|←||CI, Episode 3.02||→|
|Production number: E4503|
First aired: 5 October 2003
| Teleplay By|
Jim Sterling & René Balcer
A string of murders that include an optician, a plastic surgeon, and a hairstylist seems to have racial overtones.
In this episode, Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of an eyeglass store clerk, shot to death during what appears to be an assault case.
When a second optician is later murdered in similar circumstances, Goren and Eames come to suspect that a company is involved here, somehow as cardboard counter-top advertising blue contact lenses have obviously been moved so that the police will notice them. Later, a third murder then takes place, involving same modus operandi, this time on a plastic surgeon. As they investigate further, the front flap of the case seems to have racial overtones. The finger of suspicion immediately points to a schizophrenic man obsessed with Marilyn Monroe, and his delusions about the damage caused by cosmetic beauty enhancements.
Even later, the detectives receive an anti-Semitic letter apparently not sent by the killer. But while the suspect is in custody another optician is killed. Then, Goren believes that a person close to the man may have taken advantage of his illness and his crimes to commit extortion.
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Robert Goren
- Kathryn Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames
- Jamey Sheridan as Captain James Deakins
- Courtney B. Vance as A.D.A. Ron Carver
- Barry Del Sherman as Brent Anderson
- Anne Bobby as Betty Anderson
- Michel Gill as Spencer Anderson
- Ann Marie Lee as Stephanie Parton
- Rafael Sardina as Marty Ortega
- Milton James as Dr. Mishra
- Bob Sorenson as Mr. Pitt
- Steve Lebens as Detective Haggerty
- Robert Jimenez as Detective Thomas
- Melissa Hickey as Naomi
- Stephen Zinnato as Singer
- Lee Michael Buckman as Dryden
- Teagle F. Bougere as Campbell
- Sunita Param as Parveen
- Jeff Blumenkrantz as Grigori
- LaTonya Borsay as Cheryl
- Natalie Gold as Claudia
- Michael Genet as Brent's Attorney
- Roma Torre as TV Reporter
- Albert Macklin as unknown
"Y-you know, I-I find paranoid schizophrenics make excellent witnesses."
- - Robert Goren
"Excuse me. In the mornings, he straightens up out here… you went in the back?"
"Every morning for two years."
"Killer must have had front row seats."
- - Robert Goren, Store Clerk and Alexandra Eames
"The effect to our company would have been devastating. We had to think of our employees."
"Yes, I'm sure they were foremost in your thoughts."
- - Executive and Ron Carver
"My file was expunged."
"Expunged doesn't mean vaporized."
- - Spencer Anderson and Alexandra Eames
"This is nice. Charles Darwin as a serial killer."
- - Alexandra Eames
"Our shooter didn't write that letter."
"Great, another nut in the mix."
- - Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames
"He considers Marilyn Monroe a prototype. An average brunette turned by cosmeticians and plastic surgeons into the first fake blue-eyed blonde."
"She's the vanguard of the master plan to pollute the gene pool of the pure white race."
- - Robert Goren and James Deakins
"The twisted tango of brotherly love."
- - Robert Goren
"So our shooter's a racist who's worried people are changing their looks, why? So they can infiltrate the Klan?"
"Or he might feel threatened by people he thinks are masking their true identity."
- - James Deakins and Robert Goren
"None of this is true. You said so himself. He's crazy."
"Yeah, he may be crazy, but you're evil."
- - Spencer Anderson and Robert Goren
"The tango just goes on."
- - Alexandra Eames
Background information and notes
- This episode appears to have been based on the story of Jonathan Preston Haynes, a white supremacist serial killer who murdered a plastic surgeon and a hairdresser, claiming he did it to "protect the integrity of the Aryan beauty". It also seems to borrow elements from the Ted Kaczynski (a.k.a. "The Unabomber") case. Much like the prime suspect, Kaczynski was a mission-oriented serial offender whose composite sketch became infamous, and whose brother denounced him. After his arrest, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, although he refused an insanity defense.
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