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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To doubt your own doubts
22 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the things that was a constant for the years that Sam Waterston was a regular there was his lapsed Catholicism. He made no secret that he repudiated what he learned in parochial school and he seemed to really enjoy going after religious hustlers.

Now he has a case that truly challenges his own non-beliefs. A young hyperactive adolescent is brought to a hospital by Mel Rodriguez and she dies while in the waiting area of the emergency room and Rodriguez who is a retarded individual books.

When Rodriguez is located the trail leads to Frances Conroy who many consider an urban saint. She is a drop out from a convent, preferring to do things her way. What she was doing was conducting an unauthorized exorcism and the child died as a result of the injuries.

Conroy goes on trial for criminally negligent homicide and the picture that is brought out by her lawyer Wendell Pierce is a selflessly dedicated woman who takes no money for her services, such a contrast to all those pompadoured reverends shamelessly asking for coin on every broadcast. I even wondered how she paid her rent.

Like Joan Of Arc she hears voices, like the Maid of Orleans the specific voice of St. Michael. Waterston never crossexamined a defendant like her before or after in his tenure with the show. It reminded me of Michael Clarke Duncan's character in The Green Mile, a simple selfless soul with great gifts. Somewhere in the human community you like to think there are such as these.

If Waterston felt like the Bishop of Cauchon after it was all over you could hardly blame him.

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