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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Poison (2001)

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Capturng 'The Angel Of Death'

9/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
7 September 2007

Three people have died recently a local hospital. What's usual about it is that all three patients were not in serious condition. How could this happen? In the introduction, we, the viewers are presented with two suspects, because obviously something isn't kosher here. One is a nurse and the other is a visitor of a patient, who is in the bed next to the latest victim. The nurse looks a little wacky, a poor nerdy woman who has no social life; the other is woman immediately portrayed as some selfish, mean person. Is one of these two responsible for these three deaths? (Yup!)

Within 12 minutes, Det. Goren has it figured out that the suspect that looks like the sure killer, is not. His bosses aren't convinced Goren is corrupt in his assumption, so the detective has to get busy and find the real murderer and - worse- stop a potential terrorist-type situation because the killer is spiking aspirin at a nearby drugstore with cyanide (the cause of these deaths) and more people are starting to die.

This a good episode. It was enjoyable to see D'Onofrio ("Goren") figure it out and nab this disgusting woman - labeled "The Angel Of Death" early on in the show - who was, indeed, an extremely cold and selfish person..

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Law & Order:Criminal Intent-Poison

10/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
11 November 2010

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"It's what dreams are made of..bad dreams."

A seriously warped woman, Trudy Pomeranski(J Smith-Cameron in a chilling performance), poisons bottles with cyanide so she can attain money from a settlement suit(it started when she murdered her own husband, poisoning others as a means to cover up her own crime!), with a panic starting to emerge. Goren and Eames are pressured by Deakens to catch the one responsible as his phone rings off the hook thanks to a concerned city worried about a poisoning terrorist epidemic. Goren believes that if he can indict Trudy's mother, she might damn herself by attempting another cyanide poisoning. What makes this particular episode so effective is how Goren will motivate Trudy to act, but what always grips me about these episodes of L&O:CI is how the detectives are able to find their suspects, the steps which lead them to the killers. Goren's talents as a profiler again are elaborated, such as how he keenly explains the methodology and pathology of Trudy's kind of psychopath. All of this for a business involving baby clothes just adds a whole other disturbing dimension to this specific episode. These "Angel of Death" stories always give me the shivers, to conduct such cold and calculating acts seemingly without any remorse or sense of moral guilt.

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The monster she raised

8/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
1 November 2015

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J. Smith-Cameron really steals this Criminal Intent episode from the stars. Definitely one of the most amoral characters that the Law And Order franchise has ever dealt with.

In fact if one of a hospital staff hadn't against policy alerted the police that there was an 'angel of death' poisoner working at a hospital where a rash of deaths have occurred no one might have suspected her and Cameron could have gotten away with it.

But Cameron is not on any mission to relieve suffering. This is all quite deliberately planned to cover up one of the deaths, that being her husband so she can get his insurance money. You won't believe what she wants it for.

Running second to Cameron in the acting department is Anita Gillette as her mother. She catches on and can't believe what she's raised. In fact though it's through Gillette that Goren and Eames are able to gain enough evidence to effect an arrest.

J. Smith-Cameron, one really scary perpetrator.

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