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Goren's brother is murdered, and his old nemesis, Nicole Wallace, appears to be the killer. However, could an even more sinister criminal mastermind be involved--perhaps even Goren himself?


Norberto Barba


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Eric Bogosian ... Danny Ross
Olivia d'Abo ... Nicole Wallace
Daniel Oreskes Daniel Oreskes ... Det. Fontanella
Molly Gottlieb Molly Gottlieb ... Gwen Chapel
Linda Gehringer ... Innkeeper
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Brian Letscher ... Julie's Brother
Michael Ornstein ... Florist
Tony Goldwyn ... Frank Goren
John Glover ... Dr. Declan Gage
Ilana Levine ... Evelyn Carlson
Howard W. Overshown Howard W. Overshown ... Det. Ozzie Rivera (as Howard Overshown)
Ean Sheehy Ean Sheehy ... Joshua Simmons


While visiting his mother's grave, Goren finds a framed photograph of him and his brother. After that, the people he holds closest to him end up in grave danger and will push Goren himself to the breaking point to solve his toughest case yet. Written by Kevin

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Release Date:

24 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Daniel Oreskes has played three different characters over the course of the series: See more »


When Goren finds the police at his brother Frank's home, he goes to have a look hoping it's not his brother. Unfortunately it is and a light green and white striped sheet is used to cover his back over. Goren then looks up to Frank's open window that he jumped from a hanging in the window is the exact same sheet covering him. See more »


Dr. Declan Gage: [to Goren] It's tough staying engaged when you're two steps ahead of everyone else in the room.
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Mentor and Nemesis
13 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode has Detective Robert Goren's brother murdered and this comes on the heels of his mother's funeral. The first indication is that it's Vincent D'Onofrio's perennial nemesis Olivia D'Abo whom we see in flashback episodes.

There's also an attack reported on John Glover who makes his second appearance as Declan Gage who was Detective Goren's mentor both in style and in methodology in studying the criminal mind. With that Glover declares himself in on the hunt for Nicole Wallace.

I can't say any more about this, but D'Onofrio's quirky character of Robert Goren is possibly put to his greatest test as a police detective. With all of this involving those close to him, it's kind of hard to stay focused.

D'Onofrio really outdoes himself in this one.

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