“Chief, this is Detective Eames. I won’t be taking that Captain’s Exam.” -Alex Eames
The final episode with Goren and Eames; the team that started Criminal Intent. It starts where the last one left off. Obviously, Goren and Eames had no intention of letting the FBI take their witness, and in trying to arrest him on new charges, Goren gets in his face and gets suspended.
Here’s the breakdown.
Goren gets suspended right as Nichols’ new partner arrives. Eames greets her with a saracastic “It’s fun here.” Eames spends the episode dealing with the suspicion on Goren and the Chief of Detectives wanting to promote her to Captain of Major Case, at the cost of Goren’s job.
After Goren gets suspended, he starts his own investigation even as the police investigate him for the murder of the guy he hassled earlier. Eames obviously does not like that. Of course, what Goren stumbles onto in his investigation, totally derails the police investigation and ends up setting the killer free, but not without Nichols getting in a few parting shots.
As an episode, it was pretty good. It was a decent way for Goren and Eames to leave, too. I just hate that they are gone from the show. Here’s hoping that Nichols and the new detective can carry the show.
Alex Eames: “When he clears federal arraignment we can rearrest on a different charge.”
Zach Nichols: “If he’s alive. Broidy’s dead, Loftin’s dead, Van Dekker’s next. Who’s running this show?”
Robert Goren: “Yeah, we’re a long way from knowing that.”
This is an interesting episode for me and Ashley. We keep reading that this and the next episode will be the final two episodes with Eames and Goren, so we keep saying that these will be the last two episodes for us. I want to give the new detective (who appears next episode) a chance, partially because I like Jeff Goldblum.
Aside from Goren and Eames, Nichols comes in toward the end. Makes sense, since Captain Daniel Ross, who is murdered in this episode while undercover, used to be his partner. Unfortunately for all of them, the case is the FBI’s since he was undercover for them.
The story is that someone is trying to set up a police force near Africa to take on pirates. This same person is using his boat to give rich “pirate-hunter” wannabes the chance to kill some pirates. On the most recent outing, they took out a peaceful, non-pirate ship of a shiek whose son is vengeful and living in New York.
I don’t know the rest of the story, as I haven’t watched the second half yet. I am doing that tonight. Here’s hoping that the new detective is good enough to keep the series going with Goldblum.
We were excited to hear that this episode was extended, especially when we saw the preview. Unlike most of the episodes with Logan and Falacci, they didn’t over-hype this one… as much.
That’s my biggest complaint: they over-hype the episodes. They play them off as being uber-intense, but the episode ends up being fairly benign. Oh well. It’s still a great show. This episode was no exception.
This one is about Goren’s nephew witnessing a murder in prison via the warden and her lackeys and asking for Goren’s help. Unfortunately, it’s outside Major Case’s jurisdiction. Instead of letting it go, Goren goes undercover, without authorization and continues his investigation. He finds out about the warden ordering the torture of prisoners. Since he has to act a little crazy to get into the Mental Observation Unit, we also get to see what a truly insane Goren might look like.
Overall, it’s not the best episode I’ve seen, but it’s a good one.