Harry's Law Review: Fool Case Load

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"Insanity" took many forms this week.

Whether as a defense for a troubled young man accused of killing three college students, Cassie's internal struggle with her past, Tommy's fervent defense of a mortuary and organic vegetable farmer or Adam's impromptu hiring of Chunhua, it was a pretty busy hour of Harry's Law.

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I have to say, I've been checking in and out of Harry's Law so far this season, slightly disgruntled at all the personnel changes and the stark shift from working in the shoe shop downstairs. While the atmosphere of the firm is far more professional, I rather enjoyed the unpredictability of the sidewalk access to the store. Now the only way in or out is via elevator.

But that certainly hasn't stopped interesting cases from coming in.

Let's begin with Tommy's. Had to love, at least in an appreciative sort of way, the awkwardness of the mortuary owner using decomposing corpses as fertilizer for plants. It seemed oddly appropriate given the omnipresent green message NBC Universal has been tirelessly promoting all week. Props are due to the writers who entertained and brought this concept to light.

However, I suddenly have the urge to think twice about consuming vegetables in my college dining halls. Hey, they say all stories begin with a kernel of truth - better safe than sorry.

Then there's Adam, good old lovable Adam. I don't think there is a person in the world who doesn't want to see that kid happy. He's a great guy and he clearly has a soft spot for Chunhua, who is a complete angel. Even Harry can't resist her kind spirit and thankful heart. If I met someone like her on the street, I might be tempted to judge her as fake, but I genuinely like her as a character on this show.

As far as the headliner case, The State of Ohio v. Matthew Jamison Gayles, the tension between Oliver and Cassie was well played. At first, I was put off by it, but when Cassie finally admitted that she had been involved in a similar shooting situation which the defendant had committed, it felt more natural.

Oliver did take it a little far, though. The whole "umm" tantrum was a bit much.

Learning more about Cassie was a highlight of this episode for me. Significant depth was added to her character's back story, which will allow me to appreciate her performance more going forward. I am also severely pleased that her confidence in Oliver did not eventually land the two in bed. I do wonder whether or not this case will make them closer co-workers, if not friends.

That said, it seemed Harry took a bit of a backseat to all the compelling case drama, her appearances highlighted by witty one-liners and even some statements unwilling listeners - like Adam, for instance - might wish to erase from his memory, and everyone else's.

All in all, a solid week for Harry's Law and Fine Shoes. What did you think of this episode? Sound off below!


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C. Charles is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


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Lin -- I also wondered who played the D.A. Turns out it was Tracie Thoms who played on Cold Case.


I liked the show last season, so I've stayed with it hoping this season will improve. I like that Tommy Jefferson is more prominent in the show, but I don't like that Harry is marginalized and like a different character to me. Even her look is different -- with more make and what appears to be a wig. Not real and down to earth like she was last season. I just view that as another sign that the show is trying to be something it was not intended to be. I know ratings weren't great last season, which is apparently why they tried the Hail Mary pass this season by completely revamping the show, getting rid of most of the cast, and really reducing Adam's role in the show (and he was my favorite character last season). Every time I watch it (and I don't know why I still am but for the fact I really liked last season), it's just another reminder of how desperate they had to be to reinvent the show and another sign that it is destined to be cancelled this year. Last season, Tommy was the only character who seemed like he was a parody of himself (but that made him endearing). This season all the characters seem like parodies (and several very bad parodies). I love Kathy Bates and have to believe she's now embarrassed to be on this show. Maybe that's why they have reduced her role so much.


Is that Robert downey Jr on Nov 30, 2011 episode of Harry's law


I hate the new Harry's Law, which is sad since I loved the old show. Like most shows they ruined a great concept...doesn't even interest me now...just like every other lawyer show...too bad!


Interesting to note that others miss the original shoe store and characters. But what I find particularly distressing is the low cut, sexy outfits on Cassie, a proessional lawyer. What does that say to young girls seeking professional careers? It's not appropriate. But I love the character of Harry and Kathy Bates is simply great. (PS I agree that Criminal Minds has gotten too gruesome. Can't watch it.)


Who plays the mortuary owner on this episode? I know I have seen him before and it is driving me crazy!


What is the name of the lady who played the DA and what show was she on before. I can't find her name anywhere on the 'Harry's Law' sites. thanks


Last season of Harry's Law was excellent. What has happened? They had a good thing and messed it up. Goodbye Harry.. :(


I was a fan but I am turned off by the direction the show has taken this season. The show used to be something different now this is no different from The practice or any other law show on or used to be on TV. Please go back to the antics of Thomas Jefferson, Jenna, Malcolm and our loveable protector Damien. Did Damien just suddenly leave town, comeon. What happened to the bad neighborhood. Tommy Jefferson and Adam are so minmalized in the series they might as well leave. Why mess with a good thing. I used to countdown to Harry's Law each week, now if I catch it I catch it. It used to be the best thing since Boston Legal. Please go back to what gave the show a second season. Very dissapointed, I recommended the show to several friends last season, very sorry now.

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