DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Sunday -

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

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