Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 13

Proud Flesh

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 12, 2006 on USA
8.7
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91 votes
4

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Goren and Eames investigate after Trip Slaughter III, the eldest son of radio magnate Jonas Slaughter, is found dead and covered in plastic latex. Initial evidence leads detectives directly to Jonas' Chinese wife Anna, but Goren and Eames realize the evidence pointing to her is a little too pat.moreless

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  • An excellent depiction of how greed destroys - even families - and how enough money can buy the greed of others.

    10
    It has to be said, to see Vincent D'Onofrio in the lead again was a real treat, not that Chris Noth doesn't pull his own weight and isn't a real pillar of the Law & Order franchise. But Detective Goren is who I truly look forward to watch, especially with his sidekick Detective Eames, played ever-superbly by Kathryn Erbe. In this episode the dynamic duo avoid the multitude of elaborate traps set out - that only money can buy - to take them off the scent of the killer and person ultimately responsible for the death of a greedy man's son.moreless
  • The son of a billionaire dies and everyone thinks it is the young chinese wife of the billionaire. There are great twists and turns in this episode. The ending is quite surprising!moreless

    9.9
    I like how it got kind of kinky almost like an SVU episode. I think the writing was great in this episode. The two asian girls were great too.

    The surprise ending was awesome! and refreshing!!

    The lives of those people were amazing traveling the world like that!! Way to go CI!
  • Another mind-bender

    8.7
    Yep - three cheers for Malcolm MacDowell who brings a bit of panache to the show! A very intriguing plot this time round. Full of twists and turns, keeping the viewer off their feet - somethig that Law and Order hasnt really done for quite a while. Most of the time theyve become predictable.



    The character dynamics well quite well in this as sons, professor, immigrant wife and rich billionare all show clues to the real killer.



    Motive sheds its skin faster than an superaging serpent.



    What can I say, another Goren and Emes episode that makes the mark and one of the best endings from all its seasons.



    Worth a watch.moreless
  • The billionaire amoral head of a dysfunctional family finds the perfect recipe for getting away with murder - 'spreading enough money around to create reasonable doubt.' In this case, he's had his own son killed, cast suspicion on his wife, but is foiledmoreless

    6.0
    when his second son ends up dead as well.



    Malcolm McDowell was fine as the conniving magnate..at least a lot more lively than the other two big name (Goldberg and York) guest stars this season. (And this was the show that according to the head writer wasn't going to have to be "the Love Boat" of crime dramas, relying on 'stars' to keep it afloat.)



    The painful to watch part wasn't in the writing or guest cast. It was in the decline of the actor who MAKES the show - our beloved Vincent.



    Having watched earlier tonight an episode aired almost exactly four years earlier (Semi-Professional), yet another riveting Goren tour de force, and then seeing the relatively lifeless performance from March of 2006...geez, it's "painful" all right.



    The OLD Bobby Goren was, more than anything, PLAYFUL in the role. He bobbed and weaved like a boxer in his prime all over the scene. He hovered over it, or tunneled under it, or twirled though it. The downcast glances, the sideway looks, raised eyebrows, twitches, shrugs, craned or bent neck... the whole repertoire of antics. Every single nanosecond of every single scene the OLD Bobby Goren was 'on'. A watchable feast.



    The OLD Bobby Goren was simply delicious.



    You can view the old Goren and turn down the volume and just WATCH and be amazed, or turn off the picture and just LISTEN, and be entranced. Every tone or move or motion or breath had meaning.



    The NEW Bobby Goren (or at least tonite's Bobby) is dull, uninteresting, and wooden. Very little going on in his interaction with Eames. Altho the glances still register, they're like the ones couples married for eons give. I look in your direction, but I don't see you. SAD.



    Even worse is the seeming lack of engagement with the rest of the cast. I don't know if there is some kind of retro-minimalist virus afoot, but the psuedo-coma energy level that Sciorra (another fine actor whose lack of engagement in her L&O detective role assaults the viewing pleasure) brought to CI appears to be contagious.



    I don't necessarily want to see D'Onofrio up the ante on the Goren antics. If Bobby's eccentricities have all been played out, fine. If the character has matured into a 'straighter', less quirky detective, that's ok too. But gee, if Goren comes across as disinterested as Vincent had him in this one, we're gonna be too.



    A few years back in an interview V D'O maintained that as relentless as a five day a week, nine month a year tv series schedule was, he still found it possible to keep about a half-day ahead of every scene, working out in his mind what he would do with it. That sure rang true...the magic of his Goren was certainly not all spontaneity..it was studied and thought out to perfection.



    In this episode, (one of only 12 he did this season)it looked like Vincent got handed the script five minutes before, and had just woken up three minutes earlier. Drained of energy. Catatonic. Or at the least, seriously constipated.



    Bordering on boring and missing that deadly mark ONLY because despite the inertia, he's STILL Vincent Freaking D'Onofrio.



    I hope.moreless
Cindy Cheung

Cindy Cheung

Anna Leung-Slaughter

Guest Star

Matthew Morrison

Matthew Morrison

Chance Slaughter

Guest Star

Mark Blum

Mark Blum

Prof. Larry Lewis

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • James Deakins: I give up. What's SST?
      Alex Eames: Sissy Slut Training.
      James Deakins: Your years in Vice weren't wasted.

    • Jonas Slaughter: (to Trip and Chance) With Anna in my corner, I'll outlive both of you.

    • (Goren asks the jewelry shop owner a question in Chinese, and Mrs. Wong starts laughing.)
      Mrs. Wong: (in Cantonese) He speaks Cantonese like my little dog.
      Det. Mike Lew: She says you speak Chinese like he--
      Robert Goren: (embarrassed) I-I got it, I got it.
      Alex Eames: (amused) So did I.

    • Prof. Larry Lewis: This story, it's-- it's Kafka-esque.
      Alex Eames: That would make you the bug, Larry. You know what I like to do to bugs? ...I like to watch my partner squash them. (Goren smiles)

    • Robert Goren: Proud now, Mr. Slaughter? Proud now? Your son lies, lies to save your neck.
      Jonas Slaughter: That's what sons are for.

    • A.D.A. Carver: Private jets? Homes in five countries? Mr. Slaughter redefines 'flight risk'.

    • (Examining Trip Slaughter's body.)
      Robert Goren: It's a, uh, latex full-body suit.
      Alex Eames: He died with his freak on.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Alex Eames: (to a suspect) You know what I like to do to bugs? ...I like to watch my partner squash them. (Goren grins)
      Vincent D'Onofrio played an alien bug in the film Men in Black, and had a particular disregard for anyone squishing cockroaches-- which helped Agents J and K catch him in the end.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines concerning Wendi Deng. Deng was originally sponsered by American couple Jake and Joyce Cherry, then wed Jake Cherry after the marriage broke up. She and Cherry later divorced, and in 1998 she met billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The two wed seventeen days after he divorced his wife, and had two daughters -- Chloe and Grace. Rupert's four children from his prior marriages have voiced their concern that Rupert's proposed changes to his current trust will put 1/3 control of the company in the hands of Wendi Deng's hands, as she will control her daughters' shares until they reach thirty years of age.

    • Prof. Larry Lewis: This story, it's ... it's Kafka-esque.
      Alex Eames: That would make you the bug, Larry.

      A reference to Franz Kafka's novella The Metamorphosis, which is about a man turning into a cockroach.

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