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Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered. Soon their ... See full summary »



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Susan Watkins
James Deakins
Freddy Bastone ...
Craig Batchelder
Mrs. Wing
Kate Finoff (as Liz Morton)
Erin Finoff


Goren and Eames try to unravel a deadly mystery after an elderly woman dies in a fire and bequeaths some of her estate to a young woman who is subsequently murdered. Soon their investigation turns to a shady state public administrator who has re-invented the concept of "grave-robbing." Goren discovers the suspect's weakness for expensive collector cars, but to make the case succeed in court, he might also need to exploit his quarry's personal relationships. Written by Anonymous

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27 April 2003 (USA)  »

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This is the third time that Paul Dooley and 'Dennis Christopher' have played father and son. The two previous times were in movies: Liam and Hughie Brenner in "A Wedding" (1978), and Raymond and Dave Stoller in Breaking Away (1979). See more »


All they can get from tire marks on the floor is a wheelbase estimate. And it's not possible to accurately state the manufacturer, year, and model from a wheelbase estimate. And yet they have someone who does all three. There is some variation is wheelbase from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer. But many wheelbase lengths are shared by many different cars. See more »


Stan Coffman: [to Goren] You know, you're awfully snoopy.
Detective Alexandra Eames: A lot of people point that out.
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The Stollers reunite
27 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Years after Dennis Christopher got his first big break as the bicycle racing town kid in Breaking Away he and his screen dad Paul Dooley are reunited in this Criminal Intent episode. The father/son dynamic from the film is light years from what we have here.

Christopher got obsessed with those Italian bikers and was speaking some kind of pidgin Italian that drove Dooley bonkers. Here Christopher has another obsession and it's the basis for what happens in the story.

Dooley is a very sick man on dialysis and Dennis is a dutiful son accompanying him on every trip, taking time off from the Public Administrator's office to do this. In New York's five counties, the Public Administrator works for the Surrogate and administers the estates of those who die intestate without a will. It's an opportunity for a little looting as well.

What brings Major Case into the scene is the murder of one young woman which in turn reopens a case where an elderly woman died in a fire thought to be accidental. No accident as you gather. Someone was down on the job not catching what Goren and Eames do.

Christopher and Dooley's scenes with each other and Vincent D'Onofrio's interrogation of both of them are priceless.

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