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Alpha Dog 

A popular model is killed, and Goren and Eames soon discover that he crossed paths with a violent and vindictive millionaire businessman.


Norberto Barba


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Eric Bogosian ... Danny Ross
Roger Rees ... Duke DeGuerin
Nestor Serrano ... Stanislav Bardum / Stash
Sabine Singh ... Amy Townsend
Jennifer Missoni ... Gallina Ilyanova Ritcher
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Ryan Locke ... Hamp Trotter
Kamar de los Reyes ... Teru
Susan Blackwell ... Amy's Assistant
Sarah Desage ... Avia DeGuerin
James Joseph O'Neil ... Jamie Witzger
Quincy Dunn-Baker ... Tommy Morgan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Henry Coffey ... Hobart


A popular model is killed, and Goren and Eames soon discover that he crossed paths with a violent and vindictive millionaire businessman.

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Release Date:

2 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Jumel Terrace, New York, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Detective Robert Goren: [looking at a movie poster] "Venefica"... Ancient Roman sorceresses - they killed men by the act of love.
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You see the statue here? It's called the dying Gaul
8 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A male model (Ryan Locke) was at the top of the heap. You could see him everyday on tabloids front page, on billboards and he was ready to get in the movie business as an actor. On the other hand his wife, once a renowned actress, struggled to make ends meet: she had a slight limp due to an accident on the set. They filed for divorce but still trying to reconciled. One night, after spending time in a club, he had a night stand with a charming girl and the next morning he was found dead by his assistant. Goren and Eames realize he was suffocated by a pillow and the same fate suffered his dating lady who happens to be an escort. An old magnate turns up as a suspect, but at first the motive is not clear.

This episode shows us beauty competition is not just a female matter. When cute girls grew old, they become sad and angry; same thing could happen to successful businessmen.

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