Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 4 Episode 21

The Unblinking Eye

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 08, 2005 on USA
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The Unblinking Eye
After a young actress is gunned down after an evening out with her boyfriend, Goren and Eames initially focus their attention on a young man who had showed an unusual interest in the couple, but soon realise that there is more to this case than meets the eye. A jealous and seemingly obsessive ex-girlfriend, a best friend who never made it as an actor, and a grieving boyfriend who seems too good to be true lead Goren and Eames down another path, one where the key to exposing the truth about the present depends on exposing the lies of the past.moreless

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  • A young woman is shot down on a city street, and her fiance wounded. Goran and Eames must sort thru a nasty cast of scheming suspects, selfish motives, and old grudges that refuse to die.moreless

    Some interesting aspects in this one...and no spoilers.

    Well, the first suspect the detectives find picked up the fiance's diamond engagement ring on the street after the shooting and swallowed it. Bobby uncovers him (literally) hiding under a mattress and warns about marquis cuts in the intestinal tract.

    The wounded boyfriend, with modern matinee idol looks, has cameras rolling in his hospital room with an eye on a big role prize. He bags his ex-girlfriend from his gurney, and moves his lips before speaking to remember his lines. Really, would you tell that to a couple of homicide detectives?

    The obsessed stalker ex-girlfriend of the actor is blase about past indiscretions and has a trowel packed in her gear. She's into "geo-cacheing". The cryptic clues for the treasure hunting make Goren salivate...and digging up the murder weapon under a what Eames calls a "prize". She's been set up a bit too neatly, tho.

    A 'murder weapon' that turns out to be a prop gun.

    And finally, a nervous actor who gets memory loss at the drop of a cue card, and was sabotaged by his jealous "buddy". Creep. By all means, don't let your pal become successful before you do.

    The Bobby eating peanuts at the bar scene, oops!! Funny!

    But dang, an 'actor' storyline but not nearly enough VD'O input ala "Vacancy"? Well, there was the smug look at the "just get the cameras on me "line, the "method acting" taunt, and Midnight Cowboy..wasn't that one at the top of Vincent's guilty pleasures film list?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: At the end of the show, after they arrest the two suspects, the officer walks one of them out of the interrogation room, but forgets to put on the handcuffs. Look closely, and you will see the handcuff being held just slightly above his hand.

    • Goof: The shooting takes place at night, but the immediate follow-up investigation is during daylight.

    • Goof: The camera focuses on the computer when Goren uses the NYPD intranet to do his search, yet there is no address visible in the URL bar.

    • Goof: When the gun is examined for ballistics, they say the serial number has been filed down. The closeup of the gun, though, clearly shows the serial number 405311 on the slide as well as on the frame of the gun.

    • Nitpick: The gun and firing pin show normal wear of having been fired over 10 years, but the barrel is like new, so it's determined that it was a prop gun. Guns used as props are rendered incapable of firing a shot to prevent any chance of accident and/or treachery, yet this was the actual murder weapon.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (1)

    • When Ed and Mike watch the tape of Ed's scene with Matt Damon in the observation room, the names 'Frank Prinzi' and 'Jonathan Herron' are visible on the clapperboard. Prinzi is the director of this particular episode, and Herron the director of photography.


    • Midnight Cowboy:
      Goren and Eames find a photograph of the two wannabe-actors dressed up as the main characters from the 1969 film by John Schlesinger, starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Later, Goren mentions the film in several discussions.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Nicole duFresne murder. Nicole duFresne was a talented young actress and playwright who, along with her boyfriend Jeffrey Sparks, was attacked during a robbery on New York's Lower East Side. Charged in her death in early 2005 were Rudy Fleming (19), Ashley Evans (18) and Tatiana McDonald (14).