Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, Episode 3

Smothered (14 Oct. 2001)

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When a pregnant woman who was struggling to stay clean from drugs is found slain, Detectives Goren and Eames search for her ex-junkie boyfriend whose tattered life is dominated by his ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Van Acker
Dale Van Acker
Roger Jameson
Becky Stark
Larry Falls
Lois Romney (as Funda Duyal)
Jerry Lanning ...
Billy Coffey
Belgian Diplomat
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Janice Falls


When a pregnant woman who was struggling to stay clean from drugs is found slain, Detectives Goren and Eames search for her ex-junkie boyfriend whose tattered life is dominated by his wealthy socialite mother. While Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) wants to hand off the seemingly open-and-shut case to the homicide cops, Goren protests that killing a pregnant woman deserves a more hands-on investigation -- and the detective soon finds a sticky web that extends to many dirty hands. Written by Anonymous

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The plot of Smothered is loosely based on the case of Pati Margello, her boyfriend Dean MacGuigan, his stepfather and his mother Lisa Dean Moseley. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: What is that?
Detective Robert Goren: Fish scale.
Detective Alexandra Eames: Great, she was attacked by a shark.
Detective Robert Goren: Sharks don't have scales.
Detective Alexandra Eames: [rolls eyes]
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Nasty Family Business
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a so-so episode, one in which the main characters were all unappealing and we knew who the killer was right away, except for the question of who hired, or inspired, the killer.

In a nutshell, the girlfriend a junkie son of a well-to-do high society mother is killed and Goren and Eames try to find out to murdered this woman, who was also a junkie but trying to go clean....and she was pregnant. Suspects, of course, are headed by the boyfriend who would financially benefit from getting rid of the girlfriend, getting clean and getting back into the good graces of his wealthy mother. That mother and her husband, however, are the ones that look guilty. Are they?

Everyone knows Law and Order's Liberal bias, but it's usually not as pronounced in this spin off of the regular L&O show. However, there is cheap shot here against "George W." and it's repeated in case you didn't get it the first time. It wasn't necessary, but they just can't resist.

Still, it's always interesting to see how the good guys go about proving their case. You'll feel good when you see the murderer being led away in handcuffs.

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