Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 3 Episode 12

Unrequited

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2004 on USA
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Unrequited
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Goren and Eames uncover how a rich woman's unrequited lust for fame and a professional fundraiser's desperation to pay off a loan shark may have contributed to the murders of the woman's husband and the fundraiser's mother.

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  • The detectives uncover two murders, one complicit (the actress' husband) and one solo (the fund raiser's mother) as they wander thru a storyline of lost dreams, greed, and sychopantry.

    8.5
    Just wonderful guest casting on this one...Casey Siemaszko makes a very believable, and even sympathetic celebrity fawner, Claire Bloom (tho fairly unrecognizable at her age... she was once a true beauty) is hysterical as the preening, attention- starved 'star', and especially, Rebecca Schull as the promoter's crusty mother (she gives Goren as good as she gets)...all three, highly entertaining.



    The final scene, on the stage Ms Bloom's character was to thrill on, was a fine setting for Goren and Eames breakdown of culprit motives. I liked how the detectives exited after the chestfallen killers were hauled off ..stage left, stage right.



    A good one.moreless
Rebecca Schull

Rebecca Schull

Esther Gruenwald

Guest Star

Gerry Becker

Gerry Becker

Lawrence Bradley

Guest Star

Joel Fabiani

Joel Fabiani

Daniel

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Goren and Eames say that Marion Whitney's husband was murdered by mixing a pesticide with petroleum jelly and then applying the mixture to a medical oxygen regulator. In reality, when pure oxygen comes into contact with an oil-based product spontaneous combustion occurs. If this hypothesis had been correct the husband would have survived or been killed in the ensuing oxygen fire.

    • Marion was told that important people were coming from London to watch the show. Claire Bloom, who played Marion, was born in London.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Eames: And they thought they were the answers to each other's prayers.
      Goren: Well, they were. I mean, she's going to have another shot at fame at her trial. And Harvey... I think Harvey will like jail. It's where all the famous people are these days.

    • James Deakins: Who's Terry?
      Alex Eames: My date. (pause) Well, what was I supposed to do while I was pregnant, sit home and knit?

    • Alex Eames: Before James Whitney died, Marion Whitney already had Harvey plotting her new life.
      Robert Goren: And maybe her husband's death.

    • Lawrence Bradley: Students have to show commitment, and talent, and . . .
      Alex Eames: A big bank account?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Eames: Dance of the merry widow.

      This is likely an allusion to Franz Lehar's 1905 operetta, the Merry Widow. The song, "Waltz of the Merry Widow," is from this operetta as well.

    • Eames: Sorry, it looks like you forgot your ruby slippers.
      A reference to the 1939 Victor Fleming movie, The Wizard of Oz, which was based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. Dorothy's adventures in the magical land end when she clicks the heels of her ruby slippers to send herself home.

    • Marion Whitney: Unsex me here, and fill me from the crown to the toe . . .

      These are lines from the first act of Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Marion is playing Lady Macbeth, who helps her husband kill people so that he can become king of Scotland. Robert Goren refers to casualties of Marion's ambition, implying that this role is particularly appropriate for her.

    • Weaver: Next thing I know I have Moses doing the invocation at my daughter's wedding. And it only cost me ten grand.
      This is a reference to Charlton Heston's role as Moses in The Ten Commandments.

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