Oh, Bittersweet Mother of God!

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Mitch: “Wanna tag along, confess your sins?”

This week on Chapter Ten of The Firm,
Mitch takes on a tough case defending a woman accused of kidnapping a baby, which is not only being tried in court, but in the media too. Having her own dilemma, Abby agonizes over what to do about a student she suspects is being abused. Meanwhile, Ray and Tammy both discover helpful information involving the Sarah Holt case. Elsewhere, Joey Morolto makes a statement that proves he is the head of the crime family.

The episode starts with three unknown men approach the house as Mitch is figuring out how they will escape. Claire is grabbed through a window, luckily it’s Ray trying to warn them about the men, while Mitch creates a path using blood from a cut on Abby’s foot. He leads the unknown men straight into Ray’s waiting golf club.

Three weeks earlier, a priest introduces Mitch to his newest client, Elena, who is a parishioner being accused of kidnapping a young boy, Tyler. The most intriguing aspect about this case is that is showed the part the media can play in a case. Mitch had to be coached and even did an interview. Typically the media is not really discussed on The Firm, so it was interesting to see Mitch take on a high profile case and how the media affects it. One thing that the writers should’ve done is maybe shown an internet site or something where people are talking about the case. A person or two referenced that the internet and media had already started chatting about the case, and how Mitch was losing. It just would have been nice to see. Did you like the media focus?

Not sure if he liked it, but Joey Morolto sees the coverage of Mitch’s case and watches as he’s hounded by reporters. His consigliere says Joey is “out of time,” he’s starting to look weak and he needs to kill Mitch now to solidify his power as mob boss. Later, the consigliere drags in underling Dominic who is covered in blood and struggling to speak. He’s accused of trying to kill Joey. To address his problems, Joey hosts an “open forum” for the Morolto family to speak up about their concerns and challenge his power. No one speaks up, so he tells the other mobsters that he has a plan for Mitch, it just isn’t time yet. Then he nonchalantly shoots Dominic in the back of the head. He doesn’t expect to have any more trouble.

Abby has a little case of her own. She believes that one of her students, Kyle, is being abused by his dad. It was fairly obvious that the mom was the one doing the abusing, and this was not something that a minute or two before it was revealed that it became obvious. Did anyone else see it coming? What saved the predictability of the “twist” was that Claire got involved. It’s nice to see her magically appear in episodes and do something more than make dinner for the family. Viewers got to see a glimpse of her views on the whole witness protection situation. What did you think of this whole storyline?

So let’s talk about the Sarah Holt case, aka the overarching conspiracy. Tammy makes some progress at her lovely new job. The scenes of her at work were more entertaining than you would think. It is unclear whether or not she has gotten everything she can out of that job or if she is staying around a little while longer. She discovers the list contained people covered by Noble insurance who had died recently, including the woman that Sarah Holt is accused of murdering. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. Any theories?

Addict Verdict: Things are definitely getting a bit more interesting on The Firm.

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Father-like-son moment with Joey Morolto taking control was definitely long-awaited!

Enemy of the State!

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Ray: “Only two kinds of people use payphones: drug dealers and nobodies.”

Chapter Nine” is the newest episode of The Firm. Mitch and Ray probe the death of a sergeant’s son and the case becomes a national security matter; Tammy lands a new job to break new ground in the Sarah Holt case.

This week, Mitch and Ray are treated to a baseball game by Kinross & Clark. They get the works, box seats and a limo to take them to and from the game. K&C is definitely trying to butter them up. Mitch feels uneasy accepting all of Alex Clark’s perks, and Ray tells him it’s a wise feeling. “We can’t trust anyone,” says Ray.

When they go to leave the stadium, their car is commandeered by U.S. Army Sergeant Leonard Debs, who says he didn’t hurt their driver Tommy. He just wants to talk. Ray was recommended to him by a friend. Leonard’s problem is that his son has been murdered and no one will investigate. He takes Ray and Mitch to the pay phone that the sergeant received a phone call from his son Rashad three days ago. No one has seen him, and he missed his mother’s funeral. During the phone call, Leonard says he heard a phone call and then the line went dead. He arrived on the scene two hours later, but the phone had been wiped clean and no one saw anything.

Ray discovers a new panel in a nearby fence and finds a covered up bullet hole. And it was definitely covered up by a pro. Based on the location, Mitch and Ray suspect that Rashad was involved with drugs, since no one uses pay phones but drug dealers and criminals. Leonard takes the McDeere brothers to his house, which had the shades drawn, the fridge empty, and no sign of life or a struggle. Ray notices a fallen picture frame, and finds a key taped inside the back. Then Mitch gets a call from Detective Quinn who agrees to meet them at the crime scene.

 

Meanwhile, everyone thinks the story covering up Martin Moxon’s death is a lie. Abby decides to befriend Martin’s widow, hoping that she’ll tell her something to complete the puzzle. Danielle Moxon comes over, saying she’s happy to get out of the house a little. She seems a lot more social than Martin, so we’re not sure why she doesn’t have more friends helping her through this troubled time.

Danielle is short with Abby, answering her questions about Martin’s work and marital life, but she doesn’t know about any trouble Martin could have been in. Looking for a lifeline, Abby drops the bomb that Noble Insurance told the McDeere’s that Martin was stealing from the company. Then Danielle splits. She can’t imagine her poor hubby stealing, and his suicide was the most selfish thing he’s ever done. Thank goodness for his Noble life insurance policy, otherwise she’d be screwed.

Detective Quinn meets MItch, Ray and Leonard at the pay phone in the alley, but he’s not buying that it’s a murder scene. Ray snaps off Quinn’s antenna and finds the trajectory of the bullet and figures out Rashad was shot from the roof. Sniper style. Believe us now?

 

The three men climb up the fire escape of the building to look for evidence of the sniper. Ray thinks he sees a bullet casing, but it’s an unmarked token. Standing up, he looks through a window to see a man being disrobed by a lingerie-clad woman. An armed man has since snuck up on Mitch and Quinn, ordering them to the ground. Ray is unnoticed and manages to disarm him. They go inside and find a fully operational brothel. As police round up the girls, the man Quon Pho says he didn’t see the shooting, but one of his prostitutes did. Mai says she recognizes Rashad by his photo, she saw him talking on the pay phone. Then a man with a dog approached, and the dog’s barking scared Rashad. He was going back to his van when he was shot, but Mai was too scared herself to keep watching and didn’t know what happened to his body.

Back on the Noble Insurance trail, Tammy thinks she could hack into Noble Insurance’s database from the inside. She finds a job at Bright Buddy, a Noble-affiliated pet food company in Maryland. When she clicks on their locations to show Mitch, Abby and Ray, she realizes Maryland’s outline matches the logo on Rashad’s mystery key.

Ray and Mitch are able to link the key to a Maryland storage facility and discover Rashad’s secret storage spot. Sorry Storage Wars fans, but there’s nothing in the locker except a few bags…holding drugs and guns. Was he trying to run a gang? The manager walks in and demands they sign in, but spots the stash and runs to call the police. It doesn’t look good for MItch and Ray, so they run and take Rashad’s laptop with them.

Browsing through his history, Mitch and Ray discover Rashad had been involved with terrorists, not just reading websites and blogs but contributing to them. He was also on the government’s no-fly list. Ray starts putting the puzzle together. Rashad was clearly listed as a potential terrorist. He was likely selling drugs and weapons to fund something, maybe terrorists. But who has the power to fake a power crew, use a sniper, and cover it up in under a minute? The government. If Rashad’s van had contained bombs which set the dog barking, that could have given Uncle Sam the OK to kill.

 

Mitch wants to file a Freedom of Information Act request to discover the truth. However, Leonard refuses to accept his son was a drug-dealing terrorist. There must have been a mistake! He was a good kid. Mitch tries to explain the request could take months or years to go through before they have answers. Tammy calls and says their request has been granted for the next day. So soon? This doesn’t look good.

Mitch’s witness protection buddy Louis shows up at the office and refuses to help Mitch. Last week you called me a fed who just wants to control your life. Now that you’ve injured my pride, I’m not going to help give you information I might be able to access (at risk to my job). Maybe if you had played more nicely I would be willing to help. Louis storms out still upset that Mitch has lumped him in with the rest of the government.

 

Back at home, Abby tells Mitch about Danielle receiving Martin’s life insurance payment. Paying out on a suicide case is illegal. There’s a knock at the door, but Mitch only finds a small envelope with their old Witness Protection number on the front. From Louis? Inside, a DVD of news footage talks about a government kill list, made up of terrorists who were deemed an immediate threat. This was only for terrorists in other countries though, right? Rashad Debs was an American executed on American soil. Isn’t that against the Constitution?

Mitch, Ray and Leonard enter the courtroom, but the floor has been cleared. There is a heavy security force who removes their cell phones before allowing them to enter. In court, Mitch argues the government is required to release the bare facts of Rashad’s case. Alan Harper, Assistant U.S. Attorney, argues that if they had any information and if there was a body – which he isn’t saying there is, of course – the government isn’t required to turn over anything in the interest of national security. Judge Bram recognizes the refusal breaches amendment rights, and demands to see the case file.

Bram reviews it, but refuses to release details to Mitch. There was evidence to support the government’s actions. Rashad was an immediate threat and killing him was within the government’s rights. Mitch pleads for his body to be returned for proper burial, and the judge grants it. When they uncover the body Mitch says they can appeal if Leonard wants to know the truth. Harper tries to stop Leonard from touching his son, but Ray steps in. Leonard says no, he just wants to keep serving his country. Rashad was a good kid, and that’s how he wants to remember his son.

Abby finds Danielle Moxon on her doorstep, and she is pretty pissed off. She doesn’t know why Martin killed himself, but she does remember something. He was trying to figure out how Kevin Stack was saving so much money for the company. Insurance is expensive. “I do know this… Kevin Stack is a bad man,” Danielle tells Abby.

We then have a last-minute whiplash four weeks into the future. The McDeeres are trying to escape their house, but before they can Claire is grabbed through the window.

Addict Verdict: This week definitely had a bit more fluid storyline and the time jumps didn’t hurt quite as badly. We’re moving in a good direction, hope next week continues the trend.

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Tammy preps her self for her inter view with the Dog food company, and lo-behold!, she gets the eventually, all of this in less than 3 minutes…Absolute delight for Juliette Lewis fans!

Don’t trust the B— in Apartment 143!

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(Note: If you don’t know what 143 stands for, you’re dumber than I thought!)

So, we’ve heard of people dying in love, even of people killing for love, but, be to be manipulating thelegal system to suit your own finances, WOW, that’s gotta be a first…! Read on:

I really enjoyed this episode. We’re finally up to date on the whole Martin Moxon suicide thing – at least as up to date as we’re going to get. The closure on that piece of the Sarah Holt case is nice movement forward in the backstory. The focus of the show was the Holt case and Kinross & Clark’s attempt to explain it all away. Mitch doesn’t buy the whitewashed story and is determined to continue digging into Moxon’s cryptic list, which Abby and Tammy finally decipher.

This week on  The Firm,
after being cleared as a suspect in the death of Martin Moxon, Mitch is released from jail and immediately finds himself thrown into a new case against a large pharmaceutical company. During a free moment, Mitch visits Sarah Holt in jail, but she refuses to answer any of his questions. Elsewhere, Ray uncovers a clue about Mitch’s pursuer on the day of Moxon’s death, while Tammy and Abby investigate a mysterious list Moxon left behind.

The centre stage on “Chapter Eight” is  dominated by the case of Dr. Richard Kellner, a man who fell in love with the executive of a rival company is in court seeking an injunction against his former lover’s company, who is now developing his promising Alzheimer’s drug. He wins the injunction only to be told that his company us being bought out so they will get access to the drug anyway, There’s an amazing and heart-warming twist to the story at the end which alone is worth watching the show for.

Finally on The Firm we’ve caught up to real time. With a break from the timeline whiplash, Mitch is in prison for the murder of Martin Moxon. He is released to find Ray, Abby and Andrew waiting for him. Proving himself, Mitch thinks it’s time to confide in Andrew, while still keeping him at a distance. He tells him details about Sarah Holt’s case, but leaves out the list Moxon slipped him.

Andrew scurries back to Alex Clark to report what Mitch tells him. She decides it’s time to “bring McDeere in and tell him a story that covers everything,” which she does. Alex claims Moxon is the bad guy, siphoning money out of Noble Insurance to fund a cocaine habit. Mitch takes it, but has a hint of skepticism.

Shortly after, Mitch’s witness protection contact shows up and offers to help. Mitch turns him down, saying he just has to do it on his own. He doesn’t want the Fed controlling him anymore. Now that he’s officially insulted his old friend, Mitch has to go into court to defend a scientist who’s work has been ‘stolen’ by his ex-girlfriend’s big pharmaceutical company. Winning an injunction against big pharmaceutical, Mitch finds out the scientist’s company has voted to sell to big pharmaceutical.

After succeeding at saving the company yet again, Mitch finds out in the last minutes of the episode that he’s been played. Scientist William wasn’t thinking Mitch would be so successful and has sold the company. William had covered up major flaws in his research and the whole trial was a show for his stockholders. This case is less compelling than Mitch’s previous ones, and the plot twist feels a bit forced.

Meanwhile, Mitch confronts Sarah with the list of nurses and an underwhelming burst of anger. She refuses to talk, saying only “I’m sorry I got you into this.” She’s equally unaffected by Mitch’s burst, but sets Mitch harder on the trail. Abby and Tammy have discovered that Moxon’s list is tax ID numbers of Noble Insurance subsidiary companies. But they soon figure out that the list is a fake, slipped into his briefcase when Mitch dropped it at the hotel. They don’t figure out that the bad guys are eavesdropping in a bug also slipped into the briefcase, and Alex knows that Mitch doesn’t believe her story.

Just at the end, we get yet another whiplash, this time five weeks into the future. Andrew warns Mitch to get out of the house as a group of men approach in the middle of the night. Between growing a spine and warning his friend. Andrew’s character gets a lot of credibility this episode. Hopefully he continues to prove he’s not a gopher.

Addict Verdict: While the general direction of Chapter 8 is slow and a bit boring, perhaps next week’s episode will pick up the pace.

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: This episode is less compelling and exciting than the previous, though the redeeming moment comes when Andrew confronts Alex about Mitch. He wants to know what is going on and wants to be included. Andrew doesn’t want anyone to get hurt, and Alex agrees. It’s easy to see her thinking maybe a little pain wouldn’t hurt.

Leave me your thoughts and theories in a comment below! Anyone else love the twist that the list was switched? Do you think that the writers need to keep including the flash forwards in each episode or no?