Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 2, Episode 12

Suite Sorrow (2 Feb. 2003)

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After the tyrannical owner of a Manhattan luxury hotel is found submerged in her bathtub, evidence seems increasingly to indicate that the woman's death was the work of her deeply frustrated, long-suffering daughter.



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James A. Baffico ...
Derwit Cooper
Andrew Cassese ...
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David Drake ...
Mariane Ebert ...
Michael Hayden ...
Kenneth Rayfield
John Horton
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After the tyrannical owner of a Manhattan luxury hotel is found submerged in her bathtub, evidence seems increasingly to indicate that the woman's death was the work of her deeply frustrated, long-suffering daughter.

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Like many "Law & Order" stories, this "ripped-from-the-headlines" episode has some basis in reality. The flamboyant murder victim here possesses many characteristics of the late hotel magnate Leona Helmsley (1920-1997), who was tarred by the Manhattan media with the nickname "The Queen of Mean." Although Helmsley served prison time (for tax evasion and mail fraud), she was released and died of natural causes at home, splitting her vast fortune among many worthy charities, family members ... and her Maltese dog Trouble. See more »


When Goren and Eames are interrogating the stylist who gives illegal Botox injections, Goren throws three syringes point-down into a notebook. As he's poised to throw a fourth syringe, the camera cuts to a longer shot and now there are no syringes stuck in the notebook and Goren starts another round of throwing syringes into the notebook. Goren had no time to pluck the thrown syringes out of the notebook. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: No, no, no! I know that anger! I should have seen it coming.
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Vanity, Greed, Lust, Violent Natures: They're All Here
21 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An older lady who owns a big hotel in the city is drowned - or it so appears - in her bathtub. Suspects include her daughter, who was getting a hard time from her mom about her boyfriend along worth general threats because "as long as you continue to live under my roof," etc.

However, we also see a number of other possible suspects such as the daughter's finance, who is obviously attracted to her money now that she inherits the hotel; a salon guy who gives Botox injections, an opposing hotel owner who wanted to buy the victim's hotel and could do so if she was out of the way, and even the husband (Hal Linden - good 'ole "Barney Miller"), who doesn't appear to be shaken up over his wife's death.

Her death? Oh, yes.....she died with an injection of botox - to her neck, while she was sound asleep on pills and wine. There is a quick sermon in this episode about vanity.

This episode has some shocking twists near the end and super shocking ending.

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