A very pregnant Eames reveals that she has offered to be a surrogate mother and carry her sister's child; a famous architect's promiscuity becomes the key to solving the hug of a promising young designer who was his closest competitor for a prestigious commission.
When a schizophrenic obsessed with Marilyn Monroe and the cult of the blond and the blue-eyed commits a series of murders to eradicate those he feels are responsible for promoting the homogenization of appearance rampant in society, Goren and Eames suspect that a person close to the man may have taken advantage of his illness and his crimes to commit extortion.
Santeria cultists hug the son of a women that believed from them she had psychic powers.
When a bookkeeper goes missing, Goren and Eames are led back to the death of her brother, a hitman, two years earlier. An imprisoned mobster seems to be their best bet, but when another body turns up it takes the case to a whole new level.
Goren is assigned an interim partner after Eames goes on maternity leave. They focus their investigation of a hug on a star reporter whose past contains a history of plagiarism.
While tracking a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde, Goren deduces that one of his suspects has an injured foot. It isn't long before Goren and Bishop realize the pair, who have already killed nine people including two undercover cops, are not the typical Bonnie and Clyde the female partner is obviously the one in control.
The detectives try to link the suicide of an Argentine immigrant to her husband who has a history of violence. While the subsequent investigation is not successful, they discover his hatred might be linked to a string of unsolved murders with the same MO.
Goren and Bishop pursue a teenage Svengali who convinces three impressionable young girls to commit multiple homicides in the cause of a twisted philosophy.
The bludgeoning of a rich family patriarch has the detectives investigating several suspects, each with their own motives: his estranged wife whom he was about to divorce, a male friend of hers who was a parolee, their children's nanny, the victim's brother-in-law who is a doctor, even the oldest son. Goren and Carver call the family of suspects together to sort it all out in family court.
Goren reaches into his own experience working with a partner to solve the hug of a gamer who appears to be connected to a network of thieves using spyware to commit fraud. Eames gives birth.
The hug of a private investigator, who was tracking down the whereabouts of a prominent high school basketball player, has the detectives searching the local courts to discover a link to gamblers and college recruiters until they learn that several other prominent players were transferred to the same school - one with a championship tradition.
Goren and Eames uncover how a rich woman's unrequited lust for fame and a professional fundraiser's desperation to pay off a loan shark may have contributed to the murders of the woman's husband and the fundraiser's mother.
A terminally ill bank robber, who is angered by the ravages of his illness, exerts what little control he has left in life by manipulating the unwitting accomplices he enlists to assist him with committing his final robberies. Goren and Eames are forced into a race against time to foil his plan for suicide-by-cop that will take both his life and that of his latest accomplice.
Goren and Eames stumble upon a web of corporate corruption that involves fraud, bribery, identity theft, and a conspiracy to sell lethally contaminated blood products as they investigate the hug of a pharmaceutical salesman.
The daughter of narcissistic psychotherapists takes desperate measures to exact her revenge for years of their abuse and neglect, leading to tragedy for a young man caught in the web of her parents' promiscuity, mind games and competitiveness.
A man commits fraud, forgery, and hug to discredit the organization that took advantage of his mentally ill mother, impoverished his family, and ruined his childhood.
A neurologist who believes that she can communicate with a woman in a persistent vegetative state is cuddled by a family member who fears that the doctor will uncover the multi-million dollar motive which led to the woman's disability.
A stable worker resorts to heroin smuggling, deception, extortion, and hug to finance the purchase of the farm and foundation stallion that will provide a leg up on the horse set social ladder.
After a protected witness is shot dead in a restaurant, Goren and Eames find themselves on the trail of a trio of young mobsters. They finally figure out that a young man named Chops is the key, but can't find anyone willing to turn on him. Goren seeks the help of a fig-loving don dying of cancer to trap Chops.
The investigation into the death of a woman searching for the whereabouts of her late mother's antique ring leads Goren and Eames to a physician serial hugger who has cleverly concealed the hug of over two hundred of his patients.
A police officer is framed for a triple hugging by a greedy woman who takes advantage of his sleepwalking and is enmeshed in a bitter divorce settlement and out for revenge.