Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 23

Caviar Emptor

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 12, 2004 on NBC
7.6
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Caviar Emptor
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When a caviar importer is murdered the day after his wedding to a much-younger woman, the large pool of suspects includes his new wife, his children, and his chief competitor, each of whom has a compelling motive for committing the crime.

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  • Dull and unimaginative

    6.0
    Possibly the worst episode for this season. The throng of character put up as potential suspect was enough to revoke any interest I had in the plot of this episode. The story is one of emotional revenge because of a perceived betrayal. Between a rich father set in traditional Persian/Jewish ways and that of his daughter who sacrificed her life inc. giving up the chance to bear children so she look after her father home. When he apparently betrays her, she apparently kills him.



    A bright start that casts the net of suspects wide, is undone in a middle act that really only serves promotes the circumstances of the crime and doesnt do enough to build an emotional attachment to the victim or the daughter.



    The middle section plods along into a final act in the court room that is benign and smothers any connection that the viewer may have with the characters in this story. Sure betrayal is bad but not heinous enough to have commited the murder - at least the writing team didnt do enough to get viewers to think that way.



    In the end, the eyebrow raising twist wasnt enough to save this episode and I certainly would care to miss it, if Id only known.moreless
  • Who did it?

    9.0
    The crime appears straightforward. An older and recently married man is found dead the next morning. His beautiful twenty-something wife was out riding, and there were numerous family disputes. The son who had disappointed his father in business and stood to lose everything. The son-in-law poised to take over the business when the old man passed on. The demure daughter ten years older than her father's new bride. The criminal investigation turns up evidence that the daughter committed the crime after her father brutally rejected her desire to adopt children, and added insult to injury by turning her out of the house, to make room for his fashionable new wife.



    Foreign societies are much more heavily male-oriented than we are accustomed to in the United States, but episodes such as this one remind us powerfully that it's the man who has the final word. One cannot help feeling sorry for the defendant and her husband throughout the trial, as we learn that her father heartlessly denied her the only thing she wanted -- to adopt a Chinese baby and have a family -- and then abandoned her. His cruelty makes him an unsympathetic victim, and we are just as torn over the verdict as the prosecution, when her husband stands up in court and testifies that he did it. Did he do it? Or was he merely attempting to protect his wife, as the society he had grown up in dictates? We may never know, only that he is going away for a crime he might not have committed.moreless
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Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Maz Jobrani

Maz Jobrani

Asher Koutal

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Yasmin Soleimani

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Firdous Bamji

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Ben Soleimani

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Jeffrey DeMunn

Jeffrey DeMunn

Norman Rothenberg

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J.K. Simmons

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Dr. Emil Skoda

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