A narcissistic psychopath kidnaps the granddaughter of a former Congressman. He says it will be "Divine Retribution" if she dies, and the fault for her death will rest upon the shoulders of the Congressman and Quincy.

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Garry Walberg ...
John S. Ragin ...
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Joseph Roman ...
John O'Connell ...
Deputy DA Larry Bogasi
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Carl Norman
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Attorney Jack Wray
Claire Malis ...
Evelyn Hillman
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Mrs. Kendall
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Prof. Henry Lester Hillman
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Vince Howard ...
Judge James Parker
Denny Furey ...
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A narcissistic psychopath kidnaps the granddaughter of a former Congressman. He says it will be "Divine Retribution" if she dies, and the fault for her death will rest upon the shoulders of the Congressman and Quincy.

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5 January 1983 (USA)  »

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If I understood what the DA was doing, why didn't the others understand?
8 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Law is a Fool" is a very unusual and neat episode---provided your brain is in neutral. Otherwise, there are TONS of holes with this one...tons. So many that I found the show rather annoying.

A kidnapper abducts a child. He's soon caught but won't tell anyone where the child is. What's more, he's very cocky and behaves as if he'd expected to be captured. While at first he talks about the abduction being for revenge, it's soon obvious he just wants the money and has planned it all out. His deal he proposes to the DA--prosecute him for kidnapping and deliberately throw the case while agreeing to press no other charges against him AND $500,000! When this case is thrown, he will let everyone know where the child is--and she'll be unharmed. Fortunately, the DA has an ace in the hole--one I CLEARLY understood and foresaw--yet, oddly, no one else did!! Basing an entire story on a plot twist that most anyone would easily guess--that makes for a bad episode--especially since all the other supposedly intelligent characters were clueless.

The biggest other thing you'll probably notice about this one is that Quincy is barely in the show at all and he really has little to do with the case until a BRIEF scene near the end. I assume Jack Klugman was taking a vacation or needed a break from the show. But it sure didn't seem much like "Quincy"!


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