Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 11


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 15, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

After Russ Corbett and his wife are found in a seedy hotel room, Russ dead of an overdose, Eames and Goren follow the trail of evidence to Bernard Fremont, a professional partier. With his beautiful blonde companions, Fremont insinuates himself into the lives of couples who don't know the city very well, then robs their homes. While investigating Fremont's past in Asia, Goren realizes Fremont is the mastermind who turned Nicole Wallace into a murderer, and was his most successful pupil.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • International mastermind strips pricey real estate and has scriptwriters decapitated. The latter might not be a bad idea.

    Ok, so the "problem" of CI scriptwriting is that in addition to a riveting story, it needs enough plot twists for Goren to deadpan his "eureka" insights.

    But the detective is supposed to be a savant, not the fount of every piece of arcane knowledge ever assembled by Alex Tribeck.

    Had to laugh at the Goren instant recognition that his British nemesis spoke Chinese with a heavy dose of Thai glottal stops. And this on one sentence. British English is also fairly loaded with glottals, and this poor Chinese didn't even sound tonal!

    Even Noam Chomsky couldn't have made THAT analysis. But it was a RIOT how matter of factly Vincent D. made his linguistic observation.

    There were some cute Gorenisms like the wave bye-bye, but the actor looks increasingly bored. What a pity..his talent deserves more than this slop.

    The line "giants straddling the earth" was revealing, as that what it takes in a criminal to match wits with an encyclopedia...unfortunately the grittiness of the original Law and Order gets lost when scripts have to be convoluted each week to prove Goren is a genius.

    After five seasons, hasn't that been established?moreless
  • Been there, done that

    One sign that a series is floundering is when they start cannibalizing prior episodes. This one was patterned very much after an episode "Sound Bodies" from Season 3 or 4. Svengali-type with impressionable female acolytes doing his bidding, certain none of them will turn on him, persuaded that one of them does, etc, etc...that time it was teenagers.

    And while I think Nicole Wallace was originally an interesting "Moriarty" figure, they've exploited her as much as they can, unless she has Goren's child. Bringing her out (or just up, as with this ep), for sweeps or when they are trying to counterprogram (24's debut was on) hasn't proven to be a very effective strategy.

  • Perfect writing and acting

    Micheal York ruled in this episode, It's funny when you see him in the Austin Powers movies then watch him play a serial killer like Bernard Fremont. It's really cool for him to play a master criminal and Svengali to a bunch of hot blondes. Watching Det. Goren figure out that Bernard Fremont was Nicole Wallace's ex-boyfriend and mentor was really cool. The scene were Goren got Fremont to speak Thai and watching Fremont get mad about it was great! (watching those to actors work together was like watching to experts)

    Plus I liked the end when Goren convinced the women that Nicole Wallace will always be Fremont's number one girl. Then Nicole kills him in the end, kinda fittingmoreless
  • Slither

    Man and woman died and robbed everything. Found the man in freezer. Found woman with dyed hair believed to have abducted them. Killed Wes by strangulation. Couldn't remember who drug her. Continuous druggings and robbings. Wesley Bannon was hired and robbed former work place. Speaks Chinesse. Taught girl how to kill. Grew up in Thailland. Hilary put himself in benard's place. Bennard admitted everything. Bennard got released by Hilary's sister. Someone killed Bennard by a needle. Maybe Nicole. I don't really remember this Episode too good. this is not a good review, but I wrote all this down, and it's the best I can do.moreless
  • 10
    Loved this episode! Mike York was wonderful as Nicole\'s past fling/teacher, Bernard.

    I also liked Bernard’s little groupie of blonds. I hope we see Faith (I think that was her name) later on this season. A show down between her and Nicole would be a perfect way to end the season.

    This season is much better then the past seasons. The formula is different. Goren and Eames no longer have an easy time catching the criminals. Plus having Noth back makes the show more exciting to watch. Logan and Goren have very different styles.

    The biggest change this season is how the character Nicole has changed. While she is still a murder and deserves to pay for her crimes (which I hope doesn’t happen until the series final) she seems to be trying to make up for her crimes. I love the reaction on Goren’s face when Carver suggested that Bernard might have contract with Nicole. Goren doesn’t seem to motivate to capture his foe anytime soon.

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Hilary Marsden

Guest Star

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg

Marcel Costas

Guest Star

Mariann Mayberry

Mariann Mayberry

Monica Corbett

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Goren handles the typewriter without gloves, but Deakins still says to send it to latent for prints.

    • Nitpick: In the episode "Anti-Thesis", it is mentioned that Nicole Wallace served eight years in prison after testifying against her male accomplice, who got life. In this episode, it is stated that Nicole served ten years in prison while her male accomplice was released after eight years due to the intervention of one of his female accomplices.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (After discovering a dead screenwriter.)
      Alex Eames: Fade out, Mr. Banyon.

    • (After talking to Bernard for the first time.)
      Robert Goren: Bernard looked like he knew our names.
      Alex Eames: Don't flatter yourself.

    • (Looking at the mugshots in the newspaper.)
      Alex Eames: I never got what smiling is supposed to prove. Innocent people aren't happy to get their mugshot taken.

    • (Eames looks at two boards filled with letters.)
      Alex Eames: I totally forgot I need an eye exam...
      Robert Goren: I'm copying down the letters as-- the same as they are on the [typewriter] ribbon, and once we know what his script is about, then we'll know, uh, wh-why he was killed.
      Alex Eames: See, I'd rather know who.

    • (After finding Bernard on the stairs.)
      Robert Goren: Nicole?
      Alex Eames: Maybe poisons was a lesson he should have skipped.

    • James Deakins: What are we dealing with here, some kind of Manson family?
      Alex Eames: If the Manson family shopped on Madison Avenue.

    • Alex Eames: He got his eyebrows waxed. I doubt he picked up metrosexual grooming tips in Grand Rapids.

  • NOTES (1)


    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Charles Sobhraj (born Gurhmuk Sobhraj) case. Sobhraj was a serial killer who preyed on western tourists throughout Southeast Asia during the 1970s. These crimes were documented in a book titled Serpentine by Thomas Thompson – the working title for this episode.

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