Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 8 Episode 8

The Glory That Was…

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jun 14, 2009 on USA
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The Glory That Was…
What should have been a simple meeting turns to murder, leaving Wheeler and Nichols to question an embassy, a security company, the victim's relatives, and how it all connects to the Olympic Site Selection Committee.

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  • Nichols and Wheeler investigate the murder of two people including a Olympic Gold Medal winner from Belgium. The two detectives are working much better together and the investigation takes them to signs of bribery, collusion, and betrayal.moreless

    Basically Jeff Goldblum is brilliant. With this episode you finally get the idea that they let him play the part the way he wants to and all his acting style and qualities come flying out. He and Julianne Nicholson are great together. The final scene at the desks together was one of the better closing non-confession scenes in a long time. I think Goldblum as Nichols has finally hit his stride.

    I also enjoyed the fact that Eric Bogosian as Captain Ross was much more active. It is almost as if he is part of the Nichols/Wheeler team which in reality he would be. It was refreshing to see him so involved in the actual case this time. The interchange between him and Nichols was very smooth and easy.

    The story was very well put together with a lot of twists and turns. They reveal the relationship between the two women early on but it is actually touching in the end when Laura Green admits she loved the victim and it explains why her husband was so threatened by Caroline. You really believe that information. The perpetrator was certainly a suspect since the beginning of the episode as he was caught in one lie after another but the reason for the crimes and how Nichols and Wheeler found them out was very well done. I enjoyed the final scene with the security head and how Nichols put the whole picture in front of him and basically beat him at his own game. It was quite clever and a little different than in the past as they were not looking for a confession. Nichols just told him what he did and how he could prove it. Nice!

    This episode was very well done and is worth watching again. Very entertaining and well written. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • "The Glory That Was..." is probably Season 8's finest hour so far. The plot was somewhat intricate, but played out nicely.

    Everything was in sync for this episode. Jeff Goldblum(Zach Nichols) was at his finest and his facial expressions alone were worth the watch. Eric Bogosian(Capt. Ross) was very engaged and his prior relationship with Nichols is coming into focus. The writing was very good. How they managed to work so much detail into forty-two minutes is amazing. The script was heavily laced with some great lines, such as Dr. Rodgers' in autopsy, "9mm slug. She was gone before brass hit the grass." and my favorite, "He was circling the drain before he walked into traffic." The filming and editing were superb. In-tight shots of faces and eyes are photographically very effective and the pull-back in the final scene with Nichols and Wheeler was very telling. This caliber of episode is the reason Law and Order: Criminal Intent has been so successful over the years. Keep it up!moreless
Ritchie Coster

Ritchie Coster

Jack Taylor

Guest Star

Jess Weixler

Jess Weixler

Laura Green

Guest Star

Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal

Kevin "Kip" Green

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Horseback Riding Trainer: People forget it's a team sport, the right rider – the right horse.
      Megan Wheeler: Like Laura had?
      Horseback Riding Trainer: Mi Dorado, Spanish for gold.

      Dorado is Spanish for the color gold not the metal which is oro.

    • In this episode we learn that Detective Wheeler's middle name is Ann.

    • The pistol that is used by Caroline's bodyguard is made by Glock GmbH, an Austrian handgun manufacturer. Since the shell casings found at the scene of Caroline's murder are 9 mm, it is most likely a Glock Model 17 or 19. Most law enforcement officers are now using the Glock Model 22 which fires a .40 caliber round.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Zach Nichols: I just want to say I'm real sorry about your, about your fiancé.
      Megan Wheeler: Appreciate it.
      Zach Nichols: You know my mom has, uh, an expression.
      Megan Wheeler: (laughing) This oughta be good, hit me.
      Zach Nichols: Um, rejection is God's protection.
      Megan Wheeler: Pithy.
      Zach Nichols: Or prescient, maybe. What do I know?

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: 9 millimeter slug. She was gone before the brass hit the grass.
      Megan Wheeler: His holster took a 9 millimeter.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Sen o slávě" (Dream about Fame)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia – June 25, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic – June 3, 2010 on TV Nova

    • This episode was originally part of the first three episodes of season eight, scheduled for broadcast on November 14, 2008. Delays and reported cast and crew difficulties delayed the season until April 2009, and shuffled this episode deeper into the season. A further shuffle moved this episode from a May 10, 2009, broadcast when it was replaced with the episode, "In Treatment."


    • On questioning Jack Tayler, Nichols asks if he is making him nervous. Tayler responds that he had taken fire in Fallujah and that "nervous doesn't come easy." The allusion is to combat action in Fallujah, Iraq. It has been one of deadliest combat zones during the Iraqi Campaign.

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