Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 7

Apocrypha

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 1993 on NBC
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Apocrypha
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Stone and Kincaid try to prove that the young woman believed to have planted a bomb in a parking garage had been brainwashed and was acting under the direct orders of Daniel Hendricks, the charismatic leader of a local cult known as the Acherusian Temple.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Carolyn McCormick

    Carolyn McCormick

    Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Det. Mike Logan

    Jerry Orbach

    Jerry Orbach

    Det. Lennie Briscoe

    Jill Hennessy

    Jill Hennessy

    A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

    Michael Moriarty

    Michael Moriarty

    Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    S. Epatha Merkerson

    Lt. Anita Van Buren

    Lawrence Pressman

    Lawrence Pressman

    Nicholas Burke

    Guest Star

    Bibi Besch

    Bibi Besch

    Margaret Berman

    Guest Star

    Cheryl Giannini

    Cheryl Giannini

    Louise Gruman

    Guest Star

    John Fiore

    John Fiore

    Tony Profaci

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Logan was born in New York City. He spent ten years attending Our Lady of Mercy, where the required uniform was blue blazers.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • (Anita van Buren thinks Daniel ordered the bombing)
        Claire Kincaid: Your motive?
        Anita van Buren: Who knows, maybe he saw a burning bush.

      • Barbara Munn: There's a lot more good in man than evil.
        Mike Logan: Is that what they preach in that church of yours?
        Barbara Munn: You're a skeptic.
        Mike Logan: Ten years in Our Lady of Mercy will do that to you.

      • (Reading from the letter that Wendy Berman had sent to her mother.)
        Mike Logan: "And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." Shrinks did a hell of a job.
        Lennie Briscoe: What is it, she joined a convent?
        Mike Logan: Get this. Return address: 476 avenue bearing the initial of our Lord into the New Kingdom.
        Lennie Briscoe: Great. This time of day, it's gonna take us an hour to get downtown.
        Mike Logan: Since when do you have a road map to Heaven?
        Lennie Briscoe: I don't. But I've been up and down Avenue C.
        Mike Logan: (gets it) "C" for Christ.

      • Mike Logan: My old lady had a rosary in her left hand while she beat the crap out of me with her right. Next time I go to church, six of my closest buddies will be carrying me.

      • Adam Schiff: Next, I'd like to see you yank out the tablecloth and leave the glasses standing. No way you should have won this case.
        Ben Stone: I just sold them a bit of my own snake oil.

      • Lennie Briscoe: Oh. The 'stolen car' story. I told that one in high school.
        Assad Asalam: I went to the Wharton School. I assure you I could come up with a better story.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • This episode is ripped from the headlines of the first World Trade Center bombing. Eight years before the tragic events of 9/11, on February 26, 1993 a car bomb detonated in the parking garage of the South Tower. The explosion killed six people plus an unborn child. Thousands of people were also treated for of smoke inhalation and other injuries.

      • The parent of a church member says, "Daniel Hendricks' brand of religion is not the opiate of the masses, Ms. Kincaid. It is the crack cocaine." This references the father of Communism, Karl Marx, who disdainfully called religion the 'opiate of the masses.' Marx said nothing about cocaine.

      • (Reading from the letter that Wendy Berman had sent to her mother.)
        Mike Logan: "And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet and I saw a star fall from Heaven upon the earth and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit."

        Referencing the Book of Revelation (the final book of the Christian Bible), which references the seven seals, the seven trumpets and the seven plagues. This reading comes from 9:1.

      • When Daniel Hendricks stuck thumbtacks in his palms and displayed the wounds to the courtroom, he was pretending to have stigmata. Stigmata is a religious miracle that happens when the wounds of Christ spontaneously appear on a person. Sometimes it is just bleeding hands but sometimes it involves other wounds such as pierced feet, a cut on the chest (from a Roman spear) and pinpricks on the forehead (from the crown of thorns). Many people are skeptical about whether stigmata really exists; as Daniel Hendricks illustrates, it can certainly be faked.

      • Anita van Buren: Drugs, mob, IRA, Symbionese Liberation Army...
        The IRA is the Irish Republican Army, who figured prominently in the earlier Law & Order episode "The Troubles". The Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) was the urban guerilla terrorist group that kidnapped Patty Hearst.

      • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Charles Manson case. Manson was a charismatic cult leader who was believed to have brainwashed many of his followers into committing horrible atrocities, the most memorable (to most) being the brutal slaying of pregnant actress Sharon Tate in her home.

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