Law & Order (1990–2010)
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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.


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Laura Linney ... Martha Bowen
Ron Orbach ... Max Hellman
Joyce Reehling Joyce Reehling ... Mildred Kaskel
Aida Turturro ... Cocktail Waitress
Shawn Elliott ... Judge Joseph Rivera
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Chuck Cooper ... Art Samuels
Ilene Kristen Ilene Kristen ... Sandra Krane
Dan Desmond Dan Desmond ... Ed Royland


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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Release Date:

5 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chuck Cooper has played five different characters over the course of the series: 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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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Singing in Tokyo
22 September 2013 | by bkoganbingSee 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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