Different episode, similar-to-almost-identical plot. An African-American man is accused of murdering the clerk of a convenience store. Skip and Grant are his court-appointed attorneys. The defendant says he's innocent, and Skip believes him but has to argue with Grant about it, because...because everyone on this show automatically disagrees with everything Skip says. Also, because the guy is African-American and the LAPD and the residents of L.A. are racists, Grant believes that they will have a hard time getting a jury to acquit him; however, they still have to go to trial because the oddly menacing prosecutor is not offering leniency for a guilty plea. The only eyewitness was a clearly racist guy passing by on a bicycle. Plus, a taxi driver near the crime scene offers to testify for the defense, for cash. They turn him down, and he ends up on the stand for the prosecution, lying. Skip picks apart the testimonies of both the bike guy and the taxi driver, and Grant convinces Skip to give the closing argument, since he believes the jury will find Skip trustworthy. Grant's right, and the guy is found innocent. Meanwhile, a girl, Dee, whose murder trial Grant botched (she was a battered woman), has a job at the office. Because he feels guilty, Grant pays her as his receptionist and reports to her parole officer, though she does no work. Skip reasons that since she is being paid to do the job and they need a receptionist, she should start receptioning. So, she is a new addition to the office. Elsewhere, Skip keeps bumping into Kate, a classmate of his in law school on whom he has been crushing for quite a while. Kate tells Skip that she was very jealous of him in school, yet she later sits in the court to watch Skip give his closing arguments. Finally, Skip's mom thinks his job sucks.
So, here we are again. The powers that be at The WB has decided that Just Legal will air for another week. I'm as surprised as you. I thought my email campaign to bring back reruns of Young Americans actually had a chance. That, and the fact that no one but Jay Baruchel's mom loves this show. And, even she is TiVo-ing in order to catch Prison Break. I hear she really loved Robin Tunney in The Craft. Who didn't?
Beginning montage of cliché-ridden, beach-y California stuff: skaters negotiating rails from public stairways, kids playing, and the camera stalking the same two bikinied roller-bladers from last week's boring, clichéd California montage. Somebody's going to get a restraining order.
The scene is a convenience store, Henry's Market. There is no activity, but we hear gunshots. Wait a second -- there is a giant sign in the window that reads "Liquor," but I can see via the opened door that there is food inside. In fact, I think I see a rack of Pepperidge Farm cookies. Now, I'm no expert on California liquor laws, but I have lived in three states, two of them really big ones. I can't imagine that they would be that different, and it's illegal in both New York and Texas to sell distilled alcoholic beverages (liquor) in a grocery store setting. It has to be a liquor store. Well, Henry's Market is not a liquor store. Maybe there's some fancy California loophole that Henry has found for selling liquor at his convenience store, but I know that the tables and chairs he has set up outside of the store would be just illegal at an establishment with an off-sales (not a restaurant) liquor license. It's like an invitation to pop open your Wild Turkey right outside the store; get real drunk; then, I don't know, go back in and SHOOT SOMEONE. My point: someone went to the trouble of finding that "Liquor" sign and putting it in the window, thus making the whole scene implausible. ["Just a note -- I have lived in Los Angeles, and liquor stores routinely sell other items, like candy and lotto tickets and such, so while a lot about this show is ridiculous and implausible, that one is legit." -- Wing Chun] After the third gunshot, the color drains from the screen picture; we are introduced to a grainy slo-mo backed by ominous musical tones; and a young man comes running from the store. He makes his way down the street, looking back once. Suddenly, there are two policemen in full pursuit of the guy. In the midst of the ominous music, the foley artist has inserted huffing and puffing running sounds for the guy who ran from the store, and jangle-y key sounds to denote running cops. Suddenly, the color is reintroduced to the screen, the speed is normal, and the cops are tackling the running guy who is now facing them. I know Jerry Bruckheimer and his crew think that all of this stuff happens so fast that no one understands it anyway (see: the last half of Armageddon), but this is so incongruent. The guy was running from the cops. Away from the cops. When the scene cut to him being tackled, he was standing still and facing them. Did the running man, on the way to freedom, decide to stop and get some fancy, street-fair, mehndi hand-painting? Highly unlikely. (That should be someone's name on this show.) The cops place the running man under arrest, to no protest from him.