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Goren and Eames investigate a robbery at a house that left both of the residents dead.


Jean de Segonzac


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Jake Weber ... Karl Atwood
Michele Hicks ... Gia DeLuca
Lenny Venito ... Jake Nathan
Gene Canfield ... Detective Cardenas
Jayce Bartok ... Michael Carson
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Mr. De Santis
Louis Vanaria ... Jimmy Randazzo
Dianne Wiest ... Interim D.A. Nora Lewin
David Ross David Ross ... Zivkovic
Michael Aronov ... Avi
Ajay Mehta ... Mr. Wahdi


When a multi-million dollar diamond heist leaves two murdered victims in its wake -- along with the body of one of the slain robbers -- curious Detectives Goren and Eames chase down blind alleys, unaware that their quarry is a cold-blooded and manipulative master criminal. Eventually, the cops suspect that their killer has imposed his girlfriend on his gang and ponder if the murderous thieves have a mob connection that would permit them to quickly cash in on such a large haul of stones. Written by Anonymous

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James Deakins: AIDS. Tough break.
Detective Robert Goren: Tougher if it was true.
Ron Carver: You think she believed it?
James Deakins: We better come up with another way of finding Atwood.
Detective Alexandra Eames: We searched the apartment, her purse... no leads to him or the merchandise.
Ron Carver: What about the other one, the, uh, the Serbian?
Detective Alexandra Eames: Casten Zivkovic; he's overstayed his visa along with a million other people we can't find.
James Deakins: Let's release his and Atwood's picture to the media; put some pressure on, hope they slip up.
Detective Robert Goren: [seeing Gia start to chew her nail] We got her. This.
[mimicking her]
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Diamonds are not one's best friend
12 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Ever since catching it by chance switching through channels some years ago, 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' left me hooked. Quickly it became one of my most regularly watched late evening shows and it complements the original 'Law and Order' extremely well indeed. Like the first spin off 'Special Victims Unit' though (and the original show, which wasn't to me the same post-Briscoe), there is a personal preference for the early seasons.

"One" was a very good start for 'Law and Order: Criminal Intent'. Will agree that there are better episodes when things had fully settled and other shows have even better first episodes (that's including 'Special Victims Unit'). But 'Criminal Intent' with "One" does in my opinion do a better job than quite a lot of shows in being wholly engaging from the very start, rather than unsure at first and debating whether to continue. Neither of which were the case with either of the aforementioned 'Law and Order' shows.

The identity of the murderer is one that is not that big a surprise, found it a little too obvious for my liking too early, when one likes to be kept guessing up to the finish that can be a disappointment somewhat. But with the show, it's more about how Goren and Eames get to the truth and the psychological approach and that's what intriguing about it. "One" establishes that very well with no signs of being rocky, remarkable for so early on.

Production values are good, with slick photography that may not be extraordinary but it's never cheap or drab. Love it when locations and cities are like characters of their own in film and television, and that's the case with New York here and in the rest of the 'Law and Order' franchise set there. The music is thankfully not intrusive and only used when necessary so it makes the dialogue stand out properly. The main theme, though it's not my favourite main theme of the franchise, and opening voice over stick in the mind a long time after.

Writing in "One" is thought-provoking and neither too simple or complicated, always sounding natural. "One's" story is not an original or complex one, but it's executed with the right amount of twists and turns and the detective methods and psychological way of getting to the truth are intriguing. Goren is already an interesting character, with unique methods (including manipulation) and mannerisms that set him apart from a lot of television detectives. Vincent D'Onofrio brings him to life brilliantly and Kathryn Erbe provides an effective softer contrast, though their chemistry didn't feel completely gelled. Courtney B Vance makes a big impression too, as does a chilling Jake Weber.

In conclusion, very good. 8/10

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30 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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