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!

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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?

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!

You’re selfish, Your Honour!

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There isn’t much to say about The Firm this week. While an improvement over last week’s episode, the biggest thing about it was that we are now only two weeks (or episodes) away from catching up to those pesky flash-forwards. I’m really interested to see how the show will change at that point. Certainly being able to tell stories past a fixed point will free up the writers. Or will we just get another set of flash-forwards? I hope not.

The episode was pretty much stolen by Victor Garber as a politically-minded judge looking to pad his statistics for re-election. Garber just has that deep voice that commands attention even if he’s ordering at a McDonald’s drive thru. The best part of “Chapter Six” is the guest appearance from Garber, who was cool in Alias and flat-out amazing in Eli Stone. Watching him tangle with Lucas is a delight; he’s an adversary we love to hate. There have been plenty of smarmy judges, but Garber’s presence makes his all the more interesting. If this were Law & Order and he wasn’t an antagonist, I’d say he would be a perfect candidate to be a recurring judge.

When we last left The Firm, Mitch was being put in prison for throwing Martin (Sir Sniffs-a-lot) off of the hotel balcony.  We open this week with Mitch saying through the two-way glass, “I need to make a phone call.”  Mystery Man on the other side of the glass demands a swift conviction for Mitch.

This week, Mitch discovers ulterior motives when a judge offers leniency for his client; Claire tries to convince her parents she needs a cell phone; Tammy and Ray continue working on the Sarah Holt case.

As the opening credits rolled this week, I had a realization: I like this show.  I look forward to watching it each week. I am invested in these characters, and the mystery, and I want to know what happens!

In addition to what’s going on with Sarah, Mitch is also defending a man accused of burning down a nightclub that he was thrown out of. The man swears his innocence and claims that an incriminating fingerprint must have been planted. Judge Walter Dominic (Victor Garber) seems a little too sympathetic; he calls Mitch into chambers and convinces him to get his client to sign a jury waiver. Dominic unexpectedly convicts the defendant of assault and sentences him to eight years in prison. He insists to a livid Mitch that “I did you a favor.”

With help from Ray and Tammy, Mitch realizes that Dominic is trying to pad his stats for his re-election campaign, by sentencing only white defendants to prison time. How do they hold him accountable? While Mitch fakes an apology and Tammy distracts a secretary with a fake marriage idea, Ray sneaks his way into the judge’s chambers and narrowly escapes. Mitch then confronts Dominic, who realizes too late that he’s been bugged and all the incriminating stuff he’s just said has been heard by the FBI. Mitch’s client walks free and Dominic gets arrested.

We open with Claire giving arguments to her mom about why she should have a cell phone.  This feels very familiar to this former teacher, who often had arguments with her students about how cell phones weren’t really necessary at age 10.  Cute moment as Mitch smiles to himself at Claire’s use of note cards to lay out her argument—already a lawyer!  Later in the episode, when Claire gets lost at a museum, Abby realizes the importance of a cell phone, and decides to give one to Claire.  Bonus points: Claire didn’t bug me this episode!  She’s growing on me!

We are led to believe that Claire might have been taken by the Moralto crime family thug, who follows Abby, Claire, and the class to the museum, and proceeds to strike up a conversation with Claire. Turns out he is just continuing his spy mission, as he reports back to Moralto Jr. that the McDeeres are easy-to-reach. Junior says to leave them alone…for now.Tammy and Ray spend the episode working on the Sarah Holt more-than-it-seems case.  They find another piece of evidence that leads Mitch to a meeting with an insurance company.  In the meeting, Mitch meets Sir Sniffs-a-lot, and the Mystery Man from the beginning of the episode (who we learn is named Kevin). During the meeting, they brush Mitch off, but Sir Sniffs-a-lot passes on some secret numbers afterwards.

It’s also nice to see some of the pieces of the big picture come out this week. We’re down to two more episodes before the show catches up to the flash-forwards, so it was definitely time for us to meet Martin. And there really wasn’t much move on the mob angle until now, although I’m still trying to get a bead on how we’re supposed to feel about Joey. One moment it seems like he wants to be relatively normal, the next he’s making not-so-veiled threats. It goes back to what I’ve said before about still trying to get a read on the show’s villains. It’d certainly be interesting if Joey turned out to be a more sympathetic villain, much like Andrew, but I can’t quite figure out where the show is going with either of them.
Addict Verdict: Overall, Chapter Six is a fair entry in the season so far. It seems to really be setting up the next part of the story, as nothing really mind-blowing occurs in any of the cases. We usually see more background for the Case of the Week story, to give us a little more emotional resonance into the defendant, but even that was light so that they could focus on Mitch’s investigation of the judge.
Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: I definitely enjoyed the Mitch/Ray/Tammy tag-team of the judge’s office, and the satisfying way that it was concluded. The information that we were given this week in the Sarah Holt case seemed to be building blocks for what is to come, but it wasn’t very interesting information. At least we finally got to meet Sir Sniffs-a-lot and learn how he plays into the story.

Loyalty & Lies!

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This week’s The Firm starts off with a bang. In the present day, Mitch is being followed by the bad guys as he is on his way to meet up with Andrew. Mitch calls Andrew his friend, so hopefully in the past storyline we’ll see more of that develop in the next couple of weeks. Just before the bad guys catch up with him,  two men are about to pull guns on Mitch until BOOM!—a cop tackles him and arrests him for throwing Moxon off the roof, (which is not what actually happened). The scene is short and impactful and makes me wonder how exactly Mitch discovered the truth about Moxon, Sarah Holt and the shady firm he now works for. (On a side note, how effective is the APB system in Washington, DC? One was just put out on Mitch, and not 20 minutes later, a lone police officer is able to recognize and arrest him? DC must be the safest city in the nation!)

After the superb music and title sequence, “Chapter Five” transitions to 3 weeks earlier—at this rate, we are going to get to the present day quickly! We are visiting 3 cases this week: the Althea Sanderson heart stent case (the big medical settlement case which motivated Mitch to join forces with the firm), the Sarah Holt more-than-it-seems case, and

The Case of the Week: Mitch is defending Jud, a lawyer who also owns an illegal gambling bar. Jud is accused of killing the local loan shark, who had earlier paralysed his best friend over some money. Mitch is trying to get Jud acquitted based on the self-defence argument. There was a small moment where the Prosecuting Attorney congratulates Mitch on his rebuttal questioning that I really enjoyed. It reminds us that at the end of the day, both the prosecution and the defence are lawyers, and though they may be on opposite sides of the case, they can still appreciate each other’s skills in the courtroom. In an interesting twist, we learn that Mitch’s client really is innocent, but willing to go to jail for the crime anyway. “You can never know what the jury is thinking” is the overriding sentiment throughout this week’s episode, and I really was unsure how the jury was going to rule in the case.

His characterization helps forgive the usual plot twists in a typical dramatic trial. The prosecutors bring in a surprise witness to stab Mitch’s client in the back. Then in another twist, Jud reveals his friend who was paralyzed by the gangster actually is able to walk and was the one to shoot the gangster. Wait, what? It’s a little hard to believe that someone is faking paralysis and that Jud still refuses to admit that he might be going to jail for life. That’s where the unique luster at the beginning of the trial turns sour.

The heart stent corporation is offering a $200,000 settlement to Althea’s family, which seems like a great offer when you’ve got bills to pay, like Althea’s daughter has. Abby becomes the bulldog, telling the daughter to wait one more week to get a larger settlement. Abby gets convinced by Andrew that the firm is working hard to find the smoking gun that will get a large settlement for Althea’s family. Don’t be fooled, folks: Abby is still a teacher. Turns out, she handles most of the finances for Mitch’s business—and as a former elementary teacher, I can tell you that if she is a good teacher, she does not have time to handle lawyer billing as well. It does give her a little bit more reason to be involved in the cases, though. This case has a nice “In Yo Face” moment with a pompous medical attorney, and a great, emotional moment with the daughter when the case is resolved.

Ray continues to work on the Sarah Holt case while Mitch is working on the CotW. I hope he gets a good salary from this! While visiting Sarah in jail, he comes to the realization that Sarah might not be all that she claims to be. He also investigates Sarah’s apartment and finds evidence that Sarah might not be quite as removed from the murdered woman as she has led everyone to believe. Could Sarah have been hired to make contact with the dead lady? It is interesting to see the twists each week as this case gets more and more complicated.

Back in the present day, the unrelenting action comes to a grinding halt, as we watch Mitch being led into a witness interrogation room at the police station, and we get an end title.

Addict Verdict: Quite a unique case this week that presents many different facets. First, Mitch struggles to convince Jud, his client, to take a plea bargain. The client claims he’s innocent and only killed the gangster out of self defense. Second, the client’s background and motives are murky. A lot of police procedurals try to present confusing backgrounds, butThe Firm does a great job of shrouding clients in mystery.

Fix-Your-Eyes-Me Scene: For the first time in the series Mitch’s humorous flare in the courtroom shines through. So far he has been a sharp-witted lawyer, but while cross-examining a medical examiner he becomes cocky and almost treats the doctor in a demeaning way. Perhaps that’s why The Firm is able to compel a niche audience to return week after week.

Psycho Trauma – Been There. Psychotherapy – Done That. Psycho Trail?! – What The Firm!

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This Week, Mitch takes on the case of psychiatrist Elle Larson, who is accused of murdering a patient that had been stalking her. Meanwhile, Ray digs deeper into the Sarah Holt case.

In “Chapter Four”, the present day, Mitch is on the run. He meets Abby, Ray, and Tammy at Ray’s boat, and lets them know what has happened so far. His dialogue serves as a catch-up for those that might not have seen the show thus far. We also get a glimpse into the FBI/Police (not sure which), and they classify Martin’s dive off the balcony as a homicide, because someone spotted Mitch running from the scene. They put an APB out on Mitch.

Hey! We have a title sequence! YAY! And a decent one at that too! Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days of title sequences and theme songs. And this one, all angles and dramatic underscore, was pretty neat. Josh Lucas’ fine mug is featured prominently throughout. Interesting that Callum gets second billing. Seems like the show should be called “Josh’s Eyes” instead of The Firm, since every ad, billboard, and this title sequence seem to focus on them quite a bit. Not that I am complaining.

We jump back to 4 weeks earlier, and we start with a scene with Mitch and Abby. I absolutely love their relationship. They remind me a lot of Coach and Tami Taylor from the glorious “Friday Night Lights”. They have highs and lows, but they are always there for each other. The first scene sweetens them for me. Such an easy mushy-mushy chemistry between Lucas and Molly Parker. And, that makes it easier to believe them as husband and wife. And Oh-No!!, Claire does not make an appearance this week! She is only mentioned in passing.

Mitch and the Scooby Gang continue to work on the more-than-it-seems Sarah Holt case. Ray takes point this week, investigating the son who was also at the scene of the crime. I love watching Ray work cases. He is a lot less polished, and a lot more gangster about getting information from people. The way he confronts the son was so fun to watch, because he was so proud of himself when he got the reaction he wanted. And I never thought I’d say this after The X-Files: I Want To Believe, but Callum Keith Rennie is kinda charming.

Meanwhile, the lawyers at Kinross and Clark let us know that Sarah Holt’s computer was firm-issued (WHAT?!), and holds “incriminating evidence” against the firm. This is interesting news, as all we know about Sarah so far is that she met the old lady the day of her murder. Clark tells Andrew to remote-wipe Sarah’s hard drive as soon as the computer was turned on. (Kind of a TV trope, don’t you think?!) Also, is Andrew’s only role on this show going to be as Alex Clark’s minion? There’s so much more that could be done with his character, especially since he’s the one villain with a personal tie to Mitch (even though I think he was never really Mitch’s friend). But after a fair amount of screen time in the premiere, Shaun Majumder has been relegated to running errands.

We also peek in on the Moralto crime family, who has a vendetta against Mitch McDeere for getting Papa Bear taken down. Someone is watching Mitch, and lets Junior know that he is easy to get to, if they want to take him down. Junior isn’t interested right now (Bummer!).

In the Case-of-the-Week, Mitch is defending a psychotherapist accused of murdering a patient who was stalking her. We start this case in a slightly different way as the previous episodes—we don’t meet the defendant at the start of their meetings with Mitch. We meet the defendant on the first day of trial. Actually, now that I think about it, in all of the CotWs’ we have seen so far, we are introduced to them at a different starting point of the case. I wonder why I didn’t notice that before…


Can I just say, I am SO glad that I have never been a murder trial juror! During the Prosecution’s questioning, I am fully ready to convict the defendant, and after the Defense’s questioning, I doubt everything I have heard. I would have the hardest time, and would be the only hold-out on a jury because I wouldn’t be able to make a decision.

A couple of questions popped up for me during the CotW:

– Some new information was brought to light during questioning—would the defense be able to take a break to question its client during the interrogation of a witness?

– I made the connection with a key point in this trial. Why didn’t the defendant or Mitch make that connection right away? I thought this guy was smart? (he did make the connection eventually, but it just seemed like a TV thing, not to realize the connection until the third act!)

The courtroom scenes again had a cinematic quality about them. Mitch continuing to question witnesses through multiple objections by the prosecution seemed to run amiss of what would actually happen. I so need to get my lawyer friends to comment on this! Thankfully, the “twist” in the case this week made it interesting. I really didn’t know how this one was going to end until it was over!

The Firm has settled into a routine a bit. The present-day/past-case/present-day format is easier to follow now, and each Case-of-the-Week is approached from a slightly different way, which makes the format not as predictable. However, this episode had a frantic pace to it, as they are dealing with so many issues during one episode (Not that there isn’t enough of it already on TV!)

Addict Verdict: The writers continue each plotline each episode, which makes for some breakneck storytelling. With some major groundbreaking shows coming up, I am hoping that The Firm sticks around long enough to have the stories concluded!

Fix-You-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Watch out for Ray’s scene with the son of Sarah Holt’s alleged murder victim, who happened to be a deputy sheriff. He almost seemed to enjoy poking the guy, which befits his history as an ex-con.