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The death by vicious beating of an airline supervisor seems to point toward the men she's complained to management for harassment.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Lee Tergesen ... Keith Ramsey
Danny Johnson ... Walter Tate
Ron Ryan Ron Ryan ... Mr. Sullivan
E.J. Carroll ... Desmond McCarthy
Colleen Clinton ... Jenny Sullivan
Lynne Lipton ... Mrs. Sullivan
Timothy Devlin ... FBI Agent Lions
Rich Cooper Rich Cooper ... Louis Pens
John Coughlin John Coughlin ... Bill Stuart
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Jack Martinez
Colette O'Connell ... Sylvia Broderick


The death by vicious beating of an airline supervisor seems to point toward the men she's complained to management for harassment.

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Detective Robert Goren: I almost forgot, I once busted a stripper who did a thing with a glow stick, do they do that there?
Louis Pens: Yeah, they do that.
Detective Alexandra Eames: [to Goren] I can't believe you touched that thing.
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Intricate baggage
26 March 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

After being a little disappointed by the episodes between "Malignant" and this, despite still finding them good, part of me was hoping that Season 2 would get back to the great level that it began with and had all the way up to "Malignant". "Anti-Thesis" being especially good. And there was real potential for it to do so, with a plot like "Baggage", which unlike a few of the previous episodes did seem to rise above the ordinary and didn't play it safe.

Based on a real-life case, so another ripped from the headlines case which the 'Law and Order' franchise at its best was very good at doing, "Baggage" didn't see Season 2 or 'Criminal Intent' quite return to form. It is certainly though a step in the right direction, the plot having more to it than the stories of some of the previous episodes and there is nothing really safe about it. Do agree with a previous reviewer with the criticism being referred to being a ridiculous and uninformed one, and that is not me trying to be ignorant.

Maybe some of the support acting was a touch tentative, competent enough but no real standout or outstanding performances.

Did think too that the perpetrator was caught out a little too easily, even for Goren's intense methods of getting to the truth.

"Baggage" has so many great things though. Not just the as solid production values, music and direction, but there is also an intelligent and tightly written script and great performances from all the main cast. Vincent D'Onofrio IS the show in my view and that's meant in a good way, while Goren can dominate too much as a character but he is also incredibly interesting and so much fun to watch. Cannot get enough of his mannerisms, his methods of getting to the truth, how he gets through people's minds and his teasing chemistry with Eames.

The story is tightly paced and twisty, as well as intricate. While not trying to cram too much in, which increases risk of rushed pacing and convolution (which "Baggage" just about avoids).

Summing, very good and a step in the right direction for the season. 8/10

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12 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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