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F.P.S is a third season episode of the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Plot summary

In this episode, Goren and his temporary partner Bishop are assigned to investigate the death of a young woman found strangled and thrown from her balcony. At first, Goren and Bishop learn that the victim was a computer game company employee. The detectives are initially distracted by a related hacker, until they discover the victim's addiction for gaming which led them to her former employers, two talented creators who are under pressure to deliver the next version of a famed video game. But further evidence leads them to realise that behind the murder could be a sophisticated group of hi-tech thieves who are using spyware to commit fraud. Finally, Goren is forced to dig deep into his own past to find responses.


Vincent D'Onofrio Det. Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe Det. Alexandra Eames (credit only)
Jamey Sheridan Capt. James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance A.D.A. Ron Carver
Samantha Buck Det. G. Lynn Bishop


[At crime scene]
Goren: Her laptop is missing. Is it in there?
[Going through drawers in the victim's bedroom]
Bishop: Only two things in here with batteries. None of them's a computer.

[Looking around a suspect's computer collection]
Goren: What're you running here, Raymond? A group home for computers?

Bishop: A computer geek who can clone himself. Scary thought.

Deakins: When we catch this guy, he's going to owe me a bottle of aspirin.

MCS Computer Tech: Gotcha, monkey brain.

[Goren, to Bishop, after he has lashed out a suspect who he thought was behind on his child support payments and is proved wrong]
Goren: Croydon [1]... McVee is another Croydon...
Bishop: Who's, Who's Croydon?
Goren: He ran out on his wife. She used him to get at me... And the pattern, one, one, two: It's Wally Stevens [2].
Bishop: I don't know what you're talking about.
Goren: He was an actuary. He had a pattern of five. Five, five notes. Five... pins... Eames would have known.
(See also [1] A Person of Interest and [2] Probability)

[To Bishop]
Goren: It's about yearning. He misses his partner.

Carver: He killed her to drive his partner back into his arms? That's almost juvenile.
Goren: It's primitive. Panic is a primitive emotion. That's how he felt without his partner.

[To a partner]
Suspect: I told you, I didn't even know her name. She was just a gamer.
[To suspect's partner]
Goren: Just a gamer? Your partner let a gamer get between you two. If my partner was putting me through that – abandoning me, leaving me vulnerable, impotent, for a nobody – That's unforgivable.

[Goren's cell phone rings. He opens it, looks at the message, and he looks relieved]
Goren: Seven pounds, eight ounces.
Carver: Excellent.
Bishop: It's great. You, You should call her. I'll handle the booking.
[After Eames gave birth to a baby boy]


  • the title of this episode, F.P.S., is a reference to an abbreviation for First-person shooter, a type of video game distinguished by a first person perspective, that renders the game world from the visual perspective of the fictional character.

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