Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 12

Under God

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 05, 2003 on NBC
7.7
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A drug dealer is killed and suspicion falls on a dead teenager's father. Briscoe, still mourning his daughter, is unusually sympathetic. But before the police can prove it, his priest confesses -- claiming that God told him to do it.

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  • When L&O lost the plot

    7.4
    I found this episode totally unconvincing. The only thing that save it is Orbach performance of sympathy.



    Firstly, I had problems with the priest saying God told him to do it. If it had been a different crime would anyone have listened? The fact that a criminal got killed would make different surely. The priest would have tried to save his soul not kill him and as for his subtefuge - it was there purely to justify the storyline! At least thats what it felt like to me!



    I guess this episode was part when the series took a nose-dive in terms of ingenuity and exciting storylines. Two years post 9/11. I cant help wonder what the situation was in the US with regards to making shows that would have been seen as unpatriotic, if at any other time they would be seen as acceptable. Still the series does get better later, much later.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare

Fr. Hogan

Guest Star

Bruce MacVittie

Bruce MacVittie

Bill Parker

Guest Star

Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

Jim Wheeler

Guest Star

Dick Latessa

Dick Latessa

Bishop Durning

Recurring Role

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Maggie Burke

Maggie Burke

Judge Elayne Link

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Defense Attorney: My point is how can both the court and the legislature acknowledge the existence of God, yet deny a defense premised on that existence?
      Jack McCoy: If a lay person tried to resort to a "God told me to" defense, the Court would brand him incompetent to stand trial.
      Defense Attorney: So, if you talked to God, you're pious, but if he talks back, you're crazy?

    • (A drug dealer has been murdered, and Briscoe makes several uncaring remarks)
      Anita Van Buren: How many times do I have to remind you, Detective Briscoe, all life is sacred.

    • Arthur Branch: This country could use a double dose of whatever God's got on special today.
      Jack McCoy: Perhaps, but not in a courtroom.

    • Father Hogan: (to Briscoe and Green) You people seem to have raised the white flag in this war on drugs. We can't do that. We live on the battlefield.

    • Ed Green: (seeing a bullet wound to the victim's torso) This guy's got lead poisoning!

    • Jack McCoy: Smile, Serena. This is our 'inherit the wind'. This is where we get to prove in a court of law that there is no big guy up there with the white beard pulling invisible strings.
      Serena Southerlyn: So what did those nuns do to you?

    • Arthur Branch: Justification?
      Serena Southerlyn: 'Yes, I killed, but God told me to.'
      Arthur Branch: Well, you gotta admit, it's a lot more creative than 'the devil made me do it'.
      Jack McCoy: Next stop, virgin sacrifices.

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