Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 17

Good Faith

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2007 on NBC
8.4
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Green and Cassady investigate an arson turned homicide when a body found in a burned church turns out to have been murdered before the fire started.

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  • Once again, Melnick is manipulated (and unconvincingly at that)

    5.0
    The Danielle Melnick character, played by Torah Feldshuh, is once again shown to be out of her depth, in a very frustrating re-hash of her simplicity in "Open Season".



    Why is this character allowed to practice law at all? She was directly responsible for the murder of a DA in Florida in "Open Season", and was then shot (I thought, killed) at the end.



    This is pretty lazy writing, and the direction was able, but uninspired. Once again, Dick Wolf appears to be on executive vacation. Is he trying to kill this series?



    In this episode, it is clear from the beginning that the police and DAs have not done enough research into the facts, so the story plods along, with viewers incredulous at the sloppiness and lack of care invested here.



    Avoid this episode.moreless
  • A body is found in a burning building and the stage is set for a partial study of a hardline view of God and His rules.

    9.1
    I watched the show with great interest. Waiting to see how the writers,etc. developed the "Christian" character. This father followed what I consider to be a rather radical view of the Bible. John 3:36 does read as he spoke during the trial, however, it doesn't mean we are to go out and kill someone who apparently is an unbeliever. That is so wrong. Dude, check out John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." OK, so if you don't believe in God, then that's life. It does NOT tell us to go out and kill. Then there's John 13:34 which says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." Interestingly enough, to me anyway, is that our Pastor's message the very next day was "The New Commandment". Doo, doo, doo--Twilight Zone, right? When all is said and done, the only right thing to do is "love one another". After you get done with all the jokes this might bring out, just think about it. It's the most difficult thing you will ever do: find a way to be loving person in the face of disagreement, evil, etc. In the end, one must ask the questions: "How are we doing? Do we love others as Christ loves us? Do we use that love as a test that we base our life decisions on? Does our love for others determine what we do?" Doesn't the Golden Rule apply here: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."? So. Now that I have written all this, do you think it might be possible to write a episode that includes those Christians who are not radical, who work hard to live by the New Commandment, who live day-to-day lives trying to abide by such a simple rule which has massive responsibilities with it? I do like the show a lot and I truly enjoy the way the theme of each episode has thought-provoking moments.moreless
  • Good stuff

    8.0
    Whenever a case gets Jack outraged... which I guess isn't really all that hard (murder = outrage) you have a great L&O episode. The title and opening of "Good Faith" were really deceptive, Law and Order has been full of religion and politics recently, I was pleased to find that those controversial issues were balanced by the murderer's 'true' motives in this outing. Martin and Merkerson were terrific in bringing life to the first half... and I dare say that Milena Govich would have blent terrificly if only she would stop 'acting tough'. When she put her hands on her hips and told the suspects to sit down and shut up, it like flushed the realism out of the scene. Can't wait till next week.moreless
Jeffrey Donovan

Jeffrey Donovan

Jacob Reese

Guest Star

Sarah Ramos

Sarah Ramos

Mary Reese

Guest Star

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

Judge Nora Glover

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

M.E. Rodgers

Recurring Role

Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh

Danielle Melnick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • Danielle Melnick: "Happy is the man who brings justice to the oppressed?"
      Jack McCoy: Isaiah.

      This appears to be a slight misquote of Isaiah 1:17, the full and accompanying verses read:

      15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
      16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
      17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
      18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
      19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
      20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the controversy over intelligent design.

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