Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Season 2, Episode 5

Chinoiserie (27 Oct. 2002)

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The death of a young mother in front of her children while they're in Chinatown points towards the events at Tiananmen Square, but the clues send them towards antiquities instead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Gaston
Stephen Sable ...
Pang Ghiangji
George Weems
Mr. Hsu
Liam Montgomery
Lucille Mobray
John Littleton
Karen Tsen Lee ...
Annie Littleton
Leo Tran ...
Tao Jim
Ross Bickell ...
Harry Plimpton


The death of a young mother in front of her children while they're in Chinatown points towards the events at Tiananmen Square, but the clues send them towards antiquities instead.

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Goren says that the shooter could not have been more than two feet away from the victim, but when she is shot, we can see more than two feet behind her, and there is no one there. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: This must be some kind of situation you've got on your hands.
Stuart Gaston: Why do you say that?
Detective Robert Goren: Well, 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.
Detective Robert Goren: [pauses, Stuart looks flustered] Are you under a lot of stress?
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Okay, But A Bit On The Dry Side
16 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Annie Ming Littleton is shopping in Chinatown with her two little kids when she recognizes someone, goes into hysterics yelling and chasing the guy. This is reminiscent of the 1976 film "Marathon Man" when Holocaust victims recognized an old Nazi on the streets of New York and yelled out, as this woman did. In this case, the woman recognized a man called "the butcher" who massacred people in the student uprising of 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Anyway, the man she was pursuing eludes her, gets in a car but the driver advises him to go back and do something about that because the woman recognized him. He does, killing her with two shots in the back.

That dramatic opening is really the only riveting part of this episode, which is sub-par only because it has limited appeal. It's really a story about smuggling Chinese artifacts and the dealings with that, much of which will bore most listeners. I wasn't bored, but most episodes are little more edgy than this one.

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