Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 3

Blue Bamboo (5 Oct. 1994)

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A singer claims Battered Woman Syndrome as an excuse for killing her former employer, whom she claims abused her during her employment.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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When Japanese businessman is killed the investigation reveals that the man was a misogynist who treated women like dirt. So they suspect that he tried to force himself on a woman and she fought back. Eventually the trail leads them to a woman who knew him in Japan. After she's arrested, her lawyer decides to utilize the battered woman defense. McCoy does his best to counter because the man's associates want justice. Written by

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When Logan is going over the list of stage names/real names of the women on the victim's list of auditions, he says that Toni "with an I" Curtis was really Bernice Schwartz. Tony Curtis' birth name was Bernard Schwartz. See more »


In the final courtroom scene after the verdict, Mr. Nakahara stands up and buttons his jacket twice; once in the far shot, once in the near shot. See more »


Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: If you're gonna play stickball in Canarsie, learn Brooklyn rules!
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Singing in Tokyo
22 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A Japanese businessman staggers down hotel stairs and falls dead in the lobby. That puts Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth investigating the case and it turns out the Japanese businessman ran a nightclub in Tokyo where American singers are an attraction.

The suspect they turn up is Laura Linney who is a singer, but singing in Tokyo was only part of her job. She was expected to be nice to the customers and especially nice to her employer. When she got a pelvic infection and could no longer be nice, she went back after this employer gave her passport back.

To say she's sympathetic defendant is putting it mildly. But Sam Waterston's chance for conviction really goes south when his own psychiatrist Carolyn McCormick agrees that despite a time lapse Linney is truly a battered woman. Not to mention the anti-Japanese feeling that was raging and almost fashionable in the USA during the time this episode first aired.

I'm not in complete sympathy with Linney, she did have options both here and in Tokyo. Still she's an appealing perpetrator.

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