• Publication date: March 24, 2010

Investigative Smarts & Scientific Skill A Medical Examiner Driven By Her Mother�s Murder

Former �Law & Order� (1993-96) cast member Jill Hennessy tackles yet another criminal justice drama in �Crossing Jordan� (2001-2007). Hennessy portrays Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, a medical examiner who began her investigative career as a child, helping her flatfoot father solve crimes through role playing games.

Former �Law & Order� (1993-96) cast member Jill Hennessy tackles yet another criminal justice drama in �Crossing Jordan� (2001-2007). Hennessy portrays Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, a medical examiner who began her investigative career as a child, helping her flatfoot father solve crimes through role playing games. For each case Jill and her father Max (Ken Howard) would put themselves in the shoes of a criminal and a police officer respectively, attempting to retrace a wrongdoer�s actions. Early in Jill�s professional career the pair continued this practice until it was phased out during the show�s second season.

Max and Jordan are both psychologically haunted by the murder of Jill�s mother and her inspiration to enter law enforcement stems from a hope of one day identifying the killer. Max carries and additional burden after being dismissed from the police force for his partner�s accidental killing. Eventually he recuperates and purchases a watering hole, though in season five he disappears from the series with little explanation.

As one might expect from a police drama the lead character is accompanied by a colorful cast of friends and coworkers. Dr. Garret Macy (Miguel Ferrer) serves as Jordan�s boss, an alcoholic jazz addict whose daughter is battling a heroin habit. Garret, now divorced finds himself romantically involved at times with various characters. Additionally, he must regularly tame Jill�s turbulent behavior.

Dr. Mahesh Vijay (Ravi Kapoor) is a forensic entomologist born and raised in the United Kingdom. Like Garret he is romantically entangled with a fellow worker, Lily (Kathryn Hahn) a gentle and kind grief counselor who, in earlier seasons, had a relationship with Garret.

Yet another British member of the crew, Dr. Nigel Townsend (Steve Valentine) fled his native country while serving in the Royal Navy. He has a knack for computers and utilizes them in solving many cases. Nigel�s complicated relationship with his dad provides occasional subject matter for the program.

Lastly, Detective Woody Hoyt (Jerry O'Connell) is Jill�s partner. He joins most of the other men in the medical examiner�s office who have an unmentioned crush on Jordan. Unlike the others, however, he eventually acts on his feelings and partakes in an actual relationship with the pathologist.

During season five Jordan will investigate substandard health care in the prison system after an inmate dies from a treatable case of tuberculosis. She will also team up with a serial killer whose insight will assist in locating a copycat murderer. Meanwhile Mahesh and Nigel will debate the possibility of alien abductions as a commuter train is bombed, killing many of its passengers. Much more will occur and this season will deliver the same level of suspense you�ve come to expect from �Crossing Jordan.�