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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode: "The War at Home"

Season 6, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Capt. Ross, Goren and Eames have their Thanksgiving plans interrupted when the deputy commissioner's daughter, a U.S. soldier home from Iraq, goes missing. At the same time, Goren has difficulty coping with the failing health of his needy mother (Rita Moreno). Elaine Dockerty: Fran Drescher. Leland Dockerty: Michael Biehn. Wesley: Shane McRae.
Original Air Date: Nov 14, 2006
Guest Cast Fran Drescher: Elaine Dockerty Shane McRae: Wesley Jill Flint: Trish McCourt Betty Gilpin: Amanda Dockerty Rita Moreno Leslie Hendrix: M.E. Elizabeth Rodgers Adepero Oduye: Jackie Michael Biehn: Leland Dockerty Jaime McAdams: Ashton
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Season 6, Episode 8
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Length: 43:31
Aired: 11/14/2006
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November 14, 2006: The War at Home Season 6, Episode 8

Best Criminal Intent so far this season, hands down. After a couple of sensational episodes dealing with murdered beauty pageant contestants and murderous country singers, we finally got one with some real feeling. And a Thanksgiving episode, no less, from a franchise not exactly known for spreading around the holiday cheer. For me, the crime was really secondary this time out, so we'll get to that a little later. The heart of this episode was clearly Goren's relationship with his cancer-stricken(?) mother, whom I don't believe we'd met before, but immediately explained a whole lot about what makes the beyond-quirky detective tick. Seeing Goren in plainclothes throughout the episode was strange enough, but watching him be openly emotional, even vulnerable, was something else altogether. However, while at first it was touching to see Goren's concern for his hospitalized mother - including bailing on an in-progress search to rush back to her bedside - it soon became disturbingly clear that the detective's feelings were starting to override the control he normally grips so tightly. Taking the DA to task for the poor parenting skills he displayed with his dead daughter, then snapping at a clearly concerned Eames who was pleading "Don't throw it all away, Bobby" - for Robert Goren, that's about as out-of-control as it gets. As my ever-so-observant wife pointed out, even the lighting in this episode felt more naturalistic, making Goren look less like a brilliant modern-day Sherlock Holmes and more like a regular guy just trying to do the best he can. As an added bonus, we got some backstory on Eames from a conversation with Captain Danny, wherein she confided that she was married to a fellow police officer named Joe who died eight years ago - we can only assume - on the job. While this brief exchange didn't offer nearly the depth provided by the Goren material, with the generally all-business Law & Order, you take what you can get. Oh yeah, and there was also that little matter of a case to solve - one that ended up being quite powerful and timely. While the circumstances of the Army Adulteress' murder at first looked like a typical deadly love-triangle situation, I was pleasantly surprised to see it develop into an Iraq War military cover-up. Throw into that mix the issues of sex on the front lines, the bonds of brother- and sister-hood between soldiers and the difficulties of reintegrating into civilian life after emerging from "the fog of war," and you've got some heavy TV indeed. As a matter of fact, this episode had so much going on, I hardly had time to take notes on The Nanny's dramatic turn as the Army Adulteress' grief-stricken mother. So here's the quick rundown: lots of crying, understated attire, distinct lack of nasalness in voice. Well played, Fran Drescher. After that case was all wrapped up and the appropriate ex-soldier/lover/EMT arrested, I assumed the Goren-Eames situation would also be polished off. I was wrong. All we got was Goren storming out of the station, calling back to Captain Danny, "Go ahead and fire me if you want," then - fade to black. So now we've gotta wait at least 14 days to see how this all shakes out. Starting to regret my support of the biweekly detective swap now. Next Week: Coked-up child stars, gun-toting mafioso and The Noth - at least this one should provide plenty of entertainment to tide us over until Goren's return. show less
Best Criminal Intent so far this season, hands down. After a couple of sensational episodes dealing with murdered beauty pageant contestants and murderous country singers, we finally got one with some real feeling. And a Thanksgiving episode, no less, from a franchise not exactly known for spreading around the holiday cheer.For me, the crime was really secondary this time out, so we’ll get to that a little later. The heart of this episode was clearly Goren’s relationship with his cancer-stricken(?) mother, whom I don’t believe we’d met before, but immediately explained a whole lot about what makes the beyond-quirky detective tick.Seeing Goren in plainclothes throughout the episode was strange enough, but watching him be openly emotional, even vulnerable, was something else altogether. However, while at first it was touching to see Goren’s concern for his hospitalized mother — including bailing on an in-progress search to rush back to her bedside — ... read more

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Premiered: September 30, 2001, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: This second 'Law & Order' spin-off focuses on New York detectives known as the Major Case Squad, which handles high-profile and unusually difficult investigations. Its storytelling differs from the original series in that it presents the criminal's perspective as well as the deductive methods used by the cops.

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