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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" The Good Doctor (2001)

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

One of my favorite episodes

Author: tadaia from United States
13 June 2009

This is one of my all time favorite L&O CI eps. It was a nice change of pace. The detectives often spend a great deal of time of course gathering the necessary evidence to put the bad guys away. Sometimes however that evidence is just not there to be found... so they have to find a way to make the bad guy bury himself.

Robert Knepper as the doctor was wonderful... so arrogant and condesending you almost want to throw a brick at the screen. Good performance by Courtney Vance also at the end, getting the doc all worked up to where he's convicted by the jury not so much because of the evidence, but because he was such an detestable worm.

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

More Like A 'Columbo' Episode

Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
12 September 2007

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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Courtney Vance's Finest Hour

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
31 March 2011

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For whatever reason Law & Order Criminal Intent decided to eliminate Courtney Vance's character of ADA Ron Carver this particular episode, The Good Doctor gave Vance his finest moments in the series.

The suspect here is Dr. Rob Knepper who is a well to do plastic surgeon who murders his wife. He's good, one of the best minds that the Major Case squad has ever come up against. He leaves a lot of tantalizing clues, but his knowledge as a doctor has made him able to eliminate a body. In fact he calls the police to report his wife missing and their prominence insures the Major Case Squad gets involved.

In the end with no body, the District Attorney still brings charges against him without a corpse. After Vincent D'Onofrio goes on the stand and bates him, Knepper against the good advice of counsel insists on taking the stand to rebut.

Big mistake because in his finest hour on the series Courtney Vance nails him on cross examination. Not on the evidence so much as bringing out Knepper's character showing him fully capable of the homicide. It was very much like Scott Peterson being convicted in real life of the murder of his wife Lacy. The scene with Vance and Knepper is a legal small screen classic.

Do not miss this episode of Criminal Intent when broadcast, it is one of my two favorites from the series.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Great episode

Author: Paularoc from United States
6 November 2012

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This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. A very arrogant and control freak plastic surgeon is suspected of killing his wife. There is no positive evidence that he either did it or that his wife is really dead. Goren, Eames, and Ada Carver believe he did it and gather enough evidence to bring him to trial but the evidence is weak. But Goren, ever the supreme psychologist, knows if he can get the doctor to take the stand he will reveal himself to be the evil man he is. He baits the doctor at the trial and gets him, against the strong advise of his attorney, to take the stand. The doctor is confident and says Carver is just a civil servant, how difficult can he be? And justice is done. What makes this episode so stunning is the top notch performances of Robert Knepper as Dr. Peter Kelmer, Courtney Vance as ADA Carver and D'Onfrio as Goren. The scenes between Kelmer and Goren and between Kelmer and Carver is amazing. The other supporting cast is also very good, especially that by the victim's cousin. This is a superior episode. That said, it seems unlikely they evil could be brought down in this manner. But it's nice to think that it can be.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Law & Order:Criminal Intent-The Good Doctor

Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
12 November 2010

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A plastic surgeon asks Major Case to find his missing wife, with Goren considering him the prime suspect. Dr. Peter Kelmer(Robert Knepper) is a real control freak, with a quick temper, excessively ordered and demanding when it comes to having everything a specified way. It's believed that Kelmer murdered his wife, Valerie(the gorgeous Judie Aronson of Friday THE 13TH:THE FINAL CHAPTER), an adulteress and drug user, dispersing her body parts while taking up a rented plane. With little real evidence to link Kelmer to the crime, it will be a heavy task for Eames and Goren to implicate the surgeon, whose knowledge of the human anatomy is substantial. The detectives notice after obtaining a search warrant that Kelmer's bathroom has walls painted anew, not mention a new rug, and there's a presence of chemicals which can eliminate any sort of blood essential for linking Valerie's death to this specific area. So Goren will have a go at Kelmer's ego, hoping that the doctor will condemn himself, expose to a jury his temper. What makes this particular episode so haunting is the fact that Valerie is nowhere to be found, completely disposed of and to catch her killer, Goren will have to use his methods of luring the one responsible through psychology. Knepper's performance is key to this episode's power, how he can not stand being challenged, lured by Goren into taking the stand in the conclusion, changing the entire landscape of the trial when ADA Carver is able to(thanks in part to Goren's own questionable testimony which belittles the doctor, instigating his anger)fuel his rage. It's realized that Kelmer had his own lover and that she was to be his next wife after a divorce. Kelmer never admits to Valerie's death and yet because of his cold personality and temperament, despite the lack of evidence pointing towards his guilt, this man still damns himself.

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