A failed suicide attempts leads to a train crash that kills 12 people. The defendant's attorney initially offers an insanity defense. However, he is soon fired, as the defendant represents himself and changes his plea.

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Detectives Joe Fontana and Nick Falco investigate when a commuter train strikes an SUV parked on the tracks. A dozen people are killed but it's not clear which of the dead or injured might have put the car there. It leads them to Davey Buckley who admits that he tried to commit suicide that day. In court his lawyer, Rodney Fallon, tries to present an insanity defense but mid-way through the trial, Buckley fires him and changes his plea to not guilty. Written by garykmcd

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Jesse L. Martin was absent from the last four episodes of the fifteenth season. He left the show temporarily to work on Rent (2005). His character, Det. Green, was shot in the line of duty. For those four episodes, Martin was replaced by Michael Imperioli as Det. Falco. See more »

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Narcissism
8 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dennis Farina and Michael Imperioli as his temporary partner draw a real nasty case in this episode. An SUV is driven on to a commuter rail track from upstate and the train strikes it going full tilt. 12 people are killed and dozens injured. No driver found though, he mingled among the passengers and left after questioning.

Eventually it points to Joseph Lyle Taylor, a recently divorced man with a substance abuse problem who if we had adequate mental health care facilities might not have done this terrible thing though. But no doubt he's legally responsible for his actions.

Taylor eventually decides to represent himself with the inevitable result. But does that show he's nuts?

The unspoken word in this episode is narcissism. This poor loser was just looking for attention, narcissists have to have it, they're addicted to it. I've known many in my life and I'm sure you readers have as well.

No doubt we need better policy for mental health, but it doesn't excuse what Taylor did.


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