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The Consoler 

While Goren begins seeing a therapist, he and Eames investigate the death of a bank executive who was in charge the Catholic Church in New York's funds that go to abuse victims.


Michael Smith


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Jay O. Sanders ... Joseph Hannah
Julia Ormond ... Paula Gyson
Lauren Hodges ... Natalie Finnegan
Jon Prescott ... Johnny Apreda
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Richard V. Licata ... Tom Kilpatrick
Elia Monte-Brown ... Theresa Esperna
Mary B. McCann ... Alice Garvey (as Mary McCann)
Mark Dobies ... McTeal's Attorney
Neal McDonough ... Monsignor McTeal
Frank Benson Frank Benson ... Waiter
Marcus Ho ... Hotel Manager
Nedra McClyde ... Helen Richardson


While Goren begins seeing a therapist, he and Eames investigate the death of a bank executive who was in charge the Catholic Church in New York's funds that go to abuse victims.

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Release Date:

8 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The riddle that Goren mentions in the psychiatrist's office is solved by asking either guard which door the other guard would tell you to enter, and then doing the opposite. The one who always tells the truth will tell you that the one who always lies would tell you to enter the door to hell, since that would be his lie. The one who always lies would falsely tell you the one who tells the truth would point you towards the same door, meaning you shouldn't believe him and should pick the opposite door. See more »


Detective Goren tells the M.E. that the olive oil and balsam found on the victim are the components of "myrrh", but they are actually the components of "chrism", which is used for anointing during certain rites in the Catholic Church. See more »


Robert Goren: You don't have to do that.
Paula Gyson: How do you mean?
Robert Goren: Empathize with me.
Paula Gyson: Is that what you think I'm doing?
Robert Goren: Yeah, "I'm sure you had reason not to come." You know, "your job is too tough... to get away from." You're trying to gain my trust.
Paula Gyson: I don't think that would be that easy to do.
Robert Goren: Is that what it says in my file?
Paula Gyson: [looking at a big pile of papers] That? That's only part of your file.
Robert Goren: Did you accept to do this before or after you read it?
Paula Gyson: After.
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References Bell Book and Candle (1958) See more »

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What makes him tick?
19 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Celibacy is a tough road to hoe even especially for those priests that are straight. That's what Neal McDonough finds out. Actually it's even for me somewhat refreshing that not all the Catholic priests are gay.

McDonough who's something of a star in the Catholic hierarchy is a monsignor whose good works are legendary. Among other things he's in charge of reparations to victims of abuse. The murder victim is Elle Monte-Brown who was a faithful Catholic who was in charge of an escrow account for proved cases of abuse.

The problem is that the murder really does look like suicide and Vincent D'Onofrio is having one hard time convincing his new boss Jay O. Sanders that it was murder. Monte-Brown was a strict Catholic and the fact that on her first glance it looks like suicide and there's a suicide note on her computer is giving Sanders thoughts that something overcame the religion and she abandoned that strict anti-suicide tenet of the church.

Detective Goren finally gets to see a shrink in this one and the D'Onofrio episodes in the final season will contain a lot of scenes with the psychiatrist. I disagree however that everyone was shying away from him as a patient. I would think they'd be lining up to see what makes him tick.

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