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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode: "Rocket Man"

Season 6, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: A female astronaut is found murdered in her hotel room on the morning of a press conference. The investigation leads to several suspects, including a jealous professional rival, an ex-boyfriend and a married space-shuttle commander (Tate Donovan) with whom the victim was having an affair.
Original Air Date: May 1, 2007
Guest Cast Theresa Randle: ADA Patricia Kent Amy Ryan: Edie Nelson Pat Murphy: Dawn Condor Tate Donovan: Commander Luke Nelson Phoebe Jonas: Barbara Lee Michael Cumpsty: Mark Shaeffer Kelly Sullivan: Lieutenant Jessica Hart Charissa Chamorro: Lieutenant Sandy Lopez
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Season 6, Episode 19
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Length: 43:06
Aired: 5/1/2007
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May 1, 2007: Rocket Man Season 6, Episode 19

Well, what to say about this episode? It was... sort of interesting. At times. As you faithful readers know, this ripped-from-the-headlines stuff is a pet peeve of mine, and definitely not why I watch Criminal Intent. I'd prefer the writers get off their butts and actually come up with some original crimes for the detectives to solve. Leave the "news-inspired" stories to the L&O mother ship and all of those lame CSI spin-offs. That said, you couldn't ask for crazier source material than the Lisa Nowak astronaut-murder plot, so this episode was guaranteed to be at least mildly entertaining. And between all of the bed-hopping, adult-diaper-wearing, deep-sea-diving, steroid-cream-rubbing antics, it certainly wasn't boring. But seriously, as one of the detectives pointed out, don't astronauts go through some kind of rigorous psychological testing before they can enter the NASA program? Do the people piloting our taxpayer-sponsored, multi-million-dollar shuttles really act like a bunch of horny, backstabbing high schoolers? It's a scary thought. And what was with all the women in this episode being more than just a little off - literally killing each other just so they could claim astronaut Jimmy Cooper as their own? Maybe it was just me, but I had a hard time buying Tate Donovan, who was last seen sailing off into The O.C. sunset on a yacht, as a shuttle commander. Yeah, he was likable, but there was just no authority there. All of that wackiness aside, I'd say my favorite part of this episode was actually the running bit about Goren and Capt. Danny both being "type-A, angry, obsessive personalities." I thought it was cute (something that can very seldom be said about any Law & Order) how, once they were out of the captain's office, a clearly concerned Goren asked Eames, "Do you think I'm angry?" Her knowing, "I'm-not-saying-anything" smile was more sitcom spouse than police partner, but that's just what made it so amusing. I know watching those two interact is the real heart of the show for many of us, and the reason I'm still holding out hope that CI - and particularly the ever-exhausted D'Onofrio - will be back next year. Next week: Just what we've all been waiting for, ripped from the Us Weekly headlines it's... the Anna Nicole Smith case! Because our appetite for news about the drug-addled former Playmate's many baby daddies couldn't possibly have been sated by the coverage on E!News, Access Hollywood, Fox News, Entertainment Tonight, MSNBC.... Criminal Intent, I roll my eyes in your general direction. show less
Well, what to say about this episode? It was... sort of interesting. At times. As you faithful readers know, this ripped-from-the-headlines stuff is a pet peeve of mine, and definitely not why I watch Criminal Intent. I’d prefer the writers get off their butts and actually come up with some original crimes for the detectives to solve. Leave the “news-inspired” stories to the L&O mother ship and all of those lame CSI spin-offs.That said, you couldn’t ask for crazier source material than the Lisa Nowak astronaut-murder plot, so this episode was guaranteed to be at least mildly entertaining. And between all of the bed-hopping, adult-diaper-wearing, deep-sea-diving, steroid-cream-rubbing antics, it certainly wasn’t boring. But seriously, as one of the detectives pointed out, don’t astronauts go through some kind of rigorous psychological testing before they can enter the NASA program? Do the people piloting our taxpayer-sponsored, multi-million-dollar s... read more

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