Reid: You broke your date to defend my honor?
Katie: Something like that.
Reid: You didn’t have to do that. I already paid him back.
Katie: I know. That wasn’t so nice, either.

— Reid and Katie

Just a few hours until Law and Order: Criminal Intent | The Last Street in Manhattan

Eric Sheffer Stevens will be turning in an unannounced (as in, pretty much no information available on this anywhere prior to the airing of last week’s preview clip) appearance on tonight’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Tonight’s Wall Street/financial world-themed ‘The Last Street in Manhattan’will air at 9.00 pm Eastern on USA Networks. USA is featuring the preview on its website for the episode 6 out of the 8 in what is said to be the 10th and final season of the series.

You can also view the 21-second preview clip on YouTube (ESS at 0:06) after the jump…

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Ripley points out Eric’s most likely part from the casting sheet:

[TIM SKINNER] Male, late 30s, handsome & athletic. A competitive, master of the universe Wall Street finance guy. He receives a big promotion when his boss is murdered – causing him to eventually fall under suspicion of having committed the crime.

USA has posted a one-minute sneak peek of the show’s opening scene. A few observations:

  • OMG – the corpse just MOVED his head! Start watching at 0:45! Gasp!
  • The blood on the shirt definitely looks like strawberry toaster strudel (thanks, AE – the earliest reference I could find was on a Brian Jergens’s April 2009 liveblog, though snicks used it in his “Gay characters you shouldn’t date” column to describe Luke. As in “Unimaginative wardrobe; Hair changes style mid-conversation; Bleeds strawberry toaster strudel; Takes a long time getting around to that first kiss and consummating relationship.”
  • Eric’s name doesn’t appear in the opening credits (at least not as far as the clip goes). The clip runs for 1:17 and shows the “Also starring” and the beginning of the “Guest stars” list (if not all of it). Incidentally, Julia Ormond is listed in the Also starring, so another pretty big-hitting female guest star for an ESS episode.

If the two clips don’t autorun, look for the Previews section below the video – the sneak peek is the top one (with a latex glove and a wrist with watch). The lower one is the 20-second preview/promo.

Also, under section labeled Web Originals (lower left section), there is a clip labelled “Behind the Scenes: Vincent D’Onofrio discusses the episode….” And it’s definitely The Last Street in Manhattan that he’s talking about.

Alexandra Eames vs. Megan Hunt

Incidentally, there is also a Behind the Scenes clip with Stephanie Maslansky discussing the styling for leads Vincent D’Onofrio (et. Robert Goren) and Kathryn Erbe (Det. Alexandra Eames). In it, she says:

In terms of dressing stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Kate Erbe. First of all, they were both coming back to the show after a year-long hiatus. They both came back with ideas about how they wanted their characters to go forward. Vincent in particular, wanted his character to be completely on-point: to always wear suits, shirts and times. He wanted to look like he was really on the ball and sharp.

As for Katie, I wanted her to look really put-together and modern. At the same time, I didn’t want her to look like she got up and thought about what she was going to dress in. What’s most important is that her clothes are carefully tailored and that she’s comfortable in them and feels like she looks great. And she does look great, if I do say so myself.

THANK YOU, Stephanie.

This touches on what was unquestionably my biggest beef about Body of Proof (enough so there’s another multi-page rant sitting in my “Drafts” box for this site). But the crux of the matter for me is that Dana Delany’s Megan Hunt looks like she spends hours styling her hair into slow-mo “toss-toss” shape (those of you who have seen Wicked will hopefully get that reference) and shopping for designer suits and stiletto heels. And I just don’t buy it. Perhaps along with being arrogant and driven, Megan is also narcissistic (now THAT would distinguish her from poor Reid, who only owned three shirts and one pair of jeans). The Body of Proof’s stylists spend so much time drawing attention to the fact that she’s attractive that it’s distracting.

Compare Megan to my favorite chicks on procedurals – all the women on NCIS, Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU – as well as three that I don’t watch as much, but respect: Catherine Willows on CSI, Temperance Brennan on Bones, and Stella Bonasera on CSI: NY, and throw in the girls from Buffy, while you’re at it – and Megan really stands out.

ALL of these women are gorgeous. DUH! But so are their male counterparts. And for the most part, their shows dress all them for the part (albeit, frequently in outfits that their real-life counterparts could never afford). Almost never have I looked at any of them and thought “why the heck is she wearing that?” Especially when each of them is obviously paired with a male partner (which obviously helps with EEO, political correctness, and for maximizing UST).

Not only would the blood spatters be nasty to get out of Megan’s dry-clean-only short skirts, but Megan’s feet must be killing her after a day of lab work and autopsies (not to mention all that running around sticking her nose into other people’s business).

*End of short rant.*

Where to watch

Conveniently, L&O:CI airs on the USA Networks (home of PSYCH), so if you’re looking for someplace to watch it on live stream, click here (see the PSYCH post for more on this site vs other options).

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