"Blue Bamboo"
L&O, Episode 5.03
Production number: 69402
First aired: 5 October 1994
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Teleplay By
René Balcer & Morgan Gendel

Story By
René Balcer & Hall Powell

Directed By
Don Scardino

A woman tries to blame the murder of her former boss on the abuse that she had to endure.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Detectives Lennie Briscoe & Mike Logan investigate the murder of a Japanese businessman killed in a hotel. First they suspect a robber, but quickly get rid of that theory and begin to suspect a woman who claims the businessman forced her to have sex with clients in Japan. This leads Assistant Excecutive District Attorney Jack McCoy and Assistant District Attorney Claire Kincaid to battle racism and sympathy for the shooter to get a conviction.

This episode also shows Mike Logan's slight disdain for the Japanese, claiming "they think they're better than everybody else."

Cast[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Briscoe: What's the deal, Mike? Your favorite uncle died at Pearl Harbor?
Logan: It's their attitude. They think they're better than everybody else. Masters of the universe. Doesn't that bother you?
Briscoe: What bothers me is some kid heisting my car for a living because nobody taught him how to read.

Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

This episode was inspired by the Japanese use of comfort women during World War II.

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

1 2 3

Apartment Of
Danny Zabel
804 East 11th Street
Tuesday, July 14

Samuel's Talent Agency
720 West 55th Street
Friday, July 17

27th Precinct
Wednesday, July 29

4 5 6

Suzanne's Cafe
470 Charles Street
Monday, August 10

Apartment Of
Diane Elcott
1077 Westend Avenue
Thursday, August 13

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Wednesday, August 26

7 8 9

Office Of
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Friday, August 28

Supreme Court
Part 71
Tuesday, September 15

Supreme Court
Part 71
Monday, September 21

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