Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 7 Episode 9

Untethered

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 2007 on USA
9.1
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Goren investigates when his nephew, a prisoner who's bipolar, claims that inmates are being abused to the point of murder.

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  • Where Have You Gone, Bobby Goren?

    2.0
    The character of Bobby Goren was always off-beat, extremely perceptive and efficient. I believe that people who watched the show looked at him as the counterpart to the Columbo (Peter Falk) character of this generation.



    A turning point in the character of Bobby Goren actually started, in my opinion, when he found out his biological father (Roy Scheider) was a serial killer. This episode changed his character even more to the extreme. Bobby Goren is now portrayed as someone who needs heavy "loose He's no longer the perceptive detective he once in my opinion, a BIG mistake on the part of the writers.moreless
  • i need help with this????

    4.5
    Season 7 Episode 9 Untethered: this episode had it good, bad and ugly, but at the end, im wondering, hummm, shouldnt there be another episode, a part 2 to this as if they just left this one guess that's why i never followed this series too much, especially when they started having so many different detectives although Annabella Sciorra, i would follow for miles and years, lol

    but still want to know about a part 2 or a follow up episode where they continue this one...moreless
  • I miss the old Goren. This new guy is less Sherlock Holmes and more Full Metal Jacket's Gomer Pyle! Stick to the formula, please!

    3.5
    We start with a guy dying of dehydration in a prison mental ward. OK, good, ripped from the headlines start. Then we find out that Goren's nephew, who he never met, saw the death and put two and two together. OK, now we're straying from the formula. To add to the absurdity, Goren goes undercover as an inmate to find out how bad it is? What next; he'll spend his suspension in Australia chasing Nicole Wallace? Then, after he's sprung, he goes psycho on his brother and we're left with him searching fruitlessly through Times Square?

    The formula for a successful L&O ep is as follows. Start with a ripped-from-the-headlines story. Add two detectives and their boss, who chase down all possible leads. For Criminal Intent, cross-cut to the criminals to add the cat-and-mouse element. Then, have the DA handle whatever legal maneuvers to resolve the story. For CI, Goren as Sherlock Holmes--brilliant, detached, relentless--worked. Goren as unstable and flouting orders from up top doesn't.moreless
  • Hey! Another episode on the road to ruin. Dick Wolf DOESN'T CARE ANYMORE. -- SKIP THIS EPISODE!

    3.0
    This was terrible. A great detective sacrificed for some stupid writer's idea of "Gee: Different is always better - I can make a name for myself".



    Hollywood Writers Guild: Die soon please.



    In this episode, we see yet another attempt by the writers to IGNORE the detective genre that made Criminal Intent famous, and proceeds into never-never land with a soppy, misdirected, and sad case of writer stupidity.



    Of course, D'Onofrio provides a terrific performance, as usual, and Goren's slide into self-loathing and insanity is very believable.



    WHO CARES? We want the precise, witty and wonderful Goren and Eames back, solving the BEST mysteries on television, not some crappishnes evactuated from the bowels of a hack writer.



    If you love the real Goren and Eames, SKIP THIS EPISODE !!!!moreless
  • Goren is incomparably SUPERB in my opinion. He and Eames are my favorite team and Untethered was yet another demonstration of D'Onofrio's genius. I sat in rapt attention (as always) to his performance. BRAVO D'Onofrio!! Excellent actor and then some.-Ediemoreless

    10
    I first took note of Vincent D'Onofrio when he was cast in Homicide:Life On The Streets. I've been following him ever since.

    The 7th and final season (sob) was a perfect vehicle for him to showcase his stellar talent and Untethered was an opportunity to enjoy still another facet of the genius that is Mr. D'Onofrio. Intense, and superb are two adjectives that come to mind. I just hate that nobody complemented this character except for Eames. That Chief of D's was a waste of writing power---and detracted from what could have been a better ending. Unfortunate.moreless
Trevor Morgan

Trevor Morgan

Donny Carlson

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Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Warden Pellis

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David Wilson Barnes

David Wilson Barnes

Shep

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Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

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Gary Patent

Gary Patent

Ira Whipple

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Ean Sheehy

Ean Sheehy

Joshua Simmons

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Goren: (to his brother) I'm done with you. You can't contact me anymore, ever again. You understand. If I hear that you are on a bridge ready to jump… I, I, I listen for the splash.

    • Robert Goren: You think that I wasn't playing insane; that I am insane.
      Kenny Moran: You ever asked yourself that question?
      Robert Goren: Yes, sir. And I believe asking the question proves that I am sane.

    • Danny Ross: The New York State village justice system. Amateur hour. You got mechanics, crossing guards, people with no legal training ruling on cases from their rec rooms.

    • Frank Goren: Mom knew I needed money. Look, every single time I went to see her, she'd slip me a $20, like I was a teenager.
      Robert Goren: Yeah, every time? What'd that come out to, like, 40 bucks?

    • Alex Eames: For what it's worth, I don't think Frank's using. He looked healthy. And he took responsibility for his past.
      Robert Goren: Well, Frank is not in program; Frank talks program. (Bobby stands up) So, wha-- y-you say he's downstairs? (Alex nods)
      Alex Eames: I didn't promise him anything.
      Robert Goren: Bet he thinks you did.

    • Donny Carlson: You ask me, the people who are really crazy are the people who watch reality television… hook-up with strangers on the Internet. That's everyone, though.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – May 5, 2010 on TV Nova

    • When this episode was originally broadcast on NBC, a special promotion commercial aired following the teaser featuring Det. Goren 'buying' the brick from the homeless man threatening people with it. Viewers were invited to log on to NBC's website and predict an answer to the question...

      What Does Det Goren Do with the Brick?

      A. Beat up his brother
      B. Break a window
      C. Smash his lunch

      5 people answering correctly won 2009 Nissan Muranos.

    • Special billing was given to Tony Goldwyn (with) in this episode.

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