Law and Order
"The Good Doctor"
CI, Episode 1.09
Production number: E2103
First aired: 25 November 2001
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Written By
Geoffrey Neigher

Directed By
Constantine Makris

With no body and no evidence, Detectives Goren and Eames try to put together a case against a plastic surgeon who might have killed his wife.




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Robert Goren: But from Saturday afternoon, not a peep from her.
James Deakins: Maybe she had laryngitis.

Robert Goren: Your Honor, if we search his car and his apartment and it turns out that his wife is alive, where's the harm?
Judge Van Vliet: It's the 4th Amendment, detective, not the 3 and 2/3s Amendment.

James Deakins: So let's check our status here. No corpus delicti, no evidence of foul play, no evidence Dr. Kelmer is guilty of anything except being a son of a bitch. I miss anything?

Dr. Peter Kelmer: You steal my car, you rip it apart. Didn't you talk to the witness who saw Valerie?
Robert Goren: Well, you know us, we're like dumb dogs. We get a scent and we follow it.

Robert Goren: He did it. You saw him. You saw his rage.
Ron Carver: I did, Detective. But the jury never will. And his lawyer is no fool. She'll never put him up on that stand.
Robert Goren: You can put me on the stand. I'll get him up there.

Robert Goren: We got these photos from a private investigator. This thing you're doing to the doctor with your tongue. What business is that, strictly?

Ron Carver: I've got a case without forensic evidence. A case without..." (laughs) "...I can't even prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim is even dead!

Robert Goren: She believes everything you tell her. She's giving up her life to follow you to Colorado? I mean, she's even letting you hack into her face because you have an issue with her cheekbones.

James Deakins: How do we like being an annex to the Missing Persons Bureau?

Robert Goren: He thinks we're idiots; he's playing with us. I wanna shove a stick in Kelmer's cage and see what he does.

Dr. Peter Kelmer: You stupid idiots.
Alexandra Eames: Sticks and stones.

Alexandra Eames: The woman has boyfriends coming out of her ears!

Robert Goren: She's like a little puppy in your hands, pissing all over herself with excitement.

Ron Carver: "Trust me." Hell of a closing argument.

Background information and notes

  • This episode seems to be based on the Robert Bierenbaum case. He was a plastic surgeon who has been convicted in October 2000 of murder in the strangulation death of his wife, Gail Katz-Bierenbaum. The death occurred in their Manhattan apartment on July 7, 1985. Bierenbaum, a licensed pilot, took a two-hour flight in a Cessna 172 from Essex County, New Jersey over the Atlantic Ocean on the day that Gail had vanished. He failed to mention this fact to authorities during their initial questioning. The prosecution stated that Bierenbaum discarded his wife's dismembered body in the ocean. The victim's body has never been recovered. Bierenbaum was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison in New York. He appealed, but the conviction was upheld in the New York state Supreme Court. (Source: Robert Bierenbaum at Wikipedia)
  • The script from "The Good Doctor" was used for the Paris Enquêtes Criminelles first season episode "Scalpel".
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