Monday, May 23, 2011

Review: Law & Order Criminal Intent episode "The Last Street in Manhattan"

Daemon's TV, 5.23.11
by Ciara Moyner

Warning: Spoilers!

LAW AND ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT “The Last Street In Manhattan” Season 10 Episode 4 – Perhaps it’s because I’ve just gone through a marathon of the first two seasons of Mad Men, but any time I see a guy in an expensive suit acting suave I’m immediately reminded of Don Draper. This comparison is of course unwarranted: the victim in this week’s Criminal Intent worked in investments on Wall Street, not in an ad agency on Madison Avenue. But this week Criminal Intent went into the future world of Mad Men- of course it was Law and Order style, not Mad Men style, but the vibe was still there: rich people with too much money for their own good, getting themselves into an assortment of unsavoury business.

The victim of the week was such a guy; a guy with too much money who wants perfection out of his women, so he hires a firm to give him a catalogue of the finest and smartest women in Manhattan. His date with a model genius goes awry when a past flame shows up at the restaurant, but things take a serious turn for the worst when he is gunned down in the street. A bullet to the chest can really kill a date. Bah-dum-bum! Apollo theatre, here I come!

Meanwhile there’s a separate strand (seemingly unrelated, of course) involving a guy beaten up at a bar by a bunch of mobsters. The guy (who was played by The Fighter’s and Rescue Me’s Jack McGee) has a daughter who, it turns out, was involved with both the victim and the mobsters.

I really liked the scene where Goren confronted the barman with some serious attitude. I was hesitant about the therapy scenes, but even though they’re handling some serious clunky exposition and they’re very clichéd, I like them: they provide a believable avenue into exploring Goren’s past.

This episode found both Goren and Eames confronting their fathers. Goren in his therapy session, Eames visits her racist dad who is still resentful that she has no grandchildren. I really liked these little forays into the two characters. Its not too heavy handed.

In the end, it turns out the daughter did it.

Overall, I really liked this episode. Thanks to some well handled character stuff and a case which, if totally predictable, was at least well acted.

Eames: “I tried Proust in college. Gave up after the first million pages.”
Goren: “Picks up after the second million pages.”

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