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"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" Renewal (2007)

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Tough Season-Endings For The CI Male Leads

9/10
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States
14 September 2008

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Boy, the last two weeks of this sixth season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent were not kind to the male leads. Last week, "Det. Robert Goren" (Vincent D'Onofrio) has his mother die and this week "Det. Mike Logan," smitten with a nice lady who lives in his apartment building finds her dead on the night of his second date, an apparent suicide victim. Not happy days for these two guys.

The main story in this one, however, is not "Holly Lauren/Kathy Shaw" (Kelli Williams), Mike's hopeful new love interest, but a young woman who turns cop-killer and has been missing for over five years, pulling scam after scam. When her latest boyfriend, a police recruit and a local hero, figures out she's not a nice girl, he winds up shot to death. "Logan" and partner "Det. Megan Wheeler" (Julianne Nicholson), with an assist from "Det. Alexandra Eames" (Kathyrn Erbe), track down this missing woman, "Belle Duffy," played chillingly by Brooke Tarsley.

Overall, it was an interesting episode but I'm sorry to see these shows end on a such depressing notes. Hopefully, both "Goren" and "Logan" will be back and have more upbeat things happen to them in their personal lives during the seventh season.

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Law & Order-Criminal Intent: Renewal

7/10
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States
13 September 2010

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Detective Mike Logan(Chris Noth)strikes up a brief but poignant friendship, which seemed to be a potential romance on the horizon, ending abruptly when he finds that the reason she didn't show up for a scheduled drink-and-date was that the girl had committed suicide. For someone just in the episode for fifteen minutes tops, Kelli Williams leaves quite an impression and one never doubts why Noth would pursue her case so diligently when all evidence points to her leaping off the roof to the pavement below. As Logan digs deeper, he discovers she was raped by her ex-husband, a real louse who had followed her from Chicago. Meanwhile, Logan abandons a case he and Wheeler(Julianne Nicholson)were working on in regards to a female con artist known for taking advantage of multiple men, easy pickings for someone highly skilled at manipulation. Having killed a police recruit who had just made the papers for preventing an armed robbery, this girl will be a target on the streets. Captain Danny Ross(Eric Bogosian)assigns Wheeler Eames(Katheryn Erbe)as a replacement for Logan and they are able to convince the mother of "Belle Duffy"(Brooke Tansley, the girl under a stolen name, lifted from a missing girl)to get her daughter to come out of hiding. We see the heated tensions between Logan and homicide detectives who weren't motivated to look beyond the case of Holly Lauren(Williams)as anything but a suicide. RENEWAL is a good episode for Noth who shows how one night with a person can change you forever. Holly changed her name and was hoping for a brand new, fresh start in New York, going out of her way to chat it up with Logan. Oddly enough, the second case(which normally would absorb the entire episode)plays second fiddle to the Holly Lauren story and feels strangely uninspired. However, as CRIMINAL INTENT had been doing for the past few years during this time, female psychopath(who used hypodermics to inject poisons in unlucky victims)Nicole Wallace's name is mentioned(Goren's nemesis)as one studied by Duffy for a term paper. At any rate, we see the heavy toll Holly's loss has on Logan who dedicated his heart and soul to her case, even if it doesn't result in an arrest as he'd hoped.

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