Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 22

Zoonotic

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 18, 2003 on USA
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9.2
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  • A dirty police officer is stabbed to death through the bars of a locked turnstyle. The detectives follow an apparent medical record shakedown scheme on to two unlikely psychopaths, an MD and a vet, both as wickedly wacky a criminal as you will ever see.

    8.8
    Okay.

    Picture the Odd Couple with Oscar as a vulgar exhibitionist veterinarian and
    Felix as an effete voyeuristic internalist, and you have the most hysterically loathsome partners in crime imaginable. Whoever cast these two (Todd Stashwick and James Urbaniak) has a true touch of Tarantino.

    The effeminate nerdy one dates demure women and infects them with obscure 'zoonotic' viruses he collected while working in South Africa. His infection MO is quite unique - via the posts of earrings he gives as gifts to the unsuspecting gals. And he's into the menage a trois scene - prefers to initially bed the woman, then bring in the mega-uncouth vet to service her while he watches. One is evidently impotent and the other a complete buffoon, but together they make effective murderers.

    The motive is not revenge. It's just what these docs do for kicks. Humiliation and death is the prescription. It would have been a horrific episode if the Odd Couple weren't so preposterously camp. But they were farciciously compelling. Talk about over the top!

    The dead cop's connection is via a shakedown scheme, based on access to medical records of folks with STDs'. But he uncovered the internalist's connection to infected women and had to go. The turnstyle he was killed in was sabotaged to set up so someone could kill, and another or others watch.

    This one had some highly entertaining scenes. Like Goren's knowing smirk when he surmises the MD has set up a stainless steel cabinet in his examination room to reflect the changing area. Bobby knows at once he's got a watcher on his hands.

    Another hilarious scene features the animalistic vet (his patients must have rubbed off) undressing for a surgery scrub right in front of his operating team, and the detectives. Eames is just flat out repelled and asks the lout if he wants them to wait outside (of course the exhibitionist doesn't ) and Goren just snickers.

    The final turn-one-against-the-other scene is about as dishy as you’d expect when a latent drag queen and a cartoon humanoid have at each other. The effete doc brags about turning the socialites he dated 'into corn cobs in a pig sty, with a rutting pig on top of them" (his buddy). Of course, his gorilla partner is highly indignant that his pal thinks so lowly of him. Their wierd relationship is all about feeling superior to the other, in addition to humilating and infecting the innocent. The exhibitionist Neanderthal thinks his hirsute potency makes him more of a man, and the pantywaisted voyeur believes he represents superior breeding.

    I was sorry the epi ended on a somber note (the doc had brought four grams of anthrax into the country along with his other little black bags of deadliness, and only three grams have been recovered). Imo, the story would have best ended on the show's dominant note - the one attuned to the obscene relationship and the aggravated sicko (but FUNNY!) stererotypes each chose to live out.

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