Law & Order (season 5)

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Law & Order (season 5)
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Season 5 U.S. DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original network NBC
Original release September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) – May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24)
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The fifth season of Law & Order aired on NBC between September 21, 1994, and May 24, 1995.


Jack McCoy (played by Sam Waterston) replaced season 4's Ben Stone (Michael Moriarty) as Executive Assistant District Attorney. Mike Logan (played by Chris Noth) departed the cast after this season, thus making Adam Schiff (played by Steven Hill) the last remaining first season cast member.

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
89 1 "Second Opinion" Ed Sherin Michael S. Chernuchin & Jeremy R. Littman September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) 69408

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

90 2 "Coma" Jace Alexander Ed Zuckerman September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) 69406

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 (1994-10-05) 69402

The killing of a Japanese nightclub owner who was visiting New York City 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 (1994-10-12) 69401

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 (1994-10-19) 69411
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 (1994-11-02) 69409
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 (1994-11-09) 69410
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 (1994-11-23) 69412
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 (1994-11-30) 69415

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 (1995-01-04) 69413

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 (1995-01-11) 69404
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 (1995-01-25) 69416

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 (1995-02-01) 69414

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 (1995-02-08) 69419

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 (1995-02-15) 69420
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.
104 16 "Wannabe" Lewis H. Gould René Balcer & I.C. Rapoport March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15) 69417

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 (1995-03-22) 69422

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 (1995-04-05) 69418

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 (1995-04-19) 69423
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 (1995-04-26) 69426

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 (1995-05-03) 69421

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

110 22 "Switch" Christopher Misiano Jeremy R. Littman & Sibyl Gardner May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17) 69425
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 (1995-05-24) 69427

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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ (1995-05-24). "Law & Order - Season 5, Episode 23: Pride". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 

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List of Law & Order seasons
Succeeded by
Season Six