Her Name Is Lola

And she is Bobby's ex-girlfriend. Our detective mentions her for the first and last time in the episode Cherry Red (S02E19). Let's remember in his words:

Robert Goren: It's a homeopathic remedy for cat allergies. Microscopic cat dander you put on your tongue. I had a girlfriend named Lola, she had cats.
Alex Eames: You ate furballs for her?

Very well said, mam! I have to say, the thing I love most about Eames is her sarcasm. So tell me Bobby, what does she look like? Blonde, brunette, skinny, maybe a little crackie, teeny, tiny, bitty, kitty like me? Like I really need to know! However, since she likes pets, I'm trying my best not to become upset. Oh well, whatever! In any case; Run Lola Run! So ashamed to admit it but I can hardly tolerate any woman around Bobby. Anyway so far, it seems that the only Lola I love is my 12 year old Samoyed dog. Yes, believe it or not! Her name is Lola.

Woofy... Woofy! Where's My Derin Mommy?

Sexcellent Bobby

People like Bobby are the reason people like me suffer from Alexithymia:) His astute judge of characters as well as perceptive analysis of the situations are first-rate. He demonstrates a shrewd understanding of human nature, that's for sure. Oh yes, the bigger the brain (I said 'Brain'! What were you thinking?) the better the man:) Like Madame De Saint Ange says in La Philosophie Dans le Boudoir by Marquis De Sade 'I want to be Ganymede to this new Jupiter'. Come again? Confusing fact with fiction? This is exactly what Idiot Defense is all about. Btw it's the serial killers who are oversexed, I'm just a blogger:) Are we getting into a weird area? Allright then, let's see some random, daily Bobby.

Tell Me, Do I Look Like A Freakin' People Person?

Oh, No! I'm Not Playing! I'm Soooo Going Home.

So Many Stupid People And So Few Asteroids!

You Know, I'm Not Errata Non Grata! Take It Or Leave It!

In Case Of Rapture, Can I Have Your Car?

Like What You See? So Would You Like To Paint Me Naked?

I Said I'm Not Angry! I'm Just From New York!

Don't Play Fool With Me! Politicians Are Way Better At It.

Screw Alcohol! I Can Make You High.

All Work And No Play Makes Bobby A Sexy Boy.

I Know I'm Perfect But Trust Me Some Parts Of Me Are Incredible
. Unfortunately there are not any photos avaible of this. It's all up to your imagination.


The study of social psychology emerged between 1908-1924 and Muzafer Sherif who is one of the founders of the branch, stands out as one of the main forces behind its growth. His work with group processes and inner group conflict following social norms still serves as a reference point to researchers studying groups today. Sherif was born in Turkiye but unfortunately left his country due to fascist regulations of the pre-existing government which I feel terribly ashamed to write it down here. Then he came to America where he earned his second masters at Harvard University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. His most famous study, known as the 'Robber's Cave Experiment' became a model for social psychologists seeking to break patterns of hostility in intergroup relations, particularly during the civil rights movement and is still cited in most texts as the seminal study on intergroup relations. I've mentioned Sherif because in this post I'm planning to write about the episode Con-Text (S02E10) in which Robert Goren and Alex Eames have a short argument on the concept of 'Peer Group Pressure'. Btw long live Neologism! I think the best side effect of an auxiliary language is to make up titles like that:) Anyway let's remember that conflict.

ADA Ron Carver: Is it a cult? Mind control?
Robert Goren: Yes.
Alex Eames: No.
ADA Ron Carver: How reassuring.
Robert Goren: They use the same psychological coercion as cults.
Alex Eames: So did the guy who sold me my car. No one forced those people to stay last night. They were enjoying themselves.
Robert Goren: They stayed because of peer group pressure, manufactured peer group. They paid to sit in a room for hours and... They submit to group hypnosis, deep breathing guided...
Alex Eames: That's a relaxition technique. Those people did not look like zombies when they came in.

For God's sake Eames, you have missed by a mile! It's techniqually not a relaxition technique per se. The man is right, give him a break! The 'Peer Group Pressure' or normative social influence which can be exerted even in relatively small groups has been vividly illustrated by the studies of Muzafer Sherif and as well as by the experiments of Solomon Asch. Very briefly, in a classic study of Asch, the subjects were shown two cards. On the first was a vertical line. On the second were three lines, one of them the same length as that on the first card. Then the subjects were asked to say which two lines were alike, something that most 5 year olds could answer correctly. But Asch added a twist. Seven other people, in cahoots with the researchers, also examined the lines and gave their answers before the subjects did. And sometimes these confederates intentionally gave the wrong answer. Asch was astonished at what happened next. After thinking hard, three out of four subjects agreed with the incorrect answers given by the confederates at least once. And one in four conformed 50 percent of the time. Bottom line, we like to think that seeing is believing but the study's findings show that seeing is believing what the group tells you to believe. For a different point of view please read the article if you like: No Soap Radio. So let's face the facts dear Eames: Fact 1: Robert Goren's Modus Operandi is way out of our league. Fact 2: Robert Goren is not always right. Fact 3: But Robert Goren is just never wrong. Well then, let's see what happens after 'Eames Pressure'.

Allright Eames! You Win, I Give Up.

But Can You Say Pseudohypoparathyroidism?

L'Art Pour Homme De Lettres*

Although he never used the terms himself, the triad thesis, antithesis, synthesis is generally used to describe the thought of German philosopher G. W. F. Hegel. The triad is often described in the following way: The thesis is an intellectual proposition. The antithesis is simply the negation of the thesis, a reaction to the proposition. And the synthesis solves the conflict between the thesis and antithesis by reconciling their common truths and forming a new proposition. Although the triad is often thought to form part of an analysis of philosophical progress called the Hegelian Dialectic and Hegel, himself used this classification only once and he attributed the terminology to Immanuel Kant.

As we all know; Anti-Thesis is the second episode of LOCI in which for the first time, famous archnemesis of our detective, Nicole Wallace/Professor Elizabeth Hitchens appears. According to Wikipedia, Harvard University's undergraduate student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, suggested in October 2002 that the episode's premise was lifted from the nationally-publicized, real-life squabble between Harvard University president Lawrance Summers and African-American Studies Professor Cornel West. In real life, West wears an afro haircut and goatee, teaches American Studies and was criticized by Harvard University president for releasing a rap album. Like West, the fictional Professor Roland Sanders of the history wears an afro haircut and goatee, teaches American Studies and is criticized by fictional President Winthrop for releasing an album.

And my point is; other than meeting our 'Libertine' archnemesis, I have to say; on the whole the episode is intelligently scripted, especially the argument on T. S. Eliot vs. Ezra Pound as well as the concept of a Ph.D. dissertation titled 'Fighting in the Captain's Tower: The Influence of T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound on American Popular Culture' are excellent. In a matter of speaking Anti-Thesis is the ultimate mimesis of 'L'art Pour L'art' expression. So let's remember all the literature references one by one.

Hugh Selwyn Mauberley: It's a long, controversial poem by Ezra Pound written in 1920. The name 'Selwyn' might have been an homage to Rhymers' Club member Selwyn Image. The name and personality of the titular subject is also reminiscent of T. S. Eliot's J. Alfred Prufrock. Pound's poem refers to Britain as an 'Old Bitch Gone In Teeth' which is also the phrase used in the episode several times.

Robert Goren: 'Bitch: Gender Metaphors in the American Literary Tradition'. These courses sound like a lot of fun!
Professor Roland Sanders: I try to keep things lively.
Robert Goren: This is cool here, what you wrote in the margin. 'Civilization, an old bitch gone in the teeth'. Did you make that up?
Professor Roland Sanders: No, Ezra Pound did.

Desolation Row: It's the closing track of Bob Dylan's sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited which was recorded on August 4, 1965, in NY. The title 'Desolation Row' is likely a reference both to Jack Kerouac's novel Desolation Angels and John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Also T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land appears to have an influence on it. Pound and Eliot's involvement with the poem are in the two lines '... And Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, Fighting in the captain's tower...' As I wrote above, the last line is the title of the Ph.D. student Mark Bayley's thesis. For the lyrics of Bob Dylan's song, please click the link: Desolation Row.

Robert Goren: The Old bitch gone in teeth. That's Pound, right?
Mark Bayley: No, Eliot.
Robert Goren: Professor Sanders says it's Pound. (Mark Bayley checks a book and finds out that he's wrong) I told you it was Pound.

Professor Elizabeth Hitchens/Nicole Wallace: T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound have a love child and his name is Bob Dylan. I mean, donnez-moi un break. This is what passes for scholarship in this country?
Robert Goren: So you don't think popular culture's fair game?
Nicole Wallace: Well, Mark's is the worst kind of pop literary analysis. Pathetic attempt to synthesize high and low culture. It wouldn't butter your parsnips.

Robert Goren: Well, she (Nicole Wallace) said that you didn't have any discipline. That's why you...Well, you never finished your thesis. The title, 'Fighting in the Captain's Tower', that's Dylan, right? Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot fighting in the captain's tower. Desolation Row. The whole album's a touchstone of American literature.
Mark Bayley: That's my thesis. Exactly

The Devils of Loudun: It's a non-fiction book by Aldous Huxley which was first published in 1952. It is a historical account of supposed demonic possession, superstition and religious fanaticism in 17th century France, based on events which took place in the small town of Loudun. Huxley touches on aspects of the Multiple Personality Disorder, recently known as Dissociative Identity Disorder in cases of apparent possession within this book. Inspired by the book, Krzysztof Penderecki, a Polish composer and conductor of classical music, wrote an opera, titled Die Teufel von Loudun in 1969.

Robert Goren: Penderecki. The Devils of Loudon. You like opera?
Dr. Christine Fellowes: I'm getting to. This was a gift.
Robert Goren: There was a beautiful performance of Don Giovanni the other night. You would've loved it.
Dr. Christine Fellowes: I did. A friend (who happens to be Nicole Wallace) took me.
Robert Goren: Friends with good taste, huh?

Moby Dick: It's an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod commanded by Captain Ahab. The first line of Chapter One 'Call me Ishmael' is one of the most famous opening lines in literature. Although the book initially received mixed reviews, Moby Dick is now considered one of the greatest novels in English and has secured Melville's place among America's greatest writers.

Professor Elizabeth Hitchens/Nicole Wallace: In American literature the descent into madness is usually preceded by obsession. A consuming obsession. Example, anyone? All right. I'll get you started. Moby Dick. What characterizes Ahab's obsession? Yes, in the back.
Robert Goren: The dogged, unrelenting pursuit of evil.
Professor Elizabeth Hitchens: Interesting, evil. I always fancied it was man's unrelenting pursuit of his own potency.

Joseph Heller: He's an American satirical novelist (1923 - 1999), short story writer and playwright. He wrote the influential novel Catch 22 about American servicemen during WWII and it was this work whose title became the term commonly used to express absurdity in choice and frustration with bureaucratic insanity, very similar to Franz Kafka's The Trial.

Robert Goren: Now you see the problem. You can't expose our trick without exposing your own culpability. And you know what that's called, your being an expert on the modern American novel and all.
Nicole Wallace: Yes, well, I never much cared for Heller.

Sister Carrie: It's a novel by Theodore Dreiser (1900) about a young country girl who moves to the big city NY where she starts realizing her own American dream by first becoming a mistress to men that she perceives as superior and later as a famous actress. Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones starred in the 1952 film version, Carrie directed by William Wyler. Btw don't judge a book by its movie:)

Nicole Wallace (to Robert Goren): That foundation that you asked me about in Melbourne, it was the George Hurstwood Foundation.
Robert Goren (after Nicole Wallace left the interrogation room): No, the foundation, it's called the New Covenant Foundation.
Alex Eames: Why did she say the George Hurstwood?
Robert Goren: She was trying to tell me something. George Hurstwood. Well, it's Sister Carrie. It's a novel by Theodore Dreiser. George Hurstwood was a saloonkeeper who stole money from his boss' safe. Nicole used the name of a thief to... I need to call Melbourne.

That Big Detective Is Smart!

This Woman Is Very, Very Good!

How sweet! Well, I could use a drink... You two are killing me! I guess I had this coming. Enough with that, that's pretty much everything we need to know about this episode, I think. Because this writing has to end, it has to end now. Female version of Othello has left the blog.

*Art For The Man Of Letters

Stunning Chronic Smoke-A-Holic

So far we've known that our detective is a relapsed smoker. And we've seen him smoking in some episodes that are The Faithful (S01E04), Badge (S01E20), The Pilgrim (S02E08) and Baggage (S02E11) after giving up the habit seven years ago. Oh no, I'm not gonna bore you by telling you the dangers of smoking at length. Everybody is free to decide for themselves since life is what you make it in the end. Besides one of the ideas involved in the concept of Entropy (also known as Second Law Of Thermodynamics) is that nature tends from order to disorder in isolated systems. Universe is bound to get corrupted, it's in the very nature of things. In simple words; at some point in the future we're all gonna die. Well, some like it fast:) Nevertheless I got something to say; as far as I know my dear detective you are not suicidal after all. But don't you know that you're killing the sexiest person alive by smoking? So do you mind if you don't smoke? How about never?

The Pilgrim (S02E08)

The Faithful (S01E04)

Badge (S01E20)

Baggage (S02E11)

The Pilgrim Of Love

The Pilgrim Of Hate is a classic crime fiction by Ellis Peters that takes place in medieval England. Well, hate is a strong word but not strong enough for how much I dislike using it in my daily life. Anyway, speaking of pilgrims; The Pilgrim (S02E08) is one of my favorite LOCI episodes. I guess I'll never get bored of watching it over and over again. So, what did we learn about our detective from this episode? Robert Goren's mother was a librarian and that he is one of the six people who reads Smithsonian Magazine, though for a funny reason:) Let's remember in his words: 'The magazine's the perfect size for my treadmill'. Hmmm... Are we being superficial Bobby? No, I'm sure you're just trying to get rid off Eames who looks horrified at the fact that his partner is reading a magazine like this. What a manipulative woman:)

Later on he goes ahead and impresses me, instead of Eames, by saying that he read Koran just to impress a Turkish girl whom he was attracted to during his military service in Germany. Ouchy! I'm just gaping, lost for words. Sure it wasn't me! Agh! Who was she? I think, this time I'm gonna use your partner's words: 'The more I know, the less I sleep'. Nevermind! Besides my mom is Protestant and my dad is Muslim however the path I've chosen is Deism, so a Koran reading man? No, thanks:) What else is stuck in my head? Ah, yes! Certainly blue is your color!

But above all, I love this episode most just because my 'good old fashioned common sense' tells me that war is not the answer, it never solves anything, never did never will. Democracy doesn’t come from the end of a gun. War no matter where/what/who, it is a total waste of lives and money. So far as it's concerned it's utterly and completely immoral. It’s time for all nations and all people of this planet to put down their arms, once and for all. This is not a pipe dream, it's the only way, especially these days.

I Love You Till The End

It seems like years since I made my last Robert Goren video. Wow, I realized I had almost completely forgotten how to do it! Nevertheless I managed to finish and I hope you like it:)

See Me See You

Our impressive detective somehow remains unimpressed by the art of Impressionism (Art S01E02). However, in the episode See Me (S02E13) we find him observing the works of Vincent W. Van Gogh, the world's best known Dutch impressionist artist who said to be suffered heavily from mental and physical conditions. As the episode deals with Schizophrenia, like in the episode The Faithful (S01E04), once again we are given a close look at Goren's skill in dealing with the mental illness of his mother, Frances Goren. Therefore Robert Goren uses these exact words while commenting on the painter: 'The story is that Van Gogh gave his ear to a prostitute as a token of love. But who knows what he was really thinking?'

Bobby, Touching Van Gogh's Self-portrait With Bandaged Ear

Properly speaking he was not thinking at all. Needless to say; Van Gogh had an eccentric personality and unstable moods, suffered from recurrent psychotic episodes during the last 2 years of his life and finally committed suicide at the age of 37. Despite limited evidence, well over 150 physicians have ventured a perplexing variety of diagnoses of his illness. Henri Gastaut, in a study of the artist's life and medical history published in 1956, identified Van Gogh's major illness as Temporal Lobe Epilepsy precipitated by the use of absinthe in the presence of an early limbic lesion. On the other hand there are clearly Bipolar aspects to his history as both episodes of depression were followed by sustained periods of increasingly high energy and enthusiasm. Bipolar is a brain disorder that causes huge shifts in emotions, energy level and physical ability. Until recently, the illness was called Manic Depressive Disorder but it now has the more accurate name, Bipolar Disorder. This name reflects the two extreme poles or states of emotion that sufferers exhibit mania and depression. Bipolar is one of the many brain diseases that shares symptoms with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizoid Personality, Schizophreniform Disorder, Schizotypal Personality and this often leads to mistaken diagnoses. Therefore it is valuable to understand the difference between schizophrenia-like symptoms and Bipolar Disorder. As a result, we can say that in contradistinction to Gastaut, it's considerably harder to diagnose Van Gogh's disease without accessing first hand knowledge like necessary physical examination and exhaustive medical history.

And btw dear Bobby, despite common beliefs Van Gogh did not cut off his whole ear but only cut off the lobe of his left ear:) Anyway as I've mentioned, in this episode, our detective is after an ophthalmologist with Schizophrenia and a keen interest in Van Gogh, who believes that his disorder is not seated in the brain but in the optical nerves. On that account we see The Starry Night, believed to be Van Gogh's masterpiece, on the wall of the doctor's office. Well, as I have never got tired of listening to Vincent, an excellent song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Van Gogh (also known by its opening Starry Starry Night) for some reason, Starry Night has a special place in my heart. For those who are interested; The Starry Night is still being exhibited at MoMA (special exhibition gallery on the second floor) in NY. Since Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night is scheduled to be shown from September 21, 2008 to January 5, 2009 the exhibition will officially end tomorrow.

The Starry Night (De Sterrennacht in Dutch) 1889

The Man Who Knows Too Much

Some may find our detective Mr. Know-It-All. Oh well, it is just a matter of taste and nothing further to add to this, I guess. But I have to admit; his interest areas are quite diverse. Let's check them episode by episode then. As we've written before; he likes classic cars, Italian foods and scale model boats. Ah yes, he also likes to dance:) Below scene is from the episode Gemini (S03E02). Bobby is in my territory, at New York Public Library:) Well, let's not forget that his most important investigating tool is his library card after all.

In episode Inert Dwarf (S04E09) we learn that Bobby read the book of John Minotti, a cranky mathemathics genius (real-life Stephen Hawking presumably). But he humbly admits that he fails to understand his universe. I've read S. Hawking's four books of which three of them were quite incomprehensive. The one I've managed to understand was his autobiography:) No seriously, I'm very much interested in String Theory. Below, Bobby is reading a big, black textbook titled A Study in Psychopathology (Consumed S03E21). I exactly had the same one marked with lots of post-its while I was studying for my TUS (academic equivalent of USMLE).

With so many books in your hand, now you've decided to have a Ph.D. degree Bobby? (Eosphoros S04E05). Think again! Well yes, you can but that doesn't mean that you should:) Aaah, if you should have only seen me presenting my proposal to the doctoral committee after the Ph.D dissertation!

Or maybe you have decided to become a master of wine? Anyway most Oenologists hold doctorates. You are circling around that Ph.D. stuff, I guess.

Since there's noone to interrogate, Bobby spends his time concentrating on Riemann Hypothesis (Bright Boy S02E02). Even tired he looks perfect, doesn't he?

In btw have you noticed? By detecting several physical symptoms our detective is capable of identifying complex diseases; such as Spina Bifida (Wrongful Life), Cannibalism (Want), Partial Epilectic Seizure (The Gift), Dyslexia (Bright Boy), Voyeurism (Zoonotic), Aspargar Syndrome (Probability), Schziphorenia (See Me) (Gemini), Diabetes Mellitus (Cherry Red), Alzheimer Disease (Cold Comfort) (In The Dark), Stockholm Syndrome (Homo Homini Lupus) (Prisoner), Borderline Personality Disorder (Shrink-Wrapped) (Semi-Detached), Paranoid Personality Disorder (Scared Crazy) (Cuba Libre), Psychopathic Personality Disorder (Blink), Nyctalopia (See Me), Migraine (Suite Sorrow), Passive Agressive Personality Disorder (Best Defense), Somnambulism (Consumed), AMD-Macular Degeneration- (Amends), Anaphylaxis-Catastrophic Allergic Shock- (Sound Bodies), Incestism (Death Roe) and Autoerotic Asphyxiation (Tomorrow). D-e-f-i-n-i-t-e-l-y Goren Knows Everything. Um... Btw why do I get the feeling that in almost everyway, you and me, we are supposed to be together? But I guess I will never know how it feels to be with you *a big, heavy, long sigh*. So what? That's no matter for wishful thinking:) What better place to dream than in NY anyway? Although a little, cute mouse thinks otherwise.

Ah Paris Ah!


Our detective as he doesn't like confined places (Tuxedo Hill S01E22) (Pravda S03E05). Bobby seems to suffer from Claustrophobia which is usually described as a fear of enclosed places. A more accurate description might be 'a fear of not having an easy escape route' because for anyone who experiences this phobia this is the predominating feature; you feel a need to be able to get out or get home, quickly. Same story here! Because I have Acrophobia:) A number of studies have shown that most people who get Cognitive Behavioral Theraphy for phobias feel less anxious. The major behavioral approach is the Systematic Desensitization which is a technique used to treat phobias and other extreme or erroneous fears based on principles of behavior modification. This behavior modification technique, which is founded on the principles of Classical Conditioning, was developed by Joseph Wolpe in the 1950s. It is a therapeutic intervention that reduces the learned link between anxiety and objects or situations that are typically fear-producing. The aim of Systematic Desensitization is to reduce or eliminate fears or phobias that sufferers find are distressing or that impair their ability to manage daily life. During the intervention the client learns to cope with phobias and other fears and to induce relaxation. After learning relaxation skills the client and therapist create an anxiety hierarchy which can be explained as a catalogue of anxiety-provoking situations or stimuli arranged in order from least to most distressing. To make a long story short; desensitization is an effective form of therapy. We know that Bobby took MMPI during high school and afterwards was sent to the counselor's office (Bright Boy S02E02). So far, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) is the most widely used and thoroughly researched of all the objective personality assessment instruments. And in general MMPI is considered to be an useful psychological assessment device for identifying phobias. Probably Bobby's tendency towards phobias as a personality trait must have been diagnosed during this attempt. Though Scale 7 Psychasthenia diagnostic label is no longer used today and the symptoms described on this scale are more reflective of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This scale was originally used to measure excessive doubts, compulsions, obsessions and unreasonable fears. Besides we know that Bobby has authority issues (Mad Hops S03E11), hence hypothetically speaking (again), I think he must have scored high on Scale 4 Psychopathic Deviate which originally developed to identify psychopathic patients and this scale measures social deviation, lack of acceptance of authority and amorality. It can be thought of as a measure of disobedience. High scorers tend to be more rebellious while low scorers are more accepting of authority. It should be kept in mind that MMPI is not a perfect test however it remains a valuable tool in the diagnosis and the treatment of mental illness. The MMPI-2 has been utilized in other fields outside of clinical psychology. The revised edition of MMPI was released in 1989 as the MMPI-2 and received revision again in 2001. It is often used in legal cases, including criminal defense and custody disputes. The test has also been used as screening and personnel selection instrument for certain professions by Human Resources departments although the use of the MMPI in this manner has been controversial. Well, I'm against all kinds of labels and that includes MMPI as well as DSM (Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders), better known as DSM-IV. Trust me Bobby, you are an excellent L’esprit De L’escalier case so don't give a damn!

Having Fun In A Confined Place (Tuxedo Hill S01E22)

Bobby And The Pea Stalk

I know, peas don't grow on trees but who cares? As we've all heard before; in the English fairy tale, Jack And The Bean Stalk, a handful of magic beans rescues Jack's family from poverty. A heartbreaking story, isn't it? Fee fi fo fum! I think I need a hanky. Excuse my bitter tongue but I believe that reality is the curse of dreaming class:)It's not the tales, it's the life itself! It's waaaay too real. When I talk like that, I bet I sound like one of those imbecile cats:)

Ronald Searle's Cats

Contrary to what I've written above I still love the things that people of my age have grown out of, such as unicorns, cunning elves, crystal balls. Other than my personal interest, fairy tales play an important role in dynamic psychology and the history of psychoanalytic interpretations of fairy tales goes back to the times of Sigmund Freud. Freud in his 1919 essay The Uncanny, not only a theoretical commentary on the power of strangeness but one of the weirdest texts in the Freudian canon, draws on the work of German fairy tale writer E.T.A Hoffmann and focuses specifically on his tale The Sandman featuring a doll named Olympia. Besides not long ago, I remember reading an article titled Fairy Tales and Trauma in American Journal Of Psychoanalysis; an international quarterly founded by Karen Horney (a pioneer scholar in the field). Anyway, let's check the pic below. It looks Bobby's found his magic peas (Tomorrow - S02E07). So is trick about to happen? Mirror, mirror on the wall; tell me can a fiction man turn into a real life man after midnight? If you believe pigs can fly, why not? According to New Scientist; over the past couple of years, neuroscientists and magicians have been getting together to create a science that might be called 'Magicology'. If succesful, both sides stand to benefit. After all magic is all about appearing to break the laws of nature. And the laws of nature, of course inviolable, which is why magicians target the human brain instead. Btw as a current subscriber, this magazine is amazing, for instance, let me write some titles from the latest one: 'All I Want For Xmas Is A Snowflake Machine' or 'Do Polar Bears Get Lonely?' Pretty smart, pretty cute:)

Bobby, Making Magic (Crazy S01E12)

I See Dumb People

Yesterday, I re-watched an episode of LOSVU titled Authority which is based on the controversial experiment of Milgram. I'm not gonna talk at length but as all the psychology students know well; conformity (tested by Solomon Asch), compliance (tested by Philip G. Zimbardo) and obidience (tested by Stanley Milgram) are three major topics of experimental social psychology. And among three experiments, I've always been terrified by the Stanford Prison Experiment the most (Robert Goren mentions it in the episode Stress Position S04E13). As you may know, in 2001, inspired by Zimbardo's infamous study, Oliver Hirschbiegel directed a movie entitled Das Experiment. Well, idiocrasy is all about 'following orders' without questioning, isn't it? So the title goes for you. I think that the anti-sheep agenda of the anti-hero Merrit Rook has a point.

And my point is; in the same episode, I've noticed that Rook's wife's killed by an alcoholic gynecologist. The last straw! Do you know what I'm thinking? I think Law And Order scriptwriters don't like medical doctors:) Well, we've seen LOCI scriptwriters framing writers, judges, police officers, politicians, housewives, CEO's, artists, cooks, chess masters and magicians. But medical doctors seem to be clustered under the Gaussian bell curve more frequently. Let's remember all the white coated killers around Bobby.

The Good Doctor (S01E09) A Plastic Surgeon
Crazy (S01E12) A Forensic Psychiatrist
Seizure (S01E17) A Neurologist
See Me (S02E13) An Ophthalmologist
Zoonotic (S02E22) A Pathologist
Shrink Wrapped (S03E15) A Psychiatrist (Not a murderer but paradoxically a paraphilic)
D.A.W (S03E20) A Physician
Grow (S05E01) A Medical Examiner (An MD worse than so-and-so Wallace! What's that?! Oh please!)
Scared Crazy (S05E09) A Psychologist/Psychiatrist

A Psychiatrist Hitting On Bobby (Shrink Wrapped - S03E15)

Ah, you are a shrink-magnet, aren't you? Humpf! I'm nothing like her, besides my handwriting is readable:) In btw, I've noticed that whenever a woman tries to seduce Goren, he immediately pulls back, as in this episode (Shrink Wrapped - S03E15). For instance, in another episode, when a woman touches Goren's coat to dust off, he suprises (Maledictus - S01E19). In A Person Of Interest (S02E23) when Nicole Wallace stands up to Goren both verbally and physically, he again steps back. Also in Vacancy (S05E17) when an out-of-towner girl treats Goren as her 'guardian angel', he seems quite embarrased. And about that MD issue; Oh yes, we're here, there, everywhere. Beware! We reproduce by dividing. We are pros, we know what we're doing. We plan, we wait in the dark, we never sleep. When the right time comes, we'll sneakly attack. Before long, we're gonna invade the entire world and then our kingdom will come. Yet still in spare time we save lives. No, I'm just kidding. No hard feelings. All the scriptwriters, please know that you're doing a great job. There it's; Bobby in white coat (Prisoner - S05E03).