Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 6 Episode 10

Weeping Willow

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2006 on USA
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After popular on-line vlogger Willow is kidnapped during a live broadcast, Logan and Wheeler investigate the crime that they doubt may have ever occurred. As they attempt to track down the real identities of Willow, her boyfriend Holden, and the kidnappers, someone ups the ante by asking for an online ransom for the couple, demanding fans go to a website to save the duo. The investigation takes a turn when a former classmate of Holden's shares a screenplay he wrote about a cyberkidnapping that is eerily similar to the weepingwillow17 saga.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Well this actually happened.

    Well this actually happened by some teens on youtube and now she's (the real girl) an "actress" so I guess it isn't the shows fault if this episode wasn't a fave.
  • It's rare for me to watch this show, I was not sorry that I did.

    This is my least favorite of all the Law and Orders, except maybe Trial by Jury. It's good, but not nearly as good as the original show, or Special Victims Unit. I have two main reasons for this feeling. The first is that I like the surprises on the sther shows. Sometimes the detectives and lawyers are wrong. Sometims there is a surprise, a mystery up until the very last second. Since on CI you can see things from the side of the criminal, there is much much less of that. That's one of the good thing about Weeping Willow. Until the very end, you just never knew. You just weren't sure. The other thing is that even though I'm a fan of Vincent D’Onofrio, I dislike the character of Det. Robert Goren. He's too smart, too perfect, he knows too much.

    Anyway, I watched Weeping Willow because I'm a huge Michelle Trachtenburg fan. Liked her on Pete and Pete, loved her on Buffy. And loved her in this. It was a creative episode, scary because it could totally happen. Props to Wallace Shawn for an adorable cameo. Good acting and good writing all around.moreless
  • This episode is related to the surge of Internet videos aided by the likes of YouTube, in which anyone can upload practically anything for people all over the world to see. Very well written, suspenseful and the twists worked very well.moreless

    I'm not a big fan of Criminal Intent, but this was a pretty good episode. I guess it was eventual that the Law and Order franchise would eventually pick up on the this whole YouTube phenomenon. Of course, the writers took it to the next level by combining how terrorist organizations use Internet videos and how the 'average' user can get their 15 minutes of fame with practically any kind of content. The suspense in this episode wasn't very taut. It was rather ludicrous cause it was just hard to believe how far these young people were willing to go and how caught up and dilussional they were.

    The acting was pretty good, also. Maybe I'll tune in next week.moreless

    This had to be the worst episode of any show ever! This was a no brainer from the very beginning. And the ending could have been predicted by a three year old. Did the writing staff take the week off or something? I don't think this show is even trying anymore.
  • god-awful

    Is there any way i can get my hour back?!?!?! This is the worst episode. It made zero sense. I couldn\\\'t figure out who were the good guys in this and who were the bad guys. Not to mention that it seemed to go back and forth throughout. In addition, there was really no closure to the episode. I think that Goren and Eames would have done better with this episode because Bobby is brilliant and would have been able to solve the crime and get all of the bad guys behind bars. This was also a disappointing performance by Michelle Trachtenberg; she has done better.moreless
Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg

Lisa Willow Tyler

Guest Star

Michael Goduti

Michael Goduti

D. Holden Foster

Guest Star

Cinqué Lee

Cinqué Lee

Holden's Classmate

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Gary Patent

Gary Patent

Ira Whipple

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Wheeler is being prepped for her online response to the kidnappers.)
      Mike Logan: Wheeler, your face now represents the entire NYPD. (whispering to the make-up artist) Do what you can.

    • Danny Ross: You think it's real?
      Mike Logan: I don't know. Gimme a body with some blood on it at a crime scene, I'm a happy camper.

    • Mike Logan: When's the last time you saw him?
      Lori: I don't know.
      Mike Logan: Do we really have to go through this drill? The one where I search this place and find some drugs -- or I plant them -- and either way, you come downtown, you get back in the system, and that's all for a schmuck who left you?

    • Danny Ross: It's cyber-Rashomon. Reggie says Holden shot Todd, Holden says Reggie did it, and Willow doesn't even believe anyone's dead.

    • (Logan and Ross watch the vlog kidnapping.)
      Mike Logan: What the hell was that?
      Danny Ross: We may have just witnessed the first cyber-kidnapping.

    • Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: We received an ear in the morning mail. With a note for you, Wheeler.
      Megan Wheeler: That makes me feel great.
      Mike Logan: You were expecting flowers?

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the only episode in Season six (and only the fifth episode overall) revolving around a crime that would actually be covered by the real Major Case squad (kidnapping). The last episode to do so was "Prisoner" in season five.

    • The so-called "cyber-kidnapping" portrayed in "Weeping Willow" is believed to be the first such crime ever portrayed on television.

    • Criminal Intent producers referred to the "Weeping Willow episode" as "'pre-ripping' from the headlines", because although such a story has not happened yet, it very well could happen in the future with the popularity of such sites as Youtube. The script took a real-life event (the lonelygirl15 phenomenon) and added to it a fictional dramatic conflict (the kidnapping), as opposed to basing episodes off of real-life crime stories.

    • Warren Leight, the show's executive producer and head writer, said of the episode, "Forget about 15 minutes of fame: there are hundreds of people who get their 15 inches of bandwidth, people making names for themselves on YouTube and others. … This blogging phenomenon has created a certain kind of 'cyberfame,' people who don't have to do anything more than put themselves on the Web and catch a cyberwave. We now have a spate of very strange celebrities."

    • Special billing was given to Wallace Shawn (with) and Larry King (Special Appearance by) in this episode.

    • The song playing in the opening scenes was "Fearless" by The Bravery off their self-titled album.


    • The character 'Holden' appears to be inspired by Holden from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger in that he, like the Holden from the novel, strikes out on his own to accomplish his own goals.

    • Danny Ross: Since this vlog posted two hours ago, over 3000 calls have come into NYPD...
      Ira Whipple: ...from as far away as Perth. In cyberspace, everyone hears you scream.
      The last sentence is a reference to the tagline for Alien, "In space no one can hear you scream."

    • Holden's Classmate: More like he ripped off Tarantino.
      This line was in reference to cutting off the ear, which was a bloody scene in the Quentin Tarantino flick Reservoir Dogs.

    • Danny Ross: It's cyber-Rashomon.
      Rashomon was originally a 1950 film directed by Akira Kurosawa and the term is now used in English to refer to a situation where it is difficult to ascertain the exact sequence of events due to differing eye-witness testimony.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the lonelygirl15 hoax. Beginning in the spring of 2006, vlogs from a user known as lonelygirl15, who claimed to be a lonely, home-schooled teenager, began showing up on YouTube, a popular on-line website that hosts videos. The user was eventually revealed to be a 19-year-old actress named Jessica Rose who was trying to jump-start her acting career.

    • Professor: James Cameron wannabe.
      James Cameron has produced and directed hit movies such as The Terminator and Titanic.