Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What I’m Watching: The Grinder

The Grinder: Season 1, Episode 13 “Grinder V Grinder” (B+)

Sometimes, real law needs to be put on hold for the sake of some truly entertaining theatrics involving two people who everyone agrees are not real lawyers. Timothy Olyphant has been hanging around the show now for a while, and this was a fantastic opportunity to put him to use and for Stewart and Claire to use it to their advantage to keep both of the television lawyers at bay. Dean reacted to Olyphant doing the same things he does on a regular basis in quite an irritated way, and Stewart and Claire enjoyed seeing that as they egged both of them on. Through it all, Olyphant wasn’t that much of a villain, and he still turned to Dean for counsel on how to be a better actor. The fact that Claire was finding Olyphant too clingy provided an added bit of entertainment to the whole situation, and even allowed Olyphant to elicit some unfortunate truths from Claire during the trial that put his score ahead of Dean’s for uncertified legal abilities. Naturally, Dean was able to one-up his opponent in the end thanks to his token ability to hear something said and then link it to a huge eureka realization, as the Grinder did in the opening scene featuring Tony Sirico from “The Sopranos.” Tying it all in with the senior Dean’s impending reelection was fun, and it was nice to see him unanimously approved for another term after it appeared that his chances weren’t looking so good at first.

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