Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 1, Episode 4

The Faithful (17 Oct. 2001)

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When a Catholic church sexton is found murdered in the sanctuary, Detectives Goren and Eames search for a thieving drug addict who works there, but their investigation grows dicey when it ... See full summary »

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When a Catholic church sexton is found murdered in the sanctuary, Detectives Goren and Eames search for a thieving drug addict who works there, but their investigation grows dicey when it appears that the victim was skimming church funds -- and diverting them to the suspect. A further complication arises when the police make another grim discovery that implicates other important church officials in a widening scandal. Written by Anonymous

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A.D.A. Ron Carver: [Scolding Det. Goren for withholding information] Detective... If you try and run one by me like that again, I'll have your badge.
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Law & Order:Criminal Intent-The Faithful
11 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Howard(Michael Marisi Ornstein), an alcoholic, mentally handicapped bum with TB, is considered the prime suspect of the murder of a Catholic Church money collector, Abernathy(Stephen Henderson), and the bloody bag which contains the meager charitable money given by parishioners was in his possession. In actuality a repulsive junkie named Kevin(Alex Feldman) is the one responsible, having confronted the money collector after a mysterious benefactor made his bail when he was arrested for drug possession. St. Justin's Church is noteworthy for their contributions to the homeless and the fact that the crime was committed there means that Eames and Goren should get the investigation over and done with the sooner the better. Kevin is a "speed freak" and we see right from the beginning that he'll do anything, no matter how violent, to get more money so he can continue to purchase meth to supply his habit. Abernathy kept the records of the collections at mass and Goren and Eames need to find out his link to Kevin. When Kevin winds up dead, the case takes on a whole new dimension, one that concerns the embezzlement of St Justin's church funds by one internally able to get his hands on the money taken in by the Mass collection plate. Goren discovers that Kevin was actually given the last rites moments after his murder which is certain to cause quite an uproar. Father McShale(Michael O'Keefe), praised by the homeless as a hero, admits to something really eye-opening as it pertains to Kevin, and the detectives and ADA Carver have their hands full with a potential hung jury in trying the case of Donovon's murder. One lie and one major truth emerge regarding McShale's relationship to Kevin and it's a doozy. Goren appeals to McShale to "do the right thing" to protect someone who would've been extorted by Kevin, going behind Carver's back which concludes this powerful episode in heartbreaking fashion. A word of warning from Carver to Goren leaves a lump in the throat..do not keep secrets when it relates to solving a case and winning a trial just so that a third party can be protected against slander. The old "sins of the father" plays a major part in this powerful episode showing how Goren will go to great lengths for something he believes in. Kevin is quite a monster, a terror to everyone around him and inevitable victim due to his persistent desire to get his hands on cash to keep him silent over a situation he exploits until he is "put down."


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