The Fast & The Furious!

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From car chases to court cases, this week’s episode of The Firm has loads to offer…..

This week, Mitch takes the case of Nate, an overly insecure teenager accused of armed robbery and murder, but when Nate’s brother is named as co-defendant Mitch must convince both his client and the district attorney that Nate should be a witness for the prosecution in a twisted race against the defense of the brother for a plea bargain. Inspired by her daughter’s school project, Abby wants to get in touch with her estranged parents. Tammy turns up the heat on Martin Moxon to get him to explain his cryptic clue, but the hotel meeting she manages to arrange between him and Mitch goes horribly wrong before Moxon is allowed to explain himself. Noble Insurance’s Kevin Stack presses Alex to do something about Mitch. The flashbacks catch up with the present and Mitch is detained as a suspect in Moxon’s “murder”.

The episode starts with Mitch being interrogated about Martin’s death by a stereotypical blustery cop, who seems completely incompetent to handle the investigation. Mitch points out that the hotel room door was obviously kicked in, which he didn’t do, and yet the cop is happy to put that aside and continue to treat Mitch as if he’s already been proven guilty.

A week earlier, (now we’ve reaches to the end of our countdown…YAY!) there’s a smash and grab robbery (literally) at a jewelry store, in which one of the perpetrators is recognized by someone in the store, so therefore he has to die. A short time later, one of the trio arrested for the crime happens to be the kid who delivers sandwiches to Mitch’s office, so he uses his one phone call to interrupt Mitch’s dinner. Predictably, the case is damning; Mitch educates the kid on the felony murder rule, which for those of you who are not criminal law geeks like myself, means that it doesn’t matter which of the three pulled the trigger – by agreeing to the commission of the robbery, they all share responsibility for the death. This show wouldn’t be dramatic if it was easy, right?

Mitch gets called in by the prosecuting attorney handling the case, who shows him and the other defense attorney security video from the robbery. The store owner recognized the shooter because that guy happened to be dating the owner’s daughter – and the prosecutor wants insurance by getting one of the other two defendants to testify against the killer. He’s playing the two defense attorneys against each other, because he, like the cop, is pretty much one-dimensional.

Mitch once again lets his moral compass guide him, deciding to choose a third option: collaborating with the other attorney to force the prosecution to take their clients as a package deal. This would be a great idea if he wasn’t stabbed in the back by his co-counsel five minutes later. Confronted by the two clashing attorneys, the prosecutor tells Mitch to “convince me your client deserves this second chance more than his brother. I can’t save both.”From that moment on, it’s up to Mitch, Ray and Tammy to campaign for their client. They dig up teachers, friends, neighbors and even the boys’ excuse for a mother in order to make their best argument to the prosecutor. This is a perfect opportunity for Josh Lucas to make another impassioned speech, in which Mitch ends up talking not about his client, but about himself and Ray, giving his brother the credit for making him who he is. Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t work, but his client later reveals something that his brother didn’t disclose: that there’s a “switch car” with a few guns in it somewhere.

Mitch and Ray go looking for the car, which has already been picked up by someone else, resulting in an awkward but hilarious car chase (it’s worth it just to hear Josh Lucas blurt out “bitch”). Ray eventually cuts off the other car, causing it to crash, and Mitch finds out his co-counsel is behind the wheel. Mitch brings this information to the prosecutor, who reverses course and tells the judge that they’ll make a deal with Mitch’s client. “You’re going to be okay,” Mitch reassures him, because he’s been there. And then he goes to that ill-fated meeting with Martin… and the rest is His Story!

Addict Verdict: “Chapter Seven” presents an interesting moral argument as it plays the two brothers against each other, even if it’s not novel (as Mitch says, this happens all the time).

Fix-You-Eyes-On-Me Scene: The car chase scene with Mitch And Ray driving is probably what got me hooked to my screen during the entire episode! If only the show was called The Firm & The Furious!