Harry's Law Review: "There Will Be Blood"

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"There Will Be Blood" was the second of the three-episode arc for Alfred Molina as Eric Snyder. As I’m still trying to absorb all the changes in Harry’s Law, this week we are going to break down the show into three categories:

The Good:

Tommy is becoming one of my favorite characters. From his encouraging speeches to Harry to his explanation to Marcus the three ways he gets people to do the right thing, I totally enjoyed the character. 

Adam was in the episode a lot more. His talk to James Sanders (Ross Benjamin) made it tough for me to hold a straight face throughk as Benjamin makes an amazing “loon,” as his father put it. 

Cassie is fitting right in. If Cassie had been the only addition this season, it wouldn’t have taken me more than an episode to adopt her into the family and not even remember what it was like without her there. We really need to call her "Harry-lite" or "Latina-Harry."

Harry's Law DuoThe Bad:

What happened to the music? If you listen to the opening credits with the light-hearted whistle and near circus excitement tones, and then listen to the scene change, commercial return or other quiet scenes, the two are night and day different. 

Where is Harry’s witty dialog? To this day, I still use and quote Harry’s line from last season were she told Rachel “Can I interrupt you, this is important... I’ve stopped listening!” I have seen nothing close to this so far this season. I did see an increase in obscenities, through, including a bleeped out F-Bomb. 

Last week I wanted to slap Roseanna (Jean Smart). This week she began doing such outlandish things that I just started rolling my eyes. What kind of District Attorney talks about her sex life with two detectives? I'm horribly afraid that her character is just going to slide down the "evil is dumb" slide as this case moves along. 

The Ugly:

Is the city of Cincinnati paying David E. Kelly for all the advertising he is doing for them? Is it me or was every scene change or commercial break lead in with more scenery from Cincinnati? We get it already, she is working in Cincinnati! 

If the city of Cincinnati isn’t, certainly Apple must be paying Kelly. Last week, Harriet mentioned how her iPad hasdgotten her spoiled on technology, even though we have never seen her touch a computer. This week, Tommy proudly announced he recorded the confession they beat out of a delivery driver on his iPhone 4 in HD!

Speaking of beating, I know Ollie is new to the team, but I was very disappointed they went the route of physical violence. From Tommy’s banter and Harriet’s brilliance there were so many other creative ways they could have gotten Marcus to spill the info he possessed. While I will admit I chuckled at the surprised look on Adam’s face, like Harry I was totally appalled afterwards. 

In conclusion, I’m not sure Harry’s Law 2.0 is going to survive in the ratings or for this reviewer. I can’t think of another show that has changed this much and survived. Can you think of any that fit the bill? Will it make it through a full season? The jury may soon come back with its negative verdict.

Review

Editor Rating: 3.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.4 / 5.0 (87 Votes)

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Last year, my husband and I loved Harry's Law. So much so that we gave it a shot for 4 weeks in the hopes that it was all a short joke (I mean, a miraculous elevator appearing where there was none?), and Harry would come to her senses and opt back into the small homey operation that made the show so enduring and different last season When we finally realized the "powers that be" had been dumb enough to change the show into a poor imitation of the old LA Law (complete with reliance on variations of cases in the news), we deleted it from our "series record" and made the intelligent decision that we had better things to do with our limited spare time than waste it on a rehash of a typical tv law show (and I'm a lawyer!). And, yes, now I think the "powers that be" were just trying to "fix" a successful TV show that had too many minorities in it for their taste. We will not watch the show again. It sucks.

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Wow! They have totally ruined this show. Last season, this show was amazing, it was different and unique. I liked the law office within a shoe store, the small cast, the theme music. You don't change something that is working!!! Whoever is responsible for making these changes in the show made a very bad decision. This is nothing but the "Good Wife" on a different network.

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what was wrong with the old characters? why the new face left of the office? i thought this was the kind of show that was suppose to help the poor people in the poor neighbourhood,where are the people of the area! WHERE ARE THE REAL CHARACTERS THAT MADE THIS SHOW EXCITING TO WATCH? I am hurt! why is it that especially when they are MORE THAN ONE BLACK PEOPLE IN A SHOW they get cut out ( i am really trying not to bring race into to it ..but come on its a bit too obvious!) the reason i started watching this show was because it was so different from the typical law shows, it felt real....... it had truth to it in terms of the neighbourhood, the characters , what was so wrong with the story that IT had to be changed with these high class bores !!! i dont think i am going to continue watching this show, its not "real" any more, it does not have that homely feeling any more, its not about the poor people of the community who cant afford to defend themselves properly anymore!!it is now your typical lawyer show ( and thy are getting very boring now... too much of them) i am sorry katy bates!! i really like you and you character in this show!!! but they spoiled it!!! its just not HARRY'S LAW ANY MORE!!!!!!!

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What happened to this show? I like Mark Valley, a lot, but the obvious cast shuffle, is so awful to watch, it's painful. The ensemble cast, including Malcolm and the gang guy with the bandana, and the prosecutor who stutters and all the rest, were great together! Tonight they got rid of Jenna and I'm afraid Tommy Jefferson is going to be pushed out, too. Bates is a great actress, but I'm not watching this show for great acting, I'm watching because she says things like peep toe f--- me pumps, and pulls out a gun when it's totally inappropriate and other great throwaway lines. And because they all worked so well together. I liked the young lawyer who is so earnest, he has CHARACTER! Now, it's just painfully earnest, and all too sobering, and obviously Mark Valley got brought in as eye candy. I liked that show for another reason. They looked like real people. Now they have pretty what's her name attorney and Mark, and god knows who else will show up. Who needs it? I am so upset with all this, fie upon all of you writers, Hollywood mediocrity strikes again. For shame!

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Wow! what a mess NBC has made! The great theme song is gone, the banter is gone,the shoe store/law office is gone, the great cast is mostly gone and it's all been replaced with a bunch of angry people stomping around in a fancy office.
Really sad to see a great show replaced with another mediocre law show.
NBC WHAT WERE U THINKING??????????

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What the heck is going on? We finally had the time to watch the first episode of Harry's Law and were quite confused. Where is this quirky show we loved last season? Who needs another law show!! Harry's Law was quite unique and we were really looking forward to another season. We loved the shoe shop/law office, the adorable office staff, the locals, the lead-in music, etc., etc. And each thing we loved has changed! PLEASE bring the show we fell in love with back!!!

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I agree with 99% of your readers...the new changes are horrible! They've misread the audience, let go of everything that made the show unique, and segued beloved characters into borderline caricatures. I used to watch this show and couldn't wait for it to come back. If episode 2 (on my DVR) is anything like the season 2 premiere, I'm done with #HarrysLaw. Sad to see.

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Are they idiots? Putting Harry's Law up against the Middle and Modern Family. Seems like the network wants the show to fail. I love the show and wish they would change time slots. It was on at 10 o'clock last year and I watched it faithfully.

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I liked last years better -the lower class getting the law on their side for free and Harry's witty edginess is gone.. why put it work opposite criminal minds in doesn't work and Last year It said catch full episodes for free at NBC.com this year I can't find free episode any where that is not fair please help keep the old show going strong again

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I LOVE Jean Smart and Kathy Bates. Why can't we focus on them? I thought Harry's Law did quite well last season and as a loyal fan am still jarred by all the sudden changes. Let's totally tear down a show that was working instead of just make a few tweaks. I want Kathy Bates doing this show for years.. but I am worried NBC really screwed this up.

Harry's Law Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Tommy: A law professor once told me, sounds crazy, but I believe it with all my tiny heart. Lawyers in murder trials are dead if they don't dance. It helps refill the humanity tank; you should do it once in a while I'm telling you.
Harry: You're a very strange dude.
Tommy: I really am.

You had her arrested because she mocked your ass in court.

Ollie
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