Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 15

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 07, 2004 on USA
8.4
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The daughter of narcissistic psychotherapists takes desperate measures to exact her revenge for years of their abuse and neglect, leading to tragedy for a young man caught in the web of her parents' promiscuity, mind games and competitiveness.

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  • Another interesting plot

    9.4
    I like these kinds of episodes where we are intentionally and cleverly misdirected to believe one story from the limited circumstances that are revealed.



    Especially in this case. Two of my favourite actors Margarent Colin and Brent Spiner are the two initial protaganists. The dialogue is v good and centres mostly around the lives of husband and wife physcologists - each a rival to the other as they try to out do each other.



    I think that their not seeing their daughter as the killer was done superbly and allows D'Onofrio to pit them against each other. Again the clever use of leverage wins the day as the daughter finally coughs up to the crime and reveals all behind her fairly benign motive - at least thats is what it appeared to me as. Sometimes I think the motives arent really thought out in this crime drama. As long as they convince the majority of viewers the writers seem to accept that whatever motives they use can be 100% covered against criticism.



    Still a very fine episode that will have you griped until the final forseeable confrontation between the anatagonists.



    Worth a watch in my book.moreless
  • A young musician is stabbed to death and his murderer is the victim of her selfish, messed-up parents' interminable one-up-manship.

    8.2
    From the titles of the victim's musical compositions (Transference Be-Bopp. :)), Goren surmises there is a shrink lurking in the background.



    In fact, there are two - a psychiatrist and her psychologist hubby who make the dialog from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe" sound like connubial bliss. Their headgames have created a monster of repressed envy in their daughter - who killed the musician out of jealousy and misplaced rage.



    Pretty good story, and the shrink couple were amusing...but only if you believe such couples don't exist to thrive on each other's misery. Making the mom shrink a witch whose response to aging is hiking up the skirt and unbuttoning the blouse opens the door for the daughter's response..if you can't compete, then kill.





    Tho he gets to throw enough psychiatric mumbo-jumbo around, V D'O is a bit subdued. Late season fatigue?moreless
Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Graham Barnes

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Taylor Roberts

Taylor Roberts

Camilla Barnes

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Richmond Hoxie

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James Penell

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