Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An award-winning Chinese American high school science student is killed. Evidence points to the jealous family of one of the student's high school competitors.


Steven Robman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Kelly Bishop ... Marian Borland
Stephen Pearlman ... Leonard Willis
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Ron Borland
Lee Wallace ... Judge Thomas Simon
Allelon Ruggiero ... Carl Borland
Lianna Pai ... Claudia Chong (as Liana Pai)
Sabrina Lloyd ... Kate 'Katie' Silver
Rex Robbins Rex Robbins ... Steinman
Sam Rockwell ... Randy Borland


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the shooting death of Tim Chong a brilliant physics student who was in the running to a national scholarship. He was gunned down just outside his school. His friends Katie Silver and Carl Borland were with him just moments before when he had been harassed by Asian gang members. Tim had been a member of the gang for a very short while but the police find that it's a dead end. They subsequently learn that Carl's mother, Marian Borland, was highly protective of her son who was Tim's only competition for the prestigious scholarship. When they get evidence that Mrs. Borland lied about the time she left work, she and her eldest son Randy are charged with murder. ADA Stone has to get a conviction without a murder weapon after the gun used in the shooting is ruled inadmissible. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

14 April 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Kelly Bishop (Marian Borland) also worked together on three episodes of The Good Wife (2009) as Peter Florrick & Bea Wilson respectively. See more »


Ben Stone: The Court of Appeals is moving with the Supreme Court.
Leonard Willis: The Court of Appeals changes its mind more often than I change my socks. That permit was for the Borland business. The warrant was for the Borland home. Any idiot can see the cops were relying on the phone call.
Judge Thomas Simon: I'm not even an idiot, I can see it.
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Murdering high achievement
14 July 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Law And Order has Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth investigating a case of murder of a high achieving Chinese high school student. Investigation reveals that the murder was done by the mother and older brother of another kid from that high school who did not want their son to be number two to one of those yellow people.

The odd thing here was that their younger boy was friends with the deceased and didn't regard academic rivalry as a blood sport. He's truly torn with what happened.

There's a little conflict here with what a very hypertechnical judge calls a bad search warrant which yields the murder weapon. Comes close to derailing Michael Moriarty's case.

Best scene in the episode was Sorvino and Noth interrogating a Chinese gang member. The deceased was ever so briefly a gang member and he was let out of the gang which is not usually done. The gang kids saw that this young man's success could only impact positively on the whole neighborhood. The one interrogated does not miss the irony of the situation.

One to check out.

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