Nichols investigates the death of an old family friend, which may be related to a fabled manuscript that dates back to the time of Christ. But his investigation is complicated by his past relationship with the victim's daughter.

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Serena Stevens
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Zoe Callas
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Richard Celeste
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Nichols investigates the death of an old family friend, which may be related to a fabled manuscript that dates back to the time of Christ. But his investigation is complicated by his past relationship with the victim's daughter.

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Palimpest means a manuscript that has been reused. The newer text is written over the old text that has been erased often leaving a ghost image of the original. The title is a clue that is important in solving the crime in this episode. See more »

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The MCS captain, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, tells her detectives that the ME is ruling the deaths as a "double murder." "Murder" is a legal term that is applied based on varying statutory degrees of intent, and would not have been applied by the coroner. The correct term would be "homicide," which means "death that is caused by another." "Homicide" can be determined by an autopsy, but "murder" would be applied by the prosecutor. See more »

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This ain't your daddy's "Criminal Intent"
8 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

This episode provides a complete departure from the tried-and-true procedural boilerplate that we've all come to know and love on "L&O". Here we delve into the realm of Agatha Christie. A game of "Clue" with a London setting, period costuming, and enough red herrings floating around to cater a Slavic brunch. Plop Jeff Goldblum into the midst of this milieu, and you got yourself some real fish-out-of-water fun. Mili Avital, playing the the central character of this set piece, seems to be channeling her inner Ophelia, and gets the most out of a few precious lines of back story with Goldblum. Best of all, nobody watching this episode will ever again get stumped at the spelling bee on the word "palimpsest". Hell. You'll even be able to use that word in a declarative sentence, amazing your friends and winning all sorts of bar bets. A neat little piece of writing and acting by all concerned parties.


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