Law & Order (season 5)

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Law & Order (season 5)
Law and Order season 5 cover.jpg
Season 5 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel NBC
Original run September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) – May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)[1]
Region 2 July 23, 2007 (2007-07-23)[2]
Region 4 July 30, 2007 (2007-07-30)
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List of Law & Order episodes

The following is a list of Law & Order episodes from the series' fifth season (1994–1995):[3]


Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterston) replaced season 4's Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) as Executive Assistant District Attorney.

Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Jerry Orbach Lennie Briscoe entire season N/A
Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan entire season N/A
S. Epatha Merkerson Anita Van Buren entire season N/A
Sam Waterston EADA Jack McCoy entire season N/A
Jill Hennessy A.D.A. Claire Kincaid entire season N/A
Steven Hill D.A. Adam Schiff entire season N/A
Dann Florek Capt. Don Cragen N/A episode 20
Carolyn McCormick Elizabeth Olivet N/A episodes 3,6,13,18-20,22


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
89 1 "Second Opinion" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & Jeremy R. Littman September 21, 1994 69408 11.91[4]

A woman's death exposes an unorthodox method of treating cancer that Executive Assistant DA McCoy intends to prove is negligent homicide.

90 2 "Coma" Jace Alexander Ed Zuckerman September 28, 1994 69406 13.47[5]

A comedy-club owner comes under suspicion for having shot his wife, now comatose with a bullet in her head, after it's discovered he was abusive and she was about to divorce him.

91 3 "Blue Bamboo" Don Scardino Teleplay by: René Balcer & Morgan Gendel
Story by: René Balcer & Hall Powell
October 5, 1994 69402 11.23[6]

The killing of a Japanese nightclub owner who was visiting New York leads to the arrest of a singer who once worked for the deceased, and whose lawyer uses the "battered-woman syndrome" as a defense. While assisting on the case, Olivet remembers her own prior sexual assault.

92 4 "Family Values" Constantine Makris René Balcer & William N. Fordes October 12, 1994 69401 12.56[7]

A missing victim, a suspicious ex-husband and a family hiding something all contribute to the ADAs' decision to risk their licenses on a hunch. After ruling out suicide, McCoy and Kincaid turn their focus on the missing woman's daughter – and take a giant leap to prove their far-fetched theory.

93 5 "White Rabbit" Steven Robman Ed Zuckerman & Morgan Gendel October 19, 1994 69411 13.42[8]
A burglary unlocks a decades-old case. A safety deposit box company unwittingly exposes a female political activist-fugitive who has been hiding for over 20 years. Detectives locate and arrest one of the four involved in the burglary, and ultimately catch the female fugitive who is accused of killing a policeman during a 1971 robbery.
94 6 "Competence" Fred Gerber Michael S. Chernuchin & Mark B. Perry November 2, 1994 69409 14.78[9]
When Lt. Van Buren is the victim of an attempted holdup by two teens, she fires her gun and kills one of them, and the detectives are faced with the fact that she shot an unarmed child in the back.
95 7 "Precious" Constantine Makris René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport November 9, 1994 69410 11.33[10]
When Briscoe and Logan suspect that a missing infant may have been murdered rather than kidnapped, they uncover a terrible family secret.
96 8 "Virtue" Martha Mitchell Mark B. Perry & Jeremy R. Littman November 23, 1994 69412 12.16[11]
McCoy uses a charge of "larceny by extortion" against a councilman, whose former colleague claims he demanded sex in exchange for a law-firm partnership.
97 9 "Scoundrels" Marc Laub Ed Zuckerman & Charles C. Mann November 30, 1994 69415 11.38[12]

Among the suspects in a lawyer's murder are a swindler, who conned a woman out of her family fortune, and the woman's once-wealthy son.

98 10 "House Counsel" James Quinn Michael S. Chernuchin & Barry M. Schkolnick January 4, 1995 69413 14.19[13]

The killing of a man who had served as a juror in a mob trial leads to a battle of wills between McCoy and his long-time friend, the suspect's attorney.

99 11 "Guardian" Christopher Misiano Teleplay by: René Balcer & William N. Fordes
Story by: René Balcer & Brad Markowitz
January 11, 1995 69404 11.21[14]
After the body of a young female junkie is identified as the daughter of a wealthy family, Briscoe and Logan try to find out who left her to die in the yard of a day-care center.
100 12 "Progeny" Don Scardino Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Morgan Gendel
Story by: Morgan Gendel & Mark B. Perry
January 25, 1995 69416 13.73[15]

After the murder of an abortion clinic doctor, Briscoe and Logan are led to a suspect who belongs to a radical pro-life movement and their suspicion soon turns to the group's leader, who admits that he's glad the doctor died. McCoy faces the unpleasant task of charging the respected and charismatic former priest with murder, and the public debate over whether the secular community should interfere in spiritual matters.

101 13 "Rage" Arthur W. Forney Michael S. Chernuchin February 1, 1995 69414 11.82[16]

A Wall Street broker accused of murdering his mentor uses the defense of "black rage" in court.

102 14 "Performance" Martha Mitchell Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman & Jeremy R. Littman
Story by: René Balcer & Jeremy R. Littman
February 8, 1995 69419 11.63[17]

Briscoe and Logan set out to identify the apparent victim in a snuff film, but find her alive and really the victim of a points-for-sex club at her prestigious high school.

103 15 "Seed" Don Scardino Michael S. Chernuchin & Janis Diamond February 15, 1995 69420 12.92[18]
A routine investigation into a woman's death leads Briscoe and Logan to a fertility doctor guilty of unethical practices, but who apparently cannot be touched because of confidentiality rules, and patient reluctance to talk. The name of the doctor, "Delbert," was changed after filming and crudely dubbed in.
104 16 "Wannabe" Lewis H. Gould René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport March 15, 1995 69417 14.69[19]

The shooting of a board member of an exclusive private school leads to a blue-collar family and a classist system.

  • Guest star: Harry Groener, Boyd Gaines, Bruce Kirkpatrick, Graham Sack, Leslie Denniston, John C. Vennema, Doris Belack.
105 17 "Act of God" Constantine Makris Ed Zuckerman & Walter Dallenbach March 22, 1995 69422 11.36[20]

A bomb at a construction site kills a 12-year-old boy, and the suspects include the bankrupt contractor and a jealous husband.

106 18 "Privileged" Vincent Misiano Jeremy R. Littman & Suzanne O'Malley April 5, 1995 69418 11.46[21]

The investigation into a double murder leads to a young alcoholic whose family once lived in the victims' house and who admitted to his AA group that he had nightmares about the killings.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Intent"
107 19 "Cruel and Unusual" Matthew Penn René Balcer & Michael S. Chernuchin April 19, 1995 69423 15.17[22]
The death of an autistic youth (Steven Burns) in custody reveals a multitude of unusual and possibly illegal therapies being used, but also parents reluctant to pursue a prosecution.
108 20 "Bad Faith" Dann Florek René Balcer April 26, 1995 69426 13.67[23]

Logan relives unhappy childhood memories when a friend is found dead; a presumed suicide, until the investigation reveals recent contact with a former priest who has a history of pedophilia.

  • Guest appearance by Dann Florek reprising his role as Donald Cragen.
  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Confession"
109 21 "Purple Heart" Arthur W. Forney Morgan Gendel & William N. Fordes May 3, 1995 69421 11.24[24]

The investigation into a taxi driver's murder involves a loan shark, a forged check, a missing plumber and the victim's wife.

110 22 "Switch" Christopher Misiano Jeremy R. Littman & Sibyl Gardner May 17, 1995 69425 11.77[25]
Suspects in a psychiatrist's murder include the victim's ex-husband, a patient suffering from multiple-personality disorder and her obstructive father.
111 23 "Pride" Ed Sherin Ed Zuckerman & Gene Ritchings May 24, 1995 69427 14.89[27]

A gay city councilman is murdered and the trail leads to a bigoted rival politician and a male prostitute.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David (January 1, 2007). "Law & Order - Season 5 Coming in April!". TVShowsOnDVD. Retrieved January 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Law & Order: Series 5 (1994)". Universal Playback. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ CNET Networks, Inc. (2007). episode summary for Season 5. Retrieved February 18, 2007.
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