Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Season 2 Episode 5

Chinoiserie

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2002 on USA
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Chinoiserie
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After a mother of two is shot to death in Chinatown, Goren and Eames first believe her death may be connected to the Tiananmen Square massacre. However, the investigation leads them to a smuggling ring that deals in antiquities.

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  • A young mom is gunned down while shopping with her two children, after recognizing a man whom it appears will turn out to be her killer. Because she yells "Tienamen" on seeing him, the detectives at first suspect political murder. But it's about greed.moreless

    8.0
    The major culprit is actually an elderly wealthy woman who sends an emissary around the world procuring works of art for her. The poor victim has died only because she "might" somehow become a fly in the ointment - a hindrance to the wealthy women's trip down memory lane.



    Before nailing the old lady, Goren and Eames investigate Chinese art, an accomplished calligrapher, a pair of smugglers, and a very amusing unemployed actor, who ends up playing a part in the detectives charade.



    Frank Wood gives a charming performance as a very bad actor who maintains his performance art "Lord Pemberton" accent is "perfectly good English music hall". With a pinched nose perfect for snobbery, but an air of innocence suitable for a youth, Wood makes an engaging foil. The best aspect of this not too original storyline is his whine to the detectives when questioned on his role that he is an actor and always in need of work. :)



    Nothing special, but enjoyable.moreless
  • A young mother is shot to death in Chinatown after she recognizes a man who was part of the Tienanmen Square massacre. The police think her death is related to that until they start to unravel some clues having to do with stolen art.moreless

    9.0
    Another very good episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent with some interesting twists and turns.



    Lucy Littleton was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Doing some shopping in Chinatown with her two small children when she spots the screamer of Tienanmen Square right across the street. You see Lucy was a witness to the murders of the students in the streets those days. A few minutes later Lucy is gunned down. Killed by a couple of shots to the back at close range in front of her children. So this looks like a politically charged case. Lucy's husband is in the state department and they met in China.



    From there the case takes some interesting twist and turns to the point where we learn that this is a case of something else all together.



    For once they really have the audience buffaloed into thinking another way and seeing something else. Well written and the acting was superb by the whole cast, This is an episode worth watching again. Thanks for reading...moreless
Peter Frechette

Peter Frechette

Stuart Gaston

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Stephen Sable

Stephen Sable

Pang Ghiangji

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Frank Wood

Frank Wood

George Weems

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Robert Goren: (to George Weems) You don't look so plump-and-happy now, George.

    • Robert Goren: You've loosened your tie, you've got a drink on your desk, you've got three phone lines blinking, and you're chewing the inside of your cheeks like some kind of frantic chipmunk. Are you under a lot of stress?

    • Alex Eames: Look what we have here. Forged documents.
      Robert Goren: Why in the world would you spend so much money for forged documents?
      Ms. Mobray: I thought it would be fun to have them.
      Alex Eames: We think it would be fun if you accompanied these gentlemen down to our offices.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode, unlike most, does deal with a crime normally covered by the real Major Case squad (art theft); however, this doesn't really count, as this crime isn't discovered until halfway through the investigation (which was initially a homicide investigation, something normally covered by the homicide department).

    • Special billing was given to Elizabeth Wilson (and) in this episode.

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