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The Good Doctor 

Goren and Eames attempt to locate the missing wife of a plastic surgeon.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »


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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
Robert Knepper ... Dr. Peter Kelmer
Barbara Garrick ... Jennifer Barish
Penny Balfour ... Lisa Voight
Judie Aronson ... Valerie Kelmer
Robert Hogan ... Judge Van Vliet
Donna Hanover ... Lauren Barbera
Stephen Rowe Stephen Rowe ... Dr. Nathanson
Jean De Baer Jean De Baer ... Medical Examiner (as Jean DeBaer)
Joe Bacino Joe Bacino ... Dave
Adoni Anastassopoulos Adoni Anastassopoulos ... D'Alacosta (as Adoni Anastasse)
Cullen O. Johnson Cullen O. Johnson ... Milton Barish (as Cullen Oliver Johnson)


When the philandering, drug-abusing wife of an arrogant plastic surgeon disappears, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect the doctor's earnest efforts to find her are bogus -- especially when they find he has a lover of his own. But even when the body of a decomposed woman washes ashore weeks later, the cops can't crack the doc's airtight defense -- and their only hope might be to turn his ego against him. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is the source of the iconic opening credits photo of Courtney B. Vance (ADA Ron Carver) holding two knives in the air. The photo is taken from the scene of Carver's cross examination of the doctor. See more »


If, in fact, the torso was found in Cape May, it would not be examined by the Ocean County ME. Cape May is located in Cape May County, not Ocean County, which is nearly an hour and a half away by car. See more »


Ron Carver: I've got a case without forensic evidence, a case without...
Ron Carver: I can't even prove beyond a reasonable doubt the victim is even dead!
Detective Robert Goren: Everything he's done to cover his tracks is evidence of a guilty mind.
Ron Carver: Is there anything we might've missed?
Detective Alexandra Eames: We took apart his car, the plane. We checked with air traffic control along the eastern seaboard in case he turned up on somebody's radar.
James Deakins: The short answer is, what you have now is all the case you're gonna have.
Ron Carver: "Trust me." Hell of a closing argument...
Detective Robert Goren:
Ron Carver:
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Remade as Paris Criminal Investigations: Scalpel (2007) See more »

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One of my favorite episodes
13 June 2009 | by tadaiaSee all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite L&O CI eps. It was a nice change of pace. The detectives often spend a great deal of time of course gathering the necessary evidence to put the bad guys away. Sometimes however that evidence is just not there to be found... so they have to find a way to make the bad guy bury himself.

Robert Knepper as the doctor was wonderful... so arrogant and condesending you almost want to throw a brick at the screen. Good performance by Courtney Vance also at the end, getting the doc all worked up to where he's convicted by the jury not so much because of the evidence, but because he was such an detestable worm.

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