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)
Ron Carver
Karen Watkins
Diego Bracho (as Jose Ramon Rosario)
Player in Wheelchair
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
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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Did You Know?


While searching for a missing youth, Detective Goren impresses some street basketball players when he mentions having witnessed "Earl the Goat" in action on their court. The reference is to basketball cult-hero Earl "The Goat" Manigault, who once shot hoops in Rucker Park. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: When my father died - he had just enough money to, uh, cover his funeral. That shouldn't happen to you.
Coach Perry Powell: Thanks for the heads-up.
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References Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) See more »

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No heart for the game
19 October 2016 | by 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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