Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Sisters of Mercy 

A teenage drug addict claims that a nun molested her at a treatment house, but the investigation leads to an accusation of rape involving the chief executive of the facility.


Fred Gerber


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Kate Burton ... Sister Bettina
William H. Macy ... Jack Powell
Kelli Williams ... Maggie Corson
Judy Reyes ... Maria Barragon
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Larry Joshua ... McCarter
Bernie Grant Bernie Grant ... Judge Irwin Reisman
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Anne Houston (as LaTanya Richardson)
Vincent Laresca ... Danny


A young teenage runaway is arrested after discharging a gun in a diner. Cerreta and Logan look into the reasons why she had run away and learn that she had been raped at the halfway house she had been staying in. The investigation leads to a free thinking nun and the caretaker of the halfway house. Written by danny gonzalez

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Release Date:

3 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Burton plays Sister Bettina in this episode. She goes on to play the role of Erica Gardner in four later episodes. See more »


Possessing an unlicensed, loaded handgun without a carry permit and discharging it in public would be Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree, not third or fourth degree as Cerreta suggests. It's a fairly serious charge as it is a class C felony. CPW in the 3rd is a class D felony and CPW in the 4th is a class A misdemeanor. See more »


Det. Mike Logan: Don't nuns have curfews?
Sister Bettina: That went out with the penguin suit.
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His own harem
3 November 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When a young homeless runaway played by Kelli Williams discharges a weapon in a diner it's Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth on the scene to take her in and question her.

Williams is a most disturbed young lady who reacts badly to nun Kate Burton from the place that sheltered her. Later on some accusations of sexual molestation from another client Judy Reyes surface against Burton.

But the real villain her in this charity that is half controlled by the Archdiocese is William H. Macy. Macy is one slick piece of work who as CEO of the place regards this as a private harem.

When Macy does go on trial where the witnesses against him are street kids his lawyer has a field day in cross examination.

Macy is one evil slick piece of work.

This one will have you on edge awaiting the outcome.

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