Philip Winchester and Sam Waterston as former Chicago ADA Peter Stone and New York DA Jack McCoy, respectively, in the Dick Wolf written Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “The Undiscovered Country” (2018)

After an absence of almost eight years, “Law & Order” alumnus Sam Waterston returns to “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as District Attorney Jack McCoy.


With the demise of Ben Stone, McCoy is seen speaking at his friend’s funeral. Fortunately, the actor that played Stone in 88 episodes of the original “Law & Order” series, Michael Moriarty, is very much alive and well.

If you are wondering as to the origins of the title for this episode, “The Undiscovered Country” is a direct quote from Act III, Scene I, Page 4 of William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.”

The quote comes from the soliloquy where Hamlet speaks of death being “The undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns, …”


The season 19 Dick Wolf written episode “The Undiscovered Country” Chicago’s former Assistant District Attorney Peter Stone in attendance of his father’s funeral. Stone is played by Philip Winchester.

People familiar with Stone will know he was one of the regular characters that appeared in the short-lived “One Chicago” franchise series “Chicago Justice.”

It should be noted the franchises “Law & Order” and “One Chicago” share a common fictional universe.

In this episode, the Special Victims Unit is called in to investigate a father, Eric Householder (Joe Tapper), apparently kidnapping his sickly infant son.


When the father was found, he says he wants his son to live with him. ADA Rafael Barba (Raúl Esparza) jeopardises the position the DA’s office holds in the case. Consequently, McCoy stepped in to the fray.

McCoy sends Barba to trial for murder, however is found not guilty.


Successfully defending Barba in the case was attorney Randolph J. Dworkin (Peter Jacobson).

Anyone familiar with the popular David Shore created medical drama “House” would know of Jacobson. Beginning with the Deran Sarafian directed episode “The Right Stuff,” the actor was seen playing Dr. Chris Taub for 96 episodes of the series’ 176 episode run.

Now he can frequently be seen playing a defence attorney in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Having been found not guilty of the crime her was charged with Barba quits his position as ADA. Chicago’s former ADA is appointed to replace Barba.

With Stone coming from Chicago to New York, there is a good chance we will see other “Chicago Justice” characters.