Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 5, Episode 19

Cruise to Nowhere (30 Apr. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A gambling cruise patron is found washed up on shore.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Frost
Michele Pawk ...
Shari Frost
Jack Rosencrantz
Gil Costello (as Wass M. Stevens)
Pam Williams
Benton Williams
Phil Lambier
Adam Dannheisser ...


A wealthy gambler is found dead after apparently jumping from, or being thrown from, the side of a cruise ship. It is discovered that he had just made a huge loss that night to a young man - a sort of "gambling prodigy" whose incredible skills and confidence enable him to win big often. When suicide is ruled out, the rude, cocky guy at first seems like he might have committed or ordered a murder when his gambling buddy couldn't pay up. However, a look into his life and his part brings up a big conspiracy. Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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This episode reunites Vincent D'Onofrio and Lou Taylor Pucci after they worked together on the film Thumbsucker, where they played father and son. See more »


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Good episode, great acting
16 July 2014 | by (North Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I think the whole "Law and Order" franchise is consistently a model of story-telling. So this is again a well-written episode. This said, I don't know that I would rate it overall one of the best (that's a high bar). But I certainly agree that Lou Taylor Pucci holds his own with d'Onofrio, and for similar reasons - a kind of controlled edginess that bespeaks a far more complex character beneath the surface. The scene where Goren is sitting on a small table with one leg folded under him is exquisite.

I'm surprised Pucci hasn't done more in recent years. But he's got time.

I also loved the thug who's always worried about his wife (couldn't track the name); really compelling in his anxious stupidity.

Some fine acting overall; but the series has had better stories.

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