Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 22, 2004 on USA
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Episode Summary

Goren and Eames stumble upon a web of corporate corruption that involves fraud, bribery, identity theft, and a conspiracy to sell lethally contaminated blood products as they investigate the murder of a pharmaceutical sales rep.

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  • As close to masterpiece as possible

    I loved this particular episode. I thought that the plot was sufficientl clever. Changed pace with every new clue discovered and disgarded until the clincher came in play at the end.

    Dialogue was of a superior brand, fast, short but suitably informative.

    The anataganist was suitably full of ambigious traits to me off the scent, which added to the great unsure start established a grand footing for the plot. I partiularly loved the way in which suspicion moved from one set of suspects to the next and back again. I dont think the show does this enough. If it want to grow, it needs to have Goren and Emes show us more of their working process in different ways - esp. the methods of failure and how they learn from them. Ofc having suspects that are dynamic with multiple motive possiblities as in this case just elevates the complexity of the mystery to the next level.

    I loved the way in which the false motives were offered up like nothing before, esp. the apparent gay blackmail which turned out to be false!

    Grand episode, not much wrong with it and one of my favs.moreless
  • A murdered pharmaceuticals sales hotshot is on Goren's and Eames' agenda, but in the course of thir investigation they find tainted medication has been dumped far east... deadly but cost effective for some of Goren's favorite targets -corporate dirtbags.moreless

    Primo, powerful stuff.

    From the very first scene showing an obviously troubled Thai doctor reading a lab report and telling the mother of a hemophiliac child he needs to 'retest' (sure, the Doc sees the results of HIV being added to the clotting factor recipe the child requires), right down to the denouement that has Bobby intensely headshrinking the killer, this epi's a winner.

    In a nutshell, the tainted and dumped clotting factor scheme (serum which should have been destroyed by the company but was recycled to an AIDS devastated area) must be covered up and the guilty try to involve a new guy on the job - Eric - a man who turns out to have taken on the identity of a comatose ex-classmate. The murdered exec and his cronies know Eric is an imposter, and want him to download incriminating info onto the hard drive of the CEO, so that when the inevitable hits the public airways, the top dog can be coaxed into applying yet more layers of crapola onto the crime.

    But Eric won't play along - he prefers to kill his blackmailer and turn the tables on his buddies - out of both ambition and his deep seated need to be accepted and esteemed, particularly by the CEO.

    Goren and Eames travel a more circuitous than usual route to the killer (but an always plausible one), and manage to out the conspiracy along the way. Of course, for Goren, who maintained in the CI Enron takeoff that top level corporate thievery was tantamount to terrorism, this case entails special ops - a chance to put greedy counterfeit medicaters away.

    Note: Terry O'Quinn plays the CEO with quiet, unwavering integrity and a mature acceptance of his sexual orientation that negates all ops for any foolhardy potential blackmailer. Particularly effective is his character's understanding of the proper line to draw between underlings and top management, and his reserved but nurturing, and never emotionally entangled mentorship of the ambitious young man who turns out to be an imposter. He expects the same code of ethics in his employees he himself practices, with no exceptions. It would be nice to believe such folks do exist at the top echelons of corporate America.

    Reticence. Propriety. Integrity. Very under-rated character traits these days.moreless
Daniel Sauli

Daniel Sauli

Eric Dunlow

Guest Star

Stephen Bogardus

Stephen Bogardus

Steve Johannsen

Guest Star

Adam Grupper

Adam Grupper

Bernard Mailer

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines about the American pharmaceutical companies, Travenol and Armour, which supplied contaminated blood products to the United Kingdom, infecting over hundreds of hemophiliacs from the mid-1970s through the 1980s.

    • James Deakins: Thai doctor and an embassy attaché, Throw in the girlfriends, and Sherwood's life is sounding like a Graham Greene novel.

      At first, this seems like a general observation about the victim's exotic lifestyle in Southeast Asia, but later, it seems likely that the plot may also be subtly referencing the drug racketeering in a foreign country that takes place in The Third Man, or the exchange of identities which occurs in The Tenth Man novels by Graham Greene.