When a mysterious "angel of death" poisons a series of hospital victims with cyanide, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) suspect a nurse (guest star Susan Bruce) who fits the typical profile - but when others fall dead outside the care facility, the investigators must widen their search. Even when the cops discover the source to be tainted, over-the-counter painkillers, the victims continue to pile up, and they can't gain any traction with their case until they find a motive -- or at least a source of the killer substance. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.
When a Catholic church sexton (guest star Stephen McKinley Henderson) is found murdered in the sanctuary, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) search for a thieving drug addict (guest star Alex Feldman) who works there, but their investigation grows dicey when it appears that the victim was skimming church funds -- and diverting them to the suspect. A further complication arises when the police make another grim discovery that implicates other important church officials in a widening scandal. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.
When a man is found beaten to death, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) learn that the deceased was a European con man who swindled investors -- and romanced their foolish wives -- but further evidence reveals the victim might also have suffered from mistaken identity. As the cops press on, Goren enters a war of wills when he tries to lure out the killer before he disappears by appealing to his considerable ego. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.
Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) sort through a palette of colorful characters when they probe the slayings of a museum curator and an art authenticator, and they soon discover evidence of copied masterpieces that makes an arrogant Austrian dealer their prime suspect -- but the key hinges on finding the elusive forgerer. Meanwhile, as Goren reveals a surprising knowledge of art -- and the German language -- the investigators figure that the best way to find a forger is to enlist the aid of another forgerer. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.
When a multi-million dollar diamond heist leaves two murdered victims in its wake -- along with the body of one of the slain robbers -- curious Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) chase down blind alleys, unaware that their quarry is a cold-blooded and manipulative master criminal (guest star Jake Weber). Eventually, the cops suspect that their killer has imposed his girlfriend (guest star Michelle Hicks) on his gang and ponder if the murderous thieves have a mob connection that would permit them to quickly cash in on such a large haul of stones. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.
A neighborhood receives a notice from a watch group that a sex offender is moving in. When his headless body is found the following day, Logan and Wheeler official misconduct in the DA's office, and makes Logan some new enemies.
The careers of Logan and Wheeler are put on the line when a priest convinces him to reopen a case that may reveal the corruption of an ADA who will go to any length necessary -- including getting Logan and Wheeler removed from their jobs -- to keep the truth a secret.
When the host of TV's "Rock 'n' Talk" is bludgeoned to death by a champagne bottle, Logan and Wheeler's investigation into the seamy music world involves Jordie Black, Wheeler's favorite rock star from high school, whose secret past pushes Wheeler's admiration to the brink.
A student's death at an elite private school leads Goren and Eames to investigate a world where grades mean everything, kids live their lives online, and everyone has something to hide.
When the leader of a war-torn nation's Democracy Movement is exiled to the United States,
she is immediately targeted by assassins.
When the parents of toddlers are mysteriously gunned down, the team investigates the admission practices of an elite preschool.
When a budding novelist is murdered, Goren and Eames investigate the seemingly disparate worlds she inhabits: New York's elite literary circle and the working class black neighborhood from which she hails.
When Logan and Falacci investigate the strangulation death of a beautiful blonde, their only clue to her identity and demise is the pair of emeralds hanging from her ears.
Young rap artist Fulla T Smith (guest star "Fab Five Freddy") is leaving a radio station after finishing an interview and debuting his latest hit song, when shots ring out in the lobby and he's killed. Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) question the one witness found on the scene, Harry Williams, (guest star Sticky Fingaz) who reveals he's an undercover cop whose task force specializes in crimes within the rap world. Williams warns Logan and Wheeler to watch themselves, but when he starts helping them out, witnesses turn up dead. The detectives begin to wonder which side he is on.
A Park Avenue dentist's murder turns out to be connected to the death of one of his young patients. As detectives Goren and Eames look into both murders, they follow a trail of counterfeit and poisoned mouthwash from the streets of Harlem to the FDA and Wall Street.
After popular video blogger Willow (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg, "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer") and her boyfriend Holden are seen kidnapped live on-line by two violent assailants, Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) are assigned to the high-profile case. With the help of a tech wizard, the Detectives question whether the kidnapping is staged or real. When a follow-up video blog shows Willow pleading to viewers to download videos which will raise the ransom money, Detective Wheeler takes a trip into cyberspace to face-off with the kidnappers.
When respected Judge Thomas Layton is killed during a re-creation of the classic Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr duel, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) question his dueling partner, George Pagonis (guest star Xander Berkeley, "24") -- who happens to be married to Maureen Pagonis (guest star Donna Murphy, "World Trade Center"), a prominent political candidate and possible first female Mayor of New York.
A former beauty queen (Guest Star Liza Minnelli) whose daughter, Amberleigh was found murdered on Halloween night 1992, is thrown back into the public eye when a pedophile in exile confesses to her murder. Detectives Goren and Eames aren't convinced it's that easy and re-question the mother, who was originally accused of the crime, as well as her informative, best-selling author neighbor, Nate Royce (Guest Star Bill Irwin).
Detectives Goren and Eames are called in from time with their families to help Commissioner Leland Dockerty (guest star Michael Biehn) and his wife, Elaine (guest star Fran Drescher) find their daughter, a female soldier, who goes missing while home on leave. Goren struggles to remain professional and attentive to the case while his ailing mother (guest star Rita Moreno) takes a turn for the worse.
When a New York fire fighter is found stabbed to death, the ensuing investigation and questioning launches Detectives Logan and Wheeler into a brawl with the fire department. Through flashbacks, the Detectives learn that the victim, fire fighter Ian Duffy, helped break up a hate crime but was subsequently found stabbed to death right afterwards. As they investigate Ian's past through his wife Claudia (guest star Nina Siemaszko) and colleague Brendan Keele (guest star Geoffrey Nauffts), the Detectives learn that Ian's sexuality may have cost him his life.
The Copeland brothers are nothing alike -- Adlai is a successful, true gentleman and their father Jules' favorite (guest star Rip Torn), while Ted is irresponsible and difficult. So when Detectives Goren and Eames find a poisoned Adlai with his wife still clinging to his corpse, they suspect it wasn't an accident. But when Ted also turns up dead after the Detectives find he forged documents, they begin to take a closer look inside the family.
When a church worker is found dead after the latest in a series of arson-fueled fires, Detectives Goren and Eames trace evidence back to the dysfunctional family of one sanctuary's youth leader, Justin Reid, (guest star Josh Hamilton). Just as pressing is the personal matter weighing on Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan), whose intervention on behalf of one detective prompts a vengeful cop already in prison to launch a vendetta to oust him.
Keith Cooper (guest star Anton Yelchin) is no stranger to his dad's womanizing ways, but when Dr. Grant Cooper winds up dead after his motorcycle is found sabotaged, Detectives Logan and Wheeler find a private collection of the Doctor's personal conquests. When Keith's high-school teacher, Danielle (guest star Anne Dudek) shows up on one of tapes, the Detectives assume her jealous husband is to blame. But the case takes a major turn when the Detectives find Danielle in the arms of her under-aged student.
After a suburban couple is found bludgeoned to death, Detectives Logan and Barek suspect that their drug-troubled son Kevin (guest star Keith Nobbs) killed his parents' for their cash stash. But when a local investigator pressures the kid into a confession, the city cops discover a conflict of interest. While another suspect with close business ties to the victims emerges, Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) urges Logan and Barek to drop the non-jurisdictional case -- and ponders his own future with the NYPD.
A rampage of brutal machete slayings that target affluent art owners has Detectives Logan and Barek looking for some young suspects who were all raised by Chesley (Oscar and Emmy Award-winning guest star Whoopi Goldberg), a strong-willed foster mother. But the case really blows up when Logan unknowingly shoots an undercover cop dead -- and while Captain Deakins (Jamey Sheridan) sticks his neck out for his detective, a shaken Logan must go eye-to-evil-eye with the manipulative Chesley
Two sisters found wrapped in plastic "cocoons" and asphyxiated have Detectives Logan and Barek questioning one victim's boyfriend who works for Lydia (guest star Sherri Saum), a local nurse suspected of extorting money from patients with voodoo. Logan initially questions Lydia and soon runs afoul of her "powers." As the detectives gather bank transfer documents, they learn from experience how people can live in fear and false hope from Lydia's potent spells.
When the body of a former school chancellor is fished out of the Hudson River, Detectives Goren and Eames find out that he was a high roller on a casino boat off the New York coast. They soon zero in on Joey (guest star Lou Taylor Pucci), a talented but arrogant young gambler who was owed $500,000 by the victim. But the police also cannot ignore the dead man's resentful brother-in-law Phil, (guest star John Pankow) when they discover that he not only raised Joey, but taught him poker and intentionally placed him on the ship on the fateful night.
There's high drama in the opera house when a young violinist is pushed to her death and Detectives Logan and Barek check out the arrogant conductor Reinhardt (guest star Julian Sands). Turns out Reinhardt also has been conducting an affair with his soprano, Gillian (guest star Alice Krige) -- who happens to be the victim's mother. While the detectives theorize that Reinhardt actually was romancing both women, they receive jarring medical news that sheds harsh new light on the evidence.
When one of two bridesmaids is found murdered in their hotel bed, Detectives Goren and Eames initially suspect two men that the women met in a bar. But when the survivor, Alice's (guest star Emily Bergl) story keeps changing, evidence suggests an actor -- Tim, (guest star Desmond Harrington) posing as a taxi driver might have played a role. The detectives peel back the layers of the suspect's life and discover disturbing evidence, family history -- and his penchant for researching twisted subjects for future acting assignments.
A crucial file in an ugly $20-million lawsuit may be the catalyst behind the murder of a daring young man who was killed while trying to steal evidence for a "wrongful life" court case -- all of which has Detectives Goren and Eames sorting through a dysfunctional family looking for likely suspects who might want the documents. While the son is a prime suspect, the key clues could lie with his bitter mother Victoria (guest star Talia Balsam) who is suing a doctor for not revealing years earlier that her unborn daughter had a debilitating orthopedic problem -- a fact which could have prompted her to abort the baby.
The brutal beating murder of a female Secret Service agent in her home has Detectives Logan and Barek sniffing around the many clients of her husband Jay (guest star David Alan Bashche), a well-connected lobbyist who is working both for and against an unpopular tribal Indian gaming casino on Long Island. But the detectives want to know why the victim's husband hid their laptop and shredded files soon after discovering her body -- and his curious dealings with a slippery congressman widen the police investigation to include more hidden crimes.
Detectives Goren and Eames encounter a gang of high-class, low-lifes led by Bernard (guest star Michael York), a slimy European with a taste for aging blondes and fine wine, who befriends, kills and robs tourists. Goren, however, is shocked to discover that the master murderer shares a connection to a deadly nemesis. The detectives try to out-maneuver the effete but effective Bernard -- and his posse of adoring women who kill for him -- until Goren's language skills help him zero in on a crime spree that spans the globe.
When the latest in a series of prostitutes is found dead after falling from an airline wheel well, Detectives Logan and Barek suspect that an airport worker is responsible and their criminal profile suggests a sexually repressed male -- such as FAA inspector Duane Giddins (guest star Brad Renfro, "The Client"). However, the investigation centers on the abuse that Giddins and his elusive silent partner (guest star Ethan Embry, "Sweet Home, Alabama") inflict on the unsuspecting women before their bodies are dumped.
The slaying of a young computer company employee has Detectives Goren and Eames poking around the stealth security employed by rival tech firms where they lock onto an unstable code-writer Robbie (guest star DJ Qualls) -- whom they believe is being manipulated by his secretive therapist as Katrina (guest star Jennifer Van Dyck). Goren believes the key to the case lies with the suspect's paranoid behavior which could have been exploited after recent weeks of "treatment" under the doctor's bizarre care.
The gunshot murder of a businessman perplexes Detectives Logan and Barek until they suspect that Danielle (guest star Elizabeth Berkley) -- a self-involved mother -- has made a cottage industry of blackmailing other cheating family men with phony paternity claims. But the detectives discover that Danielle's seemingly meek and maternal sister Claire (guest star Heather Burns) could be playing a far more sinister role in the scam.
When a female medical student is found mutilated after returning from Guatemala, Detectives Logan and Barek think that the victim was was an unlucky drug "mule" who smuggled narcotics -- but evidence leads to a tony Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon, Christine, (guest star Samantha Mathis) who might be running a fraudulent charity in Central America. While the doctor is celebrated for her donated work in facial reconstruction among the region's poor natives, both she and her nurse's aide, Antonio, (guest star Vincent Laresca ) are hiding dark secrets that require many masks.
When an esteemed nun who helped child prostitutes get off the street is slain in her inner-city church, Detectives Goren and Eames focus on a determined young man Eddie (guest star Larry Gillard Jr.) who is seeking justice for his older brother who was incapacitated after a racial hate crime. But the detectives know the case could hinge on a guilt-stricken young nun Sister Olivia (guest star Susan Misner) at the church who knows more than she's telling.
In a story ripped from the headlines, a prison warden Bill (guest star Corbin Bernsen) claims he was brutalized and forced to pay a $50,000 ransom for his long-kidnapped wife, but Detectives Goren and Eames are puzzled when they discover that the missing woman has been happily cohabitating with an escaped prisoner for 10 years. Amid a backwash of lingering secrets and lies, the investigators re-visit the warden's past and recall a famous axiom - follow the money.
After the son of a police officer is mistakenly murdered, investigating Detectives Logan and Barek step into the middle of a brutal mob war that also has ensnared dirty cops who sold out to help the rival crime families. But when Captain Deakins informs Logan that he wants both the tainted officers and a mob underboss, Logan takes aim at one decorated ex-officer (guest star David Keith, "An Officer and a Gentleman") -- and finds himself the public target of the man's lawyer who claims the detective has a little "history" of his own.
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.