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Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered. Soon their ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Martha Madison ... Susan Watkins
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Dennis Christopher ... Roger Coffman
Kevin Breznahan ... Lewis
Freddy Bastone Freddy Bastone ... Craig Batchelder
Paul Dooley ... Stan Coffman
David Pittu ... O'Leary
Alice Spivak ... Mrs. Wing
Elizabeth Morton ... Kate Finoff (as Liz Morton)
Marcia Haufrecht ... Erin Finoff
Stephen Peabody ... Mark
Teddy Coluca ... Gaydos


Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered. Soon their investigation turns to a shady state public administrator who has re-invented the concept of "grave-robbing." Goren discovers the suspect's weakness for expensive collector cars, but to make the case succeed in court, he might also need to exploit his quarry's personal relationships. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Roger trades his original six cars for the episode's namesake: 1962 Ferrari GTO, valued in the episode at $2.5 million. In 2013 one was auctioned for appropriately $38 million. See more »


All they can get from tire marks on the floor is a wheelbase estimate. And it's not possible to accurately state the manufacturer, year, and model from a wheelbase estimate. And yet they have someone who does all three. There is some variation is wheelbase from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. But many wheelbase lengths are shared by many different cars. See more »


A.D.A. Ron Carver: [rhetorically] What was it Clarence Darrow said? "The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children."
Detective Robert Goren: Only if you let them.
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The Stollers reunite
27 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Years after Dennis Christopher got his first big break as the bicycle racing town kid in Breaking Away he and his screen dad Paul Dooley are reunited in this Criminal Intent episode. The father/son dynamic from the film is light years from what we have here.

Christopher got obsessed with those Italian bikers and was speaking some kind of pidgin Italian that drove Dooley bonkers. Here Christopher has another obsession and it's the basis for what happens in the story.

Dooley is a very sick man on dialysis and Dennis is a dutiful son accompanying him on every trip, taking time off from the Public Administrator's office to do this. In New York's five counties, the Public Administrator works for the Surrogate and administers the estates of those who die intestate without a will. It's an opportunity for a little looting as well.

What brings Major Case into the scene is the murder of one young woman which in turn reopens a case where an elderly woman died in a fire thought to be accidental. No accident as you gather. Someone was down on the job not catching what Goren and Eames do.

Christopher and Dooley's scenes with each other and Vincent D'Onofrio's interrogation of both of them are priceless.

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