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Goren and Eames work a case where organ donation has a price for the recipients beyond their medical bills.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Gregg Edelman ... Boyce Wainwright
Ron Orbach ... Devon Gehry
John Speredakos ... Martin Nikos
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Jana Robbins Jana Robbins ... Vanessa's Mother
Carlo Alban ... James Raphael
Kate Goehring Kate Goehring ... Celise Wainwright
Constance Barron ... Judge Feist
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Romero
Karen Zippler Karen Zippler ... Vanessa
Denise Burse ... Sarah Edgars


Goren and Eames work a case where organ donation has a price for the recipients beyond their medical bills.

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The underlying story of this episode alludes to a popular parable, "The Man Who Gave Away Everything". It is described in detail in an an episode of Fargo, Season 1 (2014), as told by Colin Hanks' character: "A rich man opens the paper one day, he sees the world is full of misery. He says, "I have money, I can help." So he gives away all of his money. But it's not enough. The people are still suffering. One day the man sees another article, he decides he was foolish to think just giving money was enough. So he goes to the doctor and says, "Doctor, i want to donate a kidney." The doctors do the surgery, it's a complete success. After, he knows he should feel good, but he doesn't, for people are still suffering. So he goes back to the doctor. He says, "Doctor, this time I want to give it all." The doctor says, "What does that mean, give it all?" He says, "This time I want to donate my liver, but not just my liver. I want to donate my heart, but not just my heart. I want to donate my corneas, but not just my corneas. I want to give it all away. Everything I am, all that I have." The doctor says, "A kidney is one thing but you can't give away your whole body piece by piece, that's suicide." And he sends the man home. But the man cannot live knowing that people are suffering and he could help. So he gives the one thing he has left, his life." See more »


Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis do not benefit from the transplantation of a single lobe of a lung. The right lung has three large lobes. And the left lobe has two. So donating a single lobe of a lung would do very little good for these kinds of patients. They wouldn't even benefit from a single lung transplant. Cystic Fibrosis that is treated with a lung transplantation involves resecting both affected lungs, and transplanting in a right and a left lung. It is imperative that these patients receive two lungs. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: [appealing to criminal suspect] I mean, what's more selfish than the desire for personal freedom?
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Self sacrifice in the extreme
23 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the more off the wall stories that Criminal Intent or for that matter any of the Law And Order shows ever had was this one where a woman who didn't seem like she had any enemies in the world is killed.

On the table at the Medical Examiner's Office Leslie Hendrix discovers that the victim had a transplanted kidney. Goren and Eames discover that at one time she was going to be involved with a charitable non- profit but now opted for a business that will allow her to be a stay at home mom.

This episode is the Faust legend and the whole Christian story about sacrifice with an alarming twist. The perpetrator is a man who has given away bits of himself in transplants and it's like a contract with old Scratch, he owns your life and what you do with it.

It takes all of Vincent D'Onofrio's twists in his eclectic mind to bring down a man who thinks he's sacrificing himself for humanity and hasn't done anything wrong.

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20 March 2005 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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