Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 20

Bad Faith (26 Apr. 1995)

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The investigation into a police officer's death uncovers 30-year-old accusations of molestation by a Catholic priest. Detective Logan takes a personal interest in the case because of his relationships with both parties.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father Joe Krolinsky
Kit Flanagan ...
Joan Zinns
Jan Leslie Harding ...
Judy Marino
Stewart Waller
Bill Marcus ...
Steve Mellor ...
Rev. Navarro


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate a death of one of their own, Det. Marino who is found by two patrolmen, shot to death. Marino worked in sex crimes and he and Logan grew up together in the same neighborhood. When Logan hears that their former parish priest is now living again in New York City and had been in contact with Marino, he can't help but wonder if he was somehow involved. Joe Krolinski is no longer a priest and is now married with children. Logan knows that as a priest, Krolinski molested many of the altar boys but when it's determined that Marino committed suicide, ADA McCoy decides to prosecute Krolinski for the molestations. Written by garykmcd

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Jack McCoy: [to a pedophile] You're an adult. Your victims are children. There's nothing you could say that would make me feel sorry for you.
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27 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode was truly ripped from the Nineties headlines as the general public finally learned what a lot of us knew as an open secret, that the Catholic church had pedophile priests and they got transferred around the country like a clerical shell game to avoid the law. When your organization for a millennium has been the cover for gay men and self loathing ones at that, this kind of thing was inevitable.

For Chris Noth this is bringing back bad memories. A fellow cop is found shot dead in Central Park. He was with sex crimes and he's a former childhood friend of Noth's and back in the day he and Noth were abused by a priest who has left the church, played by Bill Raymond. He went the usual route of being transferred to a different parish. Now he's married with kids of his own.

It takes a bit of legal legerdemain from Sam Waterston and Jill Hennessy to get Raymond into court on charges that will stick. That thing called the Statute of Limitations you know.

Noth takes center stage in this Law And Order episode. He's revealed quite a bit about himself in his various stints with the franchise. He was never more revealing than in this story.

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