Harry's Law Review: Sins of the Father, Series Creator

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With strong delusions of adequacy, "Sins of the Father" offered us the conclusion to the three-episode story of Eric Sanders murder trial.

I so called it on Roseanna Remmick! Not that I should be happy because that means the show has gone into cookie-cutter and predictable mode. 

When she walked in and a defense witness was sitting alone in her office I knew we had taken our final step into the realm of her being insane. What District Attorney is going to interview a defense witness without defense counsel (or some other lawyer) being there? Oh, that's right, the one that wants to witness tamper (sigh).

Korn in Court

On the flipside of the coin from unrealistic, predictable, writing, we have the fine nuances that are needed to write a scene to appropriately use (and explain) gallows humor. As usual, Molina was brilliant, from telling the joke about the tigers to when he was having dinner with Harry in her office the night before he took the stand.

If you didn’t catch Molina explaining it: gallows humor is a type of humor that still manages to be funny in the face of, and in response to, a hopeless situation. You know, much like my reviews of Harry’s Law this season.

Honestly, given the changes, was anyone really surprised with how the trial ended? That after three full episodes dealing with the Eric Sanders case, it ended with a summary dismissal instead of Harry using her charms to convince the jury that Eric was innocent?

Watching Bethany walk out at the end of the episode cinched it for me. I miss witty Harry. I miss energetic Adam. I even miss arrogant Tommy and cute but annoying Jenna. Season One Harry would have never taken this long to figure out who was the real criminal.  

For the record, I don’t need to see anymore scenery of Cincinnati, slow walks with music, or montages of trials in the court room. Come on, Mr. Kelly, I asked you to get off your soapbox about the legal system. Stop recycling old LA Law and Boston Legal ideas.

Given the ratings drop from last year and from the premiere to last week, I’m certainly not alone. I wonder how long NBC is going to ride along with these changes before it pulls the plug on the show.

That being said, because this was the last part of a three-part arc (that started with the new format), I’m trying my best to reserve any lasting judgments until after next week's episode to see how Harry and her team do with a new case.  

Here is hoping that next week brings us back a little of the show we all loved!

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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What is wrong with me. I agree with your reviewer again. lol Keep Valley, move back to shoe store, make Harry wavering again, and get city cases. And who says they all won't be 3 hour cases now. Ruined a once great show.

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I missed last nites episode, but I am glad to know it was the final one of a three part story. Now, maybe they can get back to single case stories that concluded at 8:55 and we didn't have to wait until the next week to see the ending. Guess I'll have to watch the rerun on Saturday nite so loose sleep trying to figure out if Eric killed his wife or just wanted to.

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While of course no one can deny the noticeable chances this season, I have to disagree. I love the new cast. I think the season 2 cast is a set of actors who will last longterm, if the show can hang on for a while. There is no way the 4 regulars from season 1 would've been able to hold the show for longer than they did. The first three episodes were very guest-heavy and pretty much anchored on this one trial. Next week, we'll get a taste of how the show will operate on a more regular basis. This group of five actors is a superb cast for this series. DEK is notorious for shaking up his new shows, as they go into their second season...and more often than not, for the better. I'm fine with these changes, and as someone who has been a fan since the day of the pilot, I actually look forward to watching the show more now than I did in season 1.

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I hate to agree with you - but you are so right. What happened to Adam - my fave from last season? Did they decide to recreate the show? How long can they compete against Modern Family? Sort of like NBC (whoops - same network) did with The Playboy Club against established shows like Castle and Hawaii XO.

Harry's Law Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Clerk: All rise!
Harry: Why do I feel like we should all be wearing helmets?

Adam: [mumbles] Somebody's tense
Harry: Excuse me?

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