Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 16

Reunion

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2008 on USA
9.1
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The murder of a television show host may link to her former avocation as a groupie to a famous musician, putting him and his family right at the top of the suspects list, along with her son and assistant.

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  • Sex, drugs and rock & roll. Throw in some lies, jealousy and murder - and presto! Law and Order CI!

    9.0
    A late night music talk show host is murdered, leading Wheeler and Logan to the aging rock star and his over-the-top wife who live next door. We get a little backstory from Wheeler (who is still engaged, go Megan!) - when she admits to having all the albums of Jordi Black. While the case shifts from the son of the talk show host, to the rock star, to the con-artist assistant, we get treated to some great tunes, and the acting tallent of Michael Massey. Massey, who never fails to creep me out when he plays a bad guy, turns in a great performance as a 80s era rocker. And rightly so, as I think I remember reading that he did dabble in some rock music back in the day.



    A strong episode, no real surprises yet all the ends tied up nicely. The ending, with the affairs and paternity reveals were interesting, and very well acted.moreless
  • Rock the kid...

    8.9
    I had it figured out almost halfway through who had done it, just didn't know the reason why until the surprise ending. This episode dragged a bit but kept my interest otherwise. Logan seemed to question Wheeler's ability to judge properly in this case since she was a big fan of this rock star who was one of the suspects but she proved she could do it. The victim was a real piece of work; would not want her for my mother, Milo. Gonna miss Chris Noth when he leaves at the end of this season; I have always liked him and his character throughout all Law and Order franchises.moreless
Michael Massee

Michael Massee

Jordie Black

Guest Star

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

Milo

Guest Star

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Tara Black

Guest Star

Caris Vujcec

Caris Vujcec

Det. Louise Campesi

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When the assistant gets out of the tub, a glimpse of the shorts she is wearing can be seen in the mirror.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, Sylvia's assistant is in a tattoo parlor, with a bandage centered on her abdomen. Later, when the bandage has been removed, the tattoo ("RALPH") is much larger than the bandage was, extending across her abdomen to her flanks.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Danny Ross: (to Wheeler) I worked with Bernie Kerik, Eliot Spitzer. I was wrong about them. You could be wrong about Jordie. Find out why he's so involved in this cause.
      Bernard Bailey "Bernie" Kerik was the New York City Police Commissioner from 2000-2001 under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. From May to September 2003, Kerik served as Interim Minister of Interior of Iraq and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Presidential Envoy to Iraq, L. Paul Bremer III. In December 2004 President G. W. Bush nominated Kerik as Secretary of Homeland Security. Within a week Kerik withdrew his nomination after it was revealed he had hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. In 2006, Kerik pled guilty to two unrelated ethics violations after an investigation by the Bronx District Attorney's Office and paid a fine. On November 8th, 2007, in New York Federal Court, Kerik was indicted by a federal grand jury on 16 charges of, among other felonies, conspiracy, fraud, tax evasion, obstruction, filing a false loan application, and making an assortment of false statements when applying for various federal posts, including Homeland Security Secretary. Elements of Kerik's scandals figure prominently in the Criminal Intent episode "My Good Name," as well as Law & Order's "Publish and Perish." Eliot Spitzer, a lawyer and former politician of the Democratic Party, served as Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008 on revelation of his involvement in a high-priced prostitution ring, and amid threats of impeachment by New York state lawmakers. While campaigning for governor, Spitzer had promised ethics and integrity would be the hallmarks of his administration. Before becoming governor, Spitzer prosecuted several prostitution rings during his tenure as New York State Attorney General. Federal investigators believe Spitzer may have paid as much as $80,000 over several years for prostitution services while serving as attorney general and later while governor. The Season 18 Law & Order finale "Excalibur" was also based on this case.

    • Elements of this episode appear to be drawn from the life of rock guitarist and composer Pete Townsend (of The Who), and some are specifically ripped from the headlines of the 2003 scandal surrounding his alleged possession of Internet child pornography. Like Jordie Black, Townsend claimed that he had collected the materials for research (in his case for a book about child abuse.) The mention of a rock opera was likely an allusion to The Who's Tommy. Additionally, the story about Jordie being caught with two underage boys was likely borrowed from rock star Gary Glitter's 2005 arrest in Vietnam, for which Glitter has served two years in a Vietnamese prison.

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