Monday, August 31, 2009

TV Guide Law & Order Collector’s Issue Cover Sneak Peek

I mentioned last week that TV Guide is publishing a special issue focusing on Law & Order that is due on newsstands the week of September 28.

To whet your appetite, here is a sneak peak of the cover of this “Special Collector’s Issue” which covers “20 years of arresting drama” and is billed as the “ultimate fan guide: The top episodes, guest stars, plot twists and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos!”

No Law & Order fan in their right mind should be without it. Watch your newsstands and be sure to buy your copy!

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Law & Order SVU “Sugar” Video Clip

A short video clip came through over the weekend from Neal Baer covering an episode of Law & Order SVU, “Sugar” and featuring Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. Maybe now my feelings that the show is catering to a much younger crowd and maybe dumbing it down in the process have been confirmed. I think this shtick went out with the movie “Porky’s” (the “Mike Hunt” scene), and with grade school.

The link to the Neal’s video clip from "Sugar” is here , and for those of you who can’t get it to play, here’s what is said:

Immature Dork #1: “That geocacher…is a legend”

Immature Dork #2: “But he only goes by a nickname on his…on his website. (Benson and Stabler look on, quizzically) The Master Baiter.”

Immature Dork #1, giggling and can’t contain it: “Every time! It’s genius! “

Elsewhere, Stabler is on a store PA system, with Benson looking with a half smirk: “Attention employees! Will The Master Baiter please report to register one! (store clerks look around) Master Baiter, register one!”

Store employees look around, and when one nerdy guy moves to approach register one, Benson takes the microphone and says: “ Not ”A” masturbator, THE Master Baiter. “

OK, I don’t write the stuff, I’m just typing it out for you.

By the way, Neal Baer also changed the order of the episodes that her previously named and added two more:

Episode 1: Unstable
Episode 2: Sugar
Episode 3: Solitary
Episode 4: Hammered
Episode 5: Hardwired
Episode 6: Anchor
Episode 7: Tradecraft
Episode 8: Users

That’s that latest. Now I am off to work on my summary of AMC’s “Mad Men”, you know, it’s a TV show with “big people” scenarios and dialog.

(My sarcasm aside, I think it’s great that Neal is providing these kinds of things for the fans in advance of the shows! )

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Law & Order SVU “Protecting Wednesdays” NBC Promo

NBC released a new promo for Law & Order SVU, highlighting the move to its new day (Wednesday) and time (9:00 PM) to “protect Wednesdays.” Since the original Law & Order did such a good job protecting Wednesdays for most of its run, hopefully SVU will be able to pick up where they left off.

The biggest competition SVU may have it its new time slot is Criminal Minds (CBS) which frequently scores in, or very close to, the top 10 shows (measured by Nielsen) when new episodes air. SVU has not done as well or been as consistent. However, since I am not a Criminal Minds fan and find that show too dark, depressing, and boring, I think SVU may give them a run for their money.

The video promo is below and I have two sources, one from the NBC SVU page (they don’t always keep them up for a long time) and one from YouTube (which tend to be available forever).

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Law & Order Season Premier Episode Title Named

NBC has released the name of the season premiere episode for Law & Order. The title is “Memo From The Dark Side.” No details are available as of this writing naming the guest stars in the episode and what the episode is about.

Update 09/04/09 – you can find the episode information for ”Memo from the Dark Side” here.

My recap and review of Law & Order "Memo From The Dark Side" can be found here.

The episode is scheduled to air on Friday, September 25 at 8:00 PM. Note: It will not be followed by the season premiere of “Southland” as NBC pushed the premiere back to October 23.

Stay tuned!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Law & Order SVU “Unstable” Episode Information Season Premiere

It’s a little less than a month away for the premiere of Law & Order SVU! NBC has released the episode information for this first episode of the new season titled “Unstable”:

Law & Order SVU “Unstable” Air Date September 23, 2009 SEASON PREMIERE


Officer Nate Kendall (guest star Wentworth Miller) aids a woman in trouble and becomes roped into solving a rape case. While Detectives Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality, Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. With Paxton’s help, the team might expose a serial rapist. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU "Unstable" can be found here.

Don't forget the new date and time - Wednesdays at 9:00 PM ET.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

TV Guide Law & Order “Special Issue” Coming Soon

It seems that the news is starting to leak/spread about TV Guide’s upcoming special issue focusing on the Law & Order franchise. The issue is scheduled to be on newsstands the week of September 28, 2009. (If there are any changes in the date I will pass the information along.)

While I don’t have details on the entire contents of the issue, there will be an article that focuses on Law & Order fandom. Some fans (including me) were interviewed for this article. I can tell by the emails I am getting and some of the chatter that is starting to fly around that the excitement about this issue is building. So – watch the newsstands that week and grab your issue. It sounds like our favorite TV show will get the attention we all think it deserves.

Here are a few of the covers of previous issues where shows in the Law & Order franchise were given special attention. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Law & Order Filming in Brooklyn (Photos)

Finally, a glimpse of action for the new season of Law & Order! The Brooklyn Paper captured these excellent images when they caught Law & Order’s Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson filming an episode on Court Street in Cobble Hill this past Thursday. (Is it me, or has Anthony lost some weight? He looks great. Of course, so does Jeremy.) The Brooklyn Paper also reports that “the good guys got their man.” We should expect nothing less!

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Law & Order SVU “Sugar” and “Hammered” Sneak Peek Video Clips

Law & Order SVU producer and head cheerleader Neal Baer has provided 2 sneak peaks for upcoming episodes of Law & Order SVU, “Sugar” and “Hammered”. Question: is there anyone out there from the mothership Law & Order that can give us the same level of hype that Neal is is providing? If so - show yourself!

In “Sugar” it appears that we have another “new face female ADA vs. seasoned detective” pissing contest - oops, I mean scenario. I suppose that every new ADA to the show has to be irritating at first so the ever-wise SVU detectives can show them the errors of their ways. Of course, ADA Paxton should be tipping her hand in front of a suspect, but in this case, Stabler's reaction makes him look like an annoying jerk. Elliot "hon", you should know by now how to learn to take the high road.

In “Hammered” we see the always enjoyable and much underutilized pairing of Munch (Richard Belzer) and Fin (Ice-T) working a case.

Here are the links to the video clips, and my transcriptions for those of you who can’t get the links to work:

Law & Order SVU Episode 2 “Sugar” featuring ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti), Stabler (Chris Meloni), Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Cragen (Dann Florek)
Here’s what happens:

In interrogation:
Paxton (annoyed): Your suspect is clearly distraught which is exactly what Stanich will argue and out goes any confession. Do I have to make it any clearer for you?

Stabler, moving in close and getting in Paxton’s face, and taking her arm to move her to the door, mumbling: Why don’t we stand out…c’mon..

Paxton, talking over Stabler and pulling her arm away: Get your hands off me

Stabler, continuing to mover her out of the room: … let’s go outside.
Stabler moves her out the interrogation room and into the observation room where Cragen is waiting. Benson follows.

Suspect: Where…where are you going? Where are you going? I haven’t finished yet.

Stabler, his dander up: What’s your problem? First you tell us to nail him now you want us to back off.

Paxton, agitated: My problem is I want to win this case Stabler. The right way.

Stabler: You are such a sanctimonious bitch you know that? (We hear Cragen’s voice saying “Detective Stabler that’s enough!” and see Paxton looking stunned, her mouth gaping open. Stabler yells) No I’m not finished! School’s in session and you’ve got a lot to learn, hon.

Paxton: Oh hon, if I’m gonna learn anything I promise you it won’t be from an adolescent a-hole like you. (Stabler gives her a condescending grin.)

Law $ Order SVU Episode 4 “Hammered” featuring Munch (Richard Belzer) and Fin (Ice-T)

Here’s what happens:

In interrogation:
Munch: You say the first thing that pops into your head. Roe V. Wade.
Suspect: Two ways to cross a creek.
Fin, yelling: You consider Dr. Hale’s murder a joke?

Outside on the street:
Munch: Why toss it over here? If he didn’t want it to be found, he could have thrown it in the river.
Fin: I don’t know, I just might have found a motive for a murder. (showing Munch an ID tag) Our victim’s a doctor

Back in interrogation:
Munch: Guy puts a chunk down on a 3 million dollar condo that’s never gonne be built and he’s not gonna get any of his money back.
Fin: I can see that making a guy a little nutty.
Munch: Right, so he starts obsessing about the ills of the world and kills two birds with one hammer (bends over and stares the suspect, who is seated, in the face.)

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Law & Order SVU “Hardwired” Guest Stars

TV Guide is exclusively reporting that Rosie Perez and Garret Dillahunt will anchor am “explosive episode" of Law & order SVU which will involve pedophiles' rights. TV Guide reports they will appear in the fifth episode of the new season, titled “Hardwired.“

They add that Dillahunt will play “the head of a pedophilia organization (think NAMBLA — or, you know, don't).” Dillahunt plays creepy really well (think “Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “The 4400” to name a few so I expect he should do very well in this SVU role.

Perez will be in the role of a young sexual abuse victim's mother. The episode will also include Jim True-Frost, as Perez's husband and stepfather to her son. Perez’s character “takes legal action against Dillahunt's organization for its influence over her husband, who has been accused of abusing her child.”

Also guest starring in this episode is Jeri Ryan, reprising her role as Defense attorney Patrice Larue (Jeri Ryan), along with Stephanie March who will return as ADA Alex Cabot.

Neal Bear also told TV Guide that this episode will also “feature a "big reveal" about B.D. Wong's Dr. Huang, which will surface as a result of a confrontation he has with Det. Benson (Mariska Hargitay).”

It sounds like a star-packed, controversy-packed episode!

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU "Hardwired" can be found here.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Law & Order SVU “Sugar “ Sneak Peak Video Clip

Photo from NBC

Here’s a sneak peak from NBC of the second episode of the new season of Law & Order SVU. The clips includes Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Stabler (Chris Meloni), ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) and guest star Eric McCormack, which is titled “Sugar.”

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU "Sugar" can be found here.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

NBC Universal Congratulates Mariska, SVU Guests in Emmy Ad

NBC Universal has congratulated Law & Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay and the three SVU guest stars also nominated for a 2009 Emmy award (Brenda Blethyn, Carol Burnett, and Ellen Burstyn) in the ad listed below. The best of luck to all of them. The Emmy Awards will air on Sunday September 20 at 8:00 PM on ABC.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Law & Order SVU “Unstable” Brief Preview Clip

SVU head honcho Neal Baer has posted a video clip of the Law & Order SVU season premiere, “Unstable” (link here). It includes Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Nate Kendal (guest star Wentworth Miller). It’s three very short clips rolled into one. Enjoy!

If you can’t get the clip to open, here is what happens

Scene 1
Olivia, showing her badge, with Nate Kendal behind her: "Special Victims Unit. We’re investigating another rape that matched your case file. "

Scene 2
Olivia, grabbing Nate’s arm as he is walking away from her: “Hey, don’t get to knock heads even when it’s about a kid.”

Nate: “It’s no surprise we don’t see eye to eye. “

Olivia: “It’s more than that. You slapped a mother over a six year old and you’re threatening him over a girl (? I couldn’t understand what word she used, sounded like recruit but I am not sure)… what’s the matter with you?”

Scene 3
Nate, in an SVU interview room talking with a young woman who is standing up against the wall, next to the doorway, looking afraid: “You aren’t going anywhere. The bastard who did you is out hunting his next mark. You gonna let her get screwed because you’re fragile? “ Benson, also in the room, looks over to Nate and glares, appalled at his wording.

Sounds like an interesting episode. Do I detect some tension between Benson and Kendal? Let's hope we see more of Wentworth than just in this episode. I think Benson - and the show - could use a little tension, don't you?

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Law & Order SVU: Scott Foley, Chris Bauer Are “Hammered”

Several sources are reporting that Scott Foley (Felicity, The Unit) will make a guest appearance in episode four of Law & Order SVU, titled “Hammered.” He will play a realtor involved in a murder investigation. is also reporting that Chris Bauer, who plays Detective Andy Bellefleur in HBO’s “True Blood” will make a cameo appearance in this same episode, and will play a “character who just may harbor a dirty little secret.”

It sounds like SVU has a very interesting season coming up!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Law & Order CI “Revolution” Recap & Review

Law & Order Criminal Intent “Revolution” was probably one of the best season finales for this series in many years. Jeff Goldblum, who in his earlier episodes this season seemed somewhat of a haphazardly assembled character, has turned into the star of the show. This is not to say that Vincent D’Onofrio has performed badly, it’s just that the role of Zach Nichols seems to have more life and energy written into the character. I’d have to say that these last few episodes with Goldblum were far better than anything else presented this season and maybe into the previous season. These words may be considered blasphemy to the hardcore Criminal Intent and D’Onofrio fans, but there it is. Personally, I do not blame D’Onofrio for a somewhat lackluster season as compared to Goldblum’s recent outings, I blame the writers and producers of the D’Onofrio/Erbe episodes, who can’t seem to bring back the magic of the earlier years of Bobby Goren. D'Onofrio deserves better.

But back to “Revolution”. This was an interesting story from beginning to end, and provided us with a case where the NYPD and the FBI actually collaborated and worked as a team. It is somewhat tiring in the L&O universe that it seems like the detectives can’t get along with other law enforcement agencies,so this was a nice change. It also provided one of those rare cases where the detectives actually use their brains and don’t tip their hands to a suspect that they want to apprehend by calling out their names while they are 20 feet away. In this case, Nichols made a note to Eames that the suspect approached, and they acted oblivious to him until they were right on top of him. Of course, this time they easily apprehended their man.

The one very humorous line in an otherwise very serious episode was when Nichols makes a detailed observation about the grammar in a letter the killers sent to the newspaper, that Eames said, “You’re starting to remind me of someone. ” But the one thing I felt was an error in Nichols judgment was when he broke the car window to open up the bakery box. It wasn’t the breaking of the window; it was the opening of the box. Couldn’t the explosive have also been rigged that once the box was opened it set off the bomb? I thought that was a bad move on his part. When Eames commented that Nichols just saved their lives, my response was that he could have easily killed them all.

The guest cast was excellent and Stephen Lang and Tania Raymonde were excellent as the father/daughter revolutionary killer duo.

This was a great close to the season and it make me even more hopeful that they will announce the renewal of Law & order Criminal Intent very soon.

Here is the recap:

As CEO of Continental Bankcorp Peter Evans (John Rothman ) arrives at the office, protesters stand outside, chanting that Continental is a whore. As he walks up the stairs, his secretary comments that they – top government officials - are ready for him, and he says he’d rather meet the people outside. Meanwhile, Axel (Stephen Lang ) and Mel (Jas Anderson ) watch the protest from outside. Mel comments that the group seems ready to bust some ass, and Axel says they are, all they need is someone to show them the way.

At an executive meeting with Continental Bankcorp, president Peter Evans argues with the government people who think that Bankcorp made bad loans, saying that 50,000 people should not have lied on their loan applications.

Elsewhere, Axel is in his apartment and his terrorist partner Mel arrives, telling him he got an Audi and no one will miss it for a while. Mel inspects a padded room that Axel has built in his apartment. Axel locks Mel in the room and turns off the light to tease him, and Mel is not happy since he is afraid of tight places. After Mel yells to get out, Axel opens the door. Axel’s phone rings; it’s Birgit, and Axel asks her what time, and asks again if she is sure.

Later, on a dark street, a woman is pushing a baby buggy. A car is parked in the alley and another man runs down the street. Peter Evans is in the back seat of a car being driven by his security man, making small talk. The woman pushes her baby buggy in front of the car and the car hit it. Evans’ driver steps out of the car and runs to the baby, while Evans gets out of the car and moves to dial 911. The woman –Birgit (Tania Raymonde ) – pulls a gun on him and orders the driver to give her his gun, and Mel also puts a gun on Evans and tells Evans not to even think about making a phone call. The car that was waiting in the other street pulls up. Evans, however, tries to get the gun from Mel and bites him in the arm. Mel shoots him in the struggle for the gun, much to the outrage of Axel. Axel walks over and shoots the driver and tells the others to get in the car. Someone else riding a bike crashes into the scene as the others flee.

On the scene, Detective Zach Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) tells Detective Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe) that the bike messenger got a look at the getaway car license plate. Eames says one body is Peter Evens, CEO of Continental Bankcorp. Nichols calls him the villain of the month as Evans bought a jet with federal bailout money. The other body was Jerry Delarosa, he has an NYPD retirement ring and a detective shield, and Eames calls it a cushy retirement job. Eames notes that there was no sign of a baby in the buggy.

Nichols recaps what he thinks happens and says that “fake” mom steps out in front of the car, the driver slams on the brakes too late. He steps out of the car to see how much he is going to be sued for. Mom pulls a gun and the other two “join the party” and then something “screws up” and adds, “This isn’t the way it was supposed to go.” Eames states dryly, “An understatement, right?”

Later, Nichols and Eames are at another location, where a car is parked in a parking area The police tell them that the car was registered to a Marvin Chapman in Short Hills, and was reported stolen last night. It matches the plates they were looking for. Nichols comments that the car was left in a wide-open space, and Eames concludes that they wanted them to find it. Nichols notices a box on the back seat, and when the officer thinks it looks like a bakery box, Nichols comments, “Oh, they even left us a snack, huh?” Nichols reaches in to the officers’ pocket and grabs something that looks like a pen, and uses it to break open the side window. Nichols uses the officer’s nightstick to carefully open the lid to the box, where he sees what looks like a ticking bomb. Nichols suggests they all back up and tells the officer to call the bomb squad. When Eames comments on the booby trap, Nichols asks, “Kidnap a banker, kill a cop?” Eames asks, “Did you just save our lives?” and Nichols answers, ‘You can buy breakfast.”

Back at Major Case, Eames tells Captain Ross (Eric Bogosian) that there was a fertilizer bomb attached to the dome light circuit and opening a door would have set it off. When Ross asks about busting out a window, Nichols tells him it was perfectly safe. Ross reads back a letter that he said was delivered an hour ago to the New York Times, which said the American Workers Army has “declared war on the fat cat exploiters who are sucking our blood.” Ross notes that their timing is impeccable, considering the public mood. Eames wonders how they know the letter is not from some bored teenager who heard about the murders on the news. A woman walks in and answers the question, commenting about paragraph 11, which references that they wrote that the baby carriage was empty as a banker’s heart; the shells in the banker were from a 380 and the driver got it from a 9 mm and some bored teenager wouldn’t know that. Ross introduces her as Special Agent Carmen Martino (Diedre Lovejoy) and says the FBI will be cooperating with them on the investigation. Nichols reads more of the letter, and comments about it not being in good English. Martino says it is not an SAT exam, but Nichols comments the writer could be a native Spanish speaker or German, and adds, “some language where the present perfect is the same as the simple past.” Eames states dryly, “You’re starting to remind me of someone” and Ross says, “This one’s taller.” Ross says whoever ambushed Evans knew where he was going, and Eames said his secretary told them he was supposed to be meeting with his lawyer for dinner.

Nichols and Eames head over to Evan’s lawyer’s office, and his secretary “Shelly” greets him at his office door with a cup of coffee. She tells him that the flowers were delivered to Mrs. Evans, and she shuts the door after they enter. When Eames asks who knew he was meeting with Evans, it comes out that Shelly made the reservation. But when they go to call her in to the office, they find she has taken off.

At Axel’s apartment, “Shelly”, who is really Birgit, enters, and tells Axel they got there faster than they thought. She said they didn’t see her, they saw Shelly Smith who lives in Murray Hill and who doesn’t exist. She says she will get a new job anyway, but Axel says they were supposed to have a million dollar hostage in the closet. Birgit says they have killed the most hated capitalist in America, and asks if he has seen the internet. He says they are being hailed as the vanguard. He says it was a good day, and she was very strong. But she seems upset at the shooting, and he says a revolution is not a dinner party, and she is very brave.

At Major Case, the Eames speaks with a co-worker of “Shelly” who doesn’t know much about her, just that Shelly wanted to know about the firm’s clients and their habits. Shelly did say she did have trouble sleeping from the noise from a bar near her apartment, but does not know which bar. Outside the room, Martino tells Nichols Shelly’s address does not exist and her social security number is fake. Nichols says all they got from the co-worker is that Shelly never wears lipstick and she lives near a bar.

Outside in another location, Birgit, Axel, and Mel talk about the next step. Mel defends his decision to shoot Evans. Mel agues about the next step, and says he knows what he is doing. But when Axel says their next action involves a bank, while Mel looks at the blueprints that Birgit brings out, Mel takes matters into his own hands and strangles Mel while Birgit watches. Birgit asks if he had to, and Axel says Mel was out of control and a danger to them, adding, “No loose ends.”

Back at Major Case, Ross tells Nichols and Eames that the NYP just put out a statement, and Nichols reads that it says these were nothing but common criminals. Eames says the bad guys write sexier statements than we do. Ross says, “but we’re not insane.” When Nichols reads that the statement says the authorities have things under control, he says if he were them he would want to prove this wrong. Nichols says he wants to have a conversation with them, not to challenge them to blow something up. Eames adds that forensics analyzed the bomb in the car and it was made with urea, a chemical fertilizer mainly used in growing wheat, but the American made urea doesn’t have the high content that what was in the car bomb. Urea comes into the county on boats.

Nichols and Eames head to the docks and talk to a ship foreman about the last load of urea that came in last month from Brazil. They asks about workers on crew 9 who were on that shipment, and they asks for the names and addresses of that crew. Nichols asks if anyone on crew 9 was foreign, and one person sticks out, who was German and they called him “The Kraut.” The foreman said he would have let him go even if times were good; he was more into talking about crazy politics than working, especially after lunch when he would come back all hopped up. The name is John Caldner at 636 East 22nd Street. Later, when they go to that address, they find a gated lot.

Back at Axel’s, Birgit reads a joint statement from the FBI and NYPD saying that Evans' shooting is not connected to terrorist activity and that it is under control. Axel says they control nothing. Birgit mentions other protests elsewhere, saying it is not just them. Axel remembers year back people took to the streets about Vietnam, now it’s about the banks. Axel thinks there will be others that will join with them when they see they are there. She asks if there will be another kidnapping, saying she still has the files from the law firm with home addresses. Axel says no, he thinks it is time they make some noise.

Back and Major Case, Eames says Caldner’s work ID is as much of a phantom as Shelly’s. Ross says they are living like fugitives, and Nichols says he has a hunch from where. Nichols shows them a web page from the Baader-Meinhof gang, terrorists from the 70s and 80s who preached the overthrow of capitalism and murdered bankers. Nichols thinks that one member of that gang is behind these new attacks, and comments on the web site about murdering others matches the letter recently sent to the newspaper. Ross thinks people are not going to start a revolution just because a European hippie crawled out of a cave. Nichols comments this new man recruited a young woman and a black kid, and Ross asks where a middle-aged dockworker can find disaffected youth. When Eames said they heard he came back from lunch all hopped up, Ross tells them to go back to the docks and see who is dealing drugs.

The detectives find one dealer and they corner him and Eames find his dealer’s roll of money and hold it to get him to talk. The kid knows the guy and says he is one of “Mighty Mouse’s” friends, a “black dude” who works another corner He hasn’t seen him in a few days and he has been acting weird, saying that they have to throw off “Slinky” their drug boss, as he is exploiting them. Eames hands him back his roll of money as she makes a call, asking someone to help find a guy with the street name of “Mighty Mouse.”

Later at the morgue, ME Rodgers (Leslie Hendrix) tells them Mighty Mouse’s body was found in the river, no ID, and the prints came back as Mel Simeon. He was strangled by something like an electrical cord with no apparent chance to fight back.

Elsewhere, a red sports car parks next to Manhattan Commerce bank. Axel takes Birgit’s hand and kisses it. They get out of the car an walk away, and he continues to talk to her as they walk farther away from the car, with what appears to be a bomb inside. As they turn the corner, we see a huge explosion.

At the scene of the car bomb, Ross, the detectives, and Martino walk the area. There were no people killed, only a security guard was injured. The bank is another bailout recipient, and Martino says this was another urea bomb. Nichols says he guesses things are not under control, but Martino says they are stepping up their monitoring and checking red light and ATM cameras, and getting the VIN number off the car. Nichols tells her to have their attaché in Berlin get a list of the Baader-Meinhof members still at large from the German federal police and ask for Captain Berger. Ross, walking behind the group, says, looking slightly annoyed, “Why not.”

Back in Axel’s apartment, he is having a romp in bed with a woman (Kathleen McElfresh). Birgit enters and when she sees the woman half clothed getting ready to walk to the bathroom, and Birgit is stunned and looks annoyed. Axel says he did not expect her back so soon. Axel pulls some food out of the bag that Birgit has, and offers it to the woman, who says she will just garb her things and go. Birgit shows him that the letter to the times is up on the computer and asks if the woman saw it, but Axel says the computer was sleeping and they were in the other room. She asks him what he is doing, that they are in the middle of the movement. Axel says this is what free people do. But Birgit looks very unhappy, and looks into the woman’s purse, pulling out her wallet and looking inside.

Back at Major Case, Martino brings in the information from Germany to Nichols, saying Captain Berger says hi. They look at the pictures, and hone in on one man who matches closely the picture they had to John Caldner, and find it is Alex Kaspers, former Baader-Meinhof member, and he translates the writing in German. Kaspers was involved in firebombing and industrialist named Fichte, and he sees a picture of the family with the wife and infant daughter who were also killed – the house was supposed to be empty. Kaspers had vanished.

At a store, Birgit is buying a huge amount of chemicals, saying it is for her aunt’s beauty shop. She charges it on a credit card. Later, Martino tells them a woman in Manhattan bought hydrogen peroxide, acetone, and muriatic acid in three different stores that morning and it rang a bell on their computers. All put together can make the explosive triacetone peroxide. She also purchase some miscellaneous wires and times. Ross asks if this is someone they were already monitoring, and Martino says no, data mining bots go through credit card transactions. When Eames asks whose transactions, Nichols responds, “everyone’s credit card transactions.” Martino says they did not hear that from her. Ross adds, “Thank you Dick Cheney.” The person’s name is Rosaylyn Griggs.

When they get to Griggs apartment (who is also the woman who was with Axel) – she’s dead. Eames notices that the credit card in question is missing from Griggs’ wallet. Someone else bought these things. They speak to a neighbor who said they were just at a bar when Griggs hooked up with a guy. They show her the picture of Axel and the woman confirms it was him. She does not know his name or where he lives but “Rosie” left with him. Nichols sees a fortune from a fortune cookie from Asiatic Gardens in Griggs wallet that says “when your love is closer than you think.” Her friend says Rosie never ate there.

Back at Axel’s place, Birgit arrives and Axel seems upset she was late. She says she stopped for lunch. Axel tells her to call next time, he was worried. He sees she has all the supplies and asks how she paid for it. She tells her she used his friend Rosie’s credit card, which she took from her wallet after she killed her. This shocks Axel, and Birgit says Rosie was a danger to them, and adds’ “No loose ends, right?’ Axel is stunned and upset, saying Rosie didn’t know anything, saying this is not what this is about. Birgit reminds him that he said a revolution is not a dinner party. Axel says he makes the technical decisions, but Birgit says he was not thinking with his head. Axel is worried that she was seen, and forcefully reminds her that he makes the decisions. Axel adds they will make something the pigs will never forget.

At the Asiatic Gardens, the manager tells the detectives that Axel was not there last night. He wonders that they may have gotten a delivery. He gives them the list of locations where they made deliveries, and Eames recalling that “Shelly” complained about being next to a bar, they decide to check the delivery locations that are next to bars.

Meanwhile, Axel and Birgit are at a store shopping for food. Birgit goes his separate way to get wine. As the detectives leave one location, they signal the FBI tailing them that it wasn’t that location. They head to the next location, and while walking, they see Axel coming walking right in the direction. Birgit, in the store across the street, see Nichols and Eames approach. Acting nonchalant and pretending to argue, they walk right up to Axel. Eames grabs his bag, and Nichols forces Axel to the ground while Birgit watches from the other store. She makes an excuse to use the bathroom to make her exit out the back.

Later as the detective search Axel’s apartment, they find no chemicals and no girl and think she is out there with a bomb. Eames picks up a book from the belongings.

Back at Major Case, Nichols is questioning Axel but he gives him nothing, saying he doesn’t recognize his authority. Axel thinks this is great for all of them, and says he is an agent of change. Nichols tells him a quote from Mao, saying that, “You are a reckless adventurer playing into the hands of the existing oppressive order.”

In the squad room, Eames shows Ross the personal things she took from Axel's apartment thinking it may give them leverage. Nichols approaches them and saying he needed bathroom break, and he notice s teddy bear in the belongings with a singe mark on it. Eames says there was a book on the girl’s bedside table called the “The Wretched of the Earth” it was signed “To may darling Birgit” signed in 1996. Nichols has a look of realization.

Back in interrogation, Nichols tells Axel that they know Birgit is his daughter. He says nothing. Eames talks about the book they found, and Nichols shows him the bear, asking is Birgit knows what she is doing. Axel says she is fighting exploitation. Nichols asks if she is safe, and Axel does not respond. Martino knocks on the door, and later tells the detectives that immigration just dug up some information that saying Kasper and the girl entered the county in 1986 using the passports of the family he and his pals firebombed the year before, Carl and Marta Fichte. There was no crosschecking of passports at the time. Suddenly the squad room becomes noisy and active, Ross tells them that Kasper’s daughter just took hostages at the Continental Bankcorp, Wall Street Branch, and if they don’t put her father on a plane to Cuba she will blow up the building and everyone in it. As Axel is being led off, Nichols gives him a long stare.

With Ross, Nichols, Eames and Martino on the scene with more FBI and SWAT, they find that Birgit has taken out all the cameras that she could see but they tapped in two more. She has a high-powered gun and she told them she has a tilt switch attached to a transmitter and bomb, if she falls over (as if she were to be shot or knocked over) the bomb would detonate as her body tilted over. SWAT says they have a sniper in place, and Nichols says someone should go in and talk to her.

Nichols enters the bank with Axel with him. She is surprised to see him, but tells Nichols to stay back. Nichols tries to get her to talk, as Martino tells him through the earpiece to get close enough to catch her. Martino tells him where the sniper is an to stay out of the line of fire. Nichols continues to move closer as he talks to her, and tells her she has been brainwashed her entire life. She says she has been educated by her father, but Nichols says he is not her father. He tells Kaspers to tell her who she is, and says that Kaspers murdered her father and mother. Nichols shows her the article about the Fichte family and says that Axel murdered them all, but the remains of one-year-old Marta were never separately identified. Birgit is looking stunned as Nichols shows her the picture of the Fichte family that also includes the bear she had been keeping, that had a burn mark on it. Nichols says Kaspers snatched her out of the fire. When Axel says he is trying to confuse her, Nichols says that Axel was in prison for 5 years before she was born, his girlfriend committed suicide three years before she was born, and asks when was she conceived and who gave birth to her. He goes on to say he brought her into the country with Marta’s passport. Axel insists she is his daughter. Nichols asks is she really wants to die for the man who destroyed her family and stole her life. Birgit says coldly that even if it were true, her father was a banker and deserved to die and if her were alive right now she would kill him herself. Nichols looks on as Birgit says she hadn’t even seen that stupid bear since she was a little girl. Nichols comes to a realization and says, “Oh, you didn’t save it, you did” as he turns to face Axel. Nichols says Birgit is his daughter, she wasn’t but now she is.” Axel says she is. Nichols goes on to say Axel carried her from that burning house and he saw her first steps and heard her first words, and now because of him, she is going to die. Nichols says there is no way out of there and nobody is getting on a plane to Cuba. Axel begins to say something to Birgit, but she says, “so now we die. We become martyrs” and she mentions other names. But Axel says no. She says she is a revolutionary, but he says not like these, the people she is holding hostage are not the bosses, these are 12 people in the bank. She says he always told her the few must suffer to save the many, but Axel says this is not the time. Nichols looks over and sees the red light of the laser from the sniper, but Martino sees Nichols is still in the line of fire. Eames comments that he is trying to save her. As Birgit and Axel continue to talk and argue, she moves forward to embrace her father, and a gunshot rings out. Nichols looks shocked as he is splattered with blood and Birgit drops. He quickly catches her. Axel cries out in agony as the SWAT team moves in.

Outside the bank. Nichols is sitting alone and Eames sits down next to him. Nichols says, “That’s why I never had kids. Empty vessels that daddy fills with love, compassion, empathy, ‘cause you get a me, or a him…oops.” We fade to back.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Law & Order CI “Revolution” Preview Clip Season Finale

Here’s a preview clip of a scene from the season finale of Law & Order Criminal Intent, “Revolution. The episode stars Jeff Goldblum, Kathryn Erbe, and Eric Bogosian.

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Scene from Law & Order CI “Revolution”

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Law & Order SVU Episode Titles, Guest Stars

Law & Order SVU producer Neal Baer has twittered the names of the first six episodes of the new season of Law & Order SVU:

Episode 1: Unstable
Episode 2: Sugar
Episode 3: Solitary
Episode 4: Hammered
Episode 5: Hardwired
Episode 6: Spooked (note: renamed from "Tradecraft" per Neal Baer on 09/10/09)

Also, TV Guide is reporting that Jessica Walter will be a guest star on the episode titled “Solitary.” (My image of Jessica in “Play Misty For Me” is forever burned into my brain and I can’t watch anything with her in it without thinking of that movie.) Here’s their scoop: has confirmed that Walter will appear in the third episode, which is titled "Solitary," as a legal-aid powerhouse named Petra Gilmartin. She will have scenes with ball-bustin' new ADA Christine Lahti and Oscar nominee Stephen Rea, who also guests in the episode.
Walter joins an already impressive list of guest stars who will pop into SVU this fall, including Lahti, Rea, Prison Break's Wentworth Miller and Will & Grace's Eric McCormack

Lots of guest stars – my only hope is that the stories and scripts supporting them are really good.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Law & Order CI “Revolution” Season Finale Episode Information

Is it just me, or did this season finale come up a little faster than expected? We finish the season with a Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) episode. Here is the info and the promo clip:

Law & Order Criminal Intent “Revolution” Season Finale Air Date August 9, 2009
With the banks failing and public discontent high, aging revolutionary Axel Kaspers believes the time is ripe to galvanize public reaction and spark a populist uprising. With his radical daughter Birgit and disciple Mel, Axel orchestrates the kidnapping of Continental Bankcorp president, Peter Evans. However, the carefully planned carjacking goes bad, leaving Detectives Nichols and Eames to pursue a surviving member of the radical gang.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Law & Order Criminal Intent “Alpha Dog” Recap & Review

Last night’s new episode of Law & Order Criminal Intent “Alpha Dog” was another one of those episodes that I felt like I needed a scorecard to help follow along. I found it to be confusing, probably because I couldn’t keep two of the characters – Deguerin’s wife, and Gala – straight. I felt like there were too many people involved in the episode. While I know that investigating a murder can bring in a lot of people, in this particular instance it seemed like there were just too many people in there in too many varying scenes that the episode seemed like a bit of a mess to me.

Despite that, I though that Roger Rees played the creepy and controlling Deguerin to perfection, and Nestor Serrano always seems suspicious, no matter what show he is on. The episode must have been filmed when Vincent D’Onofrio was going through a worn and tired Bobby Goren routine, because he just seemed a little lifeless. He did have a few moments, though, when he laughed when Amy said she knows how murders think because she played one in a movie, and also when he waved around the expensive bottle of scotch. There was also something very funny about the blank look he had on his face when Deguerin referred to him as “Detective Goblin.” I will have to remember that moniker for future use. I wish they would bring back the "over the top" Bobby Goren, because I really do miss him.

The one thing that sat wrong with me was the issue with the memory foam in the bed and pillow. I thought the whole purpose of memory foam was that it bounced back after pressure, not that it left indentations. I can’t imagine how long one would have to be in a single spot for it to leave an impression; I would think it would be a long, long time.

Here is the recap:
At a nightclub, Hamp Trotter (Ryan Locke ) arrives with his ex-wife Amy Townsend (Sabine Singh ) , being photographed by the paparazzi. Meanwhile, Deguerin (Roger Rees) and his wife (Sarah Desage) stare at a huge billboard of Hamp, with Deguerin seeming both annoyed and jealous. Back at the club, despite the fact the couple tries to put up a front that they are happy, Amy catches Hamp staring at another woman. Upset that her husband is back to his old tricks, Amy leaves the club with her manager (Susan Blackwell), limping from pain. After Hamp approaches the mysterious woman, they go back to his place for a night of sex and drugs.

The next day, Duke Deguerin is outside looking over blueprints of what seem to be a redevelopment project when he is met by protesters. He and his security man Stash (Nestor Serrano) leave while the protesters surround their car.

Back at Hamp’s place, his trainer (Kamar De Los Reyes) arrives and finds Hamp in bed, dead.

Later, Major Case Detectives Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) are on the scene, questioning the trainer. Goren notices two bottles of Scotch called Glen Kennerbragh. The trainer said it was less that two hours ago that he walked in the apartment. No drugs were found in the apartment. When Goren asks ME Rodgers (Leslie Hendrix) about the cause of death, she guesses it is an overdose. But when Goren sees petechial hemorrhaging in Hamp’s eyes, she tells him suffocation could have been caused by a reflux from the drug ingestion. When Goren says that he didn’t smell vomit, Rodgers, slightly perturbed. tells him she’ll hold off judgment until after she cracks his chest.

Goren comments about the memory foam in the mattress and pillow, and notes the indentations from Hamp’s knees. Eames says it means Hamp wasn’t alone and just living up to his reputation, saying they should bag everything for semen and fluids. She asks Goren to light the indentation on the pillow, and when he hold the lamp to it, he says it’s no Shroud of Turin, Eames saying it is definitely his face. They suspect someone forced his head into the pillow and suffocated him.

Goren stares back at the trainer and picks up a cup of coffee on the table and hands it to him so he can finish his coffee. But when Goren asks if the coffee was hot when the trainer arrived, he goes on to say that the coffee is too cool to only be sitting there for two hours. They get the trainer to admit he was there four hours earlier, not two, and he called Hamp’s ex, Amy, who came over and cleared the drugs from the apartment.

Outside Amy’s home, the media is already there when Goren and Eames arrive. Amy admits to the detectives that she took the drugs out to prevent a feeding frenzy. When Amy’s manager refers to Hamp as her husband, Eames questions that they thought Hamp was her ex. Amy says they were trying to work things out. Hamp was living at his loft to give them some space. Goren notices a large movie poster on the wall with Amy featured for a film titled “Venefica.” Eames questions Amy as to why she left the club early, and she said her hip was bothering her, it was from an injury from a movie stunt gone bad and stress causes it to hurt. When Eames asks her what was stressful last night, Amy gets indignant and says she doesn’t have to tolerate this, and storms off.

Elsewhere “Stash” is buying ruby earrings for Gala (Jennifer Missoni) . When Stash opens his wallet, the saleswoman sees a small police shield and comments about it. Stash says he did work for the police but now works in the private sector. When the saleswoman mentions a rumor that Hamp was murdered, the Gala gets visibly upset, even more so when the saleswoman says Hamp would come in the store all the time with varying women, buying them gifts. Hearing this, Gala storms out of the store, and Stash follows. He tries to console her, but she says this is not what she wanted. He tells her stuff happens and he is looking out for her. He coaxes her back into the store.

Back at Major Case, Captain Ross (Eric Bogosian) tells the detectives it is not officially a homicide but he had to put on additional people to handle the calls. He also tells them Amy’s manager called, saying that Goren and Eames were aggressive with a grieving widow. When Eames questions whether Amy really is a widow, Goren says they started rumors of a reconciliation to promote her new film. Ross says 3 years ago Amy was a rising star and Hamp was an unknown male model that married her, adding it was amazing how a set of abs and luck can turn things around. Eames wonders if enemies came with the fame, but Goren says that Hamp embraced many good causes. Eames questions sarcastically that Hamp embraced any woman who got close enough for a smell test, which opened some door for motive. Ross gets a phone call, and says they will be right there.

At the morgue, Ross, Goren and Eames meet with Rodgers. She tells them they have had security issues where one worker already tried to take photos of Hamp. She says about the cause of death, “Detective Goren, once again, has an irritating way of being right. “ Hamp was suffocated, there were bruises indicating his face was forced into the pillow. He also had a lot of drugs in his system, making him “totally malleable.” He had cocaine and oxycontin in his sinuses. Inhaling ground oxy alone could have killed him. The detectives wonder if Amy provided the drugs, since she may take oxy for her pain.

Later, with Amy in their interview room with her attorney, her lawyer balks at Amy answering any questions about her own drugs. Goren and Eames make her think if word leaks out about her wanting immunity, the media will try her for Hamp’s murder. Eames reminds her that Amy removed evidence, and Amy says she loved him/ She adds that if she killed him she would have taken the drugs away at that time, she would have never gone back. When Goren says that is a god point, Amy adds she played a murderess and she knows how they think. This elicits a chuckle from Goren. He tells them they are not after narcotics charges, they just want to know if Oxycontin was one of the drugs she removed. She says yes, alone with coke and some hash. The Oxy was her prescription that she gave to Hamp with a lecture and she thought he heard her because the bottle had its full pill count. She thinks he got it from someone else. When Goren asks about her hip hurting at the party, she says she saw the woman once before with Hamp and she knew he had her and wanted her again, so it was time to limp home. She doesn’t know who the woman is, but describes her as having dark hair and beautiful, a black dress to accentuate white skin, and a great body and was wearing emerald studs.

At the club, they speak with the bartender about Hamp at the party. Hamp had been coming there for a long time before, when Amy was paying his bar bill. He didn’t come after the day with the Duke Deguerin, they nearly had a punch out. He did not know what started the fight, but he saw Tommy Morgan - a theatre director who was tight with Hamp - settle Duke down.

At the theatre, they talk with Morgan, who says Hamp loved sharing the wealth. Goren asks if Morgan was with him at Laxos (?)when Hamp got in a fight with Duke Deguerin, and Morgan says it was more of a shoving match. He says he thinks it was over some bike ride in the park. Deguerin came up wearing Lycra shorts and Lycra T-shirt, and some people shouldn’t wear Lycra so Hamp decided to bust his balls and yelled out to Deguerin to remind him never to get old. Deguerin “went ballistic” and his wife security people had to hold him back. At Laxos, Deguerin claimed Hamp made a remark to his wife, Deguerin swung and Hamp shoved, and it was over, and they told Hamp he was lucky. He heard from an actor he worked with that was at Deguerin’s table one night and all these women we walking up to him complementing him, and later that night he got jumped – not robbed, just jumped, and no more beautiful smile.

Heading to Deguerin’s, Goren and Eames run into Stash who Eames knows from her work at the 1-9. He says he is now heading up security for Duke Deguerin, and adds that Eames is the best.

In Deguerin’s home, he says he recalls the altercation and says it was due to profanity that Hamp used around his wife. He shows them a huge billboard if Hamp and his torso outside his office, annoyed, and closes the drapes. Goren looks at a model of an arena Deguerin is to build, and Deguerin moans that at today’s memorial service that protesters will praise Hamp, but beat up on him. Eames notices the Venefica movie poster of Hamp’s wife, with an autograph saying no one does it like the Duke, and asks if they crossed swords over that. He said he just put money in the film. Goren notices the same brand of scotch in Deguerin’s office that Hamp had in his place, and Deguerin tells Goren he bought the distillery. When Goren starts to wave around the bottle of scotch, Deguerin tells him it is worth $2, 000 a bottle and takes it from Goren’s hand, saying it his now his private stock and no longer for sale. When Goren tells him they found two bottles in Hamp’s loft, Deguerin’s wife comes in and says they give 200 bottles a year to employees and maybe someone regifted them. Deguerin introduces his wife, referring to “Detective Goblin”, and Eames corrects him on the names. Eames asks for a list of employees, and Deguerin agrees, saying they can find out who regifted his scotch so he can fire them. He glares at his own wife.

As they leave the building, Eames notes there are almost 200 names on the list. But Goren says they know who gave it to him, and Eames asks, “Duke’s wife cheats? That would make the visit worthwhile.”

Elsewhere, at dinner, Stash and Gala are interrupted when Stash’s phone rings. He says it is Duke and he wants to talk. When Gala seems to complain, he tells her to be more appreciative of what they have with Duke. She says she did not sign on for what was done to Hamp. Stash begins to shout they know nothing about that, and he quiets himself. But Gala looks very unhappy. He tells he her to get whatever feelings she has under control, and she tell him to tell Deguerin she wants out. He tells her that for her sake, that is one thing he will never tell him.

Later, in Deguerin’s car, Deguerin tells Stash he needs access to Hamp’s loft. When Stash tells him it is a crime scene, Deguerin says that he said he needs entry. Stash tells him sure.

Later, in his home, Deguerin is staring out his window at the billboard of Hamp, and his wife walks in wearing a see through negligee. She says she is ready, and he calls her filth, and she repeats that she is. He wraps his hand around her neck, then throws her on a table, ripping off her clothes.

Back at Major Case, Goren tells Eames he thinks they should attend Hamp’s memorial rally, he thinks the mystery woman may show up. He suggests they take someone who will know her. Later, at the rally for Hamp and against Deguerin’s demolition of a building, Goren and Eames arrive with Amy and her manager. Amy’s manager spots the mystery woman and Amy runs at her, hitting her and causing her to flee in the crowd before Goren and Eames can get to her.

Back at Major Case, Ross throws down a copy of the New York Ledger on Goren’s desk, with the headline “Bitch! You Killed Hamp” with the mystery woman’s photo on the cover. He is annoyed that the detective served Amy Townsend up to the ravenous media, but they tell him it got them the identity of the mystery woman, who the tabloids identified as Gallina Ilyanova Richter, born in Brighton Beach. She was arrested for forgery, theft, and prostitution, - never indicted - and her working name is Gala. They tell Ross that Gala is one of the women who worked for Jamey Wizger, who is in Rikers. Ross tells them to find out if they are still in touch.

At Rikers, they talk to Jamey and he says that Gala told him of what happened to Hamp and she was terrified. She forgot that business is business and she got hung up, saying the thing was legendary and Gala said it rivaled his own. He said the deal was to set up Hamp for a drug bust, but won’t talk names because that would get her killed. Gala was supposed to bang the Hamp and leave him stoned, and someone would call the tabloids and ruin his career, instead he ends up dead. When Goren asks if he actually believes that, Jamey says Gala doesn’t lie. Eames tells Jamey if Gala calls to tell her to get in touch before she is grabbed up on murder charges.

Back at Deguerin’s home, he is talking with Stash, annoyed that Gala is mourning publicly and getting in catfights. Stash says Gala was caught off guard, they were all caught off guard when Hamp ended up dead. Deguerin says Gala said she was the best she ever had, and asks if Gala ever said that to Stash. Stash says that Gala said Deguerin gave her emerald earrings and a sable coat – she is a hooker, that is what they do. Deguerin says whatever it takes, he wants to get Gala under control. As Stash leaves, he calls Gala and tells her to get over to apartment and stay there, he is coming right over.

Back at Major Case, Eames shows Ross an Australian tabloid with Hamp and Dike’s wife on the cover, saying this is motive. Goren thinks that Deguerin stifled coverage in local papers. Goren says they need to talk to her on her own, her husband keeps her close.

Eames enters a sauna where Mrs. Deguerin is steaming. She asks Eames what she wants, and Eames suggests it’s what she wants – justice for Hamp. She says she wants that, everyone does. Eames continues to press her on their similar interest, and asks if her husband was jealous. Eames adds if she continued to see Hamp, knowing how her husband felt. Mrs. Deguerin says where would she be if she said her husband killed Hamp? Eames knows she is afraid, but Mrs. Deguerin says Deguerin has power, the power that comes with money. She takes off her towel and bruises on her body are evident. Eames says they can protect her. But she says if she believed that she would be risking her life and she leaves.

Back at Major Case, Eames tells Goren that Deguerin’s wife suspects her husband but is too afraid to talk. Goren tells her the evidence they could use to pressure her – the bottle of scotch from Hamp’s loft – is missing. Eames reminds him the bottled had numbered labels and they are tied to specific people on the Christmas list, and the cases were also numbered. When they go back to Hamp’s loft to find the cases, when Goren breaks the police crime scene seal, he notices someone had placed a new seal over the old one. Goren finds the cases, which are numbered. Eames shouts out that it wasn’t CSU who broke the seal. The find Gala’s body.

With CSU on the scene, they found bruising on Gala’s neck, as if thumbs were pressed on her throat. Goren thinks the person wanted to see her fear. Her jeans were pilled down but her underwear left on, and Goren thinks the killer didn’t go through with sex because his rage was greater than his desire. But the CSU tech disagrees, saying he found semen. Gala had all her jewelry, and was packed for travel. She had her passport and a ticket to Aruba. She also had an appraisal slip for the earrings, which noted that the earrings were purchased by Stanislav Bardum – AKA “Stash.”

With Stash in interrogation, he says as soon as he saw the uniforms at the airport he knew. He hoped they were going to make it out. They found his prints at the crime scene and semen that he admits was his. He said they had sex after he begged her to get out of the country. He admits he gave her the ruby earrings, saying he would give her the world. But Goren said when they found her she was wearing emerald earrings.- for the man that killed her. Stash says he can tell them who gave her the emeralds but that won’t acquit him. He tells them that Deguerin gave the earrings to him as a bonus for saying he was a great lay. He says Deguerin was into some sick thing with Hamp, that seeing pictures of Gala at Hamp’s protest it drove Deguerin crazy. It was one of those “mine’s bigger than yours thing”, but Stash says he doubts Hamp knew he was in the game.

Capt. Ross is arriving at Major Case, griping that it is 3:00 AM. They tell him they are close on Gala’s murder, and Goren tells him he sent officers out to bring in Deguerin and also his wife as a material witness. When Ross expresses concern if they have evidence, Eames says have a shot at getting a confession but they have to move before Gala’s death hits the morning news. When Ross thinks that Deguerin and his attorneys won’t be trapped into anything, he asks why they even called him in, they could have taken action on their own and Ross could have claimed immunity. Eames says they need Ross because he is part of the plan.

As Deguerin is brought in , he complains loudly, and Eames tells his wife to come with her. As Deguerin is being led into the interrogation room, he sees a woman in an office that looks like Gala. Deguerin looks uncomfortable, and as Goren begins his questioning, Deguerin says that the woman is a whore and she lies. When Eames walks in, Deguerin starts to open his mouth and talk too much, saying that he and Gala just were having a sex game and the choking was part of it. Goren says it is interesting that he is volunteering all this, that she hasn’t accused him of anything. When Deguerin asks why he is there, Goren says Deguerin wanted to show Hamp as being a drug addict. Deguerin thinks this is what Gala alleges, Meanwhile, Deguerin’s wife looks on from the other side of the mirror. Deguerin says Stash wanted to ruin Hamp out of jealousy. Goren continues to work Deguerin, honing in on his jealousy of Hamp. Eames brings up Hamp and Deguerin’s wife, and he tells them he had Hamp’s wife, they saw the poster from her saying he was the best. Goren continues to rattle Deguerin, and when he makes a move to leave, Goren reminds him that he already admitted to choking her, Gala is dead. Deguerin looks stunned and then sits back down. Meanwhile, his wife still looks on. Goren tells him that Deguerin strangled Gala on Hamp’s bed to remind her of the power he took over him. He said after Gala drugged him he thanked her for a job well done. Goren asks if drugging him was not enough. Deguerin tells him of a story of a kitten he got as a kid that scratched him and he strangled it. Within a week the scratch was gone and he was fine. Goren asks what was Gala’s offense, and he says it was because she cried for him. Deguerin gets up to leave, saying he has said nothing under oath and this charade won’t wash. When he opens the door to see his wife standing there, she tell him not to forget her, they brought her in as a material witness. She says it is odd seeing fear on him, and she thinks she likes it and she hopes to see more of it. As they take Deguerin away, his wife looks at Eames, who nods her head in support. As Deguerin's wife smiles back, we fade to black.

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