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

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Nasty Family Business

7/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
22 August 2007

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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From the upper crust to the moldy bread of society

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
28 October 2015

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The interesting thing about this episode is that normally no time would be wasted on the death of a junkie, even a pregnant one. But the father is a junkie who also is the heir to a fortune and has roots on Park Avenue.

The father is Geoffrey Naufts and his mother and stepfather are Kathleen Chalfant and Will Lyman. Lyman is former career military kept on a strict allowance and prisoner of a pre-nup agreement. Talk about kept man.

The keeper is grand society dame Kathleen Chalfant and she's quite the evil witch. Bit by bit it is revealed just how evil she is. I'm in agreement with a previous reviewer, this is one episode where you enjoy Goren and Eames collaring the conspirators, especially her.

You know the problem is the allowance that Chalfant had her husband on. He had to depend on strung out junkies who work cheap, but don't have the skills and wherewithal to pull off what is a contract hit.

I guess the lesson is, don't do murder on the cheap.

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Law & Order:Criminal Intent-Smothered

9/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
11 November 2010

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A junkie named Lois(Funda Duval), attempting to go straight, pregnant with another user's child, hoping to marry him, is strangled and left under a mattress in a hotel(set up by her friend, a strip dancer). It's up to Goren and Eames to determine why she was murdered and left for dead. Lois' fiancé, Dale(Geoffrey Nauffts) is actually the son of a very wealthy woman, Priscilla Van Acker(Kathleen Chalfant). Becky, was paid, it seems, to "get rid of" her friend Lois by Dale's stepfather! Perhaps it was because Lois might've been considered the reason behind Dale's inability to stay clean(that and she brought a blight to such a prominent family's reputation). Becky(Susan Misner), and her cohorts Billy and Larry(Stephen Beach and James Hanlon), are warned to get out of New York or else. Roger(Will Lyman), a military man and Priscilla Van Acker's current husband, is the one who paid Becky 20,000 dollars(money Roger attained from selling a horse since his "allowance" from his wife was a "mere" 10,000 dollars a month)and there's a specific detail in his wife's late husband's codicil which might condemn him. The emphasis behind Lois' murder could include a mommy's love for her son and Goren believes the forged handwriting of the victim(a letter to Ms. Van Acker)by an expert might catch the one responsible if he can prove that Dale knew more than he has admitted. Truly tragic is the fact that money and greed can lead to a horrible murder through a set of circumstances masterminded because of a need for power and control over someone(one has him, the other wants him completely).

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