Cruise To Nowhere - Episodes


See also: List of Law & Order: Criminal Intent episodes
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
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1 90 "Grow" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Marlane Gomard Meyer
Story by: Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer
September 25, 2005 (2005-09-25) 05001 10.72
As returning Detective Mike Logan joins the Major Case team, Detective Goren finds himself confronted again with Nicole Wallace (Olivia d'Abo) -- his murderous nemesis; when he and Detective Eames check out the drug-related slaying of a city health inspector. The key link is the victim's brother Evan Chapel, (Kevin J. O'Connor), a recently widowed medical examiner who is romantically involved with the re-surfaced Wallace, and the investigators fear that the man's young daughter might be Wallace's next victim.
2 91 "Diamond Dogs" Norberto Barba Teleplay by: Charlie Rubin
Story by: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, & René Balcer
October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02) 05002 12.35
Detective Logan gets his first Major Case and partners with Detective Barek to probe a series of murderous Mom-and-Pop jewelry heists. However, as Logan zeroes in on a drug-addicted young loser Johnny Feist as his suspect, his instinctive methods cause concern among his fellow law enforcement officers. When the detectives arrest a twitchy female accomplice, they pick up the scent of an older woman who not only is a career criminal, but could be the driving psychological force behind the crimes.
3 92 "Prisoner" Rick Wallace Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
Story by: Gina Gionfriddo & René Balcer
October 9, 2005 (2005-10-09) 05003 12.89
A prison warden William Hendry (Corbin Bernsen) claims he was brutalized and forced to pay a $50,000 ransom for his long-kidnapped wife, but Detectives Goren and Eames are puzzled when they discover that the missing woman has been happily cohabiting with an escaped prisoner for 10 years. Amid a backwash of lingering secrets and lies, the investigators re-visit the warden's past and recall a famous axiom - follow the money.
4 93 "Unchained" Alex Zakrzewski Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
October 16, 2005 (2005-10-16) 05004 11.53
After the son of a police officer is mistakenly murdered, investigating Detectives Logan and Barek step into the middle of a brutal mob war that also has ensnared dirty cops who sold out to help the rival crime families. But when Captain Deakins informs Logan that he wants both the tainted officers and a mob underboss, Logan takes aim at one decorated ex-officer, Detective Mark Virgini (David Keith) and finds himself the public target of the man's lawyer who claims the detective has a little "history" of his own.
5 94 "Acts of Contrition" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
October 23, 2005 (2005-10-23) 05005 10.45
When an esteemed nun who helped child prostitutes get off the street is slain in her inner-city church, Detectives Goren and Eames focus on a determined young man Eddie Roberts who is seeking justice for his older brother who was incapacitated after a racial hate crime. But the detectives know the case could hinge on a guilt-stricken young nun Sister Olivia (Susan Misner) at the church who knows more than she's telling. Cuban Link guest stars.
6 95 "In the Wee Small Hours (Part 1)" Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 05006 14.28
In this first part of a two-part episode, a visiting Iowa teen disappears during her New York City school trip, prompting a massive media frenzy that engulfs Detectives Goren, Eames, Logan, and Barek when their prime suspect Ethan Garrett (Matt O'Leary), is a powerful judge's son. The case widens when it appears the accused's philandering father Harold Garrett (Colm Meaney), is a co-conspirator who acted to protect his son -- and might be a murder suspect himself -- but he is not afraid to punch back hard against the investigators.
7 96 "In the Wee Small Hours (Part 2)" Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
November 6, 2005 (2005-11-06) 05007 14.28
The case continues in part two as the evidence mounts against the judge, who strikes back in very personal ways, especially towards Goren and Barek. Meanwhile ADA Ron Carver has to try to deal with convicting the judge (Matt O'Leary) who's defense deals with dirtying the good name of Detective Goren, by pulling an old letter that Eames gave to her superior officer back in 2001, requesting a new partner due to Detective Goren's unique methods. But as this occurs, some new evidence comes to light which may pull the judge's whole family down with him. Fred Dalton Thompson guest stars.
8 97 "Saving Face" Rick Wallace Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
November 27, 2005 (2005-11-27) 05008 10.95
When a female medical student is found mutilated after returning from Guatemala, Detectives Logan and Barek think that the victim was an unlucky drug "mule" who smuggled narcotics; but evidence leads to a tony Park Avenue cosmetic surgeon, Christine Ansel, (Samantha Mathis) who might be running a fraudulent charity in Central America. While the doctor is celebrated for her donated work in facial reconstruction among the region's poor natives, both she and her nurse's aide, Antonio Morales (Vincent Laresca), are hiding dark secrets that require many masks.
9 98 "Scared Crazy" Marisol Torres Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
December 4, 2005 (2005-12-04) 05009 11.85
The slaying of a young computer company employee has Detectives Goren and Eames poking around the stealth security employed by rival tech firms where they lock onto an unstable code-writer Robbie Boatman (DJ Qualls), whom they believe is being manipulated by his secretive therapist as Katrina Pynchon (Jennifer Van Dyck). Goren believes the key to the case lies with the suspect's paranoid behavior which could have been exploited after recent weeks of "treatment" under the doctor's bizarre care.
10 99 "Dollhouse" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
Story by: Gina Gionfriddo & René Balcer
January 8, 2006 (2006-01-08) 05010
The gunshot murder of a businessman perplexes Detectives Logan and Barek until they suspect that Danielle Quinn (Elizabeth Berkley), a self-involved mother -- has made a cottage industry of blackmailing other cheating family men with phony paternity claims. But the detectives discover that Danielle's seemingly meek and maternal sister Claire Quinn (Heather Burns) could be playing a far more sinister role in the scam.
11 100 "Slither" Bill L. Norton Teleplay by: Marlane Gomard Meyer
Story by: Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer
January 15, 2006 (2006-01-15) 05011 10.82
Detectives Goren and Eames encounter a gang of high-class, low-lifes led by Bernard Fremont (Michael York), a slimy European with a taste for aging blondes and fine wine, who befriends, kills and robs tourists. Goren, however, is shocked to discover that the master murderer shares a connection to a deadly nemesis. The detectives try to outmaneuver the effete but effective Bernard; and his posse of adoring women who kill for him, until Goren's language skills help him zero in on a crime spree that spans the globe.
12 101 "Watch" Alex Chapple Teleplay by: Charlie Rubin
Story by: Charlie Rubin & René Balcer
January 22, 2006 (2006-01-22) 05012 10.52
When the latest in a series of prostitutes is found dead after falling from an airline wheel well, Detectives Logan and Barek suspect that an airport worker is responsible and their criminal profile suggests a sexually repressed male; such as FAA inspector Duane Winslow (Brad Renfro). However, the investigation centers on the abuse that Winslow and his elusive silent partner (Ethan Embry) inflict on the unsuspecting women before their bodies are dumped.
13 102 "Proud Flesh" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
March 12, 2006 (2006-03-12) 05013 12.27
When the scion of a powerful radio magnate Jonas Slaughter (Malcolm McDowell) is found murdered under bizarre circumstances, Detectives Goren and Eames believe the crime is connected to a power struggle over the family trust as they focus on the patron's Chinese-born wife, Anna Slaughter (Cindy Cheung). However, the detectives also keep circling around a pair of Megan's friends; a kinky professor who is her ex-husband and a mysterious businessman, both of whom had their own reasons to kill.
14 103 "Wasichu" Christopher Swartout Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
March 19, 2006 (2006-03-19) 05014 11.38
The brutal beating murder of a female Secret Service agent in her home has Detectives Logan and Barek sniffing around the many clients of her husband Jay Kendall (David Alan Basche), a well-connected lobbyist who is working both for and against an unpopular tribal Indian gaming casino on Long Island. But the detectives want to know why the victim's husband hid their laptop and shredded files soon after discovering her body; and his curious dealings with a slippery congressman widen the police investigation to include more hidden crimes.
15 104 "Wrongful Life" Darnell Martin Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
March 26, 2006 (2006-03-26) 05015 9.22
A crucial file in an ugly $20-million lawsuit may be the catalyst behind the murder of a daring young man who was killed while trying to steal evidence for a "wrongful life" court case; all of which has Detectives Goren and Eames sorting through a dysfunctional family looking for likely suspects who might want the documents. While the son is a prime suspect, the key clues could lie with his bitter mother Victoria Carson (Talia Balsam) who is suing a doctor for not revealing years earlier that her unborn daughter had a debilitating orthopedic problem; a fact which could have prompted her to abort the baby.
16 105 "Dramma Giocoso" John David Coles Teleplay by: Stephanie Sengupta
Story by: Stephanie Sengupta & René Balcer
April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09) 05016 10.00
There's high drama in the opera house when a young violinist is pushed to her death and Detectives Logan and Barek check out the arrogant conductor Philip Reinhardt (Julian Sands). Turns out Reinhardt also has been conducting an affair with his soprano, Gillian Booth (Alice Krige); who happens to be the victim's mother. While the detectives theorize that Reinhardt actually was romancing both women, they receive jarring medical news that sheds harsh new light on the evidence.
17 106 "Vacancy" Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
Story by: Gina Gionfriddo & René Balcer
April 16, 2006 (2006-04-16) 05017 11.91
When one of two bridesmaids is found murdered in their hotel bed, Detectives Goren and Eames initially suspect two men that the women met in a bar. But when the survivor, Alice's (Emily Bergl) story keeps changing, evidence suggests an actor; Tim Rainey, (Desmond Harrington) posing as a taxi driver might have played a role. The detectives peel back the layers of the suspect's life and discover disturbing evidence, family history; and his penchant for researching twisted subjects for future acting assignments.
18 107 "The Healer" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Marlane Gomard Meyer
Story by: Marlane Gomard Meyer & René Balcer
April 23, 2006 (2006-04-23) 05018 11.13
Two sisters found wrapped in plastic "cocoons" and asphyxiated have Detectives Logan and Barek questioning one victim's boyfriend who works for Lydia Wyatt (Sherri Saum), a local nurse suspected of extorting money from patients with voodoo. Logan initially questions Lydia and soon runs afoul of her "powers." As the detectives gather bank transfer documents, they learn from experience how people can live in fear and false hope from Lydia's potent spells.
19 108 "Cruise to Nowhere" Marisol Torres Teleplay by: Warren Leight
Story by: Warren Leight & René Balcer
April 30, 2006 (2006-04-30) 05019 9.69
When the body of a former school chancellor is fished out of the Hudson River, Detectives Goren and Eames find out that he was a high roller on a casino boat off the New York coast. They soon zero in on Joey Frost (Lou Taylor Pucci), a talented but arrogant young gambler who was owed $500,000 by the victim. But the police also cannot ignore the dead man's resentful brother-in-law Phil Lambier, (John Pankow) when they discover that he not only raised Joey, but taught him poker and intentionally placed him on the ship on the fateful night.
20 109 "To the Bone" Jean de Segonzac Teleplay by: Charlie Rubin
Story by: Warren Leight, Charlie Rubin, & René Balcer
May 7, 2006 (2006-05-07) 05022 10.35
A rampage of brutal machete slayings that target affluent art owners has Detectives Logan and Barek looking for some young suspects who were all raised by Chesley Watkins (Whoopi Goldberg), a strong-willed foster mother. But the case really blows up when Logan unknowingly shoots an undercover cop dead; and while Captain Deakins sticks his neck out for his detective, a shaken Logan must go eye-to-evil-eye with the manipulative Chesley.
21 110 "On Fire" Frank Prinzi Teleplay by: Diana Son
Story by: Diana Son & René Balcer
May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 05021 11.92
When a church worker is found dead after the latest in a series of arson-fueled fires, Detectives Goren and Eames trace evidence back to the dysfunctional family of one sanctuary's youth leader, Justin Reid, (Josh Hamilton). Just as pressing is the personal matter weighing on Captain Deakins, whose intervention on behalf of one detective prompts a vengeful cop, Frank Adair (Michael Rispoli); already in prison to launch a vendetta to oust him.
22 111 "The Good" Christopher Swartout Teleplay by: Gerry Conway
Story by: Gerry Conway & René Balcer
May 14, 2006 (2006-05-14) 05020 11.92

In the season finale, after a suburban couple is found bludgeoned to death, Detectives Logan and Barek suspect that their drug-troubled son Kevin Colemar (Keith Nobbs) killed his parents' for their cash stash. But when a local investigator (Kevin Dunn) pressures the kid into a confession, the city cops discover a conflict of interest. While another suspect with close business ties to the victims emerges, Captain Deakins urges Logan and Barek to drop the non-jurisdictional case; and ponders his own future with the NYPD, choosing early retirement instead of trying to fight an interdepartmental battle.

  • This was the last episode for Annabella Sciorra, Jamey Sheridan, and Courtney B. Vance. There was no explanation why Sciorra or Vance left.
  • René Balcer leaves at the end of the season as executive producer, he was replaced by Warren Leight.

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