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The Saint 

The detectives try to determine why a social worker was killed with a lye bomb, and whether it has anything to do with a Catholic saint.


Frank Prinzi


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 3 more credits »


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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
Lois Smith ... Betty Bennett
Brian Murray ... Richard Sullivan
Phyllis Somerville ... Louise Politano
Thom Christopher ... Judge Walton
Ruth Maleczech ... Inez
Stephen Colbert ... James Bennett
Timothy Doyle Timothy Doyle ... Sean Sullivan
Charlotte Booker ... Ellen
Lisa Gorlitsky ... Karen
Edward Hajj Edward Hajj ... Blaine Devlin (as Edward A. Hajj)
Remi Sandri Remi Sandri ... Abel Keller


The detectives try to determine why a social worker was killed with a lye bomb, and whether it has anything to do with a Catholic saint.

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Release Date:

14 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode seems inspired by the case of forger and murderer Mark Hofmann, who falsified historical Mormon documents and then "discovered" and sold said documents back to the church. After selling the church documents that supposedly proved Mormon Church founder Joseph Smith had practiced black magic (and swearing he'd given them the only copy), Hofmann leaked the story to the press so as to shame Smith and expose the cover-up. Hofmann eventually murdered two people, confessed to both the killings and multiple forgeries, and is currently serving life in prison. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: One fake miracle, two real deaths.
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Canonization, that's the name of the game
21 October 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Here in western New York this episode of Criminal Intent will have particular interest to viewers. One of the local historical figures Father Nelson E. Baker is going through the process of canonization. What the requirements are as laid out by Detective Robert Goren has to be investigated just as it is for a late priest in this story.

Phyllis Somerville is killed when a lye bomb explodes in her face causing her a fatal heart attack. It turns out that when she was a teen she was said to be cured by a miracle, that was some forty to fifty years ago.

It is the investigative process itself to verify that one is deserving of being a saint that is the issue of this story. I won't go into it further but the motive here could only have been solved by the eclectic mind of Detective Robert Goren.

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