Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, Episode 16

Phantom (17 Mar. 2002)

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Goren and Eames must untangle the story behind a mysterious man living a double life while telling his family that he is an economist for the United Nations. As his world of lies unravels, murder seems to be his only way out.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Rankin
Tessa Rankin
Charlotte's Friend
Frank Caspari
Oni Faida Lampley ...
U.N. Official
Benny Franconi
Charlotte Fielding
Natalia Rankin
Richard Thomsen ...
Jack Rankin
Dr. Singh


Goren and Eames must untangle the story behind a mysterious man living a double life while telling his family that he is an economist for the United Nations. As his world of lies unravels, murder seems to be his only way out.

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The position of the file folders and documents Goren used to partially obstruct the yearbook when Charlotte Fielding came in to talk to him and Eames. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: [Alex comes up to Bobby after separately interviewing] My witnesses did better than yours.
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Living A Total Lie
13 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The murder of a small time hood two days out of prison leads Goren and Eames on the trail of a man who has built a carefully constructed suburban world for his family on complete lies. At first glance you have to wonder how naive they were or how they could never question anything.

When I was with New York State Crime Victims Board in that last year of my employ before retiring I dealt with a lot of wives who were just like Brooke Smith. As long as the family finances were OK, they never questioned anything. The tragedy of 9/11 brought a slew of them in, new widows of well paid executives who hadn't a clue about how the bills were paid and the income their families had lived on. I got an insight into the character that Brooke Smith played from that.

Smith is the wife of Michael Emerson who is the individual that the Major Case squad has zeroed in on. To his wife he's an economist for the UN who travels the world and rubs shoulders with the high and mighty. Actually he supported his family through the estate of his father-in-law which he managed and who died a suspicious death that was never investigated. Then through his girlfriend Cara Buono he got a hold of the take of a huge robbery of an OTB parlor which replenished the family fortune. Buono's brother was part of the robbery and it was he who was killed that brought Major Case in.

Emerson is a frightening individual in that he looks quite ordinary, but has an amazing talent for conning all around him. As his world starts to crumble he's going to do one unspeakable act before he runs rather than have some believe bad of him. As for Buono while she's an executive with Harry Winston jewelers, she's also allegedly street smart and she gets taken worst of all.

This is a really fascinating Criminal Intent episode, don't miss it.

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