Law & Order: Criminal Intent

10 Best Episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Season 8

The third installment of the “Law & Order” franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E7

#15 - Folie a Deux (Season 8 - Episode 7)

Goren and Eames search for a young girl who vanished during a robbery at a hotel.

The episode was rated 7.42 from 79 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E6

#14 - Astoria Helen (Season 8 - Episode 6)


Nicholas and Wheeler investigate when the partner of a con man who used his charm to scheme a lonely single mother, is found dead.

The episode was rated 7.44 from 77 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E2

#13 - Rock Star (Season 8 - Episode 2)

Det. Zach Nichols' first case involves the murder of an artist, but it's unclear whether the neighborhood he lived in was a factor in his death, or something more personal.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 82 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E5

#12 - Faithfully (Season 8 - Episode 5)


When a celebrity doctor is found murdered, Goren and Eames find themselves investigating the man's church and his ties to performance-enhancing drugs.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 79 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E15

#11 - Alpha Dog (Season 8 - Episode 15)

A popular male model spends the night with a mysterious woman and after a night of love and drugs, is found dead. Goren and Eames uncover the sexual paranoia behind the murder.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 74 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E1

#10 - Playing Dead (Season 8 - Episode 1)


Season 8 opens with Goren and Eames investigating a case involving a councilman's step-daughter and her boyfriend being shot. The pair of drug-addicted kids were caught up in blackmail schemes which had targeted the politically powerful family of the woman.

The episode was rated 7.51 from 93 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E4

#9 - In Treatment (Season 8 - Episode 4)

News of a company's falling stock that plunged more over a fraud investigation may have led to the murder of one of its executives.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 74 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E12

#8 - Passion (Season 8 - Episode 12)


Egocentric poet Jacob Garrety would do anything to keep his poetry journal, The Village Quarterly, afloat. When foundation president Don McCallum shows up and announces he is cutting funding to the journal, Jacob appeals to assistant and lover Lauren to use her sexuality to change Don’s mind. Though reluctant, she agrees. While Jacob enjoys the advances of arts patron Sandra Dunbar at a poetry reading, Lauren carries out Jacob’s wish, and winds up dead on the street. Detectives Nichols and Wheeler discover the deadly passion that exists behind the arts.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 76 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E13

#7 - All In (Season 8 - Episode 13)

When poker genius Josh Snow loses $80,000 in a card game, backer and bookie Lou Cardinale forces him into collections to work off the losses. Lou gives him a .38 and a box of blanks to extract gambling debts, and sends along his mistress, Angela, to keep an eye on the money. Detectives Goren and Eames enter an elaborate game where they must join in the play, or be played.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 74 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E3

#6 - Identity Crisis (Season 8 - Episode 3)


A man's murder puts Goren and Eames on the trail of an upper echelon businessman whose secrets have taken over his life and put him on the run.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 89 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E11

#5 - Lady's Man (Season 8 - Episode 11)

Goren and Eames investigate the killing of a man who became famous for dodging a murder conviction because of a mishandled trial. The man spun his notoriety into a TV show but turned up dead on his birthday.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 76 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E9

#4 - Family Values (Season 8 - Episode 9)


When a flier from a local Catholic high school drama production connects three murders, Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) must understand the psychology of a religious fanatic before he claims another victim.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 83 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E10

#3 - Salome in Manhattan (Season 8 - Episode 10)

A celebrity chef’s star is on the rise as he plans the opening of a trendy restaurant with powerful partners. Yet his world is upended when his tabloid-friendly, gorgeous girlfriend and business partner is killed under mysterious circumstances. Detectives Nichols (Jeff Goldblum) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) enter the seductive world of power and privilege and discover desperation and murder.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 78 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E14

#2 - Major Case (Season 8 - Episode 14)


Detective Eames assists with Nichols' case involving the death of an addict who was just days from going straight when Wheeler is otherwise engaged in the labor and delivery of her baby.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 78 votes.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - S8E16

#1 - Revolution (Season 8 - Episode 16)

A heist goes tragically wrong when a revolutionary makes plans on kidnapping a powerful bank executive, and winds up dead. During Nichols and Eames probe of the murder, they must also prevent a terrorist campaign.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 73 votes.

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