Wednesday, July 29, 2020

What I’m Watching: Perry Mason

Perry Mason: Season 1, Episode 6 “Chapter Six” (B+)

Well, Perry is a lawyer now, which isn’t nearly as easy a job as he might have thought given how stacked the deck is against him. Maynard was all for pulling stunts, and even though Judge Wright chastised him for his behavior, he still sided with him and disqualified the evidence Paul gave Perry that would have proven that things had been staged. Theatrically walking the courtroom to show the distance was a helpful ploy, and refusing to lower his voice when he was conferencing with the judge and the district attorney in sidebar conversation was also a moderately successful attempt to avoid being silenced. Paul getting a payoff from his captain for making the department look good in his testimony really left a sour taste in his mouth, and he knew that he had to do something even if it might not amount to anything. Though Maynard doesn’t seem to be particularly concerned with what’s right, he wasn’t happy to learn that Ennis had lied to him, and Holcomb was absolutely furious at him for putting him in a compromised position. The person with the most to regret was Emily, whose decision to have sex with George with the baby left outside is almost certainly going to get her convicted. The notion that a guard who’s assigned never to leave someone’s side for their own protection can negate spiritual privilege is absurd, but there’s not much in the way of actual law and order at play here. I enjoyed Pete’s unsubtle efforts to convince Perry to use the evidence he had, and that Perry was pretending to be E.B. to discuss what had happened and what he should do next.

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