Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The murder of a prominent Japanese model visiting New York City may have been a Yakuza-related murder for hire.


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), Wendy Battles


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
Spencer Garrett ... Stephen Olson
Gerry Bamman ... Judge Thomas Everton
James Hiroyuki Liao ... Bobby Ito
Donna Hanover ... Judge Deborah Burke
Will Yun Lee ... Hiroji Yoshida
Ann Hu ... Lucy Chen
Neil Pepe Neil Pepe ... Dr. Nelson
Robert Ari Robert Ari ... Howard Lawford
Glenn Kubota ... Akira Miyamoto


When a female Japanese tourist is killed, her husband who survives, claims that they were attacked by some black men. An investigation ensues into the possibility that the man wanted to kill his wife to collect the insurance. But when the man goes back to Japan and extradition is impossible, Branch decides to make false statements to trick the man into returning. Written by

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Release Date:

28 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Chris Chalk (Thomas Walker) also plays a character by the same name (Corporal Thomas Walker) in the Showtime series Homeland (2011). See more »


The trial judge's name changes throughout the episode. When we first meet him, the caption identifies him as "Harrison Taylor". Later, we see that the name on his office door is "Thomas Sommers". In the final scenes, as the verdict is being read, the name plate on his bench reads "Thomas Everton". See more »


Uniform Officer: Couple of Japanese tourists got shot and robbed. Wife took one in the face, husband tried to wrestle with the guy for the gun, got blasted in the arm.
Ed Green: You get a description of the perp?
Uniform Officer: Black male, between twenty and thirty.
Lennie Briscoe: That's it? Height, weight?
Uniform Officer: He was rambling in Japanese. He's in shock.
Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, I would be, too.
Ed Green: What'd the shooter make off with?
Uniform Officer: Wife's purse, cash and jewelry.
Ed Green: Where'd it go down?
Uniform Officer: Over there.
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You ever wonder how many people see the front page story and miss the follow-up correction?
8 December 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

An operator in her first day of work at 911 received the first call: a foreigner stated he and his wife had been shot and they were both wounded. The wife died shortly after reaching the hospital; they were Japanese national on holiday to see Ground Zero. The husband (Will Yun Lee), a businessman who owned a nightclub in Tokyo, was not life- threatening and he recognized the killer as a black man wearing a stocking cap who left the scene with a red van. A delivery service in the neighborhood used red van to make deliveries but all the laborers had their own alibi. Anyway, one delivery man noticed a Lexus leaving the crime scene at the time of the murder. It was driven by a Jacuza member who confessed right away the murder: he was hired by the husband to collect insurance money (he had a lot of gambling debts). Racial issues emerged at trial and some jurors were replaced.

An episode in which we see how sometimes Justice System could take advantage of press to reach the target. A dispute against Japanese consulate emerged, but thanks to reporters there were no need of extradition.

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