Friday, January 28, 2011

Round Two: Harry’s Law

Harry’s Law: Season 1, Episode 2 “Heat of Passion” (F)

As if the pilot wasn’t enough of an indication, this episode cements what kind of show this series wants to be. Wheeling a tied-up guy out the front door of a law office after the new guy gives law advice without the consent of his bosses cements this series as an absolutely ridiculous show that wants to be seen as preposterous if only as a reason for people watch it. On top of that, this episode boasts the most ridiculous of cases, with an eighty-seven-year-old woman being sent to jail for three years for committing armed robbery and a Chinese laundromat owner trying to fight a wrongful termination lawsuit and arguing in favor of the one-child law. Factor in Christopher Macdonald’s Tommy Jefferson, a ridiculous attorney who has a slideshow of his own photos going during a meeting and even snaps and prints a picture of himself and Adam for the younger attorney to go home with and frame. As if Tommy and Adam weren’t quite as over the top as can be, even the somewhat more serious, if overly mustache-twirling, Josh Peyton (played by Paul McCrane of “ER” and “24”), hops up like a jack-in-the-box after Harry convinces the jury of the eighty-seven-year-old’s innocence to comically proclaim, “You’ve got to be kidding me!” I don’t have much patience for law shows anyway – “The Good Wife” is an exception and I haven’t made up my mind yet on “Fairly Legal” – but I think I’m all set and done with this one. There isn’t even anything for Brittany Snow to do!

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