A car bomb kills three children, and suspicion focuses on their father.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doreen Whitlock
Pamela Burrell ...
Leanne Colson
Bob Reedy
Paul Whitlock
Dan Milner
Judge Colby
Dana Vance ...
Dr. Amanda Ritter
Sebastian Vignone ...
Adam Whitlock
Jack Metzger ...
Billy Whitlock
Samil Al-Bana


A car carrying a mother and her four young sons explodes, killing the three youngest boys in the back seat and landing the mother and oldest son in the hospital. It is found to have been the result of a planted pipe bomb, which initially leads Detectives Goren and Eames to think it was the work of suspected terrorists who were targeting the family because the father worked as an engineer who invented a new type of landmine currently being used in the Middle East. However, when those people prove to be clean, focus moves to the father of the boys. He has shown little, if any, emotion over the boys' deaths, and they find he was putting undue pressure on his wife, going so far as to make her cease taking needed anti-depressants, and even making her sleep in the bedroom shared by the deceased youngest boys. It is then found out a piece of hardware equipment was purchased by someone in her family, then rigged so it would blow carbon monoxide out, but eventually returned. The focus is now ... Written by jlentzphx@gmail.com

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7 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Worst Episode Of This Show
9 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As the story unfolds it really grabbed. I was thinking "this looks like it will be a good one". I was wrong. Really good performances by Carrie Preston and Sam Robards, were wasted. This was a classic example of the only serious problem with the stories they tell in this series. The regular cast is always excellent. But the bad guys always seem to have the worst lawyers in the history of the legal profession. In this story, there is another episode of interrogation where the person being questioned has a lawyer. But he just sits there, while the cops ask all kinds of improper questions and get the person to say all kinds of things against their own interests. While the attorney just sits and says absolutely nothing. This a common problem in this otherwise interesting show. Time again during interrogations. The producers plop a guy in suit nest to the defendant. But, they do next to nothing to actually help their defendant in the way a real lawyer would. If you only watch one or two of these episodes you might not notice it. But after a season or two, it starts to become very noticeable. It allows the writers to wrap the episode in one hour. This a good story with a bad ending. It still worth watching. But barely.

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