|:: Back to LOCI Gallery|
|46. UNDAUNTED METTLE - Season Premiere 9/8pm 9/28/03
DETECTIVES BUILD CASE AFTER SLAYER HAS DESIGNS ON TALENTED YOUNG ARCHITECT -- When a promising young architecture student is found murdered with a screwdriver, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) discover that the victim's bold design for a new and prestigious downtown building strongly resembles those of a celebrated architest (as Ben Laurette, guest star Olek Krupa) -- whose personal life is even more elaborate than his blueprints. By tracing a nexus of women, the detectives look for a connection between the slain man and the skyscraper designer in a byzantine case that would singe the pages of Architectural Digest.
SHOOTINGS REVEAL WHAT HAPPENS IF LOOKS COULD KILL -- The bizarre but lethal point-blank shootings of two contact lens salesmen and a plastic surgeon put Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) on the trail of a suspect who might harbor racist delusions about the damage caused by cosmetic beauty enhancements. Their search seems to dead-end with a drug-induced paranoid man (Barry Del Sherman) but when the police receive an anti-Semitic letter, Goren smells more than one possible slayer.
YOUNG MAN'S SLAYING TIED TO MANIPULATIVE SANTERIA CULTISTS -- When a young man is knifed and murdered, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) discover evidence that links the crime to practioners of a Santeria cult -- and their investigation soon narrows to two former convicts who dupe the mother (as Lyz Webster, guest star Anne Twomey) of the victim into believing that she has special clairvoyant powers. However, in order to make a better case against the couple and track their involvement in the slaying, crafty Goren must get inside the exploited woman's head to convince her that she truly has a psychic gift. Bobby Cannavale ("Third Watch") guest-stars.
DETECTIVES MUST READ BETWEEN THE BODY OUTLINES TO FIGURE OUT CASE INVOLVING A MISSING BOOKKEEPER -- In search of a missing bookkeeper, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and a pregnant Eames (Kathryn Erbe) stumble upon a ledger's worth of bodies, including the victim's hitman brother who botched a job and was whacked two years ago -- and the tortuous trail seems to lead to an imprisoned mobster who is due for parole. But when a key suspect linked to all the slayings turns up facedown in the river, the cops have to think outside the box to unravel the tangled web and that also could involve a crooked ex-cop (guest star Terry Serpico).
REPORTER FOUND DEAD ON DEADLINE -- BUT DOES BYLINE POINT TO FELLOW JOURNALISTS? -- When a female newspaper reporter is murdered, Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and his new temporary partner Bishop (Samantha Buck) find that the victim had romantic relationships with a fellow correspondent (as Carl, guest star TBA) and the editor (as Ben guest star TBA) -- but the cops question the out-of-town alibi of the writer when he fails to file expense accounts. In addition, Goren also wonders why the editor seems to be covering for his star reporter who seems to have achieved acclaim for filing false stories.
GOREN AND TEMP PARTNER CHASE LATTER-DAY 'BONNIE AND CLYDE' -- WHOSE BLOODY PATH INCLUDES DEAD COPS -- Since Detective Eames (Kathryn Erbe) is on leave, Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) is temporarily partnered with Bishop (Samantha Buck, "Credit") as they track a double-crossing "Bonnie and Clyde" couple (guest stars Nikki M. James and Rodney Hicks) whose nine bloody victims include two undercover cops investigating a illegal gun-running ring. To gain a foothold on slim evidence that began in an auto paint shop, Goren focuses on one suspect's mental processes -- and knows that his female running mate is pulling the strings.
HOW CAN WIFE'S BLOODY SUICIDE POINT TO HUSBAND AS MURDER SUSPECT? -- When an Argentine immigrant is found slashed and beaten in the family's bathroom, Detectives Goren (VIncent D'Onofrio) and Bishop (guest star Samantha Buck) believe the wounds were self-inflicted -- but her husband's (guest star Thomas G. Waites) history of violence makes the police think he could have been responsible for other racially motivated murders that were discovered by his wife. But since they cannot implicate the suspect in his wife's death, Goren explores the family's tragic history on both sides and struggles to find a link to the kneecap-murders of a string of Jewish men.
MEAN PUNCH DELIVERS BODY BLOW TO CHURCH AND TOWN AS MULTIPLE MURDERS PROBED -- When someone spikes the punch -- leaving three dead in an isolated island church -- Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Bishop (Samantha Buck) first believe the murders are related to parishioner politics, but then discover a sorrowful sexual lifestyle among the town's jaded youth that points to three teenaged girls who might be connected to the drownings of three former lovers. The heady Goren uses his knowledge of "Siddhartha" to query one of the girls (guest star Shayna Levine) whose undying allegiance to a male classmate (guest star Billy Lush) is harrowing.
DETECTIVES UNEARTH FAMILY TREE WHEN RICH PATRIARCH IS BLUDGEONED TO DEATH -- When a wealthy father is found savagely beaten to death, Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and temporary partner Bishop (Samantha Buck) find a family album of suspects, including the victim's soon-to-be ex-wife, a nanny who cared for the couple's adopted Romanian sons and a suspicious aunt and uncle. However, after Goren delves deeper into the family's past, his only hope of sorting out the jumble of possible killers is to call for a clan reunion -- in family court.
COMPUTER DEATH GAMES COME TO LIFE WHEN FEMALE GAMER IS FOUND 'X'ED' --- When a young and female computer-game employee is found strangled Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) are initially distracted by a related hacker until they link the victim's penchant for gaming to her former employers -- two intense and talented game creators (as Jack and Neil, guest stars TBA) who are under pressure to deliver their next hit following popular "DeathMatch." But the investigation takes a different turn when Goren finds a third partner who was kicked out and demanded financial satisfaction and the detective understands the link between the brainiacs.
TWO DEADLY PERSONAL FOULS HAVE DETECTIVES USING FULL-COURT PRESS ON BASKETBALL TEAM -- When a promising high school basketball player disappears -- and the private investigator looking for him is murdered -- Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Bishop (Samantha Buck) dribble around the local courts and find what could be a missing link -- unscrupulous gamblers and college recruiters. But the cops keep throwing up bricks until they discover that several other talented players have transferred to a high school with a championship tradition and they suspect a more personal connection might yield the winning clues.
DETECTIVES REVIEW MERRY WIDOW'S ACT AFTER POISONED HUSBAND RETURNS FOR ENCORE -- After they receive an anonymous letter, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) exhume the body of an elderly man whom they discover was poisoned. The posse of suspects includes his artistic and ambitious widow and Harvey, a nebbish charity fundraiser with shady mob connections. The detectives hope to discover how the celebrity-loving Harvey gained his seed money to attract New York's high society as well as his connection to the widow -- but the key may lie with his bitter and resentful mother.
WHEN A SOLID CITIZEN ROBS A BANK AND IS KILLED BY A BOMB TIED AROUND HIS NECK , Detectives Goren and Eames suspect that the victim had an accomplice who triggered the device, and they soon hone in on the murderer's next unwitting associate -- a bored New Jersey hausfrau. The investigators piece together the pair's bank-heist patterns, but they have to establish probable cause if they are to save the duped woman from a horrible death.
WHEN PHARMACEUTICAL EXEC IS FOUND HALVED, WILL COPS GIVE SLAYER FULL DOSE OF LEGAL MEDICINE? -- When a pharmaceutical executive is found cut in half in midtown, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) discover a greater crime when they learn that the victim was part of a scheme to ship tainted blood medications to Thailand for huge profits -- and the case takes a new spin with the sexual proclivity of one of the dead man's associates (as Eric, guest star TBA). The police probe deeper and pull the lid off a Pandora's box of craven corporate corruption in the competitive field of high-profit pharmaceuticals
DETECTIVES HEAD INTO PSYCHOLOGICAL 'DYSFUNCTION JUNCTION' WHEN MUSICIAN IS MURDERED -- Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) delve into the murder of a young musician who was romantically linked to his married psychiatrist (as Eloise, guest star TBA) and they focus on her psychologist-husband (as Graham, guest star TBA) -- but they discover the head-shrink couple are obsessed by playing dangerous mind games with each other. Knowing that acid was used on the victim's face further bolsters the Major Case squad's theory that the slaying was personal, and the key could be the pair's adult daughter (as Camilla, guest star TBA) who grew up as her parents' referee.
CAMPAIGN FOR SAINTHOOD RESULTS IN MURDER AND DECEIT; STEPHEN COLBERT ('THE DAILY SHOW') GUEST-STARS -- Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) probe the murder of an elderly woman who was poisoned by an anonymous package and set their sights on a crafty forger (guest star Stephen Colbert, "The Daily Show") whose expertise is needed by a local church to verify documents proving the sainthood of 19th-century healer named Brother Jerome. But the investigators uncover a trail of conflicting old letters that could complicate the church's expensive campaign to canonize Jerome -- and they ponder how official sainthood can require a small fortune and human lives.
DEAD WET DOC PULLED INTO DRYDOCK AS DETECTIVES PROBE HER CONTROVERSIAL RESEARCH -- After a neurologist is found poisoned in a pool, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) learn that she was performing research on a woman who's been in a vegetative state for six years -- and evidence points to suspects who include the comatose woman's son, husband (as Mark, guest star TBA) and the victim's young assistant. But the case assumes a new dimension when the investigators discover an embezzled trust fund -- plus the fact that the victim was experimenting with communicating with such vegetative patients.
WHEN VET GETS MURDERED, DETECTIVES USE HORSE SENSE TO PROBE CRIME DOWN ON THE FARM -- Bad-breeding and brooding on a tony horse farm result in a bloody murder of an attractive veteranarian who began to question curious drug use surrounding her equine patients -- but Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) lay their ears back when they uncover a barn full of sexually active stable mates who appear to be smuggling illegal drugs in their animals. Goren, in particular, seizes on the jealousy and class rivalries between the rich owners and the married couple who work for them.
SLAYINGS OF WITNESS AND COP POINT TO UNHAPPY FAMILY TIED TO DYING DON -- The murders of a government mob witness and an undercover police officer put Detectives Goran (VIncent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) deep inside the ugly family tree of a dying Mafia don (as Mario, guest star TBA) whose last living son is being challenged by a ratty punk (as Rickie, guest star TBA) who's both smart -- and good with a knife. Their family feud is clouded by the possible involvement of cruel Russian mobsters but Goran keeps his focus on the young men who secretly call upon the bed-ridden don -- and the unlikely key could be a trail of juicy Sicilian black figs.
DETECTIVES PAY HOUSE CALL ON A DOCTOR OF DEATH AFTER HIS DECEASED PATIENTS ROUTINELY LOSE FANCY JEWELRY -- When the adult daughter of a recently deceased woman is killed under mysterious circumstances, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) focus on a pompous doctor (guest star Kevin Tighe, "Emergency") after research shows hundreds of his elderly patients have suffered deadly strokes -- just before their heirloom jewelry vanishes. Goren hopes to poke a few holes in the not-so-good doctor's cottage industry by contacting the women in his life and exploiting the suspect's longtime drug habit and considerable ego.
.SERIAL GUNSHOT SLAYINGS HAVE DETECTIVES TARGETING TROUBLED COP -- When three Hispanic men are gunned down on one night, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) first suspect a hate crime involving an angry, off-center police officer (as Tommy, guest star TBA) until they discover that the clever culprit exploited the cop's sleepwalking problem as a cover for the slayings that involve a family fortune. During their probe, the investigators also home in on a mousy woman (as Beth, guest star TBA) who lived next to the officer -- and they believe that she is highly motivated by revenge against someone.