Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 17

Act of God

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 22, 1995 on NBC
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Act of God
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A bomb at a construction site kills a 12-year-old boy, and the suspects include the bankrupt contractor and a jealous husband.

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    Steven Hill

    Steven Hill

    D.A. Adam Schiff

    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

    Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Melinda Mullins

    Melinda Mullins

    Chris Chappel

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    Robert John Burke

    Robert John Burke

    Arthur 'Buzz' Palley

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    Skipp Sudduth

    Skipp Sudduth

    Hank Chappel

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    John Newton

    John Newton

    Judge Eric Caffey

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    Lynn Cohen

    Lynn Cohen

    Judge Elizabeth Mizener

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • The contractor Alex Gaston mentions the "force majeure" clause, French for "superior force," which is standard procedure to remove liability for natural catastrophes that prohibit the participants from fulfilling obligations.

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    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Attorney David Pence: You slice it (the evidence) thinner than the prosciutto at Primavera.
        This is an allusion to New York's Ristorante Primavera, a renowned high-end Italian restaurant in Manhattan. The restaurant was closed in 2010 because of effects of the 2008-2009 Great Recession.

      • Jack McCoy: Joseph Heller would have loved this one.
        Joseph Heller wrote the novel Catch-22. The title refers to a military rule involving pilots and insanity. If a pilot asks to be excused from flying combat missions due to insanity, this means he must be sane. He recognizes the dangers of flying combat missions, and he wants to avoid them, and that is rational. If he is willing to fly combat missions, he must be insane to take such a huge risk. But he can't then ask to be excused by reason of insanity, because, as stated above, that would mean he is sane. The expression "Catch-22" has come to mean any no-win scenario or "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation.

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