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?

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