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Court of No Appeal

by Shack May 25, 2002
L.A. Law: The Movie

Back in the reception area, Michael steps off the elevator and tries to walk in, but is stopped by the receptionist who, of course, doesn't recognize him. As he's explaining that he needs to see Douglas, Roxanne sees him and comes out to say hello. They hug. He explains that he's there to see Douglas, so she escorts him back to Leland McKenzie's old office, now Douglas's.

Roxanne knocks and lets Michael in to see Douglas. The two men shake hands and greet each other. Michael explains that he's there because he has decided to represent Hutchinson in his appeal and wants the firm's help. As Douglas starts to shoot him down, Ann and Stuart wander in to welcome the prodigal son. Stuart realizes that Michael's going to take the case. Douglas explains that the firm can't help him because they've phased out their criminal practice. Ann tries to play the "moral obligation" card because the firm originally represented Hutchinson, but Douglas isn't interested.

Arnie is snacking in the break room, and Jason walks in to get some coffee. He tells Arnie that he's heard from his soon-to-be-ex-wife (I keep doing that because they have yet to tell us what her name actually is, despite the fact that she's been on camera once already); she wants to know if Arnie was serious about keeping everything, or if he was just angry. Arnie was serious. Jason tells Arnie he's going to get hammered by the judge if he's too petty. Arnie is belligerent. Chloe wanders in to get some coffee. I guess she must be very new, because Arnie acts like he's never seen her before. He says "hi" to her breasts. Chloe says "hi" back. Jason tells Arnie that the deposition is tomorrow, then leaves him to let him get his game on. Arnie leers at Chloe for an hour, then tells her he wants the two of them to work together. Chloe says she's just an associate and does what she's told. Arnie leers some more as he leaves.

Ugly court building. Grace "Shelley Long" Van Owen works at her desk. An assistant escorts Michael in to see her. Grace greets Michael warmly, and by "warmly," I mean that the very corners of her mouth turn up very, very slightly in the merest hint of a smile. Michael kisses her on the cheek. We establish that they haven't seen each other in years. Grace asks Michael what brings him around. Michael is there to ask Grace not to oppose a stay of execution on Hutchinson's behalf. Grace asks whether Michael's gone back into law, but he explains that it's just for this one case. Until they have the next reunion movie, of course. Grace says she can't support a stay of execution because she wants Hutchinson dead. Dead! Grace was the prosecutor for the original trial. She believes Hutchinson is guilty. The original trial sounds so straightforward that I doubt it was ever in the series itself. They argue. Michael tries to defrost Grace by pointing out their past relationship. At no point is the name "Victor Sifuentes" uttered by Grace here, nor are any words that could possibly be confused with "Victor Sifuentes." Anyway, Grace doesn't bite -- she points out that she was a firm prosecutor even when they were in a relationship. Wow, it's so obvious that when David E. Kelley needed a new show to write, he just dusted these two characters off and renamed them Bobby Donnell and Helen Gamble. And increased the volume of the shouting.

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Court of No Appeal

by Shack May 25, 2002
L.A. Law: The Movie Back in the reception area, Michael steps off the elevator and tries to walk in, but is stopped by the receptionist who, of course, doesn't recognize him. As he's explaining that he needs to see Douglas, Roxanne sees him and comes out to say hello. They hug. He explains that he's there to see Douglas, so she escorts him back to Leland McKenzie's old office, now Douglas's. Roxanne knocks and lets Michael in to see Douglas. The two men shake hands and greet each other. Michael explains that he's there because he has decided to represent Hutchinson in his appeal and wants the firm's help. As Douglas starts to shoot him down, Ann and Stuart wander in to welcome the prodigal son. Stuart realizes that Michael's going to take the case. Douglas explains that the firm can't help him because they've phased out their criminal practice. Ann tries to play the "moral obligation" card because the firm originally represented Hutchinson, but Douglas isn't interested. Arnie is snacking in the break room, and Jason walks in to get some coffee. He tells Arnie that he's heard from his soon-to-be-ex-wife (I keep doing that because they have yet to tell us what her name actually is, despite the fact that she's been on camera once already); she wants to know if Arnie was serious about keeping everything, or if he was just angry. Arnie was serious. Jason tells Arnie he's going to get hammered by the judge if he's too petty. Arnie is belligerent. Chloe wanders in to get some coffee. I guess she must be very new, because Arnie acts like he's never seen her before. He says "hi" to her breasts. Chloe says "hi" back. Jason tells Arnie that the deposition is tomorrow, then leaves him to let him get his game on. Arnie leers at Chloe for an hour, then tells her he wants the two of them to work together. Chloe says she's just an associate and does what she's told. Arnie leers some more as he leaves. Ugly court building. Grace "Shelley Long" Van Owen works at her desk. An assistant escorts Michael in to see her. Grace greets Michael warmly, and by "warmly," I mean that the very corners of her mouth turn up very, very slightly in the merest hint of a smile. Michael kisses her on the cheek. We establish that they haven't seen each other in years. Grace asks Michael what brings him around. Michael is there to ask Grace not to oppose a stay of execution on Hutchinson's behalf. Grace asks whether Michael's gone back into law, but he explains that it's just for this one case. Until they have the next reunion movie, of course. Grace says she can't support a stay of execution because she wants Hutchinson dead. Dead! Grace was the prosecutor for the original trial. She believes Hutchinson is guilty. The original trial sounds so straightforward that I doubt it was ever in the series itself. They argue. Michael tries to defrost Grace by pointing out their past relationship. At no point is the name "Victor Sifuentes" uttered by Grace here, nor are any words that could possibly be confused with "Victor Sifuentes." Anyway, Grace doesn't bite -- she points out that she was a firm prosecutor even when they were in a relationship. Wow, it's so obvious that when David E. Kelley needed a new show to write, he just dusted these two characters off and renamed them Bobby Donnell and Helen Gamble. And increased the volume of the shouting.

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