CI, Episode 2.18
Production number: E3219
First aired: 6 April 2003
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Jojo Rios
Teleplay By
Theresa Rebeck

Story By
Rene Balcer & Theresa Rebeck

Directed By
Steve Shill & Frank Prinzi

When an inner-city father and son are found with their throats slit, Detectives Goren and Eames discover that a series of adolescent boys have disappeared from the same intimidating neighborhood.


The death of a man and his son leads to the discovery of other children who have gone missing from the same neighborhood, and the realization that the parents are too scared to speak to the authorities. Upon discovering that the neighborhood is ruled by a gang of bicycle thieves, Goren and Eames look into the leader of the group. When he convinces a suspect in the murders to kill himself with cyanide rather than talk, the Detectives must find a way to use the group's unusual belief system against the leader.


Main cast

Guest cast


Sixteen One Studios; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ruthie's Jerk Palace; Jamal Dupuis; South Carolina; Christopher White; Oklahoma; Marco Reyes; Marcus Aurelius; Stoicism; The Dictates of a Warrior


In this neighborhood, the neighborhood watch watches the cops.

–Alexandra Eames, talking to Robert Goren

Bennie Iberra: Jojo's a hero.
Robert Goren: Jojo's a hero? How do you figure that? He's a sound engineer.

(Goren and a keyboard get to know each other)

Keyboard: Baby!
Robert Goren: (grinning) Ooh, I like that!

Honest people, every last one of them. You can tell because they're such bad liars.

–Alexandra Eames

A man who sees his shortcomings and corrects them is on his way to meeting God.

–Jojo Rios

Ron Carver: But I wasn't aware that Marcus Aurelius was an advocate of suicide.
Robert Goren: Well, he wasn't... But like any belief system, in the wrong hands, Stoicism can be twisted to mean whatever you want...

Robert Goren: Don't run, Frankie. It won't be good for you if you run.
Frankie Iberra: (calm) I'm not running.
Robert Goren: That's good.
Frankie Iberra: And so it begins...

Frankie: I am a warrior. I welcome death.
Robert Goren: (trying to keep Frankie conscious) Yeah, and warriors try to live! They live, and they fight- (Frankie's gone) That son of a bitch!

Let's go round up some legionnaires.

–Robert Goren

Background information and notes

Deleted/Alternate Scenes

  • In an alternate scene, Louisa Iberra commits suicide after learning about the deaths of her husband and sons.
  • In a deleted scene, Sami Iberra tries to escape being killed by his brother but Frankie's friends catch him and slit his throat.
  • Bennie Iberra is brutally beaten and killed after he sold-out their leader Jojo for the crime.

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