Law & Order: Season 9, Episode 15

Disciple (24 Feb. 1999)

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A rebellious child dies during an unsanctioned exorcism ceremony. The defendant claims that St. Michael instructed her to perform it.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosa Halasy
Mr. Wade
Margo Grayson
Reathel Bean
Steven Randazzo
Bill Crawford (as Melvin Rodriguez)
John Ottavino ...
Manny Turner
Frank Raiter ...
Msgr. Damien Ribot


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a young girl who was dropped off at a hospital emergency room but was left unnoticed by anyone. The medical examiner determines that she had seven fractured ribs and punctured lungs, all consistent with a beating. She was not sexually abused but from the marks on her wrists and ankles it seems she was restrained or tied up. She is eventually identified as Kiera Grayson whose mother Margo is very uncooperative but has an alibi for the time of death. According to neighbors Kiera had behavioral problems and it leads to the arrest of Rosa Halasy, a former nun who performed an exorcism on the girl. Rosa is charged with murder and her defense is that she hears the voice of St. Michael who tells her what she should do about those who need help. Written by garykmcd

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A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: [referring to Hallacy] You really believe she heard the voice of St Michael?
Jack McCoy: I don't doubt she thinks she did.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Can we convince a jury she didn't?
D.A. Adam Schiff: They tried that with Joan of Arc.
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2 January 2013 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A woman is stressed out by her hyperactive teen-aged daughter, having lost two jobs, being punched in the nose, and unable to find help or respite anywhere. So she brings her daughter to an ex nun who performs an exorcism ritual and manages to kill the kid.

It's a conundrum. The mother pleads to manslaughter but it seems hardly her fault, since she was driven to distraction and wasn't present when the accidental death took place. On the stand, she's very convincing.

And the ex nun is practically a paragon of selflessness, devoting her life and its skimpy resources to helping the homeless and the poor with no assistance from outside. She claims that all her activities were guided by the voice of St. Michael the Archangel, who acted as a messenger between her and God. She's convincing too. She's play by Frances Conroy, who has plain and undistinguished features.

It's all twisted and it puts the DA's office into an avoidance/avoidance conflict, which leads to a laughable exchange.

Angie Harmon: I don't want that woman on the street killing any more children.

Sam Waterston: And I don't feel like challenging this woman's religious beliefs on the stand.

Steven Hill: Alright. Split the difference. Prove that a saint committed murder.

Of course the subject is serious enough. Suppose a religious culture demands that an adulteress be stoned to death. Is that more justified than an accidental death during a curing ritual, or worse? How about Joan of Arc? How about ANY case in which an attempt to do good results in a bad outcome?

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