Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 2, Episode 4

Best Defense (20 Oct. 2002)

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After receiving misleading phone calls, and discovering a severed brake line, A.D.A. Peter Bonham appears to be the target of a contract hit. When Bonham kills the hit-man, Gary Burke, in ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
A. D. A. Peter Bonham
Linda Bonham
JoJo Martinez
Mrs. Martinez
Vince Quitoriano
Keith Randolph Smith ...
Jailhouse Attorney
Allison Selwyn
T. Scott Cunningham ...
Jerry Selwyn
Joe La Piana ...
John Alfonzo
Eric Walters
Anney Giobbe ...


After receiving misleading phone calls, and discovering a severed brake line, A.D.A. Peter Bonham appears to be the target of a contract hit. When Bonham kills the hit-man, Gary Burke, in his wine-cellar, Goran and Eames set out to discover who hired him. All of the evidence uncovered by the Detectives seem to point directly at Bonham's own wife, a successful trial attorney. It doesn't take long after arresting her, however, for Goren to suspect that she is being framed, and why. The challenge facing the Detectives is proving it, while not tipping their hand to the real culprit. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Detective Alexandra Eames: He'll get over it... just like Peter Bonham.
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Easy Villain To Spot, But Still An Intelligent Episode
15 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Either I'm not as dumb as I think or this was an easy case to see through but I saw what the deal was right in the first few minutes.

Twenty minutes later it was confirmed, although not before a few red herrings that made me question my feelings on who was really the guilty party in this story.

Anyway, several things happen early to make it look like someone is trying to kill a prosecuting attorney. Finally, in the basement of his home, the attorney shoots and kills a burglar, or at least someone who supposedly was burglar.

As we discover, things aren't what they seem with this prosecutor and his wife, who also is a lawyer.

This is another intelligent, well-written episode, and fun to watch.

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