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** [[ManipulativeBastard Psychological abuse]]: ''The Saint'', ''Sibboleth'', ''Magnificat''.
** [[ParentalNeglect Neglect/Indifference]]: ''Shrink-Wrapped'', ''Tru Love''.
** [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.
** [[ParentalIncest Sexual abuse]]: ''Death Roe'', ''Playing Dead''.
** Other: The father from ''Homo Homini Lupis'' who embezzled from his company and took money from a loan shark to pay it back [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom which caused his family to be kidnapped for collateral and his elder daughter to be raped]].
** The biological parents from ''The Good Child'' who killed their daughter's foster parents [[{{Greed}} to get their life insurance]] and then [[MoralEventHorizon tried to kill her as well so that they don't have to raise her or have her inherit the money to live on.]]
** Goren’s older [[spoiler:half-]] brother, Frank, is implied [[GlorifiedSpermDonor to have little to nothing to do with either of his children]].

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** [[ManipulativeBastard Psychological abuse]]: ''The Saint'', ''Sibboleth'', ''Magnificat''.
"The Saint," "Sibboleth," "Magnificat."
** [[ParentalNeglect Neglect/Indifference]]: ''Shrink-Wrapped'', ''Tru Love''.
"Shrink-Wrapped," "Tru Love."
** [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism abuse]][=/=][[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.
"Beast," "Wrongful Life," "Unrequited, "Bedfellows," "Saving Face."
** [[ParentalIncest Sexual abuse]]: ''Death Roe'', ''Playing Dead''.
"Death Roe," "Playing Dead."
** Other: The father from ''Homo "Homo Homini Lupis'' Lupis," who embezzled from his company and took money from a loan shark to pay it back back... [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom which caused his family to be kidnapped for collateral and his elder daughter to be raped]].
raped]]. He wasn't abusive per se (he clearly loved his family), but his actions proved him to be incredibly irresponsible at ''best''.
** The biological parents from ''The "The Good Child'' Child," who killed their daughter's foster parents [[{{Greed}} to get their life insurance]] and then [[MoralEventHorizon tried to kill her as well so that they don't wouldn't have to raise her or have her inherit the money to live on.]]
** Goren’s older [[spoiler:half-]] brother, [[spoiler:half-]]brother, Frank, is implied [[GlorifiedSpermDonor to have little to nothing to do with either of his children]].



* AlwaysMurder, even though the real Major Case Squad does not handle murders. (At least not directly; it does handle bank robberies and kidnappings, both of which can certainly end in murder.)
* AmbiguousDisorder: Goren, he's all sorts of crazy, has multiple quirks and ticks, but avoids any specific disorder or symptom set.

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* AlwaysMurder, even AlwaysMurder: Even though the real Major Case Squad does not handle murders. (At least not directly; it does handle bank robberies and kidnappings, both of which can certainly end in murder.)
* AmbiguousDisorder: Goren, he's Goren is all sorts of crazy, has with multiple quirks and ticks, but avoids any specific disorder or symptom set.



* AndIMustScream: Several times, there's someone who is in a dire medical situation to which there is no hope of recovering. ''Phantom'' (suspect strangled and left in a coma), ''Conscience'' (a woman suffers cardiac arrest and is left in a coma for several years), ''Acts of Contrition'' (a man viciously beaten by three thugs and left with permanent brain damage.)

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* AndIMustScream: Several times, there's someone who is in a dire medical situation to which there is no hope of recovering. ''Phantom'' "Phantom" (suspect strangled and left in a coma), ''Conscience'' "Conscience" (a woman suffers cardiac arrest and is left in a coma for several years), ''Acts "Acts of Contrition'' Contrition" (a man viciously beaten by three thugs and left with permanent brain damage.)



* AssholeVictim: Subverted in "Contract", where the victim is a gossip columist who was blackmailing [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a Bill O'Reilly-esque]] newsman when he was killed. After the credits, we learn that he only turned to blackmail to provide for his kid sister. [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that he was murdered for trying to expose the man who raped her.]]

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* AssholeVictim: Subverted in "Contract", "Contract," where the victim is a gossip columist who was blackmailing [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a Bill O'Reilly-esque]] newsman when he was killed. After the credits, we learn that he only turned to blackmail to provide for his kid sister. [[spoiler:It eventually turns out that he was murdered for trying to expose the man who raped her.]]



* TheBoxingEpisode: ''Ten Count''.

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* TheBoxingEpisode: ''Ten Count''."Ten Count."



* BreakThemByTalking: a favorite tactic of Goren's is to either play psychological mind games or confront the perp of the week with evidence of what a truly pathetic and inadequate person they really are until they crack.
* BritishBrevity: The eight-episode tenth season is highly unusual by American TV standards but greatly resembles the seasonal offerings of shows created across the pond.

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* BreakThemByTalking: a A favorite tactic of Goren's is to either play psychological mind games or confront the perp of the week with evidence of what a truly pathetic and inadequate person they really are until they crack.
* BritishBrevity: The eight-episode tenth season is highly unusual by American TV standards standards, but greatly resembles the seasonal offerings of shows created across the pond.



* BrokenPedestal: What Goren eventually came to think of his mentor, Declan Gage.

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* BrokenPedestal: What Goren eventually came comes to think of his mentor, Declan Gage.



* TheCastShowOff: In "Rock Star", Jeff Goldblum's first episode, he has a scene where he gets to demonstrate his skill as a pianist.

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* TheCastShowOff: In "Rock Star", Star," Jeff Goldblum's first episode, he has a scene where he gets to demonstrate his skill as a pianist.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Carver and Barek both left the series after Season Five without explanation, and each were mentioned exactly once afterwards.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Carver and Barek both left the series after Season Five season 5 without explanation, and each were mentioned exactly once afterwards.



* ClearMyName: The Season 7 finale has Det. Goren being framed for the murder of his brother by [[spoiler:his ArchEnemy Nicole Wallace and mentor Declan Gage]].

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* ClearMyName: The Season season 7 finale has Det. Goren being framed for the murder of his brother by [[spoiler:his ArchEnemy Nicole Wallace and mentor Declan Gage]].



** Goren's mannerisms really give off this impression (especially when he tilts his head).

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** Goren's mannerisms really give off this impression (especially when he tilts his head).



** Actually, the killer was the significant other of the victim's brother [[spoiler: and Goren's ArchEnemy Nicole Wallace]].
* ContinuitySnarl: This was a common complaint of the later seasons given the GenreShift and rotating characters/blurry character motivations, but a prime example would be the season 8 episode ''All In''. To follow, it was an ostensible continuation of the season 5 episode ''Cruise To Nowhere'', except unless the slight similarities were pointed out, most fans missed the connection. This was because the character's name was unnecessarily changed from Joey Frost to Josh Snow, characters, plot lines and personality between both episodes were either left murky or forgotten all together (like Joey/Josh becoming more methodical and aware instead of just street smart with little to no skills at being an adult and no mention of the mother from before) and the character went from being in his early 20s initially [[DawsonCasting to being in his late 20s to early 30s in the later episode.]]

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** Actually, It's revealed, however, that the killer was really the significant other of the victim's brother [[spoiler: and Goren's ArchEnemy ArchEnemy, Nicole Wallace]].
* ContinuitySnarl: This was a common complaint of the later seasons given the GenreShift and rotating characters/blurry character motivations, but a prime example would be the season 8 episode ''All In''. "All In." To follow, it was an ostensible continuation of the season 5 episode ''Cruise "Cruise To Nowhere'', except Nowhere," but unless the slight similarities were pointed out, most fans missed the connection. This was because the character's name was unnecessarily changed from Joey Frost to Josh Snow, Snow; additionally, characters, plot lines and personality between both episodes were either left murky or forgotten all together (like Joey/Josh becoming more methodical and aware instead of just street smart with little to no skills at being an adult and no mention of the mother from before) before), and the character went from being in his early 20s initially [[DawsonCasting to being in his late 20s to early 30s in the later episode.]]



* CrimeTimeSoap, though perhaps not as much as ''Special Victims Unit''.
** Only since Rene Balcer left after Season Five.

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* CrimeTimeSoap, though CrimeTimeSoap: Though perhaps not as much as ''Special Victims Unit''.
** Only since Rene Balcer left after Season Five.season 5.



* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: The villain in the season 4 episode ''Gone'' was this.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''The Healer'' (two women asphyxiated in plastic, life-sized cocoons), ''Faith'' (man set on fire with the accelerant being ''nail polish remover''), ''The View From Here'' (man attacked with a circular saw), ''Shibboleth'' (women are hog-tied and if they attempt to free themselves or leave their intricate position, they strangle themselves), ''Blasters'' (a man is systematically hanged by a group of mafiosos and then left to rot in a park) to name a few.
* DaChief: Captain Ross, who is rather obviously outclassed by Goren, though he isn't shy to call Goren out on more blatant shenanigans.

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* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: The villain in the season 4 episode ''Gone'' "Gone" was this.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''The Healer'' "The Healer" (two women asphyxiated in plastic, life-sized cocoons), ''Faith'' "Faith" (man set on fire with the accelerant being ''nail polish remover''), ''The "The View From Here'' Here" (man attacked with a circular saw), ''Shibboleth'' "Shibboleth" (women are hog-tied and if they attempt to free themselves or leave their intricate position, they strangle themselves), ''Blasters'' "Blasters" (a man is systematically hanged by a group of mafiosos and then left to rot in a park) to name a few.
park)... the list goes on.
* DaChief: Captain Ross, who Ross is rather obviously outclassed by Goren, though he isn't shy to call Goren out on more blatant shenanigans.



* DeerInTheHeadlights: Lorelai Mailer in the episode "Bombshell".

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* DeerInTheHeadlights: Lorelai Mailer in the episode "Bombshell"."Bombshell."



* DeusAngstMachina: Goren qualifies, if anyone does. Let's see... his schizophrenic mother hates him, even though he's the only one who takes care of her; his drug-addicted brother gets all the love from their mother; his father - who treated him like shit anyway - turned out not to be his real father; and his biological father turned out to be a murderer, who then gets executed, which on the show NEVER HAPPENS. He gets persecuted by the FBI, ends up in a mental hospital, gets fired, not to mention his health and good looks go to shit, too. This is only a partial list of all the shit that goes down. If anyone can be accused of provoking the wrath of the writer-deities, this character would be definitely be it. The unrelenting, unceasing suffering that occurs was enough to make many fans stop watching the show, out of sheer disgust. Quite literally, Goren's relationship with his partner (however you choose to interpret it) was the ''only'' thing he had going for him -- no wonder she became his BerserkButton! If anyone earned a happy ending they never got, it's Goren. ShootTheShaggyDog, already.

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* DeusAngstMachina: Goren qualifies, if anyone does. Let's see... his schizophrenic mother hates him, even though he's the only one who takes care of her; his drug-addicted brother gets all the love from their mother; his father - who treated him like shit anyway - turned turns out not to be his real father; and his biological father turned turns out to be a murderer, who then gets executed, which on the show NEVER HAPPENS. He gets persecuted by the FBI, ends up in a mental hospital, and gets (temporarily) fired, not to mention his health and good looks go to shit, too. This is only a partial list of all the shit that goes down. If anyone can be accused of provoking the wrath of the writer-deities, this character would be definitely be it. The unrelenting, unceasing suffering that occurs was enough to make many fans stop watching the show, out of sheer disgust. Quite literally, Goren's relationship with his partner (however you choose to interpret it) was is the ''only'' thing he had has going for him -- no wonder she became she's his BerserkButton! If anyone earned a happy ending they never got, it's Goren. ShootTheShaggyDog, already.



* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Most of the deaf people in "Silencer". Not only did they consider themselves superior to hearing people, but the one man, considered a "hero" to his other deaf students, was nothing more than a bitter, antagonistic asshole who hated when one of "his" people associated with those who could hear.

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* DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery: Most of the deaf people in "Silencer". "Silencer." Not only did they consider themselves superior to hearing people, but the one man, considered a "hero" to by his other deaf students, was nothing more than a bitter, antagonistic asshole who hated when one of "his" people associated with those who could hear.



* EmptyCopThreat: Carried out. A killer Goren interviewed [[spoiler:(who was later proven to have been his biological dad)]] was executed, although this was in Pennsylvania, where it was still legal.

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* EmptyCopThreat: Carried out. A killer Goren interviewed interviews [[spoiler:(who was is later proven to have been his biological dad)]] was executed, although this was is later executed. However, the execution takes place in Pennsylvania, where it was still legal.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:In "Delicate", bitchy ballerina Alona may have had a fierce rivalry with Jessalyn, but even she was disgusted with how [[CuteAndPsycho Paulette]] put glass in Jessalyn's shoes to give her (Alona) the edge.]]
** In "Frame," [[spoiler: Goren's old mentor Declan Gage commits a murder and sends Goren on a wild-goose chase meant to "free" him of the negative people in his life. He is, however, appalled by Goren's suggestion that he might have killed Goren's brother Frank]].
* EvilMatriarch: The mother from ''To The Bone'', who was also a ManipulativeBitch as well, to the point of [[spoiler: manipulating one of her sons to commit suicide at the end of the episode to prove his "loyalty" to her.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:In "Delicate", "Delicate," bitchy ballerina Alona may have had a fierce rivalry with Jessalyn, but even she was disgusted with how [[CuteAndPsycho Paulette]] put glass in Jessalyn's shoes to give her (Alona) the edge.]]
** In "Frame," [[spoiler: Goren's old mentor Declan Gage commits a murder and sends Goren on a wild-goose wild goose chase meant to "free" him of the negative people in his life. He is, however, appalled by Goren's suggestion that he might have killed Goren's brother Frank]].
* EvilMatriarch: The mother from ''To "To The Bone'', Bone," who was also a ManipulativeBitch as well, to the point of [[spoiler: manipulating one of her sons to commit suicide at the end of the episode to prove his "loyalty" to her.]]



* FlawExploitation: In "The Saint", this is the criminal's motivation: [[spoiler: he believes the church was taking advantage of his mentally ill mother, who insisted on donating everything she could to their cause, to the point of completely cleaning out their bank account because she thought the church needed the money more]].

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* FlawExploitation: In "The Saint", Saint," this is the criminal's motivation: motivation. [[spoiler: he He believes the church was is taking advantage of his mentally ill mother, who insisted insists on donating everything she could can to their cause, cause - to the point of completely cleaning out their bank account because she thought thinks the church needed needs the money more]].more.]]



* FormerChildStar: The victim and his friend in ''Blasters'' who both starred in a teenage sitcom when they were younger. Neither live a particularly happy existence; the victim is living hand-to-mouth in a [[BadHumorTruck decommissioned ice cream truck]] and has done nothing of relevance in the years since. His friend himself has delusions of grandeur and is [[JadedWashout stuck living in the past.]]
* FreudianExcuse: The killer from ''The Posthumous Collection'' had killed women and posed them in elaborate, grotesque poses to as a revenge fantasy towards his abusive mother, grandmother and three older sisters.

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* FormerChildStar: The victim and his friend in ''Blasters'' who "Blasters" both starred in a teenage sitcom when they were younger. Neither live a particularly happy existence; the victim is living hand-to-mouth in a [[BadHumorTruck decommissioned ice cream truck]] and has done nothing of relevance in the years since. His friend himself has delusions of grandeur and is [[JadedWashout stuck living in the past.]]
* FreudianExcuse: The killer from ''The "The Posthumous Collection'' had killed Collection" kills women and posed poses them in elaborate, grotesque poses to as a revenge fantasy towards his abusive mother, grandmother and three older sisters.



* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Goren's mentor killed everyone he knew and loved because he thought Goren would have fun trying to find out who did it. It was also done so Goren would be "free" of the two biggest burdens in his life: his druggie brother Frank and Nicole Wallace.]]
* GilliganCut: In the episode "Weeping Willow". "Who's going on camera?"
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In the episode "Untethered", Goren experiences isolation while undercover. He's strapped to a metal table and deprived of food and water. However, it is unclear whether he truly broke or if some of it was part of his undercover persona.

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* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Goren's mentor killed kills nearly everyone he knew knows and loved loves because he thought Goren would have fun trying to find out who did it. It was also done so Goren would be "free" of the two biggest burdens in his life: his druggie brother Frank and Nicole Wallace.]]
* GilliganCut: In the episode "Weeping Willow". Willow." "Who's going on camera?"
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In the episode "Untethered", "Untethered," Goren experiences isolation while undercover. He's strapped to a metal table and deprived of food and water. However, it is unclear whether he truly broke or if some of it was part of his undercover persona.



* GuileHero: Arguably the entire premise of the show. The criminals are the most extraordinary collection of {{magnificent bastard}}s and [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] you can imagine. But when Goren's on the case, they don't stand a chance.

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* GuileHero: Arguably the entire premise of the show. The criminals are the most extraordinary collection of {{magnificent bastard}}s and [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] chessmasters]] you can imagine. But when Goren's on the case, they don't stand a chance.



** A former military suspect asks to be cuffed in front out of respect for his family. He grabs a gun off one of the officers and kills himself. This immediately after attempting to kill himself and being stopped by the officers who arrested him. One wonders why they thought that was a good idea.

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** A former military suspect asks to be cuffed in front out of respect for his family. He grabs a gun off one of the officers and kills himself. This os immediately after attempting to kill himself and being stopped by the officers who arrested him. One wonders why they thought that was a good idea.



* HasAType: The killer from ''Jones'' is attracted to small, petite women, namely because he himself is of average height and build. Naturally, he flirted with petite Eames and tall, strapping Goren had fun interrogating him, even bragging about his own size-13 shoe size.

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* HasAType: The killer from ''Jones'' in "Jones" is attracted to small, petite women, namely because he himself is of average height and build. Naturally, he flirted flirts with petite Eames Eames, and tall, strapping Goren had fun interrogating him, even bragging about his own size-13 shoe size.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The killer from ''Slither'' was the one who taught Nicole Wallace about the art of succinylcholine poisoning. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, [[LaserGuidedKarma she ends up poisoning him after it looked like he was going to get away scot-free for the murders he and his "family" committed.]]]]

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The killer from ''Slither'' was "Slither" is the one who taught Nicole Wallace about the art of succinylcholine poisoning. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, [[LaserGuidedKarma she ends up poisoning him after when it looked looks like he was he's going to get away scot-free for the murders he and his "family" committed.]]]]



** More disturbingly, [[spoiler:Goren's real biological father turned out to have been a serial killer.]]

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** More disturbingly, [[spoiler:Goren's real biological father turned turns out to have been a serial killer.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: Many suspects, but ''The Unblinking Eye'' in particular has the suspect [[spoiler: kill his so-called fiancée, try to pin the blame on a "jealous" ex-girlfriend (who he cheated on with the victim) and both sabotage his best friend's chance to be famous and manipulate him into doing the murder, all so he can be famous.]]

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* ItsAllAboutMe: Many suspects, but ''The "The Unblinking Eye'' Eye" in particular has the suspect [[spoiler: kill his so-called fiancée, try to pin the blame on a "jealous" ex-girlfriend (who (on whom he cheated on with the victim) and both sabotage his best friend's chance to be famous and manipulate him into doing the actual murder, all so he can be famous.]]



* IWarnedYou: Subverted in ''Betrayed'':

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* IWarnedYou: Subverted in ''Betrayed'':"Betrayed":



* LikeBrotherAndSister: Goren tells his season 10 therapist that this is his relationship with Eames (the therapist doesn't seem convinced).

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* LikeBrotherAndSister: Goren tells his season 10 therapist that this is his relationship with Eames (the Eames. (The therapist doesn't seem convinced).convinced.)



* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: A serial killer binds, gags and locks [[spoiler: Eames in a basement with an electronic door lock. She escapes using wire, nails, electricity and a ''giant hook'' left laying around the place.]]
* LongTitle: The season seven episode, ''Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger''. In syndication, the episode is either simply titled as ''Please Note...'' or ''Kissinger''.
* MadArtist: The killer from "The Posthumous Collection".

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* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: A serial killer binds, binds and gags and locks [[spoiler: Eames and locks her in a basement with an electronic door lock. She escapes using wire, nails, electricity electricity, and a ''giant hook'' left laying around the place.]]
* LongTitle: The season seven episode, ''Please "Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger''. Kissinger." In syndication, the episode is either simply titled as ''Please "Please Note...'' " or ''Kissinger''.
"Kissinger."
* MadArtist: The killer from "The Posthumous Collection".Collection."



* MalignedMixedMarriage: ''Proud Flesh'' has a wealthy, middle-aged White media mogul marry a younger Chinese woman and have a daughter with her. Everyone around her, from her stepchildren to their families to even ''the husband himself'' disapprove of the wife and their daughter.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The murderer from ''Slither'', who is a well-read, well-dressed, well-off SilverFox British man who manipulates beautiful women half his age to kill.
* MarilynManeuver: Lorelai Mailer is briefly seen performing a MarilynManeuver in "Bombshell", complete with [[IconicOutfit the famous ballooning white dress]].
* MeaningfulName: Mr. Devildis, the insane fundamentalist Christian, crossed the DespairEventHorizon and tries to save his family and friends by murdering them. Hilariously, his name isn't commented on.

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* MalignedMixedMarriage: ''Proud Flesh'' "Proud Flesh" has a wealthy, middle-aged White white media mogul marry a younger Chinese woman and have a daughter with her. Everyone around her, from her stepchildren to their families to even ''the husband himself'' disapprove of the wife and their daughter.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The murderer from ''Slither'', "Slither," who is a well-read, well-dressed, well-off SilverFox British man who manipulates beautiful women half his age to kill.
* MarilynManeuver: Lorelai Mailer is briefly seen performing a MarilynManeuver in "Bombshell", "Bombshell," complete with [[IconicOutfit the famous ballooning white dress]].
* MeaningfulName: Mr. Devildis, the insane fundamentalist Christian, crossed crosses the DespairEventHorizon and tries to save his family and friends by murdering them. Hilariously, no one comments on his name isn't commented on.name.



* MonochromeCasting: An unintentional example. After ADA Carver was [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse written out in 2006]], the remaining five years of the show became this, unlike the other series in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe (or at least, the English-speaking ones, and no, Creator/JeffGoldblum does not counter this trope.)

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* MonochromeCasting: An unintentional example. After ADA Carver was [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse written out in 2006]], the remaining five years of the show became this, unlike the other series in the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' universe (or at least, the English-speaking ones, and no, Creator/JeffGoldblum does not counter this trope.)trope).



* MoralityPet: We learn that Nicole Wallace actually had one in ''Grow'', in the form of a teenage girl named Gwen Chapel, the daughter of a man that she was seeing. [[spoiler: She was the one person she was in contact with that she didn’t kill, try to kill or send to prison or otherwise ruin. Instead, she allowed her to be sent off to live with relatives out of state to protect her from both herself and her murderous father.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: This is the M.O. of two different villains, Randall Fuller in "Con-Text" and Bernard Fremont in "Slither" (scarily, both are at least [[RippedFromTheHeadlines partially based]] on real people).

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* MoralityPet: We learn that Nicole Wallace actually had one in ''Grow'', "Grow," in the form of a teenage girl named Gwen Chapel, the daughter of a man that she was seeing. [[spoiler: She was the one person she with whom Nicole was in contact with that she didn’t kill, try to kill or kill, send to prison prison, or otherwise ruin. Instead, she allowed her to be sent off to live with relatives out of state to protect her from both herself and her murderous father.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: This is the M.O. of two different villains, Randall Fuller in "Con-Text" and Bernard Fremont in "Slither" (scarily, "Slither." (Scarily, both are at least [[RippedFromTheHeadlines partially based]] on real people).people.)



** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] another episode (where the overbearing nature of her husband causes a woman to kill three of her four children in a failed mass-suicide attempt) where Goren sucessfully caused the husband to break into a motive rant, but it ends up being all for naught because despite the husband being a world-class JerkAss, nothing that he did was technically illegal.

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** [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] another in one episode (where where the overbearing nature of her husband causes a woman to kill three of her four children in a failed mass-suicide attempt) where attempt. Goren sucessfully caused successfully causes the husband to break into a motive rant, but it ends up being all for naught naught, because despite although the husband being is a world-class JerkAss, nothing that he did was technically illegal.



* MyBelovedSmother: This being Law and Order, it's played every way imaginable. One example is ''Shandeh'', where the mother killed her daughter-in-law for knowing her secrets and because she feared that she would divorce her son for his cheating ways and have their children no longer practice Judaism.
* MyGreatestFailure: The killer in ''Maledictus'' had this: he had [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his own pregnant mother accidentally as a child]] by poisoning her in the hope that she would just miscarry his younger half-sibling out of jealousy of the child and worry that he and his sister would be forgotten. He had killed the victim out of fear that she would have revealed this in her new book.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Nicole Wallace, though what is believed to be her heart was found. Interesting case, as Goren refuses to believe that she's dead despite proof.]]

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* MyBelovedSmother: This being Law ''Law and Order, Order'', it's played every way imaginable. One example is ''Shandeh'', "Shandeh," where the mother killed had her daughter-in-law murdered - both for knowing her secrets and because she feared that she would divorce her son for his cheating ways and have their children no longer practice Judaism.
* MyGreatestFailure: The killer in ''Maledictus'' "Maledictus" had this: as a child, he had [[SelfMadeOrphan accidentally killed his own pregnant mother accidentally as a child]] mother]] by poisoning her her, in the hope that she would just miscarry his younger half-sibling half-sibling. He did this out of jealousy of the child and worry that he and his sister would be forgotten. He had In the show, he killed the victim out of fear that she would have revealed this in her new book.
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Nicole Wallace, though what is believed to be her heart was is found. Interesting case, as Goren refuses to believe that she's dead despite proof.]]



** Lorelei Mailer in "Bombshell" was Anna Nicole Smith in all but name (and in-universe is compared to Creator/MarilynMonroe, as Smith often was).
* NoEnding: ''Criminal Intent'' doesn't indulge in this as much as ''SVU'', but there are several episodes that end this way, one of the most notable being "Flipped". Logan and Wheeler get the perp, a cop killer, but he is [[spoiler: murdered by an undercover cop while the guards at Rikers turn the other way. The episode ends with the cop walking away.]]
* ObfuscatingDisability: "Inert Dwarf" had a Stephen Hawking {{expy}} who still had more mobility than he let on.

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** Lorelei Mailer in "Bombshell" was is Anna Nicole Smith in all but name (and in-universe is compared to Creator/MarilynMonroe, as Smith often was).
* NoEnding: ''Criminal Intent'' doesn't indulge in this as much as ''SVU'', but there are several episodes that end this way, one of the most notable being "Flipped". "Flipped." Logan and Wheeler get the perp, a cop killer, but he is [[spoiler: murdered by an undercover cop while the guards at Rikers turn the other way. The episode ends with the cop walking away.]]
* ObfuscatingDisability: "Inert Dwarf" had a Stephen Hawking {{expy}} who still had more mobility than he let on.



* OffWithHisHead: ''Maledictus'' and ''Slither''.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In "Chinoiserie", Goren and Eames immediately identify a supposed British lord as a fake by his atrocious accent which keeps jumping around the UK. The outraged impostor, an actor unknowingly hired to play the role as part of a con, keeps insisting that it is "a perfectly valid British musical hall accent".
* OnePersonBirthdayParty: The daughter from ''Shrink-Wrapped'' had one as a child where no one, ''not even her own parents'', attended. She was so alone that a waiter at the restaurant had to take her picture as she blew out her birthday candles.

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* OffWithHisHead: ''Maledictus'' "Maledictus" and ''Slither''.
"Slither."
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In "Chinoiserie", Goren and Eames immediately identify a supposed British lord as a fake by his atrocious accent which keeps jumping around the UK. The outraged impostor, an actor unknowingly hired to play the role as part of a con, keeps insisting that it is "a perfectly valid British musical hall accent".
accent."
* OnePersonBirthdayParty: The daughter from ''Shrink-Wrapped'' "Shrink-Wrapped" had one as a child where no one, ''not even her own parents'', attended. She was so alone that a waiter at the restaurant had to take her picture as she blew out her birthday candles.



* ParentalFavoritism: ''Beast'' has a woman who has two daughters, one a very pretty and talented one who got all the glory in life and is now worshipped by the mother years after her death and a rather plain one who was in her shadow and constantly put down by the mother. This treatment led her to be involved with two murders years later, [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel including that of her own sister.]]]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: Goren and Eames.

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* ParentalFavoritism: ''Beast'' "Beast" has a woman who has with two daughters, one a being very pretty and talented one talented, who got all the glory in life and is now worshipped worshiped by the mother years after her death and a death; the other is rather plain one who was plain, lived in her shadow sister's shadow, and was and is constantly put down by the their mother. This treatment led her to be involved with two murders years later, [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel including that of her own sister.]]]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: Goren and Eames.Eames have a lot of the trope's defining characteristics.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The perpetrators from ''Acts of Contrition'' beat a black man for dating a white woman who used to date one of them. Also, the killer from ''A Murderer Among Us'' who killed [[spoiler: Jewish men]] because his mother had an affair with one and, in his mind, ruined his family.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The perpetrators from ''Acts "Acts of Contrition'' Contrition" beat a black man for dating a white woman who used to date one of them. Also, the killer from ''A "A Murderer Among Us'' who Us" killed [[spoiler: Jewish men]] because his mother had an affair with one and, in his mind, ruined his family.



* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:In "Loyalty", Ross's killer walks despite concrete proof against him, as the U.S. government needs him in order to catch a bunch of international {{Greater Scope Villain}}s. However, he now has to live in paranoid fear of himself being betrayed and murdered in the same fashion as his victims.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler:In "Loyalty", "Loyalty," Ross's killer walks despite concrete proof against him, as the U.S. government needs him in order to catch a bunch of international {{Greater Scope Villain}}s. However, he now has to live in paranoid fear of himself being betrayed and murdered in the same fashion as his victims.]]



** [[spoiler: [[SoreLoser Leslie Lezard]]]] when she lectures Goren about his self-destructive behavior ruining his and Eames' careers.

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** [[spoiler: [[SoreLoser Leslie Lezard]]]] when she lectures Goren about his self-destructive behavior ruining his and Eames' careers.



* {{Retool}}: Started out focused entirely on the exploits of Goren and Eames until Vincent D'Onforio began suffering exhaustion. After this the show was retooled with Mike Logan (Chris Noth's character from the original ''L&O'') being added in and alternating every other episode with Goren and Eames. Things then stayed this way, though with Noth being replaced by Creator/JeffGoldblum in season 8.
** This remained the formula until a WhamEpisode that [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus writes out]] [[TurnInYourBadge Goren]], [[UndyingLoyalty Eames]] and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Captain Ross]] in one fell swoop,]] which causes the show to return to the original format but with Creator/JeffGoldblum in the lead role. However, Goldblum decided to also [[PutOnABus leave the show at the end of season 9]]. This in turn led to [[TheBusCameBack Vincent D'Onforio and Kathryne Erbe both returning for the 10th and final season]] thus bringing the show full circle.

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* {{Retool}}: Started out focused entirely on the exploits of Goren and Eames until Vincent D'Onforio began suffering exhaustion. After this this, the show was retooled with Mike Logan (Chris Noth's character from the original ''L&O'') being added in and alternating every other episode with Goren and Eames. Things then stayed this way, though with Noth being replaced by Creator/JeffGoldblum in season 8.
** This remained the formula until a WhamEpisode that [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus writes out]] [[TurnInYourBadge Goren]], [[UndyingLoyalty Eames]] Eames]], and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Captain Ross]] in one fell swoop,]] which causes caused the show to return to the original format but with Creator/JeffGoldblum in the lead role. However, Goldblum decided to also [[PutOnABus leave the show at the end of season 9]]. This in turn led to [[TheBusCameBack Vincent D'Onforio D'Onofrio and Kathryne Kathryn Erbe both returning for the 10th and final season]] season]], thus bringing the show full circle.



** The early episodes, at any rate. As the series went on, more and more episodes would just be straight whodunnits.

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** The This is true of the early episodes, at any rate. As the series went on, more and more episodes would just be straight whodunnits.



** One noteworthy episode ("Want") was based on Jeffrey Dahmer, and included things like the killer being employed in a candy-related job, his longing for a permanent companion, cannibalism of body parts, boiling water being poured into holes drilled in the victim's head, and [[spoiler: the killer being murdered in prison while on work detail]]. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris even looked scarily similar to Dahmer in the episode.

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** One noteworthy episode ("Want") was is based on Jeffrey Dahmer, and included includes things like the killer being employed in a candy-related job, his longing for a permanent companion, cannibalism of body parts, boiling water being poured into holes drilled in the victim's head, and [[spoiler: the killer being murdered in prison while on work detail]]. Creator/NeilPatrickHarris even looked scarily looks frighteningly similar to Dahmer in the episode.



** In the episode "D.A.W." the killer is an American version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_shipman Dr. Harold Shipman]].

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** In the episode "D.A.W." ," the killer is an American version of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_shipman Dr. Harold Shipman]].



** "The Good Doctor" was based off of Dr. Robert Birenbaum.
** First season episode "Poison" is strongly inspired by the Stella Nickell case, commonly known as "the Tylenol murders."

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** "The Good Doctor" was is based off of Dr. Robert Birenbaum.
** First The first season episode "Poison" is strongly inspired by the Stella Nickell case, commonly known as "the Tylenol murders."



* RuthlessModernPirates: In "Loyalty".

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* RuthlessModernPirates: In "Loyalty"."Loyalty."



* SelfHarm: The daughter from ''Playing Dead''. Considering [[ParentalIncest what she's been through]], you can't blame her from wanting to escape through this and drug usage.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: In "Poison", Trudy Pomeranski uses poisoned [=OTC=] painkillers to murder her husband and slips the extras onto store shelves to allay suspicion and set up a lucrative class action lawsuit.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Goren's mother [[NotThatKindOfPartner doesn't understand that Eames is her son's partner]], and demands to meet his new girlfriend (Goren's reaction is adorably bashful).
** Goren's mother got the wrong impression from his brother Frank, who assumed partner meant domestic partner; Bobby weakly tries to correct him, but it doesn't sink in.

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* SelfHarm: The daughter from ''Playing Dead''. "Playing Dead." Considering [[ParentalIncest what she's been through]], you can't blame her from wanting to escape through this and drug usage.
* SerialKillingsSpecificTarget: In "Poison", "Poison," Trudy Pomeranski uses poisoned [=OTC=] painkillers to murder her husband husband, and slips the extras onto store shelves to allay suspicion and set up a lucrative class action lawsuit.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Goren's mother [[NotThatKindOfPartner doesn't understand that Eames is her son's partner]], and demands to meet his new girlfriend girlfriend. (Goren's reaction is adorably bashful).
bashful.)
** Goren's mother got the wrong impression from his brother Frank, who assumed partner meant means domestic partner; Bobby weakly tries to correct him, but it doesn't sink in.in for a while. He gets it eventually, but he still has his suspicions - see UnresolvedSexualTension, below.



* SoreLoser: Plenty of examples, but the killer from ''Smile'' particularly stands out. Being motivated by greed and not having any remorse for poisoning the victims (who were not only ''children'', but were even called stupid as well, [[NeverMyFault "It was mouthwash; they should have known to spit it out,"]]), but after being arrested, [[spoiler: she]] blurts out about knowing the detectives' secrets and because of Goren's issues, he'll never make Senior Detective and that Eames will never make Lieutenant.

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* SoreLoser: Plenty of examples, but the killer from ''Smile'' "Smile" particularly stands out. Being motivated by greed and not having any remorse for poisoning the victims (who were not only ''children'', but were even called stupid as well, well - [[NeverMyFault "It was mouthwash; they should have known to spit it out,"]]), but out!"]]) is bad enough. But after being arrested, [[spoiler: she]] blurts out about knowing the detectives' secrets and that because of Goren's issues, he'll never make Senior Detective and that Eames will never make Lieutenant.



* StraightGay[=/=]ManlyGay: Both the victim and the killer from ''Maltese Cross''.
* StrawConservative: The killer from ''Family Values'' is a religious man whose beliefs drive him to kill a lesbian drama teacher, and later to try to kill his daughter because she had a part in a school play where she had a less than wholesome outfit.

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* StraightGay[=/=]ManlyGay: Both the victim and the killer from ''Maltese Cross''.
"Maltese Cross."
* StrawConservative: The killer from ''Family Values'' "Family Values" is a religious man whose beliefs drive him to kill a lesbian drama teacher, and later to try to kill his daughter because she had a part in a school play where she had a less than wholesome outfit.



** Back in Season 6, Eames also had to attend therapy sessions after [[spoiler: being kidnapped by Jo Gage.]]

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** Back in Season season 6, Eames also had to attend therapy sessions after [[spoiler: being kidnapped by Jo Gage.]]



* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: In a rather bizarre twist on this, [[spoiler: Declan Gage]] intended to get rid of ''himself'' for this reason, [[spoiler: along with Frank Goren and Nicole Wallace.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The perp in "Contract". [[spoiler:He assumes that Logan isn't lying about his willingness to drop his investigation for a bribe, brags about the details of his "amazing" plan to Logan, tries to claim his rape of the victim's sister was consensual (even though she was a minor) and the perp makes repeated death threats against Logan when the police show up to arrest him, ruining what little chance he had to get acquitted.]]

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* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: In a rather bizarre twist on this, [[spoiler: Declan Gage]] intended intends to get rid of ''himself'' for this reason, [[spoiler: along with Frank Goren and Nicole Wallace.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The perp in "Contract". "Contract." [[spoiler:He assumes that Logan isn't lying about his willingness to drop his investigation for a bribe, brags about the details of his "amazing" plan to Logan, tries to claim his rape of the victim's sister was consensual (even though she was a minor) minor), and the perp makes repeated death threats against Logan when the police show up to arrest him, ruining what little chance he had to get acquitted.]]



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Finally acknowledged in one episode by Goren's brother Frank, who irritably told his brother to "take Eames to a motel and get it out of your system." Bobby's reaction was... [[BerserkButton not pretty]].

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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Finally acknowledged in one episode by Goren's brother Frank, who irritably told tells his brother to "take Eames to a motel and get it out of your system." Bobby's reaction was...is... [[BerserkButton not pretty]].



* WaifFu: Eames is five feet and two inches of pure badass. And ''she's'' the senior detective in her partnership with Goren.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: One killer was a voyeuristic doctor who strategically placed a stainless steel cabinet door in his office so he could watch his patients change in the reflection.

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* WaifFu: Eames is five feet and two inches of pure badass. And ''she's'' the senior detective in her partnership with Goren.
* WatchingTheReflectionUndress: One killer was is a voyeuristic doctor who strategically placed a stainless steel cabinet door in his office so he could watch his patients change changing in the reflection.



** ''Anti-Thesis'': the first appearance of Nicole Wallace, the series' main villain.
** ''Stress Position'': Mike Logan returns after ten years and thus begins the (indirect) cause of [[spoiler: Captain Deakins]] being forced to resign.
** ''Untethered'': Goren goes undercover at the prison where his nephew is currently located without authorization and although many felt he was beginning to show signs of SanitySlippage, this episode put it on full display. [[spoiler: He eventually was sent to mandatory visits to a psychiatrist.]]
** ''Loyalty'': [[spoiler: Captain Ross is murdered and Goren and Eames resign from the force.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ADA Ron Carver. He left without explanation.

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** ''Anti-Thesis'': "Anti-Thesis:" the first appearance of Nicole Wallace, the series' main villain.
** ''Stress Position'': "Stress Position:" Mike Logan returns after ten years and thus begins the (indirect) cause of [[spoiler: Captain Deakins]] being forced to resign.
** ''Untethered'': "Untethered:" Goren goes undercover at the prison where his nephew is currently located without authorization authorization, and although while many felt he was beginning to show signs of SanitySlippage, this episode put it on full display. [[spoiler: He eventually was sent to mandatory visits to a psychiatrist.]]
** ''Loyalty'': "Loyalty:" [[spoiler: Captain Ross is murdered and Goren and Eames resign from the force.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ADA Ron Carver. He Carver left without explanation.



* WheresTheFunInThat: In the episode "The Unblinking Eye"

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* WheresTheFunInThat: In the episode "The Unblinking Eye"Eye."



* WomensMysteries: In "Cold Comfort", Eames informs Goren that the female murder victim found in a public bathroom would have hung her purse on the stall door. Goren eventually agrees with Eames, calling it "a girl thing".

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* WomensMysteries: In "Cold Comfort", Eames informs Goren that the female murder victim found in a public bathroom would have hung her purse on the stall door. Goren eventually agrees with Eames, calling it "a girl thing".thing."



* WorldOfHam: "The Unblinking Eye". Despite it revolving around a murdered aspiring actress and those in her life being aspiring actors trying to become famous, all of the would-be actors' skills ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement In-Universe!]]) ranged from [[InformedAbility unseen,]] [[{{Narm}} cheesy]] or in the case of the murderer [[spoiler: and fiance of the murder victim]], just plain ''[[BadBadActing terrible.]]''

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* WorldOfHam: "The Unblinking Eye". Despite it revolving around a murdered aspiring actress and those in her life being aspiring actors trying to become famous, all of the would-be actors' skills talents ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement In-Universe!]]) ranged range from [[InformedAbility unseen,]] [[{{Narm}} cheesy]] or cheesy]], or, in the case of the murderer [[spoiler: and fiance fiancé of the murder victim]], just plain ''[[BadBadActing terrible.]]''



* {{Yandere}}: The killer in ''Semi-Detached'' who was obsessed with her former husband to the point she still cleaned his house and made his meals while still maintaining a “friendship” with him. He even asked after her arrest, “Why couldn’t you just leave me alone?”

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* {{Yandere}}: The killer in ''Semi-Detached'' who was "Semi-Detached" is obsessed with her former husband husband, to the point where she still cleaned cleans his house and made makes his meals while still maintaining a “friendship” with him. He even asked asks after her arrest, “Why couldn’t you just leave me alone?”



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The killer from ''Eosphoros'' killed his cohorts in the crime not only to cover his tracks, but so he wouldn't have to split the ransom money three ways.
** Also, after he uses him and his money to get her off from various murders, Nicole Wallace both divorces ''and'' tries to suffocate her husband, Gavin, in ''Great Barrier'' (by switching his full asthma inhaler with an empty one so that he would suffocate on a stuck elevator...long story.) He isn't the first one though, as many people, especially lovers, ended up dead after she got what she needed from them.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The killer from ''Eosphoros'' "Eosphoros" killed his cohorts in the crime not only to cover his tracks, but so he wouldn't have to split the ransom money three ways.
** Also, after he uses him and his money to get her off from various murders, Nicole Wallace both divorces ''and'' tries to suffocate her husband, Gavin, in ''Great Barrier'' "Great Barrier" (by switching his full asthma inhaler with an empty one so that he would suffocate on a while stuck elevator...in an elevator... long story.) story). He isn't the first one though, as many people, especially lovers, ended up dead after she got what she needed from them.



-->'''Beatrice Mailer''': This won't hurt a bit. [Holding her father's bleeding hand, she squeezes lemon juice onto an open knife cut as he silently flinches] [[ParentalIncest Remember the first time you told me that?]]

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-->'''Beatrice Mailer''': This won't hurt a bit. [Holding her father's bleeding hand, she squeezes lemon juice onto an open knife cut as he silently flinches] [[ParentalIncest Remember the first time you told me that?]]said that to me?]]
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* TheBabyTrap: Both the killer and her sister in ''Dollhouse''.



* ContinuitySnarl: This was a common complaint of the later seasons given the GenreShift and rotating characters/blurry character motivations, but a prime example would be the season 8 episode ''All In''. To follow, it was an ostensible continuation of the season 5 episode ''Cruise To Nowhere'', except unless the slight similarities were pointed out, most fans missed the connection. This was because the character's name was unnecessarily changed from Joey Frost to Josh Snow, characters, plot lines and personality between both episodes were either left murky or forgotten all together (like Joey/Josh becoming more methodical and aware instead of just street smart with little to no skills at being an adult and no mention of the mother from before) and the character went from being in his early 20s initially [[DawsonCasting to being in his late 20s to early 30s in the later episode.]]



* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: The villain in the season 4 episode 'Gone' was this.

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* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: The villain in the season 4 episode 'Gone' ''Gone'' was this.this.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: ''The Healer'' (two women asphyxiated in plastic, life-sized cocoons), ''Faith'' (man set on fire with the accelerant being ''nail polish remover''), ''The View From Here'' (man attacked with a circular saw), ''Shibboleth'' (women are hog-tied and if they attempt to free themselves or leave their intricate position, they strangle themselves), ''Blasters'' (a man is systematically hanged by a group of mafiosos and then left to rot in a park) to name a few.



* EvilMatriarch: The mother from ''To The Bone'', who was also a ManipulativeBitch as well, to the point of [[spoiler: manipulating one of her sons to commit suicide at the end of the episode to prove his "loyalty" to her.]]



* FormerChildStar: The victim and his friend in ''Blasters'' who both starred in a teenage sitcom when they were younger. Neither live a particularly happy existence; the victim is living hand-to-mouth in a [[BadHumorTruck decommissioned ice cream truck]] and has done nothing of relevance in the years since. His friend himself has delusions of grandeur and is [[JadedWashout stuck living in the past.]]



* LongTitle: The season seven episode, ''Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger''. In syndication, the episode is either simply titled as ''Please Note...'' or ''Kissinger''.



* MalignedMixedMarriage: ''Proud Flesh'' has a wealthy, middle-aged White media mogul marry a younger Chinese woman and have a daughter with her. Everyone around her, from her stepchildren to their families to even ''the husband himself'' disapprove of the wife and their daughter.



* MoralityPet: We learn that Nicole Wallace actually had one in ''Grow'', in the form of a teenage girl named Gwen Chapel, the daughter of a man that she was seeing. [[spoiler: She was the one person she was in contact with that she didn’t kill, try to kill or send to prison or otherwise ruin. Instead, she allowed her to be sent off to live with relatives out of state to protect her from both herself and her murderous father.]]



* OnePersonBirthdayParty: The daughter from ''Shrink-Wrapped'' had one as a child where no one, ''not even her own parents'', attended. She was so alone that a waiter at the restaurant had to take her picture as she blew out her birthday candles.



* ParentalFavoritism: ''Beast'' has a woman who has two daughters, one a very pretty and talented one who got all the glory in life and is now worshipped by the mother years after her death and a rather plain one who was in her shadow and constantly put down by the mother. This treatment led her to be involved with two murders years later, [[spoiler: [[CainAndAbel including that of her own sister.]]]]



** ''Anti-Thesis'' the first appearance of Nicole Wallace, the series' main villain.
** ''Stress Position: [[spoiler: Mike Logan]] returns after ten years and thus begins the (indirect) cause of [[spoiler: Captain Deakins]] being forced to resign.

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** ''Anti-Thesis'' ''Anti-Thesis'': the first appearance of Nicole Wallace, the series' main villain.
** ''Stress Position: [[spoiler: Position'': Mike Logan]] Logan returns after ten years and thus begins the (indirect) cause of [[spoiler: Captain Deakins]] being forced to resign.



* {{Yandere}}: The killer in ''Semi-Detached'' who was obsessed with her former husband to the point she still cleaned his house and made his meals while still maintaining a “friendship” with him. He even asked after her arrest, “Why couldn’t you just leave me alone?”



** Also, after he uses him and his money to get her off from various murders, Nicole Wallace both divorces ''and'' tries to suffocate her husband, Gavin, in ''Great Barrier'' (by switching his full asthma inhaler with an empty one so that he would suffocate on a stuck elevator...long story.)

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** Also, after he uses him and his money to get her off from various murders, Nicole Wallace both divorces ''and'' tries to suffocate her husband, Gavin, in ''Great Barrier'' (by switching his full asthma inhaler with an empty one so that he would suffocate on a stuck elevator...long story.)) He isn't the first one though, as many people, especially lovers, ended up dead after she got what she needed from them.
** [[spoiler: Nicole herself was given this treatment from Declan Gage after he set up her, Frank Goren and ''himself'' in an elaborate plan to be out of Goren's life.]]
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* WaifFu: Eames is five feet and two inches of pure {{badass}}. And ''she's'' the senior detective in her partnership with Goren.

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* WaifFu: Eames is five feet and two inches of pure {{badass}}.badass. And ''she's'' the senior detective in her partnership with Goren.
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* TheBoxingEpisode

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* TheBoxingEpisodeTheBoxingEpisode: ''Ten Count''.



* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Goren's mentor killed everyone he knew and loved because he thought Goren would have fun trying to find out who did it. It was also done so Goren would be "free" of the two biggest burdens in his life: his druggie brother Frank and Nicole Wallace.]]



* HandyCuffs: Used at least twice

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* HandyCuffs: Used at least twicetwice:



* HasAType: The killer from ''Jones'' is attracted to small, petite women, namely because he himself is of average height and build. Naturally, he flirted with petite Eames and tall, strapping Goren had fun interrogating him, even bragging about his own size-13 shoe size.



* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler:Goren's mentor killed everyone he knew and loved because he thought Goren would have fun trying to find out who did it. It was also done so Goren would be "free" of the two biggest burdens in his life: his druggie brother Frank and Nicole Wallace.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe
* ItsPersonal: The episode where they finally solved Joe Eames's murder.

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* ItsAllAboutMe
ItsAllAboutMe: Many suspects, but ''The Unblinking Eye'' in particular has the suspect [[spoiler: kill his so-called fiancée, try to pin the blame on a "jealous" ex-girlfriend (who he cheated on with the victim) and both sabotage his best friend's chance to be famous and manipulate him into doing the murder, all so he can be famous.]]
* ItsPersonal: The episode where they finally solved Joe Eames's murder.Dutton's[[note]]Eames' husband[[/note]] murder.
* IWarnedYou: Subverted in ''Betrayed'':
-->'''Goren''': Captain...?
-->'''Ross''': Not a word, detective. Not one word.


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* WhamEpisode: There were a few:
** ''Anti-Thesis'' the first appearance of Nicole Wallace, the series' main villain.
** ''Stress Position: [[spoiler: Mike Logan]] returns after ten years and thus begins the (indirect) cause of [[spoiler: Captain Deakins]] being forced to resign.
** ''Untethered'': Goren goes undercover at the prison where his nephew is currently located without authorization and although many felt he was beginning to show signs of SanitySlippage, this episode put it on full display. [[spoiler: He eventually was sent to mandatory visits to a psychiatrist.]]
** ''Loyalty'': [[spoiler: Captain Ross is murdered and Goren and Eames resign from the force.]]
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** The last two episodes are based on ''[[Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark]]'' and the [[{{Facebook}} Zuckerberg-Winkelvoss controversy]], respectively.

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** The last two episodes are based on ''[[Theatre/SpiderManTurnOffTheDark Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark]]'' and the [[{{Facebook}} [[Website/{{Facebook}} Zuckerberg-Winkelvoss controversy]], respectively.
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** [[WhyCantYouBeDifferent Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.

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** [[WhyCantYouBeDifferent [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.


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* AndIMustScream: Several times, there's someone who is in a dire medical situation to which there is no hope of recovering. ''Phantom'' (suspect strangled and left in a coma), ''Conscience'' (a woman suffers cardiac arrest and is left in a coma for several years), ''Acts of Contrition'' (a man viciously beaten by three thugs and left with permanent brain damage.)


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* FreudianExcuse: The killer from ''The Posthumous Collection'' had killed women and posed them in elaborate, grotesque poses to as a revenge fantasy towards his abusive mother, grandmother and three older sisters.


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* ManOfWealthAndTaste: The murderer from ''Slither'', who is a well-read, well-dressed, well-off SilverFox British man who manipulates beautiful women half his age to kill.


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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The perpetrators from ''Acts of Contrition'' beat a black man for dating a white woman who used to date one of them. Also, the killer from ''A Murderer Among Us'' who killed [[spoiler: Jewish men]] because his mother had an affair with one and, in his mind, ruined his family.


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* SmallNameBigEgo: The killer from ''Unrequited'', who had starred in a play as a young girl and still had delusions of grandeur over fifty years later and manipulated her toady into killing her husband.


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* StraightGay[=/=]ManlyGay: Both the victim and the killer from ''Maltese Cross''.
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** [[JerkAss Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.

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** [[JerkAss [[WhyCantYouBeDifferent Verbal abuse]]/ [[ParentalFavoritism Preferring one child over the other]]: ''Beast'', ''Wrongful Life'', ''Unrequited'', ''Bedfellows'', ''Saving Face''.



%% Note that the example of Goren being in solitary for a weekend and freaking out on the guard who comes to release him on Sunday night is wrong. This is from an episode of SVU, with Stabler in solitary.



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The killer from ''Slither'' was the one who taught Nicole Wallace about the art of succinylcholine poisoning. [[spoiler: At the end of the episode, [[LaserGuidedKarma she ends up poisoning him after it looked like he was going to get away scot-free for the murders he and his "family" committed.]]]]



* MyGreatestFailure: The killer in ''Maledictus'' had this: he had [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his own pregnant mother accidentally as a child]] by poisoning her in the hope that she would just miscarry his younger half-sibling out of jealousy of the child and worry that he and his sister would be forgotten. He had killed the victim out of fear that she would have revealed this in her new book.



* OffWithHisHead: ''Maledictus'' and ''Slither''.



** [[spoiler:Leslie Lezard]] when she lectures Goren about his self-destructive behavior ruining his and Eames' careers.

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** [[spoiler:Leslie Lezard]] [[spoiler: [[SoreLoser Leslie Lezard]]]] when she lectures Goren about his self-destructive behavior ruining his and Eames' careers.



* RequiredSpinoffCrossover

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* RequiredSpinoffCrossover RequiredSpinoffCrossover: With the mothership of course, but unfortunately ''never'' with ''SVU'', at least while it was still in production. Eames eventually made appearances on the show by herself in recent years, however. [[FanonDiscontinuity Not that many fans of the Major Case Squad cared.]]



* SoreLoser: Plenty of examples, but the killer from ''Smile'' particularly stands out. Being motivated by greed and not having any remorse for poisoning the victims (who were not only ''children'', but were even called stupid as well [[NeverMyFault "It was mouthwash; they should have known to spit it out"]]), but after being arrested, [[spoiler: she]] blurts out about knowing the detectives' secrets and because of Goren's issues, he'll never make Senior Detective and that Eames will never make Lieutenant.

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* SoreLoser: Plenty of examples, but the killer from ''Smile'' particularly stands out. Being motivated by greed and not having any remorse for poisoning the victims (who were not only ''children'', but were even called stupid as well well, [[NeverMyFault "It was mouthwash; they should have known to spit it out"]]), out,"]]), but after being arrested, [[spoiler: she]] blurts out about knowing the detectives' secrets and because of Goren's issues, he'll never make Senior Detective and that Eames will never make Lieutenant.
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** The biological parents from ''The Good Child'' who killed their daughter's foster parents to get their life insurance and then [[MoralEventHorizon tried to kill her as well.]]

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** The biological parents from ''The Good Child'' who killed their daughter's foster parents [[{{Greed}} to get their life insurance insurance]] and then [[MoralEventHorizon tried to kill her as well.well so that they don't have to raise her or have her inherit the money to live on.]]



* BrokenPedestal

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* BrokenPedestalBrokenPedestal: What Goren eventually came to think of his mentor, Declan Gage.



* MyBelovedSmother: This being Law and Order, it's played every way imaginable.

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* MyBelovedSmother: This being Law and Order, it's played every way imaginable. One example is ''Shandeh'', where the mother killed her daughter-in-law for knowing her secrets and because she feared that she would divorce her son for his cheating ways and have their children no longer practice Judaism.



* SelfHarm: The daughter of one episode's suspect.

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* SelfHarm: The daughter of one episode's suspect.from ''Playing Dead''. Considering [[ParentalIncest what she's been through]], you can't blame her from wanting to escape through this and drug usage.



* SpinOff: From ''Series/LawAndOrder''

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* SoreLoser: Plenty of examples, but the killer from ''Smile'' particularly stands out. Being motivated by greed and not having any remorse for poisoning the victims (who were not only ''children'', but were even called stupid as well [[NeverMyFault "It was mouthwash; they should have known to spit it out"]]), but after being arrested, [[spoiler: she]] blurts out about knowing the detectives' secrets and because of Goren's issues, he'll never make Senior Detective and that Eames will never make Lieutenant.
* SpinOff: From ''Series/LawAndOrder''''Series/LawAndOrder''.


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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: The killer from ''Eosphoros'' killed his cohorts in the crime not only to cover his tracks, but so he wouldn't have to split the ransom money three ways.
** Also, after he uses him and his money to get her off from various murders, Nicole Wallace both divorces ''and'' tries to suffocate her husband, Gavin, in ''Great Barrier'' (by switching his full asthma inhaler with an empty one so that he would suffocate on a stuck elevator...long story.)
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* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: Doubled. Murder is hardly a minor crime, but the reasons behind it always end up being ''far'' more complicated than was hinted at in the opening sequence.
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* ClearMyName: The Season 7 finale has Det. Goren being framed for the murder of his brother by his ArchEnemy Nicole Wallace and mentor Declan Gage.

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* ClearMyName: The Season 7 finale has Det. Goren being framed for the murder of his brother by his [[spoiler:his ArchEnemy Nicole Wallace and mentor Declan Gage.Gage]].



* DeusAngstMachina: Goren qualifies, if anyone does. Let's see.... his schizophrenic mother hates him, even though he's the only one who takes care of her; his drug-addicted brother gets all the love from their mother; his father - who treated him like shit anyway - turned out not to be his real father; and his biological father turned out to be a murderer, who then gets executed, which on the show NEVER HAPPENS. He gets persecuted by the FBI, ends up in a mental hospital, gets fired, not to mention his health and good looks go to shit, too. This is only a partial list of all the shit that goes down. If anyone can be accused of provoking the wrath of the writer-deities, this character would be definitely be it. The unrelenting, unceasing suffering that occurs was enough to make many fans stop watching the show, out of sheer disgust; quite literally, Goren's relationship with his partner (however you choose to interpret it) was the ''only'' thing he had going for him -- no wonder she became his BerserkButton! If anyone earned a happy ending they never got, it's Goren. ShootTheShaggyDog, already.
** Even his relationship with Eames was messed with- When Goren goes undercover in season 7 (without her knowing beforehand), Eames almost shoots him in the face when the police raid the apartment. The resulting shouting match puts a strain on their partnership.

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* DeusAngstMachina: Goren qualifies, if anyone does. Let's see....see... his schizophrenic mother hates him, even though he's the only one who takes care of her; his drug-addicted brother gets all the love from their mother; his father - who treated him like shit anyway - turned out not to be his real father; and his biological father turned out to be a murderer, who then gets executed, which on the show NEVER HAPPENS. He gets persecuted by the FBI, ends up in a mental hospital, gets fired, not to mention his health and good looks go to shit, too. This is only a partial list of all the shit that goes down. If anyone can be accused of provoking the wrath of the writer-deities, this character would be definitely be it. The unrelenting, unceasing suffering that occurs was enough to make many fans stop watching the show, out of sheer disgust; quite disgust. Quite literally, Goren's relationship with his partner (however you choose to interpret it) was the ''only'' thing he had going for him -- no wonder she became his BerserkButton! If anyone earned a happy ending they never got, it's Goren. ShootTheShaggyDog, already.
** Even his relationship with Eames was messed with- with. When Goren goes undercover in season 7 (without her knowing beforehand), Eames almost shoots him in the face when the police raid the apartment. The resulting shouting match puts a strain on their partnership.partnership for a long time, though they eventually recover.



* EmptyCopThreat: Carried out. A killer Goren interviewed [[spoiler:(who was later proven to have been his biological dad)]] was executed. In Pennsylvania, where it was still legal.

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* EmptyCopThreat: Carried out. A killer Goren interviewed [[spoiler:(who was later proven to have been his biological dad)]] was executed. In executed, although this was in Pennsylvania, where it was still legal.



* FairCop: Eames; all of Logan's partners, arguably. And Capt. Deakins. And now Saffron Burrows.

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* FairCop: Eames; all of Logan's partners, arguably. And arguably; Capt. Deakins. And now Deakins; Saffron Burrows.



* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Happens (on a small scale) with Goren, showing a day and a half in solitary in about 5 minutes. It was a long five minutes to watch, and when the guy comes to release him Goren practically rips his head off saying "I told you just the weekend!" Cue the guard saying "It's Sunday evening."
** Wrong series. This was from the Law and Order SVU episode "Solitary" and Stabler was the one to spend 3 days in the Hole to experience what it was like for a falsely convicted man he'd helped put away.
** However, in the episode "Untethered", Goren DID experience isolation while undercover. He was strapped to a metal table and deprived of food and water. However, it is unclear whether he truly broke or if some of it was part of his undercover persona.

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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Happens (on a small scale) with Goren, showing a day and a half in solitary in about 5 minutes. It was a long five minutes to watch, and when the guy comes to release him Goren practically rips his head off saying "I told you just the weekend!" Cue the guard saying "It's Sunday evening."
** Wrong series. This was from the Law and Order SVU episode "Solitary" and Stabler was the one to spend 3 days in the Hole to experience what it was like for a falsely convicted man he'd helped put away.
** However, in
In the episode "Untethered", Goren DID experience experiences isolation while undercover. He was He's strapped to a metal table and deprived of food and water. However, it is unclear whether he truly broke or if some of it was part of his undercover persona.persona.
%% Note that the example of Goren being in solitary for a weekend and freaking out on the guard who comes to release him on Sunday night is wrong. This is from an episode of SVU, with Stabler in solitary.



* OpeningNarration
* ThePlan:
** EvilPlan: Each criminal has one and it frames the episode's plot.

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* OpeningNarration
OpeningNarration: As per usual on a ''Law & Order'' series.
* ThePlan:
** EvilPlan:
ThePlan[=/=]EvilPlan: Each criminal has one and it frames the episode's plot.



* QuizzicalTilt: Goren likes to tilt his entire upper body during interrogations, leaving his head nearly sideways. This is probably less to express confusion and more to unnerve the interrogee.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When Kathryn Erbe became pregnant with her second child, a pregnancy arc was written out for Eames in which she acted as the surrogate mother for her sister's child. This of course resulted in an ObviousPregnancy later that season.
** Also the case with Julianne Nicholson; her first pregnancy was avoided by having the character PutOnABus for the first half of Season Seven, but the second time they wrote it in.
** When Jamey Sheridan was affected with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_Palsy Bell's Palsy]], so was Deakins (who donned an EyepatchOfPower). At times it was obvious the poor guy was visibly struggling with it and was having a hard time saying his lines.

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* QuizzicalTilt: Goren likes to tilt his entire upper body during interrogations, leaving his head nearly sideways. This is probably less to express confusion and more to unnerve the interrogee.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When Kathryn Erbe became pregnant with her second child, a pregnancy arc was written out for Eames in which she acted as the surrogate mother for her sister's child. This of course resulted in an ObviousPregnancy later that season.
** Also the case with Julianne Nicholson; her first pregnancy was avoided by having the character PutOnABus for the first half of Season Seven, but the second time they wrote it in.
** When Jamey Sheridan was affected with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_Palsy Bell's Palsy]], so was Deakins (who donned an EyepatchOfPower). At times it was obvious the poor guy was visibly struggling with it and was having a hard time saying his lines.
person being interrogated.



* {{Retool}}: Started out focused entirely on the exploits of Goren and Eames until Vincent D'Onforio began suffering exhaustion. After this the show was retooled with Mike Logan (Chris Noth's character from the orignal ''L&O'') being added in and alternating every other episode with Goren and Eames. Things stayed this way (though with Noth being replaced by Creator/JeffGoldblum in season 8.
** This is until a WhamEpisode that [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus writes out]] [[TurnInYourBadge Goren]], [[UndyingLoyalty Eames]] and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Captain Ross]] in one fell swoop,]] which causes the show to return to the original format but with Creator/JeffGoldblum in the lead role, however, Goldblum decided to [[PutOnABus leave the show at the end of season 9]]. This in turn led to [[TheBusCameBack Vincent D'Onforio and Kathryne Erbe both returning for the 10th a final season]] thus bringing the show full circle.

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* {{Retool}}: Started out focused entirely on the exploits of Goren and Eames until Vincent D'Onforio began suffering exhaustion. After this the show was retooled with Mike Logan (Chris Noth's character from the orignal original ''L&O'') being added in and alternating every other episode with Goren and Eames. Things then stayed this way (though way, though with Noth being replaced by Creator/JeffGoldblum in season 8.
** This is remained the formula until a WhamEpisode that [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus writes out]] [[TurnInYourBadge Goren]], [[UndyingLoyalty Eames]] and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Captain Ross]] in one fell swoop,]] which causes the show to return to the original format but with Creator/JeffGoldblum in the lead role, however, role. However, Goldblum decided to also [[PutOnABus leave the show at the end of season 9]]. This in turn led to [[TheBusCameBack Vincent D'Onforio and Kathryne Erbe both returning for the 10th a and final season]] thus bringing the show full circle.



** The [[YouLookFamiliar first]] character played by Jay O. Sanders was obviously based on famous mob hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski.

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** The [[YouLookFamiliar first]] first character played by Jay O. Sanders was obviously based on famous mob hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski.



** First season episode "Poison" is strongly inspired by the Stella Nickell case.
** "The Saint" is based on Mark Hofmann who sold forgeries to the Mormon church. Said forger is played by Creator/StephenColbert

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** First season episode "Poison" is strongly inspired by the Stella Nickell case.
case, commonly known as "the Tylenol murders."
** "The Saint" is based on Mark Hofmann Hofmann, who sold forgeries to the Mormon church. Said forger is played by Creator/StephenColbert



* StrawConservative: The killer from ''Family Values'' is a religious man who's beliefs drive him to kill a lesbian drama teacher, and later try to kill his daughter because she had a part in a school play where she had a less than wholesome outfit.
* {{Stripperific}}: {{Lampshaded}} in "Shandeh." Goren and Eames are talking with a suburban mother of two about her involvement with a strip club. She says she helped with the decor and with hiring the staff. Goren asks if she means the strippers, and guesses she has had some experience in that area. She just glares at him, but Eames points out that her (rather revealing) clothing doesn't really fit the "Westchester soccer mom" she's trying to present herself as.

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* StrawConservative: The killer from ''Family Values'' is a religious man who's whose beliefs drive him to kill a lesbian drama teacher, and later to try to kill his daughter because she had a part in a school play where she had a less than wholesome outfit.
* {{Stripperific}}: {{Lampshaded}} in "Shandeh." Goren and Eames are talking with a suburban mother of two about her involvement with a strip club. She says she helped with the decor and with hiring the staff. Goren asks if she means the strippers, and guesses she has had some experience in that area. She just glares at him, but Eames points out that her (rather revealing) clothing doesn't really fit the "Westchester soccer mom" image she's trying to present herself as.present.



* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: In a rather bizzare twist on this, [[spoiler: Declan Gage]] intended to get rid of ''himself'' for this reason, [[spoiler: along with Frank Goren and Nicole Wallace.]]

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* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: In a rather bizzare bizarre twist on this, [[spoiler: Declan Gage]] intended to get rid of ''himself'' for this reason, [[spoiler: along with Frank Goren and Nicole Wallace.]]



* TryingNotToCry: Eames barely manages to hold it together in court when a lawyer springs an old request for another partner on her.

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* TryingNotToCry: Eames barely manages to hold it together in court when a lawyer springs an unpleasant surprise on her, dredging up an old request for another partner on her.partner. She's even closer to tears when she apologizes to Goren afterward.



* YouLookFamiliar: [[Series/TrueBlood Carrie Preston]] has appeared in three different episodes as three different characters.
** So has Susan Misner.
** Jay O. Sanders played a memorable killer-of-the-week in one episode back in 2002; he plays Capt. Hannah in the final season.
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