Episode PremiereSeptember 29, 2002
DistributorNBC, USA Network
Show Period2001 - 2011
Production CompanyNBC Universal, Studios USA TV, Universal Network
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterStephanie Sengupta, Rene Balcer
- Vincent D'Onofrio as Det. Robert Goren (voice)
- Kathryn Erbe as Detective Alexandra Eames
- Jamey Sheridan
- Courtney B. Vance
- Eric Bogosian
- Chris Noth as Detective Mike Logan
- Annabella Sciorra as Detective Carolyn Barek
- Julianne Nicholson
- Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zach Nichols
- Steven Zirnkilton
- Jay O. Sanders
- Jim Gaffigan as Marty Palin
- Tina Benko
- Patrick Garner
Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the murder of an embalmer found in ritualistic fashion with strange markings on his chest.
During the investigation, Goren and Eames learn the victim had received an anonymous phone call a few weeks ago from a man saying embalming was not something God looked at favorably. They first suspect cultists, but that is not the case since the man wouldn't have desecrated the body. Important clues includes a passage described in the Book of Exodus (9:8-12) and fake DNA evidence.
Later, the discovery of several corpses at a crematorium that were never incinerated lead them to a family man claiming to have a consulting business, but suspected of being a clever hitman with a penchant for perfection, until Goren attempts to prove his guilt by setting up a scheme that plays on his fear of making a mistake.