Vengeance Unlimited

Season 1 Episode 1

Cruel and Unusual

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1998 on ABC
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Cruel and Unusual

A secretary discovers evidence of her boss's money laundering operation. She is murdered before the evidence can reach the police. Soon the husband is contacted by a mysterious Mr. Chapel, who promises that the real culprit will be brought to justice. Chapel collects the favor of a former client, KC, who works at the DA's office, in order to get more information on the lawyer who helped to set the real villain free.


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    Ray Wise

    Ray Wise

    Jack Schiller

    Guest Star

    Gregg Henry

    Gregg Henry

    Edward Pike

    Guest Star

    Daniel Roebuck

    Daniel Roebuck

    William Hargess

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • KC´s father was involved in her favor. He now lives in Arizona. Other facts revealed about KC: she's sort of involved with a man, and she has dropped out of law school several times. She studied in Texas where she learned how to jump out of cars to avoid groping football-playing boys.

      • The coroner´s favor isn´t mentioned, but he seems to be very cooperative.

      • Chapel's phone number is 555-0132.

      • Posing as Edward Pike, Mr. Chapel moves $5 million via phone, but he fails to specify where the money should be transferred. Later on, Mr. Chapel has access to the money, or is it perhaps another $5 million?

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Schiller: Just remember, you are rich, you are white, so you will not do time. Which is why they call the song America the Beautiful.

      • William: Those articles.
        Chapel: Yeah, they all have something in common, don't they? People who think that innocence and "not guilty" are the same thing. People who treat justice like some sort of business. Well, I've got my own business. It's called "Vengeance Unlimited."

      • Chapel: You smell that? Fresh-baked brownies. That's what life's all about.

      • Chapel: I've got two keys here. Now this one will unlock you. We'll call him, "Mr. Good News." This one here... we'll call him "Mr. Bad News."

      • Chapel: You may not like it, but you need me. I'm a reminder of what your dad said every Sunday up there on the pulpit. "When we have sinned, suffering is our gift." Well, Ed, get ready for Christmas.

      • KC: I remember the guy that brought me mine (tickets). He must have owed you a favor. He was pretty nervous, he was shaking.
        Chapel: He--he was cold. Uh, he spent some time In a meat locker. He's going to be all right. He's a vegetarian now.

      • KC: What is wrong with you?
        Chapel: Plenty. We live in a world, you and I, where people can kill someone and get a book deal out of it because they have the right lawyer, or they get an acting teacher who teaches them how to cry on camera.
        KC: You think you can change all that?
        Chapel: Well, maybe not, but I don't have to tolerate it.

      • Chapel: If you try that again, I'll break every bone in your body, one per second. That's 206 seconds, maybe seven, give or take a bone.

      • Schiller: What are you, out out of your freakin' mind?
        Chapel: Anything´s possible.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Schiller: Which is why they call the song America the Beautiful.

        Referencing the American patriotic song, first written as a poem by Katherine Lee Bates in 1895, and then set to the tune "Materna" by Samuel A. Ward in 1910. It has since become one of the most popular American patriotic songs, rivaling The Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America.