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Abel & Willing 

A tormented social scientist haunted by his family's Holocaust past performs twisted social experiments on couples to test the limits of goodness in human nature.


Kevin Bray


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (developed by) (as René Balcer) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Jeff Goldblum ... Zack Nichols
Saffron Burrows ... Serena Stevens
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Zoe Callas
Dallas Roberts ... Dr. Abel Hazard
Derek Cecil ... Ted Stoddard
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Eleanor Hutchins ... Veronica Kalen
Nadia Bowers ... Linda Stoddard
Brenda Withers ... ADA Emma Niles
Steven Skybell ... Leon Vorsichtiger
Cordelia Reynolds ... Call Girl
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lawrence Ballard ... Man
Pawl Bazile Pawl Bazile ... Robert Smith Look-alike (as Paul Basile)
Magaly Colimon ... Tech Kallman
Timothy Davis ... Leeland Kalen


A tormented social scientist haunted by his family's Holocaust past performs twisted social experiments on couples to test the limits of goodness in human nature.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »






Release Date:

4 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Actor Dallas Roberts previously appeared in three episodes of Law & Order (1990). He is probably best known for playing serial rapist and murderer Gregory Yates on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Chicago P.D. (2014). See more »


The two detectives are discussing the word "yar" and correctly refer to a quote by Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) in Philadelphia Story; however the line was directed at George Kittredge (John Howard), not Macaulay Connor (James Stewart). "Yar" is used to describe a boat or ship in very good condition. See more »


References The Philadelphia Story (1940) See more »

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I have proved selfless behavior is a myth.
10 October 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A young couple were spending time in the dock where their boat is placed, making up their mind about names to give to their soon to be adopted child. Suddenly a masked man turned up and put them in a van. The next day, labourers were cleaning a pod when the man kidnapped before (Derek Cecil) showed up in hospital gown totally freak out, stating to have killed his wife. Nichols and Stevens, thanks to a bracelet left in victim's wrist, make a connection to a previous murder in which a woman was convicted to kill her husband. The perp had some troubles since his childhood due to something happened during the WWII to his grandparents and he wants to prove matters involving human behavior to the world.

Nichols, while looking at black guys shooting hoops, talks about an interesting theory involving routines. Later on he managed to translate modern hieroglyphic written by the perp in the bracelets, something that not even his polyglot partner would be able to do.

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