When Det. “Bobby Goren” turns in badge #4376 tonight on Law & Order:Criminal Intent, I know of at least two people who will be in mourning (hint: they’ll be the ones eating peanut M & M’s).
Vincent D’Onofrio has played this role brilliantly over the past ten years, perfecting the close-talker-head-tilt, while probing the psyche of weekly perpetrators. His unique blend of intelligence, strength, and sensitivity will be greatly missed.
Ken Tucker from EW.com says it best:
“D’Onofrio does some of the most flamboyant detective work since David Suchet twirled mustache wax as PBS’ Hercule Poirot. As a ‘special case squad’ solver, his Goren reveals the workings of his character’s mind by physicalizing everything. He doesn’t just interrogate someone, he bends his long, wide, Gumby body around a suspect, who becomes additionally unnerved when D’Onofrio waggles a frankfurter-long finger in his face and asks cutting yet smiley-faced questions.”
A modern day Poirot. Does it get any better than that?
Farewell, Det. “Bobby” Goren. Your character will be missed.