Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 10 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 01, 2011 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A call girl's murder sends Detectives Goren and Eames behind the scenes of the fashion industry, where they witness the many moral compromises—not to mention outright lawbreaking—that is allowed to keep the resident star designer content. The question is whether those same skills are being used in a cover-up.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The return of Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames! I was so glad to see Goren & Eames again. A bit confusing for the first episode though.

    I think they should have left the airing of the episodes alone and played them in their original order because it was confusing NOT getting the story of their return in the first episode. I also found it a bit unnerving that they had an ex foe of Goren & Eames as their Captain. All I could see every time he was on screen was his scenes in the funeral home, looking for the tooth/cap in his garage & freezer, playing with his daughter near the freezer when she came out for ice cream and sharpening the mower blade. (All scenes in the prior episode he was in.) I know that the Law & Order franchise recycles stars but when one makes such a big bang on one episode that I cannot think of him in the new role it is irritating. If not for that little irritant though I LOVED the episode. I wish they would have lampooned Charlie Sheen a bit more though. I am looking forward to the explanation of their return in next week's episode to see if the show keeps my 10 rating! For now they receive a 10 for bringing back my favorite police partners!moreless
  • Bravo to USA Network: Goren and Eames still have it!

    Watching them arrive on the crime scene and jump into what they do best was great! It was almost as if they had never left.

    I liked the pace of this mystery and the plot twists. Jay Mohr has more acting range than anyone knew. Obviously absent was the customary begging and banter with the ADA. Did it bother me that there was no explanation to the how and why our heroes returned to Major Case? No, if fact it didn't hit me until the end. Besides, we have something to look forward to. Now the big question is this: how are those clever writers going to figure out a way to bring back Nicole Wallace for another entertaining battle of wits?moreless
  • It's great that the show is back - in more ways than one.

    In Law and Order fashion, Goren and Eames come back with no big show. They get right into what this show is about and skip the melodrama. I am very interested in how they got back on the show after last season's "ka-boom", but this is a very good way to start. Very promising too, I hope the dignified (possible) end of this show continues. It should be dignified, just as it started. Delaying the explanation for their return was also a great business strategy: keeps viewers watching (if they really needed an excuse to keep watching). The writing was better than it's been in a while, but quality has been sporadic for years. The true test is if they can keep up the writing. The style, the mystery, the confession were all in classic CI style and the "ripped from the headlines" headline was subtly well-played (usually it seems like we're being beaten over the head with it) with enough alterations to make it "fresh". Two things have persisted that I am disappointed in though: the camera antics in the beginning of the episode that don't fit this smart show and the skin stunts. I'm sorry, this show doesn't need to flash skin to have appeal. It seems that the more this show struggles to stay on, the more skin it shows. On the episode itself: the mystery kept me in the dark until the end (a good sign) and the main suspect was a mess, but somehow strangely sympathetic. A man struggling with the shameful career choice of his daughter is something I don't think this show, or any other I've seen, has gone over. It sure made him think twice about his own lifestyle. Formulaic originality abounds and this show is not dead yet. :Dmoreless
Neal Huff

Neal Huff

Teddy Scola

Guest Star

Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr

Nyle Brite

Guest Star

Noelle Beck

Noelle Beck

Debra Brite

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Caris Vujcec

Caris Vujcec

Det. Louise Campesi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jay O. Sanders, who joins the regular cast as Captain Joseph Hannah, first appeared in this series as Harry Rowan, the killer pursued and captured by Goren and Eames in the season two premiere, "Dead".

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Alex Eames: (looks out Brite's window) Full-on circus: paparazzi, news vans, pan handlers.
      Robert Goren: Page one, tomorrow's Post. Tsunami kills thousands, or Nyle Brite gets shot in the heart? (sarcastically) I wonder which it will be?

    • Nyle Brite: I'll have my team of lawyers in here. They'll bail me out in five minutes! And then I'm going to go public, on the offense, with my truth!
      Alex Eames: You're a train wreck.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada – May 15, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom – January 15, 2011 on Universal Channel/Universal Channel HD

    • Mary Rae Thewlis has been promoted from Unit Production Manager to Line Producer.
      Amanda Slater has been promoted from First Assistant Director to Co-Producer and Unit Production Manager.
      Charlie Foster has been promoted from Second Assistant Director to First Assistant Director.
      Kevin Kuffa has been promoted from Casting Associate with Lynn Kressel Casting to Casting Director.

    • End credits were eliminated from the first two airings of this episode, and were not seen until the 4 pm E/P rerun the next day (5/2/2011).

    • Opening titles now include only Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. Jay O. Sanders, the new captain, has an "Also Starring" title card after René Balcer's developer card.

    • Special billing was given to Neal Huff (with) and Jay Mohr (and) for this episode.

    • Originally meant to be episode four, the network bumped this to the season premiere because of the "timeliness" of the content surrounding Charlie Sheen's continuing drama between his former network, production company and showrunner. This resulted in Goren and Eames' return being delayed for one week.