Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 17

Act of God (22 Mar. 1995)

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Did a struggling contractor intentionally blow up the building he was working on, or was he the intended target of the explosion?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur 'Buzz' Palley
Melinda Mullins ...
Chris Chappel
Hank Chapel
Randy Danson ...
Delores Hartman
David Pence
Irene Krasner
Calvin Tiller
Lester Bishop
Paul Austin ...


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate an explosion at a construction site that killed a 12 year-old boy. They initially focus on the building owner, who is set to collect a hefty insurance settlement but realize that in the construction industry, there are a great many who could profit. The general contractor, Buzz Palley, has a bad reputation when it comes the quality of his work and the blast may have saved him from a major law suit. Palley is arrested but the information is circumstantial at best. Palley claims that his girlfriend's husband, Hank Chapel, set the explosion in an attempt to kill him. Chapel is a demolitions expert and ADAs McCoy and Kincaid get a conviction. They may have convicted the wrong man however. Written by garykmcd

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The characters played by Robert John Burke and Skipp Sudduth are both arrested by the NYPD. Both went on to play recurring roles as NYPD officers, Burke on both Person of Interest (2011) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Sudduth on Third Watch (1999). See more »


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It's not Righteous Kill
12 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not a particularly noteworthy episode, but another opportunity to see Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe. Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston) rips him up on the stand, but Lenny gets the last laugh as he really solves the crime - for which Jack just convicted the wrong man.

Jill Hennessy as A.D.A. Claire Kincaid is always fun to watch. Eye candy to be sure, but what the heck.

Steven Hill is the D.A. Not my favorite. Just an old John McCain-type politician who probably parts his hair on the right side. I must remember to look.

Someone said this morning that the new movie Righteous Kill is just like an old Law & Order episode. Even one as bland as this one is worth watching, so maybe I'll go see it.

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