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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Episode: "Renewal"

Season 6, Episode 22
Episode Synopsis: A hero police recruit is found murdered soon after he breaks up a robbery. While working the case, Logan starts a relationship with a woman from his building. Meanwhile, Wheeler is asked to oversee a past case, so Detective Eames steps in.
Original Air Date: May 21, 2007
Guest Cast Theresa Randle: ADA Patricia Kent Chandra Thomas Joe Forbrich
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Season 6, Episode 22
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Length: 43:24
Aired: 5/21/2007
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May 21, 2007: Renewal Season 6, Episode 22

Well, it's late, so I'll just come right out and say it: For a finale, this was a big disappointment. While last week's trailer made this ep look like a killer-hunting-cops thriller, it turned out to be a standard-issue case with a side of sentimentality. To its credit, this episode remained interesting throughout, probably because of the unusual decision to follow two separate cases. But the problem, at least for me, was that we've been so well-trained by Law & Order to try to put the pieces together that I kept searching for a nonexistent connection between the cases. Definitely a missed opportunity for a nice twist and a satisfying resolution. Of the two story lines, I preferred Logan's, mainly because it was so personal and character-driven. This was the first chance we've really had to connect with the Noth since he joined CI, and I was so impressed with his performance, which relied on genuine emotion and subtlety rather than sarcastic quips. I wish they had dropped the crank-crazed killer and just made this an all-Logan episode. (Though I certainly could have done without his lady friend's ghostly appearance in the bar window - what was that, "A CI Carol"?) But from Eames' swift appearance and disappearance to the killer's barely explained motives and lack of any real menace, what we ended up with was just an interesting mess. I guess Wheeler's Far East vacation was the writers' rather odd way of leaving the door open for a Nicholson departure, but I think I speak for most CI fans when I say, "Whatever." Sorry to end on a sour note (if only the superb "Endgame" had been the finale), but that'll do it for my coverage of Criminal Intent's sixth season. Thanks for sticking with me throughout a rocky year that contained some real failures ("Rocket Man," "Bombshell"), but enough true gems ("Weeping Willow," "The War at Home") to make the trip worthwhile. Hopefully, we'll talk again next fall when the show makes its transition to USA with (fingers crossed) Vinnie D. still at the helm. For more than 100 clips of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes, visit TV Guide.com's new Online Video Guide. show less
Well, it’s late, so I’ll just come right out and say it: For a finale, this was a big disappointment. While last week’s trailer made this ep look like a killer-hunting-cops thriller, it turned out to be a standard-issue case with a side of sentimentality.To its credit, this episode remained interesting throughout, probably because of the unusual decision to follow two separate cases. But the problem, at least for me, was that we’ve been so well-trained by Law & Order to try to put the pieces together that I kept searching for a nonexistent connection between the cases. Definitely a missed opportunity for a nice twist and a satisfying resolution.Of the two story lines, I preferred Logan’s, mainly because it was so personal and character-driven. This was the first chance we’ve really had to connect with the Noth since he joined CI, and I was so impressed with his performance, which relied on genuine emotion and subtlety rather than sarcastic quips. I ... read more

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Premiered: October 04, 2007, 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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