Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2002 on USA
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Episode Summary

When the well-preserved body of a woman tortured and murdered twenty years earlier appears on the banks of the Bronx River, chemical residue on the body leads Goren and Eames to the basement of the house in which the body had originally been buried and to the junkie whose parents owned the home. When the junkie ends up murdered as well, their investigation focuses on his college classmate, a man with a history of drugging and sexually assaulting women.moreless

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  • A twenty year old murder investigation becomes active again when all of a sudden the body shows up in fairly good condition. Realizing that she was buried and dug up, Goren and Eames investigate where, when, and how she was murdered.moreless

    I have to say I hope if I ever get in trouble that some of these defense attorneys in the final scenes are not my barrister. I enjoyed the investigation and Captain Deakins personal involvement was a welcomed change. Of course we understood pretty early on who was to blame for the murder and then the additional murder was just verification really that Lippman was guilty. The final scene this time was just a little much.

    The investigation from the finding of the particles and figuring out where they moved the body from to who was involved and how it was done was brilliant. Goren and Eames played all of the participants including Lippman like a violin.

    It was also interesting how Morrissey and Lippman interacted. I felt that Lippman was giving Morrissey a lot more respect that he deserved based on the information we received until we learned that he was the guy who supplied the girl for Lippman. You have to wonder how Lippman ever got married and had two kids? Lippman also for all intensive purposes talked Morrissey into jumping near the end. To have that sort of psychological power over someone? Amazing!

    Another very good episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent that I would be happy to recommend. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • A sick puppy relationship between two 'friends' a sloppy misfit, the other a control freak, would-be chess master results in murder. The body undiscovered for many years, Deakins allows the detectives to investigate it, tho he doubts...moreless

    they can break a case so old.

    Fashionista Eames is able to place the time of death at 20 years prior based on the corpse's black denim mini skirt...very cute scene (for a grisy body dig up), when Goren asks Eames if she wore one of these.. "And I looked good in them, too." You go, girl!

    The culprit is hateful,(the perp is one of those conceited creatures Goren LOVES to bring down) the murder repellant, and the detectives ardent to right an old wrong..well written and the usual effective guest casting.

    D'Onofrio. A bit other-worldly in this one. In dark blue suit, new, gelled do, face slightly thinner, voice more restrained than usual...even at the end when he turns the killer. Extremely dreamy, yet SO virile. There was a very visible difference in this Goren performance....wonder what was going on.....

    He had never looked better. And the hushed hypnotic voice!!

    Couldn't help but think of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous description of perhaps his best known character, Jay Gatsby.

    "He was an elegant young roughneck."

Danton Stone

Danton Stone

Rick Morrissey

Guest Star

Kelly Wolf

Kelly Wolf

Sally Colton

Guest Star

Johanna Day

Johanna Day

Anne Lippman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Lippman building a chess-playing computer in 1982 is described as "no small feat". Actually, by 1982, chess programs for home computers had been available for several years (Microchess by Micro-Ware Limited was released in 1976). Later, Lippman brags "It took me two years to program; only a month to beat". But writing a chess program that can be beat is easy – beating it would be considered a failure of Lippman's programming skills, not a success of his chess skills.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (While examining the 20-year-old partly decomposed corpse.)
      Alex Eames: She was wearing a miniskirt.
      Robert Goren: You wore one of those?
      Alex Eames: Looked good in it, too.

  • NOTES (0)


    • A.D.A. Carver: A Leopold to his Loeb.
      Alex Eames: Well, half a Loeb.

      Together, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb committed a string of robberies, vandalisms, arsons and petty thefts which eventually escalated to murders.