Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 3

Prisoner

2
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2005 on USA

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  • Trivia

    • Goren and Eames use the names 'Dr. Roger Stern' and 'Dr. Borman' when luring Vic Bowman to the hospital. Drs. Stern and Borman were perps in the episode "Zoonotic".

  • Quotes

    • (Examining a tile mosaic.)
      Robert Goren: You missed a tile here.
      Donny: You're kidding.
      Robert Goren: Yeah, I notice things that are out of pattern.
      Alex Eames: It's true, he does.

    • James Deakins: What do you call that, Staten Island Syndrome?

    • Alex Eames: A guy with no family, I doubt they kidnapped his cleaning lady.

  • Notes

    • The song Goren sings while he's undercover is "Don't Bet Your Money on de Shanghai (Plantation Song)" by Stephen C. Foster

    • This is the first episode in almost three seasons (and only the fourth episode overall) to revolve around a crime that would actually be investigated by the real Major Case squad (a kidnapping). The last episode to do so was Episode 2.08, "The Pilgrim".

    • Special billing was given to Corbin Bernsen (and) in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • 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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