DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IT MIGHT be time Harry lost a case. I mean, three weeks ago she was a potsmoking patent attorney. The pot being, you understand, emblematic in TV for disillusionment with your status quo.
She’s new to this criminal law game, as she’s fond of telling people — on juries, mostly — despite her 30-year legal career. But this also explains her born-again zeal, her willingness — insistence almost — to take on deadbeat clients. Such as Jeffrey Rollins.
So far Jeffrey’s done 25 years for murder but — get this — he didn’t do it. Lots of luck proving it, Jeffrey.
‘‘ I’m talking to you as a judge and as your friend,’’ Harry’s old mate Randy says when they sit down and discuss it. ‘‘ Let this one go.’’ Harry: ‘‘ I can’t.’’ ‘‘ What a surprise,’’ says Randy.
Meanwhile, the pregnant woman case from last week is still going. This is the laundry worker sacked from her job for getting pregnant and who has wound up at the Ohio Supreme Court.
Adam, Harriet’s associate, is excited about appearing in a higher court for what clearly is his first time, but Tommy Jefferson, the woman’s lawyer, is gearing up to take them all to the cleaners.
He’s played by Christopher McDonald, who’s doing much the same thing William Shatner did in Boston Legal. (Kathy Bates is the one with the handgun in the office drawer though, you’ll notice.)
But nothing really wrong with that, McDonald is massively entertaining. And very, very necessary. You know in Nightmare on Elm Street 4 when that girl gets sucked into the quicksand? It’s not strictly quicksand, it’s just normal sand, and she’s not strictly getting sucked down either. Freddy Krueger’s pushing her head down with his foot, but the result’s the same.
Pretend the sand’s treacly goodness and that’d be us if Christopher McDonald wasn’t in this show. We’d smother. Harry’s Law Channel 9, 9.30pm
Zealous: Kathy Bates