Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 5, Episode 5

Acts of Contrition (23 Oct. 2005)

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At a church which tries to liberate young prostitutes from their pimps, a nun is murdered. Goren and Eames must dig deep to find the truth, not only in the eyes of men, but also in the eyes of God.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sister Olivia
Father Manning
Sister Dorothy
Sandra Daley ...
James' Caretaker
George Loros ...
Dominic Fratti
Eddie Roberts (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Barbara Andres ...
Mother Superior
Felix Delgado ...
Enrique (as Cuban Link)
Sister Amelia


At a church which tries to liberate young prostitutes from their pimps, a nun is murdered. Goren and Eames must dig deep to find the truth, not only in the eyes of men, but also in the eyes of God.

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Detective Robert Goren: [trying to get a man's description] Was he big, like me?
Sister Edwina: Not so big. And not so... Caucasian.
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You Reap What You Sow......Eventually
21 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another of these programs which leave a frown on your face when it's over. It's an interesting story, start-to-finish, but you don't feel good about things when it's over, despite a person doing the right thing.

In this case - big-time spoiler alert - it's a nun, "Sister Olivia," who has been a wonderful person the last 15-17 years, dedicating her life to help prostitutes escape their lifestyle. She has done a lot of good works. Unfortunately, her past catches up with her because one dark night 17 years ago, she set up a guy to get severely injured and watched as he was beaten. She was known as "Angie DeMarco" back then and was, in her words, "an evil, horrible person."

Angie even kicked the guy while he was down. Since he was black, it was considered a "hate crime." Now, she must do the right thing and testify to that fact about what happened that night, since the case was never solved. Along with the two assailants, she might be up for murder if the man dies, and he probably will soon because he's almost a vegetable at this time.

We never see the assailants, just the victim's brother who has been a bitter man ever since that day and he, inadvertently, leads Goren and Eames on the right track to catch these guys. All of this started when another nun, "Sister Dorothy," was murdered in her church. It turns out to be one of the people I mention above. No sense going into the all the details.

Suffice to say it is an involving story that will definitely keep your interest all the way. Susan Misner is good as "Sister Olivia."

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