Heh. So Law & Order: Criminal Intent is on right now. It begins with an opera singer singing some of Lucia di Lammermoor (with the flute … you know the part) at rehearsal. The conductor has a fit and says some ridiculous things and storms on to the stage. Then someone tells the orchestra that their break has been shortened. The conductor (acted by Julian Sands) is so bad it’s funny. The soprano is clearly lip syncing.

These folks need a musician to help them with this stuff. Badly.

(But I’m guessing they have someone already who is pretending to know about this biz.)

Silly TV. (And yeah, I’ll keep watching. I have to find out who murdered the soprano’s daughter—she was a violinist in the pit and of course that is so darn likely too, eh—during the break. Could it be her diva mom, who clearly thought only of herself? Or the conductor who is obviously an absolute nut case? Well … with those two being obvious, it’s gotta be someone else. Right? … although they are making the conductor such a jerk who knows?)

“Laura joined the orchestra … her bowing was strong … she could break your heart.”

Yeah, that’s a quote … or close to a quote (I don’t type fast enough nor do I have a good enough memory for words to get it exactly right … from the show. Heh.

Just some other little quotes:

“Musicians and singers keep to themselves.”
“Her music was her life. Her joys, her sorrows. They were in every note she played.”
“A biography of Isaac Stern and the Musicians’ Union handbook.” (The only items in the murdered violinist’s locker. Yeah. That’s us! But, then again, the handbook has now become a clue to the murder.)

(I wish I’d recorded this one; episodes about music are pretty darn priceless!)

“Fearsome Phil” is the conductor’s name. He promised the murdered girl a “first violin” position. Yeah. They do that in union orchestras. Rigggghhhht. (I have a feeling they mean “concertmaster” too, but I can’t be sure.)

Heh … the conductor just said he could point his baton at any woman in the audience and have her. He said this to the cops. Sure. He’s rude to the investigators too. He’s dumb enough to say these things. Sure.

And why is John-Boy advertising expensive cars these days. Huh? Huh?

Sorry … this is how low I sink sometimes. Can you deal?

Stay tuned, unless you want to watch the show yourself sometime and don’t want to know who did the deed.


  1. I simply have to turn away when pop culture attempts to address the classical music world. Well, most of the time. “Mr. Mom” was an exception. Sure, it was wrong, but it was funny.

  2. Steve Welgoss

    Law & Order was advertising for musicians as extras on Craigs list for this episode.  Unfortunately, I saw it to late.  The only requirement was a Union Card.



  3. Patricia Mitchell

    Mr. Mom …? Or are you thinking Mr. Holland’s Opus? I saw Mr. Mom a long time ago, and I barely remember it … I sure don’t remember a connection to classical music. If it does have one I’m going to want see it again!

  4. Patricia Mitchell

    Too bad you didn’t see the notice in time.

    I watched some of the violinists … and it didn’t look like they were actually playing. (I’m on my computer when I watch TV so I don’t watch the whole episode.)