The murder of a private investigator leads back to basketball and the cutthroat competition for court time.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Eames (credit only)
Coach Perry Powell
Karen Watkins
Diego Bracho (as Jose Ramon Rosario)
Player in Wheelchair
Advertising Executive
Ben Watkins
Jace Gleesing
Clifton Oliver ...
Kyle Davis
Elvin Fergin (as Malcolm J. Goodwin)


The murder of a private investigator leads back to basketball and the cutthroat competition for court time.

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11 January 2004 (USA)  »

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The basketball players in this episode attend a fictional "Moses Caro High School." The school name appears to be a tongue-in-cheek conflation of two very different New Yorkers: Robert Moses and Robert Caro. Moses (1888-1981) was a once-lauded "urban planning" bureaucrat today often remembered for destroying established, traditional neighborhoods to make room for expressways; while Caro (born 1935) wrote a massive, highly critical biography of the former, titled "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York" (1974), which won the Pulitzer Prize. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: [to Mrs. Watkins] Coach started paying more attention to Ben; you started paying more attention to Coach. You paid attention to him; Coach paid attention to Ben; Ben's stats kept improving. It's nice how that worked out, isn't it?
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No heart for the game
19 October 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Two bodies turn up in the Criminal Intent episode. The first is a private investigator who was looking into various schools for recruiting practices. This second was that of a promising high school basketball player.

Vincent D'Onofrio is still partnered temporarily with Samantha Buck and it's the PI they get first. It all goes back to high school coach Jude Ciccolella who is ending some 3 decades as a coach in the New York City public school system.

The Board of Education has rules about high schools recruiting, but coaches do get around them. Ciccolella I'm sure is not the only one who flouts the rules.

But it's far more than that. He's got some post retirement plans involving one of the other players that is the reason for the homicides. Kind of creepy when all is revealed.

Ciccolella also gets a bit under Bobby Goren's skin when he discovers that Goren played in school but gave it up. Goren's psyche is very deep as viewers know, but Ciccolella also can't imagine someone not obsessed with the game as he is.

It's an interesting story especially when all is revealed.

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