What Did They Say About Robert Goren?

Let's see what the great minds of our history have said about our detective.

'A life without examining is not worth for living.' Socrates
'A life without Robert Goren is not worth for living.'

'All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.' George Orwell
'All human beings are equal but Robert Goren is incomparable.'

'Beneath every criminal lies a human.' Cesare Beccaria
'Beneath Robert Goren lies a sex god.'

'I don't hate people. I just feel better when they are not around.' Charles Bukowski
'I don't hate people. I just feel better when there's only me and Robert Goren in this world.'

'Only one man ever understood me. And he really didn't understand me.' G. W. F. Hegel
'Only one man I ever loved. And he really didn't exist.'

'The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist.' Charles Baudelaire
'The greatest trick Robert Goren ever pulled was convincing the world he exists.'

'Religion is the opium of people.' Karl Marx
'Robert Goren is the opium of women.'

'Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.' Sigmund Freud
'Robert Goren is the royal road to the dreams.'

'Universe is created in mathemathical codes.' G. Galileo
'Robert Goren is created in sex codes.'

'Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.' Niels Bohr
'Anyone who is not captivated by Robert Goren has not seen him.'

Does The Name Pavlov Ring A Bell?

Approximately a decade ago, a Russian psychologist named Ivan Pavlov widely known for first describing the approach of Classical Conditioning demonstrated us an automatic form of learning. The most famous and well known key concept of his theory was a phrase known as Pavlov's Dog is often used to describe instinctive responses rather than critical thinking. Pavlov's discoveries had a great impact on the psychology of obidience. And many years later, an NYPD major case detective named Robert Goren developed and introduced a brand new, revolutionary technique in the field known as Bobby's Conditioning. Goren's experimental methodology basically focuses on pure obidience. To comprehend his innovative but controversial style please watch the video below and see how it works:

Shall we listen to I Wanna Be Your Dog or what? Just a metaphor, no SM jokes please:) Even if it's not I can live with that. When it comes to Bobby my favorite quote is 'Frankly my dear... ' I guess we all know the rest.

The Diary Of A Seducer

Published in 1843, Either/Or is an influential book written by Soren Kierkegaard exploring the aesthetic stages of existence. The book's central concern is the primal question asked by Aristotle 'How should we live?', hence as a whole the work of Kierkegaard is an affirmation of Aristotelian Logic. And The Diary Of A Seducer, written by a fictional author named 'Johannes The Seducer' is a volume in the book which illustrates how the aesthete holds the 'interesting' as his highest value and how to satisfy his voyeuristic reflections. Likewise, by the virtue of evaluating W. A. Mozart's Cherubino and J. W. Goethe's Faust, Kierkegaard's essay is one of the most important philosophical discussions to touch on the subject Don Juanism and for my part; The Diary Of A Seducer is a landmark of nearly all modern seduction literature. So come, let's check our seducer's diary and the one and only primal question asked by me is 'How can I live without you?' Well, obviously since I lack the capacity to write a sophisticated essay as Kierkegaard did, I have to give blood, sweat and tears to find a good, decent answer to my question, in the meantime let's satisfy our voyeuristic reflections: Behold random, daily Robert Goren and his speech bubbles. So let's stop global whining! It's Bobby's time. Go Bobby Go!

Behind Every Great Man, There Is A Depressed Woman.

Do They Ever Shut Up On Your Planet?

I Don't Know Why I'm Even Out Of Bed...

The Last Thing I Wanna Do Is Hurt You. Hey! But It's Still On The List!

Is It Time For Your Medication Or Mine?

You'd Want, Wouldn't You?

I Like To Watch

A quote by our detective, from the very beginning of LOCI (The One - S01E01). So Bobby, you really do like to watch, don't you? As a matter of fact; we all know that Robert Goren works in mysterious ways but my dear detective let me remind you; in daily life; gaze objectification, in psychopathology; voyeurism and in psychoanalysis; scopophilia which literally mean 'love of watching' or 'pleasure in looking' paradoxically are associated with taking people as objects. It's wonderfully weird to see it in someone who has been exposed to constant sexual objectification:) On the other hand, it should be kept in mind that the screen serves our scopophilia and voyeuristic phantasies. It gives us a world in which to submerge, in which our gaze wonders free. So don't worry Bobby; we all like to watch afterall. And now let's do some, shall we? Wallpapers


Robert Goren is a 'Car God', that's for sure. So far as we know, in his youth he learned to love classic cars and he uses S word (sweet) for certain rare automobiles, one of them is 1971 Chevelle Malibu. He also has a 'buddy' named Lewis, an auto mechanic shop owner specializing in classic car restoration (Pardoner's Tale - S01E08). In episode Cherry Red (S02E19) we see him playing with model cars (1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS, 1965 Jaguar Roadster, 1966 Corvette Stingray, 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro). In the same episode, Goren when seeing the 1962 Ferrari GTO says they only made 35 of them though it's believed there were 36 produced. In episode F.P.S (S03E10) we witness him -in envy- pulling the car keys of a suspect who owns Ferrari 575M Maranello (presumably). And in episode Betrayed (S07E13) we suprisingly catch him fancying a Range Rover.

LOCI Squad Car

Speaking for myself, the only time I remember him using (actually we see him waiting for his off-duty partner with the car keys in his hand) NYPD vehicle (Ford-GMC SUV) is the episode Siren Call (S06E03) as when Goren and Eames are both in a squad car, Eames likes to drive. Goren once commented on this by saying 'that's her thing'. Well, she's the senior and Goren respects that, I guess (The Third Horseman S01E11). We also watch Goren driving his own classic car (we can't see the car clearly due to CU shot of Goren, is it 1965 Mustang?) through Times Square billboards in episode Untethered (S07E09). In fact, I've got lots of things to say on cars (I've to admit I'm one of those lead foot idiots, I smashed my last three cars into pieces, in the meantime won several cups in several rallies etc. Oh well, I'm innocent by reason of insanity) unfortunately I feel sick. Two nights in a row I was in downtown to meet some Turkish and Swiss friends, living in NY. Well, in short never try Mediterraen Turkish cuisine after having fondue-burli-wine Bermuda Triangle. No, I'm not picking holes in the foods, especially on fondue Swiss Hotel is the finest, accept no imitations! In Switzerland the rule is that anyone who lets the bread slip from the fork into the fondue has to provide a bottle of wine. I'm kinda all thumbs so all night long I ordered and drank, drank and ordered. Yes, I'm also a pussycat, whatever:)
Same Old Story (A LOCI Photo Novel)

Detectives In The First Degree

According to Jorge Luis Borges, one of my favorite writers but unlike me he never wrote anything long and so it is often assumed that he never wrote much, to kill is to disgrace oneself, it is one of the man's misfortunes. Nothing could be more opposite to Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey or to the Theory Of The Moderate Murder by Gilbert K. Chesterton. As his is a world of fantasy tales, for Borges, it's Edgar Allan Poe, who invented the detective story genre, I could not agree more.

In creating a genre Edgar Allan Poe chose a distant character, a French gentleman, an impoverished aristocrat who lives in an isolated neighborhood of Paris with a friend named Auguste Dupin, the first detective in the history of literature. He pioneered a tradition of the detective story when he wrote The Murders In The Rue Morgue (The Locked Room Mystery). The fact of a mystery that is solved by the intellect and this feature is later carried out by another intelligent man named Sherlock Holmes, who will be later named Father Brown and Hercule Poirot and Jules Maigret and Philip Marlowe and of course, Robert Goren. But the first of them all, the archetype in C.G. Jung terminology, is Charles Auguste Dupin who lives with a friend and it is the friend who tells the story. This tradition was continued long after Poe's death by Arthur Conan Doyle who picks up the theme of the friendship between two different people, some way resembling the friendship between Don Quixote and Sancho:) Both Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie imagined a character of somewhat inferior intelligence, the former is named Dr. Watson and the latter is Captain Hastings.

Auguste Dupin's Paris By Edouard Leon Cortes

Poe could have placed his crimes in New York but then the reader would have been wondering whether the events really took place in that way. As it turned out, it was easier to Poe's imagination to set it all in Paris. Therefore the first detective recorded is a foreigner (remember Hercule Poirot is a Belgian) as Poe needed a distant character. He has left five examples of detective fiction, Thou Art The Man is the weakest of all, presumably. There we have a figure, the detective who turns out to be the murderer that was later imitated in Gaston Leroux's The Mystery Of The Yellow Room. Agatha Christie, in her best known and most controversial novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, tried somewhat the same feature in a different plot twist. Poe's another novel Purloined Letter on which Jacques Lacan has proposed psychoanalytical literary criticism and later on postmodern thinkers Gilles Deleuze nad Felix Guattari have argued the Lacanian possibilities of philosophizing Poe, is about the idea of hiding something in a visible way, making something so visible that noone sees it. Another Poe's story is The Mystery Of Marie Roget which is the strangest of all, concerns a crime committed in New York, almost as famous as Kitty Genovese Case which prompted a social psychological phenomenon known as the Bystander Apathy. A girl named Mary Rogers was murdered, by simply taking the information from the newspapers Poe moves the crime to Paris and renames the girl Marie Roget and then suggests how the crime may have been committed. Indeed, years later the murderer was found and confirmed what Poe had written! Definitely he was an intelligent man and produced the work of a genius. For instance, on another topic although Poe had no scientific training he was the first to solve Olbers' Paradox in his essay Eureka. In today's Behavioral Analysis Unit glossary Auguste Dupin was a profiler decidedly, so was Sherlock Holmes. According to an article published in Variety; Law & Order Criminal Intent started out of a desire for the Emmy and Pebody Award winning producer Rene Balcer to delve deeper into the psychology of criminals, then pit them against a hyper-vigilant sleuth out of the Sherlock Holmes mold, which became Detective Robert Goren. Inspired by the ways detective fiction uniquely reflects different cultures around the world, Balcer sought something similar for Robert Goren. In general Law and Order continues to be one of the best detective dramas ever produced. Many awards and nominations attest to the quality entertainment Law and Order, including an Edgar Allan Poe Award (popularly called the Edgars) as outstanding series.

A Man For All Seasons

A Great Video Of Robert Goren, By ElizaJane

Elementary My Dear Bobby

Recently I've been -in Paul Tillich term- thingificating or -in Georg Lukacs term- reifying or -in general terms- sexually objectificating Robert Goren. I know, I'm bad. I'll so go to hell. All well and good! Seriously, I'm not sexually fixated with his shoe size what-so-ever! And may I remind you, he's the one who put his foot on the table without so much as introducing himself. Yes, that's about the size of it. Anyway listen to what Andy Warhol says dear Bobby: Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches:)

Let's get back to business. We all agree Robert Goren is the purest forensic detective since Sherlock Holmes, moreover Vincent D'Onofrio himself has called Goren 'a modern day Sherlock Holmes'. Rene Balcer (Executive Producer of Law & Order) further cites Georges Simenon's French Commissaire Maigret influenced Goren's development and also says the character owes a lot to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe for some attributes. According to Hal Hinson's article titled 'TV's Damaged Detectives'; if Gil Grissom is Sherlock Holmes in a labcoat, Robert Goren is Sherlock Holmes in a black leather jacket. Luckily as I'm wild about all sorts of fictional detectives in literature, let's find similarities between two different detectives.

Sherlock Holmes
The master detective Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and first appeared in print in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, is a fascinating enigma. (In fact, a real life character Dr Joseph Bell is the detective Sherlock Holmes himself, for more please check Murder Rooms). A Study in Scarlet, the first of the four Sherlock Holmes novels, begins with Dr. Watson's narration of his misfortunes in the Afghan war, and his return to London for convalescence. Holmes first words to Watson are 'How are you? You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive'. And that's how we meet him. In general, Holmes, as an ultimate detective figure, dwarfs the reader by his brilliance, his wisdom and his wide reaching knowledge. He's both insufferable and likeable. His cognitive pursuits seem to cover many areas: Medieval pottery, Stradivarius violins, Buddhism of Ceylon. Holmes also has a wonderful facility for disguise. He has boxed, knows Baritsu (the Japanese art of self defence), plays violin, uses cocaine and has ability to distinguish the typeface of any newspaper at a glance. With his bohemian habits and patriotic VR attitudes, he seems to want for nothing.

In A Study In Scarlet, we're introduced to Dr John Watson who is the reliable and sensible figure behind Holmes. Furthermore he's always ready to neglect his health, his wife, his medical practice and his personal safety at Holmes's behest. Watson's loyalty to Holmes is unquestionable and at times touching. However it must be remembered that all our knowledge of Holmes comes from Watson.

As Doyle recognized the need for Holmes to be a man immune from ordinary human weaknesses and feelings, his detective rejects passion or indeed any strong emotions towards women. Nevertheless Irene Adler, that features in the story A Scandal in Bohemia, is the woman that proves his equal in quickness of wit and decisiveness of action. Hence she earns Holmes's unbounded admiration. Despite appearing in only one story, she's one of the most noteable female characters in Holmes stories. The beginning of A Scandal in Bohemia describes the high regard in which Holmes held Adler:

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer... And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.

In The Greek Interpreter we're introduced to Holmes's older brother (by 7 years) Mycroft Holmes who is incapable of performing work similar to that of Holmes though he possesses deductive powers exceeding even those of his brother. Aside from The Greek Interpreter he has appeared or been mentioned in 3 stories; The Bruce Partington Plans, The Final Problem and The Empty House.

Doyle also realized that the end of Holmes had to be dramatic and had to be brought about by someone who was the detective's intellectual equal. So, in order to meet these requirements, he created a mastermind who was as brillant at carrying out crimes as Holmes was at solving them. Enter Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, whom Holmes described as 'the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city. He's a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker'. He was in essence Sherlock Holmes's dark alter ego. Professor Moriarty's first appearance and his ultimate end occurred in Doyle's story The Final Problem in which Holmes, on the verge of delivering a fatal blow to Moriarty's criminal ring, is forced to flee to the Continent to escape Moriarty's retribution. The location for their final titanic struggle was the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, as the two apparently fall to their deaths. (For more please check Holmes versus Moriarty)

Robert Goren
As we've all known the biography of Robert Goren by heart, it's needless to repeat it here once more. Compared to Sherlock Holmes, Robert Goren is far and away appealing, sensitive and vulnerable. On the other hand just like Holmes, Goren is a quirky yet extraordinarily intelligent investigator and criminal profiler, known for his instinct and insight. Often, Goren's intuition turns out to be the case-breaker, rather than solid evidence. Each episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Goren typically employs his knowledge of an unusually wide range of topics, from theoretical physics, chemistry, literature, history, psychology to (multiple) foreign languages. At times, Goren's investigative style resembles that of a high functioning autistic or someone who has OCD , for his ability to focus on details and make connections that others overlook. Holmes, on the other hand, seems to be a cerebral detective who solves many mysteries without leaving Baker Street yet to some extent he interrogates the suspects through in-depth conversations. Though both detectives display the same arrogant attitude, Goren has to make his living while Holmes only prefers to deal with the cases which are suprisingly challenging.

Alex Eames, a quiet, practical partner who always seems to mesh well with Goren, despite the noticeable personality differences between the two, is much like the screen portrayals of Holmes' partner Dr. Watson; a lesser equal, overshadowed by the charismatic presence of a prodigy partner. Unlike Holmes-Watson relationship; Goren and Eames are more businesslike and typically call each other by their last names, but when Eames observes that Goren is under particular stress, she calls him 'Bobby'.

Nicole Wallace is definitely the archnemesis of Robert Goren. A sociopathic con artist, thief and serial killer; Wallace first appeares in episode Anti-Thesis (S02E03). She's later murdered and her heart used as part of a elaborate puzzle and frame to implicate Goren by his mentor Declan Gage in the Season 7 finale Frame (S07E22). Along with Professor Moriarty, Irene Adler is the inspiration for Nicole Wallace by all means. In Frame; Declan told Goren that when Nicole realized her time had come, she said 'Tell Bobby he was the only man I ever loved'. However Declan expressed skepticism about this statement, remarking about Nicole, 'as if that monster were capable of love'. It is at least safe to assume that Nicole felt respect for Bobby for being the only man to get her to see the truth about herself and force her to feel; she simultaneously hated him for it. On the other hand, Goren respects Wallace 'in some sick way' because she can identify his 'buttons' and knows how to push them, but not romantically attracted to Wallace because she is a psychopathic serial killer after all.

Frank Goren, a homeless on Manhattan's streets, is the older half-brother of Robert Goren. He's addicted to both drugs and gambling as well as dependent on charity to survive. In the episode Brother's Keeper (S06E15) and Untethered (S07E09) Goren helps Frank and his son Donny who is in prison. Goren decides to sneak into the prison to help him, but Donny escapes from the prison. Once Goren is freed from the prison, he confronts his brother about Donny's whereabouts, and they fight over the issue. Immediately after that, while high on drugs Frank's murdered by Nicole Wallace at the behest of Declan Gage, who wishes to free Goren from his troubled past in the episode Frame. Compared to Sherlock Holmes's older, smarter but lazier brother Mycroft Holmes, Frank Goren is distinctively unqualified and incompetent.

Aside from Nicole Wallace's playing the role of Irene Adler and Professor Moriarty at the same time; we've never witnessed an evil villain, underworld mastermind, amoral sinister like Moriarty throughout Law & Order: Criminal Intent, though Wallace, possessing both criminal intent and extraordinary intelligence, is written to be his equal. But in this sense, none of the stories of Holmes have a dominant mother figure as Frances Goren. By and large, this is a very rough idea on the similarities/differences of two detectives. Well, let's end this post with one and only golden rule of the detective fictions: As Raymond Chandler says, 'A really good detective never gets married'. I hope someone gets my message:)

Detective Robert Goren

Detective Robert Goren is a fictional character featured in NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio. Goren works as a detective (detective investigator first grade) for the Major Case Squad in the New York Police Department (NYPD). As created by Rene Balcer and interpreted by D'Onofrio, Goren is an intense, intelligent, and imposing man who uses his intuition and insight into human nature to size up suspects and pick apart the details of crimes. Goren's diverse background frequently supplies him with information he uses to solve cases.
Criminal Intent highlights Goren's abilities as a profiler and an interrogator. He is able to elicit confessions from calculating killers with his insight into their minds and his imposing physical presence. However, Goren shows a sensitive side as well, particularly directed at his mother, his partner Detective Alexandra Eames and female victims of the crimes he is solving. Goren's personal history and interpersonal relationships are explored primarily in the following episodes:

Anti-Thesis (S02E03) Mother Frances Goren
A Person Of Interest (S02E22) Mother and Father
Blink (S02E19) Father
Mad Hops (S03E11) Father
Semi-Detached (S04E01) Mother
In The Wee, Small Hours 2 (S05E07) Mother, Brother Frank Goren and relationship with Eames
Blind Spot (S06E14) Eames
Brother's Keeper (S06E14) Brother and Mother
Endgame (S06E21) Brother, Mother and Father

Early life
Goren's childhood contributed to his ability to understand criminal psychology and to empathize with the victims of crimes. He states that he knows what it is like 'to have your judgement, your sense of security undermined by your parents; because they were hiding a truth or denying it to themselves'. However, he never removes the responsibility for present actions from the criminals themselves. Further, Goren often openly flinches whenever his family is mentioned. Goren's arch-nemesis, Nicole Wallace often exploits weaknesses tied to his emotions regarding his family. Wallace used Goren's birthdate (August 20, 1961) and social security number (845-67-3906) to discover intimate details of his life with which she manipulates his emotional state. After taking the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) his senior year of high school, Goren was sent to the school counselor and for a talk with the 'school shrink'. He played basketball as a youth, but quit when he 'lost his love for the game', possibly due to the fact his father never paid attention to his efforts. His position on his junior varsity high school team was power forward.

Frances Goren
At one time Goren's mother, Frances was a librarian. (Criminal Intent's executive producer Rene Balcer's own mother was also a librarian) Frances suffered from schizophrenia and was an in-patient at Carmel Ridge (In episode Anti-Thesis the closed captioning displays the name as the 'Komman-Rich Center'). Frances first started showing symptoms of schizophrenia when she was 32 years old and Goren was 7 years old. Goren says she has been slipping away from him his whole life, but he can't let go.He calls her every day and visits her once a week. Frances appears on screen for the first time in the episode The War At Home (S06E08) when she is to undergo major surgery for lymphoma. She seemed to dislike her doctors, specifically Dr. Sylvest, as well as the hospital itself. She felt her other son Frank Goren kept her from having to endure the hospital, hospice or chemotherapy. Frank would 'take care of her'. Goren discussed the experimental treatment of radiation-carrying monoclonal antibodies with Dr. Sylvest, but given the expense and the fact that Medicaid does not cover it, Goren seemed to agree with Sylvest that it may not be the best choice for the family. In episode Endgame (S06E21) Frances dies.

Goren's Father
Until episode Endgame, the phrase 'Goren's father' was unambiguous. After that episode, two men could be referenced in that manner.

Mr. Goren
Mr. Goren was a gambler who was away 'a lot' and repeatedly cheated on Frances. (Rene Balcer describes Goren's father as 'a rake'). When Nicole Wallace characterizes his father as a bon vivant, Goren only replies that 'He liked a good time'. His father also gambled on horse racing. His father left his mother when Goren was 11. His parents later divorced. Goren now harbors a hatred of men who abandon their wives, especially if the wives are sick, and/or neglect their children. When blindsided by Wallace, Goren comments, 'She picked a man I already didn't trust. I already didn't respect. ... She, uh, picked a man like my father'. However, at the time Mr. Goren left the family, Goren blamed his mother for driving his father away. It may be that some of Goren's dislike stems from guilt over having felt this way in the past. Another criminal also tries to exploit this blind spot in Goren's analytical skills. Mr. Goren died a lonely man with just enough money left to pay for his funeral. Detective Goren was left to clean out his apartment.

Mark Ford Brady
In episode Endgame, Roy Scheider plays an incarcerated serial rapist and murderer named Mark Ford Brady. Scheduled for execution and anxious to give the state a reason to delay it, Brady arranges for Goren and Eames to interview him about victims not yet attributed to him. Goren pieces together a story showing from their teenage years, Brady and Frances Goren had a long-term, on-and-off relationship. Their relationship continued until Goren was 4 and his brother Frank was 7. Frank remembers Brady as 'Uncle Mark' but does not recall seeing him again after Frances and Mark got into a 'car crash'. Goren recalls that after that incident, his mother was never the same. Confronting Brady again in a death row interview room, Goren learns that Brady was on leave around the time Kennedy was elected, the month that he would have been conceived. Goren then faces the horrible possibility that this serial killer might be his father. Since Mark Brady was a rapist, his DNA would be available for a comparison test to settle the paternity issue. But in line with what some viewers see as Season 6's melodramatic tone, Goren confronts his dying mother during what many have viewed as an overwrought scene at her bedside. She reveals that she does not know who his father is: Mr. Goren or Brady. She dies that evening. Brady is executed that night. As of the end of Season 6, the question of whether Brady is Goren's biological father is unanswered. The episode Endgame does not raise the question of whether Goren rejected the possibility of a simple paternity test or whether that is an issue to be raised in a later episode.

Frank Goren
Goren's older brother (a weird Mycroft to Bobby's Sherlock Holmes if ever there was one), Frank Goren is presented as a man who has a gambling problem. In the episode Gemini (S03E02), it is mentioned that Goren is estranged from his brother and has a low opinion of him. However, Frances is very proud of Frank. She describes him as a 'scientist' although it is unknown whether this is true. Frances says Frank never caught a break, but that Bobby had all the luck. She seems to believe that Frank would take better care of her than Bobby does. When the brothers encounter each other on the streets of Manhattan, Bobby is shocked to find Frank is homeless and destitute. Frank did not know Frances was ill or seem to know that Bobby is a police officer. Frank refers to a homeless woman as 'his old lady' although they may not be legally married. Frank says that the 'church people' are good to him and credits them with saving his life. However, since Bobby arrested the Reverend Calvin Riggins around whom the Light of Heaven Evangelical Institute was centered, he may have indirectly removed Frank's benefactors. Bobby gives Frank 50 dolar (in cash), his overcoat, and his business card. Bobby tells Frank to call him if he ever needs any help. They agree to meet the following Sunday, which happens to be Frances' birthday. Frank does not meet Bobby at the agreed time or place. In vain, Frances waits for Frank to appear, sure that he would never forget her birthday. Bobby does not reveal that Frank is homeless or any details of his condition. Later, a body turns up in the morgue wearing the Bobby's overcoat, but it is a stranger. Frank apparently sold the coat, leaving Robert Goren's card in the pocket. In the episode Endgame we see Frank Goren again, now clean. He is the one who informs Bobby that Mark Ford Brady was a friend of their mother many years ago. 'Uncle Mark' came to visit them until Frank was 7 and Bobby 4. Frank seems unaware of how this information affects Bobby.

Military Life
After college, Goren served in the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S Army. He was stationed in Germany and did a 6-week tour in South Korea. (The dialog says a 6-week tour in South Korea, but the closed captioning says a 6-month tour.) Although a specific timeline for his service has not been established, he was in Germany during 1987. Goren probably smoked while in the Army and has been seen smoking on rare occasions. Before joining the NYPD, Goren earned a Purple Heart. While Sergeant Goren was with CID in South Korea, he was mentored in criminal profiling by Dr. Declan Gage, one of the first criminal profilers. They met when the FBI loaned Gage out to advise on a serial killer in South Korea. The mentoring continued after Gage 'had his meltdown'.

Work Life
Before joining Major Case, Goren spent four years in the Narcotics Division, running three sting operations that resulted in 27 arrests and 27 convictions (Insider - S01E13). He has had great success in obtaining convictions within Major Case as well. He's disinterested in Narcotics now when Captain Deakins suggests Goren and Eames hand off a killing spree case to Precinct 15 to join the mayor's drug task force, Goren recognizes that it's a good chance to 'get noticed' but neither he nor Eames seem enthusiastic about the career opportunity (Jones - S01E05). Excluding hostage situations, between them Goren and Eames have handled nearly a dozen kidnappings and have not lost a single person (Homo Homini Lupus - S01E14). When Captain James Deakins is replaced as the head of Major Case by Captain Danny Ross, Goren loses a major supporter. Ross does seem to become convinced of Goren's ability and worth. Goren is partnered with Det. Alex Eames and has been since sometime in 2000. During the episode In the Wee, Small Hours 2 (S05E07) he learned that early in their partnership, Eames petitioned the department for a new partner. She later withdrew the petition. Letting her know the he is not offended that she once thought him erratic and unstable, Goren admits he is 'an acquired taste'. Goren was temporarily partnered with Detective G. Lynn Bishop in 2003-2004 while Eames was on maternity leave. They did not work together well as a team. Goren often compared Bishop to Eames, to Bishop's detriment. In general, he seemed uncomfortable with her. Although she respected his ability to close cases, Bishop did not appreciate Goren's somewhat aggressive style of questioning uncooperative witnesses. Goren's personal attachment to Eames was highlighted throughout this period; more than once he was shown to be actively missing her. Eames is practical, while Goren is often portrayed as intellectual, yet there is little evidence of conflict between them. Indeed, they display mutual respect and friendship. Goren himself said they have complementary skills. Goren is portrayed as having extensive book knowledge while Eames is portrayed as more computer savvy. Contrasting with the instability of his family, Eames is a steadying, and perhaps calming, influence. The episode Blind Spot (S06E14) elucidates Goren's attitude towards and feelings for Eames. She's, in many ways, the one person on whom Goren can truly rely; he is at his best when she's with him, and is most vulnerable when she is absent. While Goren has never crossed the line into open insubordination, he does occasionally push professional boundaries, either because he feels it will solve the case more effectively or because empathy leads him to believe that the most extreme punishments are not warranted. Eames once said that his willingness to test authority stems from his days as a lapsed altar boy.

Work Habits
Goren and Eames both tend to discuss the other, and call each other, by their last names alone. However, Eames does address him by the more intimate Bobby (the name by which he is known to his family) when it is clear he is under unusual stress. Although Goren appears to be the team leader, he is actually the junior partner in their working relationship.It's not uncommon for Goren and Eames to pretend to be a couple, married or not, when trying to obtain information from non-traditional sources. An interesting quirk is Goren's habit of cocking his head at odd angles while talking to people (side talking). D'Onofrio invented this kind of 'sideways-head guy' habit from a scene in the pilot episode where a suspect he was interrogating would not look him in the eye. It's such a strong identifier of his character that a woman who, while describing a psychic dream she had, labeled Goren as being 'the man with the broken neck'. The side talking (Goren Lean) or side peering has become an element of every episode in which he appears. Additionally, when questioning people, Goren will attempt to agitate uncooperative suspects by exploiting a weakness of theirs which he has noticed. For ex. if he believes a subject is a 'neat freak' he will deliberately move the subject's possessions around to create clutter, appearing to do so out of clumsiness or lack of respect, in order to rattle them. Goren often displays the traits of a high fuctioning autistic or autistic savant. Goren displays an uncanny ability to identify smells. His nose, his sense of smell, becomes a powerful investigative tool throughout the series.

Personal Life and Habits
As with the parent Law & Order series, and unlike the spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent seldom delves into the current romantic life of its main characters. Goren states that, while in the armed forces, he read the Quran in order to impress a Turkish girl to whom he was attracted. Additionally, he spent some time at Oxford chasing co-eds. When discussing the relationship between Nicole Wallace and Goren, Rene Balcer stated that Goren respects Wallace 'in some sick way' because she can identify his 'buttons' (holes in his psyche or intellect; his Achilles' Heels) and knows how to push them. Balcer says Goren is not romantically attracted to Wallace because 'she is a psychopathic serial killer'. However, the two show a great deal of on-screen chemistry. He drinks Glenlivet and likes Veal Parmesan enough to order it five nights in a row at Sal's Restaurant. (When the waitress commented on the repetition, he charmed her by replying that he really just liked the way that she wrote it down. She responded by grabbing the order from a passing server and serving him immediately).

Character Comparisons
Goren is often compared to Sherlock Holmes because both latch onto clues that seem minor but end up solving a case. Both possess the ability to come up with a complete theory of a crime based on little evidence, and then sustain that theory based on evidence. Nicole Wallace is probably a direct attempt to play on Holmes' antagonist Professor Moriarty. However, Goren displays more compassion and empathy than Holmes. Goren even displays sorrow regarding how Wallace's past damaged her, and destroyed 'that sparkling little girl' she once was. Goren's character owes a lot to another popular television detective, Lt. Columbo. He often mirrors Columbo's habit of stopping to ask a suspect 'one last' question before leaving. He also catches people off guard by pretending to be incompetent. While Goren is not as disheveled as Columbo, he certainly is not as formal as his fellow detectives. Both tend to appear unshaven and to wear an oversize trench coat. Rene Balcer further cites Georges Simenon's French Comissaire Maigret influenced Goren's development. He also says the character owes a lot to Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe for some attributes. And like Detective Dave Robicheaux, Goren believes in the power of libraries to aid detective work: 'I need to use my most important investigative tool, my library card (Dead - S02E01).And as factual persons, Rene Balcer cites the forensic psychiatrist Dr. Park Dietz as a model for Goren's interview style and ability to get others to talk about themselves.


  • His full name is Robert O. Goren. His middle name has not yet been given in full.

  • He is left-handed.

  • He is 6 feet, 4 inches tall.

  • He appears to speak German and some Cantonese. He can read some Russian. He also knows some American Sign Language but not enough to conduct an interview.

  • He is allergic to cats.

  • He was vaccinated for anthrax after 9/11.

  • His NYPD badge number is shown to be '4376' in numerous episodes.

  • His office address: Major Case Squad, One Police Plaza, 11th Floor. (The Pardoner's Tale - S01E08). His office phone number: (212) 555-0146. (Phantom - S01E16)

  • He carries a brown zippered notebook, cell phone, cloth handkerchief, pocket knife.

  • He leaves Eames task of interviewing witnesses at fresh scene; examines physical evidence personally.

  • He can catch forensic evidence CSU techs miss.

  • He is extremely detail-oriented. He doesn't miss a thing, most of the time. But not always totally accurate with his profiles.

  • Shown smoking once, bumming a puff from a street person (Faithful - S01E04) but has said he quit smoking 7 years ago. (Pilgrim - S02E08)

  • He has experience dealing with the mentally ill and later on it is revealed his mother was schitzophrenic. (Faithful - S01E04) (Seizure - S01E17) (See Me - S02E13)

  • He likes to dance. (Jones - S01E05) (Unrequited - S03E12) (Pas De Deux - S03E13)

  • He takes an antacid after eating pastrami with mustard. (The Insider - S01E13)

  • He does not like confined or closed in spaces. (Cherry Red - S02E19) (Pravda - S03E05)

  • Goren's mother disliked most of his childhood girlfriends. (Smothered - S01E03)

  • He has a friend named Lewis, an auto mechanic/body shop owner specializing in classic car restoration. (The Pardoner's Tale - S01E08). Another friend named Max who is a rabbi. (Pilgrim - S02E08) Another friend named Stephen who is a linguist at Princeton. (A Murderer Among Us - S03E07)

  • He once dated Irene, a stockbroker, who is saving up to buy a house with (presumably new significant other). (The Enemy Within - S01E10)

  • He read the Koran while stationed in Germany to impress a Turkish girl who lived near the base. (Pilgrim - S02E08) And he once dated a girl named Lola, who had cats. (Goren to Eames: 'I had a girlfriend, Lola. She had cats...' Eames: 'You ate furballs for her?' (Cherry Red - S02E19)

  • He didn't vote for current governor (Pataki, Republican). (The Pardoner's Tale - S01E08)

  • He believes that idealy, children should have two parents. (The Extra Man - S01E06)

  • He supports pro-choice. (The Third Horseman - S01E11)

  • He likes the art of Lucian Freud, preferring it to Impressionist works. (Art - S01E02)

  • He knows how to make bouillabaisse (the French seafood-based stew). (Phantom - S01E16)

  • He reads 'Smithsonian' magazine, defining it as the perfect size for his treadmill.(Pilgrim - S02E08)

  • He tends towards calling appealing automobiles 'sweet'. (The Pardoner's Tale - S01E08) (Crazy - S01E12

  • His shoe size is 13. (Jones - S01E05)

(Taken from the sites: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Robert-Goren and http://robertgoren.blogspot.com/)

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The One - S01E01 / 30.09.2001
Art - S01E02 / 07.10.2001
Smothered - S01E03 / 14.10.2001
The Faithful - S01E04 / 17.10.2001
Jones - S01E05 / 21.10.2001
The Extra Man - S01E06 / 28.10.2001
Poison - S01E07 / 11.11.2001
The Pardoner's Tale - S01E08 / 18.11.2001
The Good Doctor - S01E09 / 25.11.2001
Enemy Within - S01E10 / 09.12.2001
The Third Horseman - S01E11 / 06.01.2002
Crazy - S01E12 / 13.01.2002
The Insider - S01E13 / 27.01.2002
Homo Homini Lupus - S01E14 / 03.03.2002
Semi-Professional - S01E15 / 10.03.2002
Phantom - S01E16 / 17.03.2002
Seizure - S01E17 / 31.03.2002
Yesterday - S01E18 / 14.04.2002
Maledictus - S01E19 / 21.04.2002
Badge - S01E20 / 28.04.2002
Faith - S01E21 / 28.04.2002
Tuxedo Hill - S01E22 / 10.05.2002

Dead - S02E01 / 29.09.2002
Bright Boy - S02E02 / 06.10.2002
Anti-Thesis - S02E03 / 13.10.2002
Best Defence - S02E04 / 20.10.2002
Chinoiserie - S02E05 / 27.10.2002
Malignant - S02E06 / 03.11.2002
Tomorrow - S02E07 / 10.11.2002
The Pilgrim - S02E08 / 17.11.2002
Shandeh - S02E09 / 01.12.2002
Con-Text - S02E10 / 05.01.2003
Baggage - S02E11 / 12.01.2003
Suite Sorrow - S02E12 / 02.02.2003
See Me - S02E13 / 09.02.2003
Probability - S02E14 / 16.02.2003
Monster - S02E15 / 02.03.2003
Cuba Libre - S02E16 / 09.03.2003
Cold Comfort - S02E17 / 30.03.2003
Legion - S02E18 / 06.04.2003
Cherry Red - S02E19 / 27.04.2003
Blink - S02E20 / 04.05.2003
Graansha - S02E21 / 11.05.2003
Zoonotic - S02E22 / 18.05.2003
A Person Of Interest - S02E23 / 18.05.2003

Undaunted Mettle - S03E01 / 28.09.2003
Gemini - S03E02 / 05.10.2003
The Gift - S03E03 / 12.10.2003
But Not Forgotten - S03E04 / 19.10.2003
Pravda - S03E05 / 26.10.2003
Stray - S03E06 / 02.11.2003
A Murderer Among Us - S03E07 / 09.11.2003
Sound Bodies - S03E08 / 16.11.2003
Happy Family - S03E09 / 23.11.2003
F.P.S - S03E10 / 04.01.2004
Mad Hops - S03E11 / 11.01.2004
Unrequited - S03E12 / 18.01.2004
Pas De Deux - S03E13 / 15.02.2004
Mis-Labeled - S03E14 / 22.02.2004
Shrink-Wrapped - S03E15 / 07.03.2004
The Saint - S03E16 / 14.03.2004
Conscience - S03E17 / 28.03.2004
Ill-Bred - S03E18 / 18.04.2004
Fico Di Capo - S03E19 / 09.05.2004
D.A.W - S03E20 / 16.05.2004
Consumed - S03E21 / 23.05.2004

Semi-Detached - S04E01 / 26.09.2004
The Posthumous Collection - S04E02 / 03.10.2004
Want - S04E03 / 10.10.2004
Great Barrier - S04E04 / 17.10.2004
Eosphoros - S04E05 / 24.10.2004
In The Dark - S04E06 / 31.10.2004
Magnificat - S04E07 / 07.11. 2004
Silver Lining - S04E08 / 14.11.2004
Inert Dwarf - S04E09 / 21.11.2004
View From Up Here - S04E10 / 02.01.2005
Gone - S04E11 / 09.01.2005
Collective - S04E12 / 30.01.2005
Stress Position - S04E13 / 13.02.2005
Sex Club - S04E14 / 20.02.2005
Death Roe - S04E15 / 13.03.2005
Ex Stasis - S04E16 / 20.03.2005
Shibboleth - S04E17 / 27.03.2005
The Good Child - S04E18 / 03.04.2005
Beast - S04E19 / 10.04.2005
No Exit - S04E20 / 01.05.2005
The Unblinking Eye - S04E21 / 08.05.2005
My Good Name - S04E22 / 15.05.2005
False-Hearted Judges - S04E23 / 25.05.2005

Grow - S05E01 / 25.09.2005
Prisoner - S05E03 / 09.10.2005
Acts Of Contrition - S05E05 / 23.10.2005
In The Wee Small Hours: Part I - S05E06 / 06.11.2005
In The Wee Small Hours: Part II - S05E07 / 06/11.2005
Scared Crazy - S05E09 / 04.11.2005
Slither - S05E11 / 15.01.2006
Proud Flesh - S05E13 / 12.03.2006
Wrongful Life - S05E15 / 26.03.2006
Vacancy - S05E17 / 16.04.2006
Cruise To Nowhere - S05E19 / 30.04.2006
On Fire - S05E21 / 14.05.2006

Blind Spot - S06E01 / 19.09.2006
Siren Call - S06E03 / 03.10.2006
Bedfellows - S06E05 / 17.10.2006
Masquerade - S06E06 / 31.10.2006
The War At Home - S06E08 / 14.11.2006
Privilege - S06E12 / 09.01.2007
Albatross - S06E13 / 06.02.2007
Brother's Keeper - S06E15 / 20.02.2007
Silencer - S06E18 / 03.04.2007
Rocket Man - S06E19 / 01.05.2007
Endgame - S06E21 / 14.05.2007

Amends - S07E01 / 04.10.2007
Smile - S07E03 / 18.10.2007
Depths - S07E05 / 01.11.2007
Self-Made - S07E07 / 15.11.2007
Untethered - S07E09 / 06.11.2007
Purgatory - S07E11 / 08.06.2008
Betrayed - S07E13 / 22.06.2008
Kissinger - S07E15 / 06.07.2008
Vanishing Act - S07E17 / 20.07.2008
Legacy - S07E19 / 03.08.2008
Frame - S07E22 / 24.08.2008