Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, Episode 10

Enemy Within (9 Dec. 2001)

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After a an elderly and paranoid businessman dies in his penthouse suite, Goren and Eames must sort through suspects that include his son, caretaker and wife.

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After a an elderly and paranoid businessman dies in his penthouse suite, Goren and Eames must sort through suspects that include his son, caretaker and wife.

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Law & Order:Criminal Intent-Enemy Within
12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As we often see on all the Law & Order shows, the rich are often cast in an unfavorable light. This episode is no different. A businessman, whose health and mental state were on the decline(he had been dealing with paranoia due to the variety of questionable clients he dealt with over the years), dies from asphyxiation when smoke engulfs him from within his "panic room"(a security room which guarded against all types of threats except smoke inhalation)and he can not get out. His male nurse, Zainer(Lothaire Bluteau), wasn't able to get him out and the elevator code had been tampered with. Those who stood to benefit from this old man's death: his much younger wife, Kit(Laila Robins)and homosexual son, Edward(David Aaron Baker). Developments include how Zainer felt scorned because his employer wouldn't recommend his sons for a prestigious school, a clause in the pre-nup which specified that if Kit committed adultery and was caught in the act she would not get the large monetary amount as written in the decedent's will, and Edward's alignment with a skilled arsonist who is later gunned down by police when on the verge of setting a series of buildings on fire. Zainer is the major character of interest for it's possible he was having an affair with both Kit and Edward! And a requirement in Zainer's contract about his employer's personal safety becomes an interesting factor Goren uncovers which could convict him even if he didn't actually commit a crime against him. We see the lengths others will go to get their hands on an inheritance:as I said before, the affluent often do not escape an episode of L&O:CI unscathed.


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