Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 3

Prisoner

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2005 on USA
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Episode Fan Reviews (5)

8.7
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119 votes
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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 system
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