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When the highly mummified remains of a woman long dead are discovered washed up along the Bronx River, Goren and Eames find that this cold case is an unsolved homicide investigated years ago by James Deakins, the man now their captain.


Jean de Segonzac


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
Jim True-Frost ... Jay Lippman
Danton Stone ... Rick Morrissey
Kelly Wolf Kelly Wolf ... Sally Morrissey
Johanna Day ... Anne Lippman
Colleen Werthmann Colleen Werthmann ... Maureen
Frank Medrano ... Pete Kokiko
Allison Daugherty Smith Allison Daugherty Smith ... Kathy McLellan (as Allison Daugherty)
Mary Diveny Mary Diveny ... Mrs. Gambi
Helen Hanft ... Ruth Cohen
Kevin Mambo ... Tech Hemmerick
Ed Vassallo ... Mike Heskey


When the highly mummified remains of a woman long dead are discovered washed up along the Bronx River, Goren and Eames find that this cold case is an unsolved homicide investigated years ago by James Deakins, the man now their captain.

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Release Date:

14 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is no "Sicilian Gambit" in chess. There is the Sicilian Defense (1. e4, c5) which is one of the most popular openings in the game. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: I like how you made me do that. Made me cross the room, by keeping your voice down.
Jay Lippman: [smiling] It wasn't deliberate.
Detective Robert Goren: Come on. It's the classic "Sicilian gambit." To get me to the door. We're done anyway. Thank you for seeing us.
[Goren and Eames halt in the door frame]
Detective Robert Goren: Oh, by the way...
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"Too strange for the chess club? That must be some kind of record"
7 November 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always liked all three of the most famous and longest-running 'Law and Order' shows (this, 'Special Victims Unit' and especially the original 'Law and Order', the others are more variable). Or at least in their prime, 'Special Victims Unit's' early seasons were much better than the latter ones and the original wasn't the same post-Briscoe. The first season of 'Criminal Intent' is a solid one and perhaps the most consistent of the first seasons of those three.

"Yesterday" may not be one of the best episodes of 'Criminal Intent'. Or even one of the best of the first season, of which "Yesterday" is towards the end of (after it there were four episodes to go until the season's end). There is still more than enough of what makes 'Criminal Intent' the great show it is, though like the original and 'Special Victims Unit' the earlier seasons are in my mind better. This is a solid example of why, even if other episodes do it even better.

For my tastes, the murderer did incriminate himself too easily and obviously.

Maybe the final scene was a bit over-heated this time.

On the other hand, there is so much that "Yesterday" excels in. Lippman is a character one really loves to hate without being a cartoon, Jim True-Frost is deliciously conceited as him. The chemistry between him and Morrissey is also fascinating, the amount of psychological dominance/power that the former has over the latter is quite chilling especially. Goren, one of the most interesting lead characters in the 'Law and Order' cannon, is a massive part of 'Criminal Intent's' appeal, his deductive methods and way of thinking is both entertaining and intriguing. Love his restraint here in "Yesterday" while showing who is boss when interrogating, he sure has a powerfully effective way of getting results. Cannot imagine anybody else playing him than Vincent D'Onofrio.

The episode is well shot as always and the music never came over as inappropriate in placement or tone. The writing provokes thought and is tightly structured while the story is compelling, with Goren, the chemistry between the characters/actors and that Lippman is an interesting character lifting it above ordinary. The performances are all strong, though the show belongs to D'Onofrio and True-Frost.

In summation, very good. 8/10

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