Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 3

Prisoner

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2005 on USA
8.7
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119 votes
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Episode Summary

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Prison warden William Hendry is found brutalized after he drops off a large ransom payment for his wife, who had been kidnapped years earlier by an escaped convict. Eames and Goren track down Jenny Hendry, now living happily under a new name, and begin to realize that Hendry isn't the squeaky clean martyr that he's been portrayed as for years, especially once they discover that Jenny's supposed 'kidnapper' was originally hired by the warden to kill his wife.moreless

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  • Jailhouse Rock!(Spoilers)

    9.0
    First off I loved almost every aspect. It was intresting, and I couldn't take my eyes off of it. From him reciving stuff in the mail, then to how he was found, to the mystery of is he the bad guy or is he just a victim?



    I thought that the acting was great, I thought the warden and Jenny were great actors, She was emotional, and traumatic, and you could see when she was lying. He seemed like he really wanted his wife back, but like he was keeping a secret about something, and when they came together in the interview room near the end of the episode, WOW, I could take my eyes of the screen.moreless
  • While not as compelling as the genius vs genius episodes of the past, just having the "Goren Dance" makes this ep an instant classic.

    9.4
    Now that the series is going to be split and alternate between the two detective teams, D'Onofrio's apperances should be treasured and savored like a fine wine. While this episode has solid writing and a good (but expected) twist, the adventures of the quirky Detective Gorin are what carry the day again. It makes the viewer wish Scott Wolf would abandon the "case centered" plots and do more exploring Goren's character. Unfortunately the chances of that happening are nil.



    And just in case you didn't know, the song Goren is singing while doing the dance is "Don't Bet Your Money on de Shanghai," by Stephen Foster. Yeah. That's what I said.moreless
  • Ripped from the headlines... a warden's wife shows up several years later living with an escaped prisoner.

    8.3
    Not one of their most intriguing episodes but a fine example. The wife is blocking out her life with the warden and the warden is a sociopath who has managed to hide it very well. It was pretty easy to figure in the beginning. Most of the time you figure it out with the police.
  • A warden whose wife was kidnapped ten years before is found chained to a fence and it turns out to be a self-inflicted punishment. The wife is alive and well and living with her kidnapper, by choice.moreless

    7.9
    A new twist on an old story: the phrase "going native" was first used in colonial times by European settlers in North America whose womenfolk had run off to live with the native Americans. Sure beat the Puritan ambiance. So it's believable enough a wife would prefer the company of an escaped criminal to that of post-LA Law Corbin Bernsen.



    Tho the detectives at first suspect the 'captive' wife is suffering from Patty Hearst syndrome, they soon learn she has good reason to lay low with the lowlife...the warden hubby is a patronizing, thieving crumb who was plotting his wife's murder.



    The warden is predictable but the story is entertaining and Bernsen is pretty good as the from-the-get-go transparent phony. A rare occasion the writers allow the audience to lead the detectives.



    Gotta love the VD'O version of the Singing (and spastically dancing)Postman, but an all too brief "old Bobby" moment.moreless
  • A warredens wife who has been missing at least ten years is found once her husband is attacked.

    6.4
    IT was nice to see Corbin bernson in a villianous role but I would have like to known before hand that was going to be the case. A man who you think so loves his wife that he will do anything to get her back but instead the reason he wants her back is just to have her around to get the money he stole from in this case the jail systemmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • Goren's undercover name of "Roger Stern", when he pretends to be a doctor, appears to be an inside joke. Gerry Conway, one of the series' producers, is a former comic book writer who spent several years at Marvel Comics (creating the character The Punisher, who was recently depicted in a big-screen movie). One of his co-workers at Marvel was writer Roger Stern.

    • Robert Goren: That's the cornerstone of– of your proposal. Greeting cards that… that address the better angels of our nature.

      This is a reference to the final lines in Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address in which he made his case for the Union's precedence over individual or groups of states, arguing against secession:

      I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Bobbi Parker case. Bobbi Parker was allegedly kidnapped by Randolph Dial on August 30, 1994, from the Oklahoma State Reformatory where her husband was a deputy warden. Dial had been allowed to work in the deputy warden's garage on pottery projects. Dial was captured on April 4, 2005, after more than 10 years as a fugitive when an America's Most Wanted tip panned out. Although Bobbi claimed that she was held captive by threats against her husband and children by an abusive Dial, there were skeptics from the beginning, noting she had been free to come and go within the towns they habituated. In October 2008, an Oklahoma judge ordered her to stand trial for aiding in a prisoner's escape. Randolph Dial died at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary on June 13, 2007, after struggling with heart disease and what was believed to be cancer. He was never charged with Parker's kidnapping.

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