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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode: "Privilege"

Season 6, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Goren and Eames uncover a deadly web of secrets when they investigate the murder of a prominent socialite's granddaughter. Doris Roberts.
Original Air Date: Jan 9, 2007
Guest Cast Richard Kind: Ernest Doris Roberts: Virginia Harrington
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Season 6, Episode 12
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Length: 44:00
Aired: 1/9/2007

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January 9, 2007: Privilege Season 6, Episode 12

As a criminal procedural, this was a solid (but not outstanding) episode, with all of the standard ingredients for a good potboiler: murder, money, power, sex, drugs and even a little rock and roll. OK, maybe that song that played over the opening yoga sequence wasn't exactly rock and roll, but it was haunting and pretty in a melancholy sort of way, and I really dug it. Who was that mysterious troubadour? While the plot felt a little too familiar - as I've said before, how many scheming, whiny rich kids bumping each other off for money do we really need to see? - the acting redeemed this episode. The obvious standout was Doris "Marie Barone" Roberts, whom it was weird to see bedridden and nearly mute (especially after watching an Everybody Loves Raymond episode at 8:30 in which she was her usual feisty self). But once they got her on the right meds, she was as spry as ever - though (slightly) more regal and commanding than her sitcom counterpart. Also solid was Richard "Mad About You" Kind, playing a dance instructor and "patron of the arts" who was not an effeminate cliché, but a sad, sympathetic character (who just happened to be a double murderer). So that's good. Now for the bad: As a character drama, this ep was a big letdown. I can't believe it's been nearly two months since Goren stormed out of the police station, yelling to Captain Danny, "Go ahead and fire me if you want." That's a long time to wait for a fourth-episode cliff-hanger. And what did we get as the payoff? This passing nod: Captain Danny: "Nice to have you back on the job." Goren: "Thanks." Captain Danny: "Everything uh...? Goren: "Everything's good." That's it!? After Goren's meltdown, all the payoff we get is: "Nice to have you back on the job"? All we can deduce from that is that Goren was off for a little while. Well, so was D'Onof and pretty much the whole rest of the L&O crew. I mean, it was the holidays, and this is the entertainment industry - of course they were off for a month! Listen, I know some of you might be saying, " Criminal Intent isn't that kind of show. It's not really about the characters, it's about the cases." And I would agree with that to a point. I've seen so-called "cop shows" get too bogged down in personal lives and lose sight of what attracted viewers in the first place ( Without a Trace, anyone?). Even perennial favorite SVU sometimes walks right up to that fine line. And while I don't want this show going that route, it's because we so seldom see what's going on with Goren and Eames outside of the station that "The War at Home" was such a powerful, emotional episode. But to barely acknowledge that in what is, for these detectives, the next new episode, is a disservice to both the characters and the fans, who deserved to see the consequences of Goren's actions played out. For now, I'll give the show-runners the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe they'll be returning to that story line, but didn't want to go overboard with the character stuff and turn casual viewers off. I just hope I don't have to wait another 60 days to find out. Next Week: Back to repeats after just two new episodes? And one from just three months back? Wow, that's great, because it's been so long, I almost don't remember every single thing that happened. show less
As a criminal procedural, this was a solid (but not outstanding) episode, with all of the standard ingredients for a good potboiler: murder, money, power, sex, drugs and even a little rock and roll. OK, maybe that song that played over the opening yoga sequence wasn’t exactly rock and roll, but it was haunting and pretty in a melancholy sort of way, and I really dug it. Who was that mysterious troubadour?While the plot felt a little too familiar — as I’ve said before, how many scheming, whiny rich kids bumping each other off for money do we really need to see? — the acting redeemed this episode. The obvious standout was Doris “Marie Barone” Roberts, whom it was weird to see bedridden and nearly mute (especially after watching an Everybody Loves Raymond episode at 8:30 in which she was her usual feisty self). But once they got her on the right meds, she was as spry as ever — though (slightly) more regal and commanding than her sitcom counterpart... read more

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Premiered: September 30, 2001, on USA
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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