Today is the day after Easter and I am brain cooked! A testimony to how tired I was at the beginning of this day was my appearance. I wore a dress shirt that had a permanent stain on it, a stain that commands attention (not a good selection,) my “holy” jeans –ratty jeans that have holes all through them, and old tennis shoes. I worked exhausted all day today and it remains to be seen if that was a good thing. There were however several things that I HAD to do. I did them, and now I am at home resting, letting go.
What can I do tonight that I would actually enjoy? Chill out with my wife? Of course! Spend time with my daughter Hope? Absolutely! AND I can post something fun on my blog! So in honor of Law and Order: Criminal Intent’s final season beginning this Sunday, I’m offering up my favorite episodes!
Law and Order: Criminal Intent (not Law and Order: CI, as some USA Network exec mistakenly, tragically, in poor taste and judgement, put it) is/was/is my favorite all-time television show. NCIS, X-Files, Deadwood, and the Sopranos are all television shows that are up there, but Criminal Intent is/was/is my number one favorite. It follows NYC Major Case squad detectives Bobby Goren and Alex Eames. Goren has a unique skill set that proves masterful in capturing hard to catch devious criminals. Eames compliments him nicely, making a most effective partnership.
I realize this blog post will probably be the least read article I’ve ever posted, and that’s okay. I’m doing this exclusively for my joy. Who knows? Maybe someone out there is reading this and remembers some of the stories I’m listing.
Without further ado, here are my favorite episodes:
- Want –Season 4, episode 3. On the emotional level, this was the deepest story I’ve ever seen. The depth Goren goes with the perpetrator (Neil Patrick Harris) in understanding him in order to catch him was incredible. Adding to the difficulty was Assistant District Attorney Carver insulting/belittling the detective when the two strongly disagree. Goren doing what he thought was right in the end because of compassion was unbelievable. All for the last two minutes to happen the way it did? Unbelievable story and journey. Nothing short of unbelievable.
- In the Wee Small Hours –Season 5, episode 6. This was a 2 hour episode, which was inspired by the Natalie Holloway case, had all four Criminal Intent detectives on the case. In one memorable scene Goren uses a personal attack by the suspect’s father, a powerful judge, as a means to get to a salacious truth. Also in this episode you learn Goren’s partner Alex Eames had second thoughts about working with the eccentric Goren early on in their partnership. You see how bad she feels when this is exposed, as well as her learned appreciation of him, calling him “an acquired taste.” Goren has a great quote at the end: “You’re right. I am an acquired taste. I’m lucky to have you as a partner.”
- Anti-Thesis –Season 2, episode 3. Yes, Goren has a nemesis. Nicole Wallace, played by Olivia d’Abo, touched Goren in a way that was only apparent through D’Onofrio’s acting. It was remarkable to see. The two had a definite chemistry on screen, one that was marked by genuine vulnerability amidst deception, guardedness and danger. From their first interaction, you realize she’s got the goods to counter his brilliance and emotional skills. The scenes in the interrogation room were like a poker game of emotions. This is the first time in the series Goren gets unnerved and highly agitated. Wallace was in 5 episodes.
- Semi-Detached –Season 4, episode 1. Speaking of vulnerability, this story had Detective Goren play a dangerous emotional game with a suspect, one in which the detective is both genuine and deceptive. It produces one of the best quotes from the show when the suspect states that she knew the detective genuinely cared because she saw it in him only to have him respond “I didn’t mean for you to see that.”
- Sound Bodies –Season 3, episode 8. This story has a brilliant and gifted teenager with a “messiah” complex that Goren goes head to head with. The brilliance of the perpetrator, the incredible acting, and the final interrogation scene make this a must see. The actor who played the perp was exceptionally good. It was through a clever deception, a bluff actually, that Goren got the teen to confess to his involvement.
I had a really hard time narrowing down my top 5 on this one. So for the serious Criminal Intent fan, I’m giving another 10 of my favorite episodes with a sentence about the story that speaks to its distinctness. They are not in order, they’re just some of my favorite stories from Criminal Intent.
- Gone –Season 4, episode 11. The brilliance and madness of the perpetrator played by Robert Carradine.
- Phantom –Season 1, episode 16. Intense final scene in which Goren talks to the perp in order to save lives.
- Blink –Season 2, episode 20. The risk taker who had no fear.
- The Faithful –Season 1, episode 4. Goren’s compassion outweighed his professional duty.
- The Extra Man –Season 1, episode 6. Goren doesn’t lay eyes on the perp until the last 5 minutes of the episode.
- Yesterday –Season 1, episode 18. Quote: “You have no idea.”
- Faith –Season 1, episode 21. The look on Deakins face when Goren asks a girl via telephone a question about her “feminine health.”
- Tuxedo Hill –Season 1, episode 22. Quote: “It was the mints!”
- Dead –Season 2, episode 1. The madness of the perp boils over in the final scene.
- The Pilgrim –Season 2, episode 8. Goren goes toe to toe with a warped religious zealot connected to a terrorist.