Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 4 Episode 20

No Exit

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2005 on USA
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Episode Summary

No Exit
When five young people are found dead by the railroad tracks, Goren and Eames initially write them off as suicides until their investigation reveals one of the victims had no desire to be part of a suicide pact. Although they begin looking into a website that gives instructions on how to commit suicide, the investigation leads the detectives to the unsolved suicide of one of the victim's co-workers, who had once testified against the company in a harassment suit.moreless

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  • A car with five young adults in it drives into the path of an oncoming train. Collective suicide, engine malfunction, or the driver as murderer? The detectives must sort through the conflicting evidence, including a website that encourages suicide.moreless

    The one 'positive' to the tragedy is that the

    train was not carrying its usual cargo, toxics, and it becomes apparent to the detectives that a collective suicide pact may have been the MO.

    The dad of one boy lets Goren and Eames know his son was bent on killing himself and his girlfriend was intent on the same. But one victim tried to kick his way out of the car....the victim who had accepted a ride from the four friends who had been planning suicide. This death renders someone 'culpable'.

    An internet site called 'terminal decision', the detectives learn, is an online 'suicide how-to'. Of course, the site owner stands behind 'the first amendment rights' so often misunderstood, and the epi finds itself a fitting villain before the story gravitates exclusively to why the young man who was not in 'the club' was lured into the car.

    Well done, compelling story.

    Note: The royal blue shirt, the navy tie with small white pattern, and the shade of that dark grey overcoat....Firefligh's hubby doesn't know it yet, but he's going to be a season four Goren clone this winter.moreless
Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond

Leonard Timmins

Guest Star

Jason Antoon

Jason Antoon

Mr. Smythe

Guest Star

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Mrs. Elverson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick:
      Ron Carver: If you see a bleeding man, it is your responsibility to help; you can't look away and do nothing. It is not your responsibility to grease the skids of his demise. Doing that is criminal.
      Actually, only half of this statement is true. A bystander cannot "grease the skids" of an injured person's demise when the bystander finds the injured person – and the bystander can and would be prosecuted for such an action. However, in most states (including New York), the bystander has no responsibility to help any injured person that the bystander finds. The only person who has any obligation to assist an injured person is the one who caused the injury. There are eight states with a "duty to rescue" for the general public, meaning a bystander cannot see an injured person without offering assistance – unless they would endanger themselves by doing so – similar to what ADA Carver is suggesting. They are Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. However, these laws are not routinely enforced.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Robert Goren: Killing Carmine, he's really killing himself.
      Alex Eames: It's a step he should have skipped.

    • (Goren is playing with the rigging of a half-built model ship.)
      Alex Eames: You gonna finish it for him?

    • (Smythe is getting Goren and Eames the information on the suicides.)
      Smythe: Four counts of manslaughter. What I get for overestimating the intelligence of a grand jury.
      Alex Eames: Just be grateful the D.A. let you off with a plea bargain.
      Smythe: I don't consider shutting down my website a bargain. All right, Joanie and Chachi, right? This is the last chat I have for them.
      Alex Eames: Thank you, you can go do your little dance in Hell now.

  • NOTES (2)