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Caviar Emptor 

A Persian caviar businessman is found dead in his bed, and the victim's children and new young wife become murder suspects.


Richard Dobbs


Dick Wolf (created by), Roz Weinman


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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
Sakina Jaffrey ... Roya Koutal
Maz Jobrani ... Asher Koutal
Firdous Bamji ... Ben Soleimani
Marjan Neshat ... Yasmin Soleimani
Frank Converse ... Stable Manager
Thom Christopher ... Alferandi Dilmanian
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Defense Attorney Professor Norman Rothenberg
Ted Sod ... Bijan


An elderly man is found dead, the day after his wedding to his new, younger wife. Briscoe and Green arrive because, the man's son wants an autopsy to be done while the wife doesn't. Serena is brought in and has to convince a judge to let them do an autopsy. But because the wife doesn't want it, the judge is inclined to lean in that direction. But Serena finds a loophole which allows them to let them do an autopsy. And the autopsy reveals the man was killed; he was smothered. And since the wife was the one who didn't want the autopsy to be done, they look at her. But they learn she stood to gain nothing. So they look at his children. They learn that the son who's running the family's business which is caviar, into the ground. But they later find evidence that leads them to the man's daughter. They learn that the father mistreated the daughter and was asking her to leave his home. They try to prosecute her but some of their evidence was privileged so they have to find other evidence. Written by

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Release Date:

12 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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The episode title is a pun on "caveat emptor", the Latin phrase meaning "Let the buyer beware". See more »

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He may have married into the family, but he'd never be blood.
8 December 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

The morning after marrying his trophy wife (fourty years younger than him), a businessman of Jewish Iranian descent died in his bed. Forensics stated he didn't die of natural causes, he was actually smothered by a pillow. The prime suspect was his charming new bride (Marjan Neshat), but she went horse riding at the time of the murder. Then Briscoe and Green tried to follow the business pattern: recently he faced losses after many "fat cows" years, so his son might have looked forward to take his place; anyway DNA samples on the pillow led to his daughter, a meek middle aged woman who took her mother place in the household after she passed away twenty years before. She hates the new bride and she held a grudge against her father because he didn't allow her to adopt a Chinese child for patriarchal reason (she was unable to mothering a child on her own). The trial is interesting, don't miss it.

This episode focused on cultural differences. Immigrants, especially the older generation, find it hard to deal with first world culture. Adopting a child is somewhat natural, but for them "blood" it's the only thing that counts.

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