Goren and Eames pursue the people who killed a banker so they could loot his apartment.

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Goren and Eames pursue the people who killed a banker so they could loot his apartment.

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The psychopathic charisma and globe-spanning criminal exploits of Bernard Fremont [Michael York] strongly appear to have been inspired by real-life murderer Charles Sobhraj, now serving a life sentence in a Nepalese prison. Compare, for example, the title of this episode with that of journalist Thomas Thompson's 1979 non-fiction bestseller about Sobhraj, 'Serpentine'. See more »

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The bank exec. who's found in the hotel room is declared DOA by the cop on the scene. But the term DOA is a term used in hospital emergency rooms. DOA means dead on arrival and is used to differentiate people who are dead before they reach the hospital from those that die in the emergency room. The slang for a victim found dead outside a hospital is DOS, or "Dead on Scene". See more »

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Hilary Marsden: [about Nicole Wallace and Bernard Fremont] She's his creation. He thinks she's perfect, poor Bernard.
Detective Alexandra Eames: Poor Bernard.
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Nicole Wallace's Teacher
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'From a townhouse to a flophouse."

So says, with her usual seriousness and touch of dark humor, "Det. Alex Eames" (Kathryn Erbe) in another odd-and-interesting episode of "Criminal Intent."

She and "Det. Robert Goren" (Vincent D'Onofrio) wind up trying to find out how a well-to-do couple from the townhouse wound up in such bad shape at a flophouse. The husband was dead of a heroin overdose and the wife was nearly dead of the same. She would up surviving and helping to solve the case. Neither was a drug addict. They both were supposed to be killed.

This episode went from pretty good to very good two-thirds of the way through when Goren and Eames deduce that the villain has ties to the infamous "Nicole Wallace," Goren's nemesis and most interesting opponent over the years. In fact, the man - "Bernard Fremont" - apparently was Nicole's tutor! Yes, he taught one of the planet's worst killers how to kill, so he's even more dangerous, if that's possible. Making the story even better is that "Bernard" is played by veteran actor Michael York, who does a great job in here.

It seems Bernard is quite the ladies man, and seems to have them under his spell, a la Charles Manson. They do his bidding and the usual schemes involve getting rich people away from their townhouses for a few days and then robbing them of everything in the house....and I mean everything! It also involves murder to anyone who gets in the way. That also includes anyone in their circle who becomes untrustworthy, as we see in one terrifying scene.

There are a number of surprises in here, so I won't say more to ruin anything for anybody who hasn't seen this episode. My only disappointment - because I looked this up - is that we Criminal Intent fans have seen the last of Olivia d'Abo, who played Nicole Wallace. Her resume here at IMDb states her last episode was in the opening program of this season....but her presence is still very much felt in this episode.


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