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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.


David Platt


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
Peter Frechette ... Stuart Gaston
Stephen Sable Stephen Sable ... Pang Ghiangji
Frank Wood ... George Weems
Kim Chan ... Mr. Hsu
Sean Cullen ... Liam Montgomery
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Alan Ridenour
Elizabeth Wilson ... Lucille Mobray
Jordan Lage ... John Littleton
Karen Tsen Lee ... Annie Littleton
Leo Tran Leo Tran ... Tao Jim
Ross Bickell 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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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 October 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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During the preliminary investigation of the crime scene, Eames says that the shooting took place at 3:06 and that the victim had placed a call on her cell at 2:56. However, during the opening sequence, we see that the victim gets shot only a few seconds after making the phone call. See more »


Detective Robert Goren: Lord Pembridge? Could we speak to you for a minute?
George Weems: Well dear, I don't know what for.
Alexandra Eames: It's about some packages that were delivered to you.
George Weems: Packages? I wouldn't know anything about packages.
Detective Robert Goren: Where are you from, Lord Pembridge?
George Weems: From? Ah, my family's estate is just outside a little town called Leeds.
Detective Robert Goren: "A little town called Leeds." And what's the purpose of your visit here?
George Weems: Pleasure. And friends.
Alexandra Eames: What friends?
George Weems: Oh, well, I just had a dinner for Mick and the boys. Sent them off on their world tour. ...
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Okay, But A Bit On The Dry Side
16 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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