Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 22

Tuxedo Hill

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 10, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary

When Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a man linked to a corporate finance officer, they uncover a stock manipulation scheme which enriched the corporate executives by defrauding investors.

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  • A stock scheme slowly unraveling causes the players to panic and frame one of their own for murder. Goren and Eames must exonerate that person and find another corroborating witness to bring the company and their felonious leaders down.moreless

    I realize this was from a number of years ago but being from corporate America myself it is amazing how true to life this episode really is. When this episode premiered this type of action was becoming more and more prevalent in the business world. Companies concerned more with their stock price and dividends then the workers and the people that support the company. If anyone asks, this is true reason for the failing of the economy over the last few years.

    Literally the company used smoke and mirrors to cover their tracks and the murder of the plumber was just another cog in the wheel to these people. The fact that one of their own had any integrity at all totally doomed her to something like this. In a way I am surprised they didn't kill her as well except they needed her signature and her death so close to the filing would have been bothersome.

    It is amazing that something as minute as an expensive mint could be a key in a murder investigation. Stranger things have happened! This was a great story filled with the kind of real world situations and manipulations that exist in today's business market. Very believable and certainly based on recent real life stories a credible episode. Very enjoyable show with some good interaction and setups on the part of the detectives. Both Goren and Eames give excellent performances. Hopefully we'll see them both back for season nine with Jeff Goldblum. Thanks for reading...

    My five hundredth review.moreless
  • A rather convoluted approach to corporate chicanery featuring a murdered plumber and his framed corporate executive lover. If you fear a whistle blower, then by all means, set her up, then blackmail her needed signature on the cooked books.moreless

    Story opens with an earnest accountant who doesn't like it that a company's monthly financial reports "don't make sense". Earnings calculations are a bit, uhh, specious. The L&O CI Enron take, evidently,(the story's company sold land and water rights) but they could rework this storyline twice a season and it would still be far too relevent.

    This shenanigans in the boardroom plot has an exec mother pinned in her car memoryless about how she got there, and her child wandering in Staten Island. Tho Deakins labels it a car wreck, Goren and Eames sniff bigger fish (and gun powder in the car). Yep, right again...the woman's boyfriend was murdered.

    The detail to which the woman (a VP Of Corp Finance) was framed indicates the extent to which she could bring down the top dogs, in particular the sneering and arrogant CFO (L&O recurring guest actor Bruce Altman, always effective), and his duplicitous fiancee. The detectives go about exposing the white collar dirtbags with relish.

    V D'O was a perfect doll in this Season One finale. Glad I wasn't watching this show when it first would have been far too long a summer waiting for Season Two.

    Best Goren line: An Eddie Haskell, "Are you sure?" after the upteenth offering of the key clue English Black Peppermints.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Goren comes out of the interview room after talking to Mr. Nelson there's the sound of a closing door, but in the scene it's left open several inches.

    • In the last line of dialog, Carver says he is going to hold a press conference and then call his broker. Had he called his broker first, he would be subject to insider trading laws.

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    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Enron scandal. In Enron, corporate executives inflated the company earnings on paper while embezzling the principle capital into shell companies and finally into the executives's own bank accounts (usually offshore). Like those at Enron, the average employees (like Crawley's fiancée) wound up losing not only their life savings, but their pension accounts as well, as much of it was based on Enron company stock, which became completely worthless.