Law & Order: Season 1, Episode 20

The Troubles (26 Mar. 1991)

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Detectives and prosecutors face resistance from federal authorities as they pursue murder charges against an suspected IRA member serving time in federal prison, after he is suspected of killing another federal prisoner.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian O'Connell
Daniel Mallahan
Alan North ...
Robert Silver ...
Bill Nelson ...
Betty Miller ...
Mrs. Bridget McDiarmid
Patrick McCarter
Michael Cullen ...


While en route to the Downtown Courthouse, a Lebanese prisoner is found killed in the back of the prisoner transport. Greevey and Logan suspect a Cuban inmate and the leader of an IRA organization. It also leads to government resistance as Stone and Robinette try to prosecute the case. Written by danny gonzalez

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Kevin J. O'Connor, who plays McCarter, later appeared in The Mummy (1999). That movie, like this episode, features a character named O'Connell who is generally addressed by surname only. See more »


When Detective Roberts kicks Mustafa's corpse, he yells, "Worthless bag of crap!" The word "crap" was dubbed in. If you watch after 4 minutes 33 seconds, you'll see he actually said "shit" instead of "crap". See more »

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Extremely inaccurate portrayal of Ireland
30 March 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

To be honest, as an Irish person, I was pretty annoyed at this episode. It portrayed the Irish as either a background bunch of farmers or IRA men. The names were all stereotypical Irish names as well, e.g. Bridget, Sheila. True, I can think of people or friends of people I know with those names but neither are as popular as they once were. Bridget McDiarmid's dress was very old-fashioned and I can tell you that NO ONE in Ireland dresses like that, then or now. They did wear those forty or fifty years ago but not anymore. Plus, no one in Ireland would say "County Mayo," they would just say "Mayo." Anthony Heald mispronounces Donegal, another county, as well. (If I even start to go in to his accent, I'd be here for hours!) In real life, O'Connell would probably not acknowledge the link between Sinn Féin and IRA. Even though it's EXTREMELY common knowledge that they have strong connections, Sinn Féin maintains that they are completely separate groups despite the fact that both of its two main leaders were once in the IRA and may even have sat on the IRA military council. All of the Irish history and historical figures mentioned in it was correct though such as Michael Collins, Robert Emmett and Daniel O'Connell. And, like Stone said, the Battle of the Boyne was in 1690, about 300 years before. All in all, it seemed more like 1891 than 1991 to me. I'm sure it annoyed lots of other Irish people too.

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