Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 5, Episode 3

Prisoner (9 Oct. 2005)

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A botched ransom payment leads to the discovery of the kidnapped wife of a prison warden, and Goren and Eames have to determine whether she was a willing victim.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Hendry
Vic Bowman
Warden's Secretary
Deputy Warden (as Erik Laray Harvey)
Mark Setlock ...
Detective Delay
Graham Winton ...
Attorney Davis
William Hendry
Dennis Murphy
Michael Santoro ...


A botched ransom payment leads to the discovery of the kidnapped wife of a prison warden, and Goren and Eames have to determine whether she was a willing victim.

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Excellent Performance By Three Guest Stars
17 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When was the last time you saw a warden pictured as a good guy?

For me, it has to go way back to the classic movie era. By the mid 1960s with the morals codes being thrown out, the age of the "anti-hero" had arrived and with it, it seemed all authority figures now were deemed "bad guys." It's carried over into television. I say this because this Criminal Intent episode had a lot of twists in it, as it usually does, and one kept wondering "is the warden here a good guy or is there something wrong with this guy?" As someone who has seen thousands of films and TV shows, it wasn't hard to guess which way he was going to be presented, especially on the very agenda-driven "Law and Order."

Outside of that typical bias, the show featured excellent acting by the three main guest stars. This TV program usually features good acting, but I thought it was exceptional in this case, which helped make up for a so-so story. Corbin Benson as the warden, "William Hendry," Brian Tarantina as "Vic Bowman," and Elizabeth Marvel as "Jenny Hendry" all were outstanding in their roles. Benson was well-known two decades ago with the popular "L.A. Law" program. He's a fine actor. All three of these actors sounded very real and believable.

The story involves the warden, his wife who had reportedly been kidnapped by an inmate and was missing for 10 years, and what happens when Goren and Eames discover her. It's very bizarre, like a lot of these "Criminal Intent" cases. As mentioned earlier there are a number of twists to this story, several of them coming within a few minutes which may startle you.

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