Heartwarming: Law & Order: Criminal Intent

  • For a procedural crime drama, Law and Order: Criminal Intent has its share of Heartwarming Moments. Almost all of them center around Goren and Eames's relationship.
    • Eames's testimony in "In the Wee Small Hours" where she is forced to read a letter she wrote asking for a new partner. As she explains, the camera cuts between her devastated face and his hurt-yet-sympathetic face. She says he is an "acquired taste;" in the hallway afterwards, he cuts off her apology and agrees that he is an acquired taste and was lucky she withdrew the letter.
    • Goren rarely calls Eames by her first name, but when they conclude that her husband's supposed murderer was wrongfully convicted, he calls her "Alex" and everyone in the audience squees.
    • Alex taking the Captain's job just long enough to ensure Goren is treated kindly in his exit interview before resigning as a police officer, unable to continue on the job without her beloved partner. Cue massive, massive shipping squee and one of the most satisfying exits for a pair of characters in television history.
    • The series finale, in which Eames picks up Goren from his psychologist appointment with a warm smile. Earlier in the episode there had been a heavy emphasis on the subject of love, and the ending shot (of them driving away together) assures the audience that whether it's platonic or romantic, there is definitely a lot of love in this partnership.
  • In a convoluted sort of way, the following: In "Gemini" (Season Two, Episode Two), the bad guy of the episode just melts down while in session with his paranoid schizophrenic brother. He just blows up and starts screaming about how said brother was a hindrance and a burden and useless. The brother looks at him, visibly saddened. As they cart the bad guy out, his brother turns to him and says:
    It's okay, Spence. We're still brothers.
  • Logan finally getting saved from exile on Staten Island after ten years and being allowed to join the Major Case Squad. His former boss, Lt. Van Buren at the 27th, apparently tried for years to get him back.
  • In "The Prisoner," Goren and Eames begin investigating the case of a prison warden whose wife was held for ransom for over a decade and seemed to have developed Stockholm Syndrome. It then turned out the warden had actually paid one of his prisoners to kill his wife in exchange for his freedom, but the prisoner simply held her for three days and let her go, only she had nowhere else to go and had no desire to go back to her husband. She was trying to acquire a loan to start a greeting card company, and the warden feared that a credit check would reveal the money he had stolen and placed in an old account under her parents' names. Beyond that, the husband is an emotionally manipulative asshole whose philosophy on women is that there are two kinds, "showdogs and mutts." Goren and Eames trick him into revealing that he is still the condescending asshole he was ten years ago to get the wife to confess that he's been lying, and while they're dragging him away, Goren tells the wife that she's free to leave. She realizes after all those years she really is and quietly thanks the two.