Beginning in 1990, Dick Wolf’s Law & Order delivered heart-pounding drama each week for a grand total of 20 seasons on television. The long-running series guided fans through the ups and downs of the job, from the crime scene to the courtroom and just about everything in between. Explosions, murder, addiction – but hey, no one can breakdown the show better than its stars, right?

EW caught up with Dann Florek, Jill Hennessy, Carolyn McCormick, and S. Epatha Merkerson to see how much Law & Order plot they could pack into 30 seconds. While each actor was up to the challenge, there was plenty of ground to cover – maybe too much.

Catch all of your favorite Law & Order stories on WE TV as the network celebrates the 25th anniversary with episodes airing three nights a week – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays – from 5 p.m to 11 p.m. ET.