Law and Order
"Pas de Deux"
CI, Episode 3.13
Production number: E4516
First aired: 15 February 2004
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Teleplay By
Warren Leight

Story By
Warren Leight & René Balcer

Directed By
Frank Prinzi

Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the death of a bank robber killed by a bomb strapped to his chest.


In this episode, Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the death of a bank robber killed by a bomb that was strapped to his chest. They suspect that the victim had an accomplice who triggered the device and try to find him before he does the same to his next partner.


Main cast

Guest cast



Alexandra Eames: It's so nice to be back.

Alexandra Eames: ...three ties... clip-ons.
Robert Goren: In case they get caught in the rollers of the copier. He's careful.
Alexandra Eames: He should've worn a clip-on bomb.

Detective: He packed black powder into a used ink cartridge.
Alexandra Eames: He recycles. What a good boy.

Alexandra Eames: Right height, right build...
Robert Goren: ...and she follows you wherever you lead her.

Robert Goren: Who are you waiting for, Prince Charming or Valiant?

Donny DePalma: (to his lawyer, about the detectives) Must've got lost on a doughnut run.
Robert Goren: I heard that.

Background information and notes

  • This episode seems to be based on the Brian Wells case. Wells was killed by a time bomb explosive fastened to his neck, purportedly under duress from the maker of the bomb. After he was apprehended by the police for robbing a bank, the bomb exploded. In a July 2007 indictment, Federal prosecutors alleged that Wells had been involved in the planning of the botched crime. Two of his co-conspirators, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Kenneth Barnes, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bank robbery, conspiracy, and weapons charges. A third co-conspirator, William Stockton, was given immunity in exchange for his testimony. On July 29, 2008 a federal judge ruled that Diehl-Armstrong was mentally incompetent to stand trial for the bombing. She has a hearing scheduled in November 2008 to decide if she will be competent at that time to stand trial. On September 3, 2008 Barnes pleaded guilty to conspiring to rob a bank and to aiding and abetting. He faces life in prison. (Source: Brian Douglas Wells at Wikipedia)
  • This episode reveals that the jury rendered a 'not guilty' verdict on Nicole Wallace, Detective Robert Goren's nemesis from the second season episodes "Anti-Thesis" and "A Person of Interest".
  • The title of this episode, "Pas de Deux", is a French balletic term referring to a duet in which dance steps are performed together.
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