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Palimpsest 

Nichols investigates the death of an old family friend, which may be related to a fabled manuscript that dates back to the time of Christ. But his investigation is complicated by his past relationship with the victim's daughter.

Director:

Darnell Martin

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview:
Jeff Goldblum ... Zack Nichols
Saffron Burrows ... Serena Stevens
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Zoe Callas
Mili Avital ... Lenore Abrigaille
Erik Jensen ... Richard Celeste
Brennan Brown ... Merrill
Louis Cancelmi ... Bernard
Geraldine Hughes ... Regina
Tom Bloom ... Palmer Abrigaille
Kyle Fabel Kyle Fabel ... Dylan Weld
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Melanie Gray ... Woman
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Nichols investigates the death of an old family friend, which may be related to a fabled manuscript that dates back to the time of Christ. But his investigation is complicated by his past relationship with the victim's daughter.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Brennan Brown (Merrill) previously played the role of Jerry Rivers in episode 3.3, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Gift (2003). See more »

Goofs

The MCS captain, played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, tells her detectives that the ME is ruling the deaths as a "double murder." "Murder" is a legal term that is applied based on varying statutory degrees of intent, and would not have been applied by the coroner. The correct term would be "homicide," which means "death that is caused by another." "Homicide" can be determined by an autopsy, but "murder" would be applied by the prosecutor. See more »

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My father did force the alphabet on me. Alpha, beta, gamma, delta
13 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

At the beginning we see Nichols meet an old friend in London Town, talking to her about a book and a case that has just been solved. Back in the Big Apple two dealers killed each other in a sword fight dying from severe blooding. A first glance it's enough for Nichols to figure out everything was staged: one victim, an old man in his seventies, was very close to him and the detective knows he suffered from a nerve damage that unable him to hold a sword. The man who found the bodies, the caretaker, was the prime suspect, together with the dealer's daughter, who is sick due to schizophrenia (she lives her life trapped in her twenties, in a sort of groundhog day); she was once attached to Nichols and that causes some trouble in him.

This storyline mixed up Hitchcock movies (the butler presence), Agatha Christie's book and a little "The da Vinci Code". Too much in a single episode where Jeff Goldblum isn't at ease to play the part. Stevens' acting involves just few line.


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