As returning Detective Mike Logan joins the Major Case team, Detective Goren finds himself confronted again with Nicole Wallace (guest star Olivia D'Abo) -- his murderous nemesis -- when he and Detective Eames check out the drug-related slaying of a city health inspector. The key link is the victim's brother Evan, (guest star Kevin J. O'Connor), a recently widowed medical examiner who is romantically involved with the re-surfaced Wallace, and the investigators fear that the man's young daughter might be Wallace's next victim.
Detective Logan gets his first Major Case and partners with Detective Barek to probe a series of murderous Mom-and-Pop jewelry heists. However, as Logan zeroes in on a drug-addicted young loser Johnny as his suspect (guest star Peter Scanavino), his instinctive methods cause concern among his fellow law enforcement officers. When the detectives arrest a twitchy female accomplice, they pick up the scent of an older woman who not only is a career criminal, but could be the driving psychological force behind the crimes.
In the bloody wake of a multiple suicide pact gone wrong, Detectives Goren and Eames consider the deaths of four young adults who parked their car on railroad tracks and waited for the inevitable . And while the cops probe a "suicide matchmaking" website, they discover that one of the victims tried vainly to escape. Backtracking, the investigators seek to learn what brought the four together that night, and they wonder if office politics and an illicit romance were factors in the tragedy -- and subsequent coverup.
After a young actor Mike, (guest star Jeffrey Hephner) is wounded and his fiancee is shot dead on the street, Detectives Goren and Eames are pointed towards the surviving victim's former girlfriend, who is known to have stalked him. The key, however, might turn on their probe of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure-hunt game that could yield vital clues. As the media and public mourn the man's tragic loss, the police want to take another look at some of his acting buddies, especially one who never lets go of his Palm Pilot.
The slaying of a couple in the Witness Protection Program involves Detectives Goren and Eames as they suspect someone tipped off the murderous clan that seeks vengeance for their testimony -- but the cops discover the victims' surviving daughter (guest star Gaby Hoffman) and her relationship with her birth father (guest star John Shea) is the missing link. Their investigation reveals that the biological father has a jealous wife and a longtime secret girlfriend -- all of whom have hidden agendas and evil intent.
After a busy dentist's (guest star Bronson Pinchot) wife dies from a form of dioxin poisoning, Detectives Goren and Eames ponder a likely set of suspects: the jealous doctor, the victim's possible online lover and a tight group of weekly trivia players. They also focus on who could have obtained the poison but their crucial clue is jealousy -- which might begin with a dead woman.
Detectives Goren and Eames are curious about an altruistic Good Samaritan (as Wainwright, guest star Gregg Edelman) who gives away his organs and money to the needy. However, when two people are murdered, including a transplant recipient, the police believe the suspect took a controlling interest in those whose lives he changed. But making their case stick hinges on coincidental medical evidence that occurred when the charitable man callously double-crossed his murderous partner.
Detectives Goren and Eames fear they are facing a past fugitive serial killer who has re-surfaced after a half-naked woman is found murdered in a similar manner used by the taunting "BBJ" killer whose spree began 16 years ago and then abruptly halted. As forensic evidence points to a troubled young man (as Keith, guest star Paul Sparks), Goren believes the police might have arrested the wrong suspect -- or at least not the one responsible for the initial slayings.
When the "little black book" of an infamous hedonistic playboy (guest star Peter Bogdonovich) is purchased at auction, the new owner is found murdered and the book stolen -- prompting Detectives Goren and Eames to consider a U.S. Senatorial candidate (as Radcliff, guest star Matt Servitto) whose marital indiscretions (as his wife, Kay Radcliffe, guest star Rosanna Arquette, "Pulp Fiction") are documented in the tome and could provide embarrassing fodder for his rivals. The detectives must tweak their theory when the extortionist responsible for the original crimes turns up with two bullet holes in his back.
When a promising chef mysteriously disappears after the murder of a restaurant critic, Detectives Goren and Eames probe the uneasy family relationships concerning the missing man's wife (guest star Monica Keena) and manipulative father-in-law (guest star Chris Penn) -- a well-known chef and restaurateur. But Goren's meticulous research yields a lost clue that could be the missing link to the dysfunctional family -- and suggests a gruesome ending for someone.
After police accidentally shoot to death an innocent collector of expensive toys, Detectives Goren and Eames discover that the victim might have fallen prey to a conniving vixen (guest star Kim Director) who trolls sci-fi and vampire conventions in sexy outfits looking for lonely men who have massed rare and valuable collections desired by cult-like fans. The detectives attend a costume ball for fans of a "crypt club" and find a death-obsessed secret society -- some of whom could be responsible for a real murder.
The murder of a corrections officer points the Major Case squad toward a corrupt Brooklyn prison where unaccounted-for prisoners are secretly abused by guards -- and the key to exposing the ring lies with a prison nurse whose boyfriend is the maverick Detective Mike Logan. As Logan warily aids Detectives Goren and Eames in their probe, they discover an unseemly political connection and ultimately must jeopardize their lives inside the forboding walls.
When the association president of a swanky Manhattan condominium tower is murdered with an electrical saw, Detectives Goren and Eames find themselves dead-center in a beehive of secrets among its residents -- but a disturbed young nanny draws their attention and prompts them to use Eames as a decoy. Concerns over the building's shoddy construction and suspicious behavior between other owners force the detectives to look behind the marbled facade.
Detective Goren matches wits and moves with a paranoid but murderous chess grandmaster after a newly engaged woman is found slain and tossed in a garbage bin -- but Goren believes the killing might be a case of mistaken identity and finds links to a wealthy family and a pimp. Edging closer, Goren and Detective Eames (Kathryn Erbe) study the passenger manifest on the victim's recent flight and they discover the curious zig-zag path of one disturbed man who is later discovered to be a famous chess prodigy-turned-fugitive now intent on blackmailing his family for money.
Horrified Detectives Goren and Eames contemplate a car bomb blast that killed three young boys and injured their mother (guest star Carrie Preston) and surviving brother as they check out suspicious Arabic-speaking men -- and the family's controlling husband/father (guest star Sam Robards) who works in a top-secret electronics firm. The police probe yields shocking connections when they discover the wife's earlier postpartum depression and questionable behavior of the dedicated dad.
When a tormented scientist is murdered by radiation poisoning, Detectives Goren and Eames discover that the victim was working with Dr. Manotti (guest star Austin Pendleton, "A Beautiful Mind"), a famous physicist in a wheelchair, on the controversial "Theory of Everything" - an unproven design that would re-configure the definition of the universe. Even as the police duo suspects the brainiac's beautiful and controlling trophy wife, they are curious about an approaching international conference in Berlin that would require Manotti to explain his theory - which would ensure his scientific immortality.
When a prominent atheist leader is kidnapped, ransomed and murdered, Detectives Goren and Eames interview the victim's granddaughter (guest star Mara Hobel) who was also kidnapped but survived and the suspects include more family members, including the dead woman's son - now a reverend with a prison ministry. However, when two of the kidnappers turn up dead, the investigators look for a double-crossing mastermind who pulled the strings but left no trail to follow.
Detectives Goren and Eames track a mysterious young diamond "swallower" (guest star Grace Shu) who is being manipulated by Nicole Wallace (D'Abo) -- Goren's murderous and chameleon-like nemesis. As Goren closes in on Wallace, he discovers a horrifying secret that may allow him to finally close the book on his lethal adversary.
When three Hispanic men are gunned down on one night, Detectives Goren and Eames first suspect a hate crime involving an angry, off-center police officer until they discover that the clever culprit exploited the cop's sleepwalking problem as a cover for the slayings that involve a family fortune. During their probe, the investigators also home in on a mousy woman (as Beth, guest star TBA) who lived next to the officer -- and they believe that she is highly motivated by revenge against someone.
A shy, lonely man (guest star, Neil Patrick Harris) becomes the focus of a police investigation when a stripper is found murdered -- with part of her calf missing -- and Detectives Goren and Eames zero in when another woman escapes his clutches, leading them to believe the suspect wants a "mindless" female to keep him company. However, as the noose is tightened, a sympathetic Goren clashes with his superiors over how to prosecute the pathetic killer.
The investigation into the death of a woman searching for the whereabouts of her late mother's antique ring leads Goren and Eames to a physician serial killer (Kevin Tighe) who has cleverly concealed the murder of over two hundred of his patients. Inspired by Harold Shipman murders.
The murders of a government mob witness and an undercover police officer put Detectives Goran and Eames deep inside the ugly family tree of a dying Mafia don (as Mario, guest star Mark Margolis) whose last living son is being challenged by a ratty punk (as Rickie, guest star Leo Fitzpatrick) who's both smart -- and good with a knife. Their family feud is clouded by the possible involvement of cruel Russian mobsters but Goran keeps his focus on the young men who secretly call upon the bed-ridden don -- and the unlikely key could be a trail of juicy Sicilian black figs
After a neurologist is found poisoned in a pool, Detectives Goren and Eames learn that she was performing research on a woman who's been in a vegetative state for six years -- and evidence points to suspects who include the comatose woman's son, husband and the victim's young assistant. But the case assumes a new dimension when the investigators discover an embezzled trust fund -- plus the fact that the victim was experimenting with communicating with such vegetative patients.
Bad-breeding and brooding on a tony horse farm result in a bloody murder of an attractive veterinarian who began to question curious drug use surrounding her equine patients -- but Detectives Goren and Eames lay their ears back when they uncover a barn full of sexually active stable mates who appear to be smuggling illegal drugs in their animals. Goren, in particular, seizes on the jealousy and class rivalries between the rich owners and the married couple who work for them.
Detectives Goren and Eames delve into the murder of a young musician who was romantically linked to his married psychiatrist and they focus on her psychologist-husband -- but they discover the head-shrink couple are obsessed by playing dangerous mind games with each other. Knowing that acid was used on the victim's face further bolsters the Major Case squad's theory that the slaying was personal, and the key could be the pair's adult daughter who grew up as her parents' referee.
Detectives Goren and Eames probe the murder of an elderly woman who was poisoned by an anonymous package and set their sights on a crafty forger (guest star Stephen Colbert, "The Daily Show") whose expertise is needed by a local church to verify documents proving the sainthood of 19th-century healer named Brother Jerome. But the investigators uncover a trail of conflicting old letters that could complicate the church's expensive campaign to canonize Jerome -- and they ponder how official sainthood can require a small fortune and human lives.
When a solid citizen robs a bank and is killed by a bomb tied around his neck, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect that the victim had an accomplice who triggered the device, and they soon hone in on the murderer's (guest star Charles Rockot) next unwitting associate -- a bored New Jersey hausfrau (guest star Enid Graham). The investigators piece together the pair's bank-heist patterns, but they have to establish probable cause if they are to save the duped woman from a horrible death.
When a pharmaceutical executive is found cut in half in midtown, Detectives Goren and Eames discover a greater crime when they learn that the victim was part of a scheme to ship tainted blood medications to Thailand for huge profits -- and the case takes a new spin with the sexual proclivity of one of the dead man's associates (as Eric, guest star TBA). The police probe deeper and pull the lid off a Pandora's box of craven corporate corruption in the competitive field of high-profit pharmaceuticals.
When a promising high school basketball player disappears -- and the private investigator looking for him is murdered -- Detectives Goren and Bishop dribble around the local courts and find what could be a missing link -- unscrupulous gamblers and college recruiters. But the cops keep throwing up bricks until they discover that several other talented players have transferred to a high school with a championship tradition and they suspect a more personal connection might yield the winning clues.
After they receive an anonymous letter, Detectives Goren and Eames exhume the body of an elderly man whom they discover was poisoned. The posse of suspects includes his artistic and ambitious widow and Harvey, a snobbish charity fundraiser with shady mob connections. The detectives hope to discover how the celebrity-loving Harvey gained his seed money to attract New York's high society as well as his connection to the widow -- but the key may lie with his bitter and resentful mother.
When a wealthy father is found savagely beaten to death, Detective Goren and temporary partner Bishop find a family album of suspects, including the victim's soon-to-be ex-wife, a nanny who cared for the couple's adopted Romanian sons and a suspicious aunt and uncle. However, after Goren delves deeper into the family's past, his only hope of sorting out the jumble of possible killers is to call for a clan reunion -- in family court.
When a young and female computer-game employee is found strangled Detectives Goren are initially distracted by a related hacker until they link the victim's penchant for gaming to her former employers -- two intense and talented game creators who are under pressure to deliver their next hit following popular "DeathMatch." But the investigation takes a different turn when Goren finds a third partner who was kicked out and demanded financial satisfaction and the detective understands the link between the brainiacs.
When an Argentine immigrant is found slashed and beaten in the family's bathroom, Detectives Goren and Bishop believe the wounds were self-inflicted -- but her husband's (guest star Thomas G. Waites) history of violence makes the police think he could have been responsible for other racially motivated murders that were discovered by his wife. But since they cannot implicate the suspect in his wife's death, Goren explores the family's tragic history on both sides and struggles to find a link to the kneecap-murders of a string of Jewish men.
When someone spikes the punch -- leaving three dead in an isolated island church -- Detectives Goren and Bishop first believe the murders are related to parishioner politics, but then discover a sorrowful sexual lifestyle among the town's jaded youth that points to three teenage girls who might be connected to the drownings of three former lovers. The heady Goren uses his knowledge of "Siddhartha" to query one of the girls (guest star Shayna Levine) whose undying allegiance to a male classmate (guest star Billy Lush) is harrowing.
When a young man is knifed and murdered, Detectives Goren and Eames discover evidence that links the crime to practioners of a Santeria cult -- and their investigation soon narrows to two former convicts who dupe the mother (as Lyz Webster, guest star Anne Twomey) of the victim into believing that she has special clairvoyant powers. However, in order to make a better case against the couple and track their involvement in the slaying, crafty Goren must get inside the exploited woman's head to convince her that she truly has a psychic gift.
In search of a missing bookkeeper, Detectives Goren and a pregnant Eames stumble upon a ledger's worth of bodies, including the victim's hitman brother who botched a job and was whacked two years ago -- and the tortuous trail seems to lead to an imprisoned mobster who is due for parole. But when a key suspect linked to all the slayings turns up facedown in the river, the cops have to think outside the box to unravel the tangled we
When a promising young architecture student is found murdered with a screwdriver, Detectives Goren and Eames discover that the victim's bold design for a new and prestigious downtown building strongly resembles those of a celebrated architect (as Ben Laurette, guest star Olek Krupa) -- whose personal life is even more elaborate than his blueprints. By tracing a nexus of women, the detectives look for a connection between the slain man and the skyscraper designer in a byzantine case that would singe the pages of Architectural Digest.
The bizarre but lethal point-blank shootings of two contact lens salesmen and a plastic surgeon put Detectives Goren and Eames on the trail of a suspect who might harbor racist delusions about the damage caused by cosmetic beauty enhancements. Their search seems to dead-end with a drug-induced paranoid man (Barry Del Sherman) but when the police receive an anti-Semitic letter, Goren smells more than one possible slayer.