Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 5 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 2006 on USA
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Episode Summary

Logan and Barek investigate after Secret Service Agent Paula Kendall is found dead in her home. Suspicion initially turns to the husband after detectives realize it took him eleven minutes after a first failed attempt to get in touch with 9-1-1, and their investigation leads them to her husband's role in a proposed Indian casino. Logan and Barek are especially interested when it turns out that the 'witness' Paula was supposed to be meeting that night had ties to a local politician, who also had ties to Kendall's husband.moreless

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  • Boring, boring, boring.

    The reason behind the murder was stupid. The husband knowing who committed the murder and doing nothing was stupid. This show is definitely swimming in shark infested waters. I used to love Chris Noth but he needs to get the name of a good plastic surgeon. The best part of the episode was the very end.
  • Intrigue at its best

    The plot in this episode is the winner. For some reason the writrers on this particular season appear reinvigorated and producing scripts of a 1st class nature. Add to that the direction of the scenes that do their best to reveal the necessary clues as "breadcrumbs" and the receipe for a successful episode is near complete.

    With the introduction of Logan and Barek the show allows a different approach to crime solving as their characters bring their own gritty traits to the table. All in all, this episode relies on the multiple layers of deception to paint the picture of a seedy underbelly to one aspect of NY working life. The involvement of the Secret service as the victims job and her extra-marital activty sent me at a tangent before the episode really got going. It was masterfully done and really sets up what is one of the most exciting episodes to date.moreless
  • Complex and satisfying

    This was one of my favorite episodes of the season. It's a complex well-written mystery, but not so head-spinning that you have no idea what is going on! Ripped from the headlines of both Jack Abramoff and Valerie Plame, a lobbyist's wife is murdered, and it's revealed that she was a Secret Service agent. No one, even some of their closest friends, knew she was in the Service. Suspicion falls first on the husband, sparked by an unexplained delay of 11 minutes between 911 calls. What follows is a mysterious trip through Indian casino building, political favors, and even a link to the Masuccis (the old L&O mob family standby). We even get a classic Mikey "heh heh!" Great political intrigue. One of the best.moreless
  • A Secret Service agent gets done in thru her hubby's involvment in political business-as- usual. A fairly interesting storyline featuring the inevitable end of native American casino monies - sleazy politicians' pockets.moreless

    The actors had more to work with in this script than in the atrocious "Watch", and Noth had a few good lines, notably what was done with hydroponic indoor gardening "back in the day". But the Logan characater has lost much of it's old fire and Sciorra snoozed thru another one, hence the whole thing was pretty flat. There was the usual wonderful L&O guest casting, though.

    Logan's partner needs to be in the vein of his old ones, Dzunda's and Orbach's characters. Pulling him in when he goes off and complementing his impulsiveness with wit and experience. Or else give him a young eager partner he now can mentor. Anything but the mincing, introverted, no-energy, passionless cypher Sciorra was trying to pass off. ZERO INTENSITY.

    The Barak character, and Sciorra's portrayal of it, simply does nothing for Logan's, and scripts written with VD'O's character in mind become boring in Noth's hands. Logan simply lacks the nuance and versatilty that make Bobby so fascinating.

    On the rare occasions the writing is decent, the acting stinks. Geez.moreless
David Alan Basche

David Alan Basche

Jay Kendall

Guest Star

Armand Schultz

Armand Schultz

Special Agent Putney

Guest Star

Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Chief Johnson

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: While checking a suspect's whereabouts, Logan makes reference to a character's credit card having a charge from the Carnegie Deli. The Carnegie Deli does not accept credits cards, and there's a minimum for personal checks.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (1)


    • Carolyn Barek: This isn't a game show, Amanda. You don't have to phrase your answers in the form of a question.
      Likely a reference to Jeopardy!, the long-running game show created by Merv Griffin and hosted by Alex Trebek, where forgetting to phrase the answer as a question, even if it's correct, will lose the player its dollar value.

    • Mike Logan: You know, I could eat for a month on what this guy spends on one lunch. 175 bucks at the Four Seasons.

      The Four Seasons, on East 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, is considered one of New York's (and the whole country's) premier restaurants. Appetizer prices can exceed $30.00, entrées can hit the $70.00 mark, and lunch at the bar is $25.00 per person. Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was involved in brokering deals for a number of Indian Casinos, often entertained with lavish meals, and even owned a Washington, DC restaurant used extensively for such purposes.

    • Chief Johnson: I can't believe that I fell for your Dances With Wolves act!
      Dances with Wolves was a 1990 film starring Kevin Costner, in which he played a soldier posted to the Western frontier during the Civil War where he met, befriended, and later ended up protecting an Indian tribe.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of both the Jack Abramoff case and the Valerie Plame case.

    • The title of the episode, "Wasichu", is a term originating with the Lakota that means "greedy person". In modern terms, it's often used within the Native American movement to refer to those who covet the sacred lands of the Native Americans for their own private gain.