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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Eames
James Deakins
Ron Carver
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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Similar to the Andrea Yates case in Texas where she drown her 5 children in 2001. See more »


Goren and Eames ask a nurse a question regarding Doreen's baby. The nurse says that Doreen couldn't hold her baby because of the "shakes caused by her epidural". Eames says [to Goren] that an epidural wouldn't cause that but Postpartum Depression would. Which is true, but the nurse should have already known that. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: See that? That's affect.
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Evil husband
12 September 2017 | by (Falconara Marittima, Italy) – See all my reviews

Sad plot, involving a despotic father (Sam Robards, the Methodist chaplain in "Casualties of war") who doesn't care at all about his family. He works as an engineer for a large company, but despite his efforts, he didn't manage to climb the ladder to a better position (and a better income). Because of this frustration, he vents his anger on his wife (Carrie Preston), preventing her from taking any decision about family matters: her religious mother had to leave the house, the children had to be home-schooled and she couldn't take medicine to cure her depressive situation. The only escape is death, to live a better life in heaven. I guess the husband would be able to start a new family without any remorse.

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