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Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 14


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 09, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A reverend confesses to the murder of a young gay actor, but McCoy and Rubirosa soon learn that he may not be the guilty party.

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  • Avoid this episode. Very poorly plotted, dull, tediously written, full of plot holes.

    This episode appears to be trading on the grisly antics of yet-another hypocritical, "Christian" evangelist with feet of clay, Ted Haggard of the New Life religious products company (whoops, my disdain of organised religion is showing).

    This episode, unfortunately, is very poorly plotted, dull, tediously written, and full of plot holes. Another in a long line of Dick Wolf's attempts to kill his long-running TV series through inept writing, or just plain laziness.

    The acting performances are adequate, direction is lacklustre, and the players just seem to be plodding from one scene to the next (when they are capable of so much more).

    There were so many plot holes, missing evidence, and cheap characterizations that I almost quit before the end.

    Avoid this episode!moreless
Anson Mount

Anson Mount

Reverend James Sterling

Guest Star

Bradley White

Bradley White

Attorney Jeffers

Guest Star

Kate Miller

Kate Miller

Attorney Meyers

Guest Star

Hudson Cooper

Hudson Cooper


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Cassady and Van Buren are watching a tape of the reverend's sermon, the logo in the corner indicates that it was aired on the fictional 'CNB' network. The logo includes the NBC peacock symbol.

    • Goof: The same woman with a red handbag is seen coming out of the door twice when Cassady and Green are talking to the neighbor. She is seen coming down the walkway and walking down the street. After the camera pans around and two shots later, the same woman is seen walking out the door again.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Dawn Sterling: Can I help you?
      Ed Green: We need to speak with Reverend Sterling.
      Dawn Sterling: About what?
      Ed Green: Is he home?
      Dawn Sterling: I'm his wife, perhaps I can help.
      Ed Green: You can help by answering that question. Is your husband home?

    • Jack McCoy: What happened on the night of the murder, Mr. Sterling?
      Attorney Meyers: Reverend Sterling.
      Jack McCoy: What happened on the night of the murder?

    • Anita van Buren: Jeff Cantwell was an escort?
      Nina Cassady: You mean J-Love.

    • Jack McCoy: He's a businessman, not a preacher. He and his wife have created a religious empire, an evangelical Starbucks. Wouldn't surprise me if they went public some time soon.

    • Reverend Sterling: I'd love to continue this discussion, but I feel I may need to consult an attorney.
      Ed Green: You almost sounded innocent.

    • Dawn Sterling: My husband is a minister! A man of God! I mean, do you really think he'd be involved in the murder of a homosexual prostitute? Look, why do you hate us so much? Well, is it because we have the courage to worship the Lord? Because we believe in the sanctity of marriage? Because we renounce homosexuality?

    • Anita van Buren (about Reverend Sterling's arrest): Hey, Ed. Make this one public. I want that hypocritical preacher to feel some pain.

    • (Watching Reverend Sterling on TV)
      Nina Cassady: Nice to hear from our old pal Leviticus again.

  • NOTES (2)