CI, Episode 2.21
Production number: E3224
First aired: 11 May 2003
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Malcolm Bryce
Teleplay By
Joe Gannon

Story By
Joe Gannon & René Balcer

Directed By
Darnell Martin

The brutal murder of a probation officer, run over by a car three times, leads Detectives Goren and Eames to a clannish family.


The investigation leads Goren and Eames track down the last person to see her alive, an academic whose juvenile delinquent son becomes their prime suspect. They also suspect her boyfriend, a respected college anthropology professor, who is the father of the troubled teenager. The professor then confesses to the crime, supposedly to protect his son. But they soon learn the victim's family is a nomadic group which goes around the country committing fraud on a seasonal/regular basis. As they probe further and deeper into the crime, Goren and Eames connect a few dots and discover that the dead woman vehemently opposed that lifestyle, which she intended to change for at least one relative, her niece – a young girl who may be used as a family restitution for a debt of her parents. Then, the detectives begin to take a closer look inside the clannish family. Is ultimately revealed her brother, Kyle Devlin, stoled for another family and tried to cover the scandal. When the victim gets closer to reveal this he murdered her. Using the professor notes Goren turns the family on Kyle and arrests him.


Main cast

Guest cast


Indiana; Rockland County; West Berner; The Jukes; Irish Travelers; Shelta; Eric Brennan; Devlin Family


"Let's just say we're not not suspecting him."
Robert Goren

Lane Devlin: What do you people want from me?
Robert Goren: I'd like a glass of water.

Robert Goren: It's not so hot being an outsider...
Fiona Devlin: They're suckers. Outsiders are suckers.

"Five ten...what an adorable height."
Alexandra Eames

"What a good dad."
James Deakins, after learning Bryce confessed to murder to save his son

"Maybe one of these criminals isn't so petty."
Robert Goren

Background information and notes

  • The Irish clans in the show speak Shelta, an Irish nomadic language that is derived from Irish Gaelic, English, Roma, and some other languages. The episode name "Graansha" means "strangers" in the Shelta language.
  • The episode featured a young actress named Lyric Benson, who plays a waitress in the episode. Benson herself was subsequently murdered later that year by her ex-fiance, in a high profile case which attracted widespread tabloid coverage.
  • This is actor William Sadler's first appearance in the Law & Order franchise. He later returns in different roles on Law & Order and Law & Order: Trial by Jury. The same applies for actor Tom Noonan. He returns as pedophile Jake Berlin in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Confession".

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