Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 15

Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 06, 2008 on USA
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While investigating the death of a stock analyst, shot while strolling with his infant child in Central Park, a similar shooting occurs, and then another. The investigation eventually leads Detectives Goren and Eames to a preschool with an exclusive and long waiting list.

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  • Ending was too scripted

    It was another one of those episodes where the premise and the plot were interesting and the twists and turns kept your interest but the ending was a letdown. It was like the writers had something really good to work with in the beginning but they could not figure out an ending so they just stuck something in there haphazardly. Regular Law and Order did a similar story several years back about the secrets inside a private school for young, gifted children; that one was more believable than this and I strongly recommend it. Once again the previews were a little misleading with Goren raising his hands; I figured it was a real hostage situation with a drug lord or murderer or something along those lines, not some deranged, easy to reason with lunatic trying to get her kid into this school.moreless
  • Solid episode, if not predictable.

    It seems that getting into a preschool in New York City requires a credit rating, proof of Nobel Prize winnings, and a total reconning of why your deserve to breath the same air as the priviledged ones. This plot has been done on the orgininal L&O mothership, with the same results. Parents want kids in high-end school and will do anything to get them in. The twist here is the hidden lives of some of the applicants. When it comes down to the "who dunnit" - the viewer is somewhat misled to believe the monster mother-in-law is the guilty party. The climax is another triumph for D'Onofrio's character's ability to talk his way out of anything, as he talks down the distraught and lonely mother, Marla, as she holds a gun on him and the preschool teachers. Eames gets the kids out, but apparently leaves to have latte's with the SWAT backup. One would think she'd try to get back in the other room to check on her partner. Maybe I'm making her too SVU-ish. One notices that the duo of Goren and Eames seems to be back where they were, with little (if any) residual tension from the events of "Purgatory". (much to mine and many other's dismay) Erbe turns on the snark wih setting Goren up to lure in a personal ad surfer who "knew" the first victim - and says that she'll "make sure Bobby's his type". Giving Goren "Bigfoot" screen name was hilarious. Again, I miss the tension and think, as always, the L&O writers tease us with great character development, only to snatch it away again. One can only hope we see more tension as Goren continues to spiral downward, and we sit back to see if Eames wants to continue with her fingers in his leaking dam.moreless
  • Interesting story and a beautiful job by D'Onofrio, especially at the end

    I think we've almost got back the Goren that's been missing for the last several episodes - especially since his mother's death. Parts of the story weren't to hard to figure out, and the "teaser" was a bit weird - I'm not used to seeing "flashbacks" used on L&O's, and the info imparted during the flashbacks could just as easily have been introduced through the normal methods of interviews and interrogations. Still, until I started writing this review, I'd actually forgotten about them because the rest of the story was very nicely done. Once they identified the killer, and the final confrontation had begun, D'Onofrio really came through. In an effort to make an arrest safely, Goren had to talk the killer down, and in the process, he actually got to me enough that *I* was crying - and I can't remember the last time an L&O made me cry.moreless

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    • Danny Ross: What the hell are we dealing with here? Son of Sam killing parents in front of their kids?

      When Captain Ross asks if the killer is another Son of Sam, he is referring to David Berkowitz, the infamous New York City serial killer who randomly killed six people and wounded seven others in the course of eight days from 1976-1977. Berkowitz referred to himself as the "Son of Sam" in letters to the police and the media. Berkowitz said the "Sam" in his letters was his former neighbor, Sam Carr. He claimed Carr's Labrador retriever, Harvey, was possessed by an ancient demon, and the demon had issued irresistible commands that Berkowitz must kill people. He eventually came to believe that Sam Carr was possessed by Satan, which prompted the killing spree. Berkowitz received a 365-year prison sentence for his crimes.

    • Henry Kissinger, whose name is in the title, was Richard Nixon's National Security Advisor then Secretary of State from 1969-74 and Gerald Ford's Secretary of State from 1974-77. A Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Kissinger was also known for his movement in New York and Washington high society.