Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A woman detonates a bomb in a parking garage, and prosecutors suspect she was acting under orders of a charismatic cult leader.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Lawrence Pressman ... Nicholas Burke
Bibi Besch ... Margaret Berman
Cheryl Giannini Cheryl Giannini ... Louise Fryman
Ted Sorel ... Stuart Melnick
Deena Martin Deena Martin ... Barbara Mann
Joyce Ebert Joyce Ebert ... Mrs. Hendricks
Sam Robards ... Daniel Hendricks
Tim Kelleher ... Dale Rudolph


After a car bomb explodes in a parking garage, Detectives Briscoe and Logan find themselves investigating a religious cult. The driver of the car, identified by her dental records, was Wendy Berman who ran away from home at the age of 14 following the death of her father. She eventually found her way to the temple and its leader Daniel Hendricks. He claims that they are a peaceful if conservative group that specializes in helping get young people off the street - and off prostitution and drugs - and into the group. The detectives also interview some former members of the temple who claim Hendricks was a harsh task master who demanded complete loyalty from his flock. ADA Stone initially charges him with murder for masterminding the car-bombing but ADA Claire Kincaid suggests a different tack: charging him with kidnapping. Written by garykmcd

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3 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Robards (Daniel Hendricks) also played the role of Davis Webb in episode 20.11, Law & Order: Fed (2009). See more »


The quote of "200 years ago" as when "we came here on boats to get away from that sort of thing" (persecution by Europe's established churches) should've been "over 300 years ago" as when we came on the Mayflower. See more »


Ben Stone: [Hendricks revealed bleeding palms after his conviction] Thumbtacks in his palms, at least he didn't try to walk on water.
Adam Schiff: Next I want to see you pull the tablecloth out and leave the glasses standing. There's no way you should've won this case.
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Free Will in a Fundamentalist Cult?
2 April 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

Sam Robards is Daniel Hendricks, leader of a small church (or is it a cult?) who stands accused of leading a young woman to detonate a fertilizer bomb in a parking garage, where she also died. Law & Order episodes that feature deliciously evil villains tend to be some of my favorites, and this one is no exception. Dr. Olivet is brought in to help determine whether Hendricks is insane or not, another interesting wrinkle to the episode.

The prosecutor's office ultimately must prove that the victim, as well as others from the church, were brainwashed and did not have freedom of choice despite the fact that the church's doors were always open. "Religion and choice," Schiff muses. "Strange bedfellows for two thousands years."

The confrontation between devout Catholic EADA Ben Stone and obsessed fundamentalist Hendricks towards the end of the episode is worth the wait. Stay till the end credits, because this one has a third act twist even after the verdict is delivered.

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