite detective's psyche are brought out in interaction with the high school coach, and in particular his attitude toward authority..the coach has mentored enough boys to know where they're coming from. He accuses Bobby of giving up the game because 'you didn't love it enough", and sure enough in the final scene Goren admits he discovered hoops wouldn't bring him what he wanted. (Good move, he evidently peaked at jv level).

    Unfortunately for the coach, the detective has cornered enough rats to know what angles they spring from, too, and in this case, the old man was after his player's mom's affections. I liked that the love interest was inter-racial, even if it was unrequited.

    Goren tosses and dribbles a basketball on a neighborhood court, but doesn't attempt any baskets. Too bad, Firefligh loves hoops and would love even more to see the power forward take one to the house. :)