The painting on the back wall where the Kizmeet security feed computer is located looks very similar to the one painted by Dr. Maya Zhuang that Detective Goren was admiring in the episode "Cadaver."
This episode was reminiscent of the accident that occurred on December 20, 2010, when the lead stunt actor, Christopher Tierney, was seriously injured in a fall during a performance of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Tierney was the fourth performer to be hurt working on production since September 2010.
Goof: Eames states the victim's BAC was 1.9, which Captain Hannah says "won't kill ya." Potentially fatal BAC is 0.55, and the highest recorded survivable BAC is 0.914, so a BAC of 1.9 would most certainly kill a person.
Goren describes 218th St. as "where the Hudson meets the East River." Actually, those two rivers never come close to meeting. The East River branches east over Queens at about 96th St. (five miles away). Both ends of 218th St. are, in fact, by the Harlem River. The Hudson does meet the Harlem by Inwood, but it's still about a half mile away.
Eames' father tells Goren that he doesn't have any grandchildren, which contradicts the fact that Eames gave birth to her sister's child via surrogacy in the Season 3 episode "F.P.S." when Kathryn Erbe was pregnant in real life.
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".
Goof: When the suspect is arrested at his office, as the two plainclothes officers pick him up one of his handcuffs hang free, not locked around his wrist.
The two dogs who kill the victim are named "Zeus" and "Apollo." These are the names of Higgins' dogs in Magnum, P.I.
As a bit of an in-joke, when Nichols looks at John Silvestri and Tom Reynolds' yearbook photos, she says Reynolds looks like "a young Tom Cruise." William Mapother, who plays John Silvestri, is Tom Cruise's cousin.
Goof: When Nichols and Stevens review the hospital's security tapes, Nichols makes note of the date, 11/11/09, and refers to it as "yesterday." However, seconds later when a black title card appears to transition the scene from the Major Case Squad to the fire department, the date given is Wednesday, April 21; since the episode aired in 2010 and April 21 fell on a Wednesday that year, that would make the date 04/21/10, resulting in an obvious 161-day gap. Unless the detectives waited an unusually long time to interview the fireman, there's a continuity error.
Nitpick: The German translation for "hazard" is "Gefahr" and not "Vorsicht". "Vorsicht" means "caution" in German and "vorsichtiger" (the original family name) would be "more careful". Although the road sign does say "Vorsicht Gefahr" to warn drivers of dangerous road conditions, there is no comprehensible reason why someone would change his name from meaning "caution" to "hazard". "Vorsicht Gefahr" has no special meaning or significance beyond being used as a warning label/sign in either Austria or Germany. Gefahr/hazard is neither a synonym nor an antonym for vorsicht/caution.
Goof: When Nichols writes a suspect's name on the dry erase board, underlining it several times, the ink color on the board goes from black to green and then back to black.
Nitpick: When looking at a photo of the victim and his daughter in fox-hunting attire, Goren states that fox hunting was banned in England in 2005, so the photo had to have been taken over four years ago. Despite the ban, the sport still takes place regularly, with many fox-hunting groups actively disobeying the law.
On the Venefica poster, the production designer is Les Bloom, a reference to Criminal Intent's own production designer, Leslie Bloom.
In this episode, Raul Esparza plays Kevin Mulrooney, an ADA who had an affair with Alex Eames, one of the detectives who investigated a case he prosecuted. Three years later, he would return to the franchise, on L&O: Special Victims Unit, playing Rafael Barba, an ADA who would have an affair with Olivia Benson, one of the detectives who investigated a case he prosecuted.
During the questioning of ADA Mulrooney, Goren refers to Carl Jung and the anima. Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist who studied under Sigmund Freud. Jung broke with Freud and developed his own Analytical Psychology which included the anima and animus. The anima is the feminine inner personality of the male and the animus is the masculine inner personality of the female.
The first five letters of Paul Devildis' last name spell Devil and second four letters spell evil.
Although apparently only named in the closing credits, the school principal who calls Cyrano "A lesson in Abstinence" is named "Margaret Sanger", sharing her named with the noted birth control advocate.
Goof: During the memorial service for his in-laws, Paul Devildis says "Let us reflect on a passage from Revelations." A devout Christian such as Devildis would know the correct name is The Book of Revelation (singular).
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.