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Goren and Eames search for the killer of a pregnant woman who was struggling to stay clean from drugs.


Michael Fields


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Kathleen Chalfant ... Priscilla Van Acker
Geoffrey Nauffts ... Dale Van Acker
Will Lyman ... Roger Jameson
Susan Misner ... Becky Stark
James Hanlon ... Larry Falls
Funda Duval ... Lois Romney (as Funda Duyal)
Jerry Lanning Jerry Lanning ... Holden
Stephen Beach ... Billy Coffey
Ronald Guttman ... Belgian Diplomat
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... (credit only)
Kristen Lee Kelly Kristen Lee Kelly ... Janice Falls


When a pregnant woman who was struggling to stay clean from drugs is found slain, Detectives Goren and Eames search for her ex-junkie boyfriend whose tattered life is dominated by his wealthy socialite mother. While Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) wants to hand off the seemingly open-and-shut case to the homicide cops, Goren protests that killing a pregnant woman deserves a more hands-on investigation -- and the detective soon finds a sticky web that extends to many dirty hands. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The plot of Smothered is loosely based on the case of Pati Margello, her boyfriend Dean MacGuigan, his stepfather and his mother Lisa Dean Moseley. See more »


Detective Alexandra Eames: What is that?
Detective Robert Goren: Fish scale.
Detective Alexandra Eames: Great, she was attacked by a shark.
Detective Robert Goren: Sharks don't have scales.
Detective Alexandra Eames: [rolls eyes]
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Smothered by control
20 July 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Law and Order: Criminal Intent's' first episode "One" was very good and promising, if with a finding its feet feel (which is understandable, it's true for a lot of shows even some of my personal favourites). Instead of being on the same level or going a step backwards, "Art" showed an improvement, the opposite of the original 'Law and Order' and 'Special Victims Unit' in the same opinion, the quality going from very good to great.

Found "Smothered" to be a step backwards from "Art", being closer to "One's" quality. That is not disparaging it, because that still means that the episode was very well done. It's just that it is always nice when a show gets better and better with each episode, which part of me was slightly preferring it would the case, but instead the first three episodes had a bit of a not too big or steep roller-coaster effect. "Smothered" still had more than enough to make me want to continue willingly, it takes me a lot to bail out on a show early on and it has very rarely happened.

Will admit that the premature over-obviousness of the responsible was a bit of a let-down for me, and this is just personal opinion. When watching detective/mystery shows/dramas, part of the intrigue and fun is being kept guessing until the last fifteen minutes or so with some nice twists and misdirections along the way as long as they are plausible. That is personal preference though and am in no way intending to come over as a snob that doesn't accept change if it comes over that way.

There is not really much to dislike about "Smothered". While the perpetrator was obvious and too early, the how and why aspects were not so much and it was great to be kept guessing on those. Often about 'Criminal Intent', a large part of the charm and why it works is not just the mystery aspect but the methods of the detectives and how they get to the truth. That's the case here, and they continue to be unsual but fascinating in their psychological approach, with Goren, a neurotic, not particularly likeable character but an interesting one. This aspect is intriguing and doesn't feel overdone.

"Smothered's" writing is a good balance of not being overly-simple or too complicated, treating the viewer with respect with neither making them feel dumb or losing them. Likewise with the storytelling. The slickness in the production values still remains, as does the controlled but not dreary direction and the music not being intrusive too much. Vincent D'Onofrio doesn't disappoint as Goren, neither does the softer contrast of Kathryn Erbe.

In conclusion, impressive but with room for improvement. 8/10

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