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YMMV: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Ass Pull: Although it ended up being well-received, Goren and Eames more-than-friends relationship was initially looked as being this.
  • Award Snub: Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D'Onofrio received nary an Emmy nomination in their eight years on the show's run, a criminal snub.
  • Crowning Music Of Awesome: The newer theme song that was added somewhere around season 7.
  • Deus Angst Machina: 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 Berserk Button! If anyone earned a happy ending they never got, it's Goren. Shoot the Shaggy Dog, 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.
  • Fair Cop: Eames; all of Logan's partners, arguably. And Capt. Deakins. And now Saffron Burrows.
  • Foe Yay: Goren and Nicole Wallace, so very much. The reason for her obsession with him is described, at one point, as being because she couldn't seduce him.
  • Glurge: The dark side of glurge is explored in "Faith" — the murder victim figured out that a girl suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, who has faced hardship after hardship in her life but pulled through to write an inspiring book about her trials, does not actually exist.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the April 2009 episode "Rock Star", a musician falls to his death in an elevator shaft in a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In November of that same year, Jerry Fuchs, the drummer for various indie rock bands such as !!! and The Juan Maclean, died pretty much the same way in a similar building in the same neighborhood. However, unlike in the episode, where the musician was pushed down the shaft, Fuchs actually fell while trying to jump from a stalled elevator to the next floor. Still pretty damn eerie.
    • In the episode "Pas de Deux," the villain is a bank robber (played by Charles Rocket) who is suffering from a terminal illness and plans to kill himself along with his unwitting accomplice. The episode was Rocket's last film appearance; he committed suicide later that year.
  • He's Just Hiding: A common theory concerning Nicole Wallace's death at the end of season 7. Given that the information came from a less than reliable source and since Nicole has faked her own death before, this isn't entirely unfounded.
    • Another series produced by Rene Balcer, 2013's "Jo", has the actress who played her show up in one episode as a character who most likely is her, but it's never said one way or another.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the episode "Collective", Alex uses this rather interesting pun:
    "Fangs for the memories."
  • One-Scene Wonder: Johnny Santos from "The Unblinking Eye". In addition to pretending he was James Dean, he was virtually unmoved by being interrogated by the detectives and even acted like he was on an audition...until Goren accurately implied he was gay, in which his bravado finally wore down and he became defensive.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Here's a Cold Open. Woman at a restaurant with others. Woman goes to bathroom. Woman is stabbed by a complete stranger in the inner thigh which causes her to bleed out in minutes, too fast to even cry for help. Assailant walks out. Cut to the detectives arriving...
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jake Weber, Robert Knepper, Michael Emerson, and Viola Davis were all villains in Season 1, before hitting it big with other shows or movies.
  • Shipping: Goren/Eames has a rather large fanbase. There's fans of Logan/Wheeler (or, really, Logan/his latest partner) as well.
    • Logan/Wheeler actually had some resolution, however.
  • Ship Tease: Man, Goren and Eames have a lot of fun posing as a married couple, don't they?
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The killer's girlfriend in "In The Dark". It is rather sad that she had a coffin baby that calcified in her stomach over 30 years ago and she would have been sympathetic in that alone...if only she hadn't lied about her daughter being alive and "in trouble" (with drugs, ostensibly) and led her boyfriend to kill homeless men for the money "Jenny" needed for rehab. Even worse, she rationalized what happened to these poor men as just "drowning kittens" to make it easier to live with herself.
  • What Could Have Been: Imagine if Goldblum had decided to film a few more episodes for the series ender. Nichols and Goren cracking a case together would've just been awesome.
    • Apparently, there were plans to write an episode that revealed that Nicole Wallace wasn't dead, but said plans never came around to making it into an actual episode.
  • The Woobie: Nicholas Durning in "Cold Comfort." He's afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's, which his ruthless but outwardly loving father has been telling him is an aneurism. Seeing him in the interrogation room, realizing what his medication is actually for and the lengths his father has gone to to conceal it from him (including murder), is just heartbreaking.
    • Ben Watkins in "Mad Hops" is another completely innocent person whose life gets destroyed by another's wrongdoing. He's on his high school basketball team, and is not the best player, but is good enough to get a scholarship to a small school in Iowa. As his mother says, it's all he can talk about. Then it turns out his coach, who has fallen for Ben's mother and has been scheming to get closer to her, has been inflating his stats to help him get to college and even killed two people to keep them from discovering it. Ben loses his scholarship, and probably has no hope of getting another.
  • Yoko Oh No: Discussed in "F.P.S."

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