"Sisters of Mercy"
L&O, Episode 2.17
Production number: 67423
First aired: 3 March 1992
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Jack Powell
Teleplay By
René Balcer

Story By
Robert Palm & René Balcer

Directed By
Fred Gerber


Cerreta and Logan investigate the accusation that a nun in charge of a shelter for teens molested a young addict.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Elizabeth Olivet: There's a lot of pain there. I don't think it's an act.
Mike Logan: Great. So we move on a nun.

Mike Logan: Don't nuns have curfews?
Sister Bettina: That went out with the penguin suit.

Background information and notes

  • Based on the Covenant House scandal involving Bruce Ritter. In 1990, Ritter was forced to resign from the Covenant House after widespread reports that he had engaged in sexual relations with several young boys in the care of the charity, and had financial improprieties in the operations of the organization. It was one of the most widely publicized cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, which in subsequent years was revealed to have been widespread. He also left the Franciscans but retained his priestly faculties. He retired to a small town in upstate New York. (Source: Bruce Ritter at Wikipedia)
  • Actor William H. Macy (Jack Powell) appears for the last time in an episode from Law & Order. He previously appeared in the original pilot "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" as Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Haven House
Office of
Jack Powell
Wednesday, November 20

Manhattan Psychiatric
373 East 20th Street
Thursday, November 28

Chambers of
Judge Irwin Reisman
Tuesday, March 12

4 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Monday, March 18

Supreme Court
Trial Part 57
Wednesday, March 20

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