Pairing: Bobby Goren/Alex Eames
Blurb: In New York City's war on crime, the worst criminal offenders are pursued by the detectives of the Major Case Squad. These are their stories. *doink doink*
Detectives Bobby Goren and Alex Eames were the stars of Dick Wolf's third offering in the Law & Order universe, Criminal Intent. When the show premiered in 2001, we learned very little about the characters, even less than usual for a Dick Wolf show. Many early examples of fanfic are based on the premise that Goren is the genius cop who couldn't keep a partner because of his eccentricities. Eames is portrayed as the partner who stayed, the saint who saves him. Slowly we learned that Eames is the senior partner who joined both the force and the Major Case Squad before Goren.
Despite some factual inaccuracies, those early fics successfully picked up on the subtle moments between the characters as portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. Former showrunner Rene Balcer has said VDO does nothing onscreen by accident. Kathryn Erbe expresses more with her eyes than some actresses do with dialogue (Eames can kill you with an arched eyebrow). So when these two are onscreen together, they convey a closeness through glances, smiles, touches, and other body language that might not be present in the dialogue.
Vincent and Kathryn "pushing the button" in an Australian promo. Not sure who made the gif.
To explain the actress' pregnancy in season 3, Eames became a surrogate mother for her sister. One of the episodes dealing with that storyline, FPS, is where many G/E ships sailed. Goren and his temporary partner, Bishop, are investigating a death connected with a computer game company while Eames is on maternity leave. The killer points the finger at another suspect by leaving clues designed to manipulate Goren. In his frustration at Bishop's inability to understand, he stares angrily at Eames' empty desk, crumples a piece of paper, and whips it at her chair. He realizes then who the killer is, and says to Bishop, "It's about yearning. He misses his partner."
If FPS didn't launch your ship, perhaps season 5's In the Wee Small Hours did. Goren and Eames run afoul of a crooked judge during a murder investigation. He digs up dirt on the detectives, and his lawyer ambushes Eames on the stand during his trial. He makes her read from a letter she wrote in the early days of her partnership with Goren. In the letter she stated she had serious doubts about Goren's mental stability and effectiveness, and requested a new partner. The request was a surprise not only to the viewer, but to Goren as well. In rebuttal testimony Eames barely holds back tears as she explains that she was used to working with more conventional detectives, but that Goren had become an acquired taste. Afterward he tells her she's right, he is an acquired taste..and he's lucky she withdrew her letter. (An excellent post-ep for this episode, Equilibrium by JeannieMac, has already been recced here, so it isn't on my official manifesto.)
Many of my recs are from the early days, which doesn't mean I don't like the newer stuff. I'm fond of several authors currently writing in the CI fandom, but there's something about the sentimental old favorites that keeps me coming back.
Fic Rec #1: Are We Like Them?
Why This Must Be Read: At the beginning of the series, fans often compared Goren and Eames with Mulder and Scully from The X-Files. In this fic, the detectives engage in a bit of meta, comparing themselves with the fictional FBI agents. It's a "Someday" story, offering us hope for a Goren/Eames relationship.
Fic Rec #2 Fringe Benefits
Why This Must Be Read: Some fics are "What if?" stories...this is a "Why not?" story. Contains one of my favorite lines ever: But if her body is attractive, her mind is a Hitchcock blonde.
Fic Rec #3: Like Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
Why This Must Be Read: A nice, fluffy look at how a partnership ritual turned into something more. This fic never fails to give me a smile.
Fic Rec #4: One Weekend
Why This Must Be Read: One of my favorites of the "What if they met before they were partnered?" genre.
Fic Rec #5: Bossanova for Lunch
Why This Must Be Read: One of those early stories making Goren the senior partner, but it's a believable account of how a relationship could develop between two cops. Another favorite line: Alex shook her head emphatically, and bled into his handkerchief.
Fic Rec #6: That Was Long Ago and That Was Yesterday
Author: temet nosce
Why This Must Be Read: The author claimed to have seen only five episodes when this story was written. It reads like a series of vignettes, but there is a richness here that belies the limited experience the author had with this fandom. The story follows my personal fanon in which two people who share awful experiences draw closer because of them.
Fic Rec #7: She Who Would Have Known
Author: B. Cavis
Why This Must Be Read: A post-ep for FPS in which Goren goes to the hospital after Eames gives birth, and they both try to avoid spilling emotional blood.
Fic Rec #8: Sexual Kinetics series
Link: See links below
Rating/Warning(s): K+ through T
Why This Must Be Read: Elfluvr (now known as E.Helena) is the queen of UST in the Goren and Eames world. It was so difficult choosing just one story because this author tends to write several sequels (I love sequels!), so I am reccing what I think is her best series in this genre and you get five stories for one rec.
Chanel No. 5
The Hard Way
Fic Rec #9: Happenstance
Author: Scripted Starlet
Why This Must Be Read: We've already heard from the queen of UST...well, Scripted Starlet is the queen of resolved sexual tension. Her stories tend to be multi-chaptered epics filled with wonderful imagery (and very hot sex). For this rec I chose a shorter story (seven chapters) that is an excellent example of "What if they met before they were partnered?"
Fic Rec #10: Red Threads
Rating/Warning(s): Through M
Why This Must Be Read: Chinese folklore says there is an invisible red thread connecting those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.
Fic Rec #11: What the Captain Saw
Rating/Warning(s): R, character death
Why This Must Be Read: Turns out the new captain of the Major Case Squad is a shipper, too...who knew? </lj>