[[WMG: Robert Goren is a Time Lord.]]
* It certainly explains many of his quirks.
** Alternatively, he's one of Sherlock Holmes's regenerations

[[WMG: Goren has Asperger's Syndrome.]]
* He shows quite a few symptoms throughout the show's run. Eames even compares him to the autistic Wally Stevens in 'Probability.' For example:
** Eames explicitly says that Goren "doesn't like change."
** He's shown to have unusual speech patterns, like starting and stopping in the same sentence. Also, he hesitates when he's talking, like he's having trouble finding words to express himself.
** His social skills are quite obviously limited, more so even than would be apparent from his childhood.
** His body language and walking style are usually awkward, like he's not quite sure where to put everything.
** He also is shown to be able to detect patterns that no other detective seems to pick out. In season 3 he evens says that he notices "things out of pattern."
* Would explain quite a lot about him, and his mother doesn't seem like the type to take him to a doctor to get him diagnosed.
** alternatively if Goren is meant to be D'Onofrio's age he'd easily pre-date mass awareness of Asperger's; the Namesake doctor Hans Asperger had only started work on it, with 4 patients in 1944 and Citing the disease by his name was not Popularized in the US until 1981

[[WMG: Goren/Eames occurred only because [[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Benson/Stabler]] never would.]]
Over time, it became quite apparent that, in spite of the fans' wishes, [[ShipSinking a romantic relationship between Benson and Stabler would never happen]], so ThePowersThatBe decided to give fans of the Major Case Squad [[ConsolationPrize their own shipping between the lead detectives]], regardless of the lack of any hints of a non-platonic relationship in the seasons prior. In the end, the shipping between Goren and Eames went over well [[BrokenBase with about half the fanbase]] and remained a fixture for the rest of the series' duration and Benson ended up [[spoiler: dating fellow detective Cassidy and Ed Tucker, who works for Internal Affairs and was a ''rival'' of Stabler's, and her as well, albeit to a lesser degree. And that's not even mentioning those who ship her with Cabot or Amaro...]] Plus, you have [[SleepsWithEveryoneButYou Stabler]] who [[AssPull (apparently)]] slept with ex-partner, Jo Marlowe, years before.