Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 4, Episode 7

Magnificat (7 Nov. 2004)

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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
Kenneth Kimmins ...
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 shows little, if any, emotion over their 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 boys' bedroom. 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 on the mother. Goren and Eames realize ... Written by

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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 »


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Superb Performances in Powerful Episode
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Powerful story with a simply amazing performance by Carrie Preston as a mother emotionally broken by her ultra controlling husband. This isn't a pleasant episode given the subject matter of child murder and the demented act of the mother but Preston is so moving in that difficult role that we actually feel compassion for her. Sam Robards is also excellent as the husband who has worked hard to put his wife in a position where she can do nothing right and always fails as a mother no matter how hard she tries. It is heart wrenching as the detectives follow the clues to the ugly conclusion. Kathryn Erbe is especially good and in her we see a professional trying to hold it together through a uniquely horrible case.

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