Goren and Eames attempt to locate the missing wife of a plastic surgeon.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Barish
Lisa Voight
Valerie Kelmer
Judge Van Vliet
Lauren Barbera
Stephen Rowe ...
Dr. Nathanson
Jean De Baer ...
Medical Examiner (as Jean DeBaer)
Joe Bacino ...
Adoni Anastassopoulos ...
D'Alacosta (as Adoni Anastasse)
Cullen O. Johnson ...
Milton Barish (as Cullen Oliver Johnson)


When the philandering, drug-abusing wife of an arrogant plastic surgeon disappears, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect the doctor's earnest efforts to find her are bogus -- especially when they find he has a lover of his own. But even when the body of a decomposed woman washes ashore weeks later, the cops can't crack the doc's airtight defense -- and their only hope might be to turn his ego against him. Written by Anonymous

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25 November 2001 (USA)  »

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"The Good Doctor" strongly appears to have been inspired by the real-life disappearance of Gail Katz-Bierenbaum from her Manhattan home in July 1985. After years of investigation, Gail's husband, the plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Bierenbaum, was convicted of his wife's murder in October 2000. Her body has never been recovered. See more »


Dr. Peter Kelmer: If I was on the jury, *I'd* convict me!
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Remade as Paris Criminal Investigations: Scalpel (2007) See more »

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More Like A 'Columbo' Episode
12 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A plastic surgeon with a temper supposedly kills his wife (we don't see any crime in the introduction, but it's assumed). Both he and his wife were adulterers, so it's hard to be sympathetic to either. She also was on drugs. All we know - for awhile - is that the woman is missing. The doctor is putting up posters and everything pretending to be a concerned husband, but the sincerity is lacking. He's portrayed as a cold, nasty guy.

If he did it, how and where is the body? Those questions take up the entire show, so it drags a bit here and there. Sometimes that happens. They can't all be fascinating stories. One thing that took away from the "whodunnit" atmosphere is that there only was one suspect. It was like a watching a "Columbo" episode.

This one had a different scenario at the end. Since Goren was able to get his man in the Interrogation Room, he volunteered to go in court and be a witness, confident he could bait his man enough to incriminate himself. This was a little far-fetched. As anyone noticed how they always make the defense lawyer almost useless against our guys? Well, at least it's a switch from normal TV fare over the years.

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