Law and Order
"The Gift"
CI, Episode 3.03
Production number: E4501
First aired: 12 October 2003
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Teleplay By
Marlane Gomard Meyer

Story By
Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer

Directed By
Alex Zakrzewski

Detectives Goren and Eames are called to investigate the case of a young man found knifed and murdered close to a church.


In this episode, Detectives Goren and Eames are called to investigate the case of a young man found murdered close to a church.

During the investigation, Goren and Eames interview the victim's mother, as they discover a clue that connect the crime to religious practitioners. Later they learn that two former convicts, who are followers of Santería, preyed on the mother's weakness by tricking her into believing she has psychic ability after the murder of her son. It is not long before the detectives find holes in the couple's story, and their attention is diverted much closer to one of them who seems the most likely suspect. Nevertheless, the team find they need one more missing link to make their case.

An interesting part of this story comes near ending, when Goren must get inside the exploited woman's mind to convince her that she truly has special clairvoyant powers.


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Alexandra Eames: It's amazing what one copper mine can do for a family.

Robert Goren: Of all places to ditch a car, Long Island City would not be my first choice.

Alexandra Eames: Maybe one day we'll get lucky and robbery will be the motive.

Alexandra Eames: That's a neat trick. He knew I was pregnant from the store. If she had said crab cakes, he would have said crawling babies.
Robert Goren: Well, maybe it is a trick. Maybe the trick's on her.

Background information and notes

  • The episode title "The Gift" is a reference to the psychic abilities or gift that Lyz Webster received, when she had really been the victim of spiritualized suggestion.
  • Eames mentions feeling the effects of pregnancy (morning sickness) after volunteering to be a surrogate for her sister in the episode "Undaunted Mettle".
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