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Inert Dwarf 

Goren and Eames are investigating the death of a genius mathematician's assistant.


Alex Chapple


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
Marla Sucharetza ... Joanna Manotti
Ann Dowd ... Laurie Manotti
Aasif Mandvi ... Sateesh
Joe Urla ... University Official (as Joseph Urla)
Austin Pendleton ... John Manotti
Steve Routman ... Dr. Carl Neminger
Anya Migdal ... Mona Manotti
Ellen Lancaster Ellen Lancaster ... Jean Marie Neminger
Danai Gurira ... Marei Rosa Rumbidzai
Lanie MacEwan Lanie MacEwan ... Lena
Rebecca Eichenberger Rebecca Eichenberger ... Ann Tovack


Goren and Eames are investigating the death of a genius mathematician's assistant.

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Release Date:

21 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Manotti (Austin Pendleton) is inspired by Stephen Hawking, the well-known scientist who is paralyzed and in a wheelchair due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The subplot about the supposed maltreatment that Manotti received by his nurse is inspired by a real investigation about Hawking's nurse. See more »


When Goren and Eames visit Dr. Manotti's first wife Laurie and her daughter at their home, at one point it sounds like actress Anne Dowd (playing Laurie) calls the daughter Lena. However the daughter's name is actually Mona - Lena is the name of Dr. Manotti's physical therapist. See more »

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evil scientist
12 September 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

This episode is related to the bound between professor (Austin Pendleton) and assistant. Could a well-known professor allow his second in charge to overtake him? Quite impossible, they are stubborn and they'd rather die or go to jail instead of admitting their own mistakes. Despite being trapped in a wheelchair he thinks to be the king of the hill. Great performance of Marla Sucharetza as the gold digger, trophy second wife. I feel sorry for the scientists' sympathetic wife and daughter.

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