Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 9, Episode 6

Abel & Willing (4 May 2010)

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A tormented social scientist haunted by his family's Holocaust past performs twisted social experiments on couples to test the limits of goodness in human nature.



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Episode credited cast:
Dr. Abel Hazard
Ted Stoddard
Eleanor Hutchins ...
Veronica Kalen
Nadia Bowers ...
Linda Stoddard
Brenda Withers ...
ADA Emma Niles
Leon Vorsichtiger
Call Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pawl Bazile ...
Robert Smith Look-alike (as Paul Basile)
Tech Kallman
Leeland Kalen


A tormented social scientist haunted by his family's Holocaust past performs twisted social experiments on couples to test the limits of goodness in human nature.

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L & O:Criminal Intent..Abel & Willing
10 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The major case squad have another tough case to crack, this time trying to uncover the mastermind behind a series of crimes involving murders where a couple is selected, knocked unconscious with chloroform, strapped to chairs against their will and given instructions:either a husband or wife will be given a choice, to kill their respected spouse or die themselves. Detectives Nichols and Stevens(Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows)believe that the one responsible for the construction of these crimes is a psychiatrist whose field is social work, such employment providing him with files on all the ones who were found dead, suction marks on the bodies, a single gunshot(most of the time to the head). It's ultimately based on a theory that if forced to choose between your own life or the fate of the one you are supposed to love the most, those with the gun will save themselves. Brought into the storyline, a haunting memory of what a man remembered about his father(a Nazi ordered a Jew to either kill his wife or himself), our detectives discover facts about their suspect which could provide a reasoning behind why he stages these "social science" experiments. Creepy performance from Dallas Roberts as the suspect, Abel Hazard(last name anglicize from a longer Jewish title) who approaches the experiments in a cold, detached way, a scientific theory challenged by Nichols as not only flawed, but akin to the Nazis who caused his people misery and death, comparing the psychiatrist's work to Dr. Mendele and Logen, evil people mistreating innocent people to prove a sickening point about the human condition when faced with a horrifying decision. Goldblum's always a joy to watch and his work opposite Roberts, two men psychologically dueling over a serious matter regarding multiple homicides, is certainly fascinating. Goldblum's best scene could be when he is encrypting a code prepared by the suspect before the major case squad, the unraveled clues obviously stimulating to a Sherlock Holmesian intellectual such as Nichols.

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