"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" The Good Child (TV Episode 2005) Poster

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8/10
So Many Questions, Starting With 'Rachel'
ccthemovieman-17 July 2008
Warning: Spoilers
I don't understand the title to this episode, as there is no "good child" that I saw, just a chip-on-her-shoulder young woman who is part of a witness protection program and appears to becomes a victim herself after her parents are murdered.

This is a very complicated episode as the parents - the ones escaping mobsters from Buffalo and living under assumed names in Queens - are the targets. However, the adopted young woman, "Rachel," winds up being a key part of the story, too. As you watch this, she becomes a suspect, too, which is why I said "appears" in the above paragraph. The writers keep you guessing regarding her characters. Maybe she killed them. Perhaps it was the mob in Buffalo, who figured out where the "stoolies" lived. Maybe it was the people who claim they are Rachel's "real parents." Are they for real? If so, what's there connection in this whole deal? Are they in on the murder, or just one of them, or are all three? Could these real parents even kill Rachel for her money?

So many questions. Greed, false accusations, murder and a lot more are involved in here, which is why it gets confusing at times.

Oddly, the key to solving the case winds up being something to do with kleptomania. Yup, you never know what will pop up in these stories.
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9/10
A single red rose, love and fidelity
paolo ceccacci14 September 2017
A couple of con artists are bounded by the only things that matters to them in their pity life: money. He's a two-bit reporter (John Shea) and she's a former member of USA Olympic team (Melissa Leo); they are both broke, every little business in which they call the shot goes to bankruptcy. Anyway, there's a daughter they left years before without papers who could change their lives for the best. So a perfect scam is set up and planned in every single detail, but it's hard when you bump into a detective like Goren, whose portrayal of the murder scene looks like Disneyworld. He also faked to be a fan of Edwin Moses.

This episode shows that witness protection sometimes is not reliable, but in this case it's not police fault.
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