Have you ever stumbled across a Three Stooges short from the Shemp-era and been pleasantly surprised at how much you were entertained? Sure, you think, Shemp's no Curly, but even so, he generated some solid laughs. Perhaps you judged him too harshly after all. That's how I felt about this Goren/Eames installment. Granted, I'll take Mike Logan over Robert Goren every time, even if Logan is the relative newbie (on Criminal Intent anyway). The case followed G&E as they tied the murder of a beloved inner-city nun to a vengeful man whose brother had been beaten to death years earlier for dating a white girl. Vincent D'Onofrio let his guard down for once and showed this L&O fan that, yes, even Goren can be human, make mistakes and be one-upped. It wasn't Goren who suspected that the guilt of Sister Olivia (Susan Misner) ran deeper than simply being at the wrong place at the wrong time it was ADA Carver. Misner was dynamite as the nun tortured by her participation in the beating of Jimmy Roberts. Like Goren, I didn't want to believe that she was so deeply involved in Jimmy's maiming. In fact, Olivia (nee Angie DelMarco) kicked him in the face. Hell, if I were Eddie, I'd want to avenge myself on her, too. Unfortunately, it was poor Sister Dorothy who felt his wrath. Although I can hardly condone murder, Eddie's comments concerning the self-congratulation that accompanied the conviction of the Klan chumps who bombed Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 packed a wallop and a half. It took 40 years for us politically correct do-gooders to bring these moral perverts to justice and we have the nerve to pat ourselves on the back for our righteousness. It reminds me of a line from Frank Zappa's "Trouble Every Day": "I'm not black, but there's a whole lot of times I wish I wasn't white." G. J. Donnelly
What's the real reason viewers love crime shows like this? Get a clue.