Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, Episode 17

Seizure (31 Mar. 2002)

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When a woman is found murdered in a hotel room with the same signature as an accused serial killer awaiting trial behind bars, Detectives believe it to be the work of a copycat. Considering... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Roger Buckman
Jenny Bacon ...
Dr. Cathleen Dwyer
Kevin Reddick
Michael Lombard ...
Reddick's Attorney
John 'Johnny' West
Victor Colicchio ...
Building Manager
Adrianna Sevan ...
Rosa Dern
Allison Dean (as Alison Bartlett O'Reilly)
Mike Hodge ...
Assistant Warden Munoz
Karyn Barrett
Kelli Simpkins ...


When a woman is found murdered in a hotel room with the same signature as an accused serial killer awaiting trial behind bars, Detectives believe it to be the work of a copycat. Considering that details of the case have been kept strictly under wraps, and the accused killer, Reddick, has had no visitors other that attorneys and psychiatrists, aids Detectives in limiting the suspect pool. Once Goren and Eames discover that Reddick is involved in a clinical study linking a brain lesion to rage killing, they grow to suspect that one of the doctors conducting the study committed the copycat killing, but find the reason shocking. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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When Det. Goren asks who manages the building where Dr. Dwyer lives, the superintendent replies, 'Gump & Worsley.' Gump Worsley was the goaltender for the New York Rangers in 1952. See more »


The two Doctors that are interviewed are supposed to be PHD's in Psychology, doing research in Psychology, but the symbols on their lab coats are for Veterinary Med. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: [carefully slicing open his own palm with switchblade] Oh, look. I cut myself.
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Know-it-all Goran
12 January 2012 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Adventures of irritating Mr.Know-it-all Detective Bob Goran (D'Onofrio). This dude must have a form of Aspergers. If he were less irritating I might have watched this show more. Every week the character makes all the other cops look utterly brain-dead.

In this episode a serial killer's guilt comes into question for mysterious reasons. Of course, only one cop on the Major Case Squad has any inkling of what is really going on and has to correct the mistakes of other cops.

To me copycat killers are the most dangerous and evil of murderers because their method suggests they do not want to get caught. Cultivating misidentification with the nefarious deeds of a serial murderer indicates not merely icy premeditation but a level of lucid reasoning and intellect that is scary in its own right. There are sane murderers. If there weren't they could all hide behind an insanity plea.

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