"Under God"
L&O, Episode 13.12
Production number: E3313
First aired: 5 February 2003
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Written By
Marc Guggenheim & Noah Baylin

Directed By
Gloria Muzio

Plot[edit | edit source]

A drug dealer turns up dead, leading detectives to members of a neighborhood watch group whose lives were poisoned by the victim. The priest who leads the group confesses to the crime, claiming that God told him to do it.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Main cast[edit | edit source]

Recurring cast[edit | edit source]

Guest cast[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

David Parker; Cathy Briscoe; Fischer Locksmith; Scott Giddins; Pupchek's Bar

Quotes[edit | edit source]

(about Father Hogan)

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



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 exactly did those nuns do to you?



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


Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

1 2 3

St. Cassandra's Hospital
1779 Third Street
Thursday, December 6

Apartment of
Bill Parker
61 Ridge Street
Friday, December 7

Pupcheck's Bar
18 Avenue A
Friday, December 7

4 5 6

Fischer Locksmith
193 East Broadway
Monday, December 10

Port Authority
Bus Terminal
Police Department
Monday, December 10

27th Precinct
Tuesday, December 11

7 8 9

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Tuesday, December 18

Supreme Court
Trial Part 89
Tuesday, January 22

Supreme Court
Trial Part 89
Thursday, January 24


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