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Identity Crisis 

Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a successful businessman's long-lost brother, who holds a secret about the manner of their biological mother's death.


Michael Smith


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Eric Bogosian ... Danny Ross
Sam Trammell ... Gray Vanderhoven
Mireille Enos ... Julianna Morgan
Lacey Kohl Lacey Kohl ... Mavis Rightmire
Peter Van Wagner ... Cal Howard
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Jenny Powers ... Lucretia Vanderhoven
Michael Hobbs Michael Hobbs ... Cam Morgan
Patrick Arnheim Patrick Arnheim ... Anthony Burris
Sara Surrey Sara Surrey ... Patricia Lumet
Nicholas Locicero Nicholas Locicero ... Young Mark
Charlie McGrath ... Young Tommy
Breeda Wool ... Woman


Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a successful businessman's long-lost brother, who holds a secret about the manner of their biological mother's death.

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English | German

Release Date:

3 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nance Williamson (Alba Guzman) previously played the part of Rosalie Palmer in episode 6.10, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Weeping Willow (2006). See more »


"Ex Nobilis Barusia", the Latin inscription on Gray Vanderhoven's family coat of arms, translates to "From Prussia Nobility". However the Latin word for Prussia is misspelled, the correct spelling for Prussia in Latin is "Borussia". See more »

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5 January 2014 | by chengizSee all my reviews

The Goren stories were quite disappointing in season 7. When you find yourself looking forward to Noth, you know something is amiss. Season 8 replaced Noth by Goldblum, whom I *cannot* stand at the best of times. That was an inexplicable move, I mean what were the producers thinking? Who next? David Caruso? The team from CHIPS? So I was at a point where you just go thru the series because that's what fans do.

Well, this episode came as a shot across the bow for me. HS, that was a great episode. The story, the acting, the direction, everything was top notch. I almost teared up at the powerful last scene. And Goren is finally back - I cannot stand it when the episode focuses on personal stories rather than the real stuff, so this was very welcome. The director, Michael Smith, seems to have done some stellar work on TV, I hope he makes it big in movies as well. Can CI be back at Season 8 episode 3?

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