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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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 Alexandra Eames: [to Detective Goren] You're the lapsed altar boy.
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SPOILERS: One of the most disturbing and moving episodes of the series
19 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll just start at the end. A nun (Angie) who has been rescuing prostitutes for almost 20 years confesses to setting up a black man to be beaten up for dating a white girl, calling him n****r and kicking him herself...all to get a boy to like her.

When it's all said and done, you completely understand who she was 20 years ago and even have compassion for her despite what she did. You also understand the outrage and bitterness of the young man (Eddie, the victim's brother) who hunted her down and killed another nun who wouldn't tell him where Angie was. So much pain, hatred, violence -- yet so incredibly human.

At the end, when Angie is on her knees sobbing and begging forgiveness, knowing she will eventually be charged with murder with the other 2 assailants for the beating, I still cry, even after seeing this episode several times. Her guilt and anguish, Carver's face, Goren and Eames standing by, the shock on her priest's face, knowing all the details, the dead nun, the practically comatose victim, how Angie tried to redeem herself but it wasn't enough, the injustice and violence, racism, hate -- it's just heartbreaking.


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