'The Firm' Recap: 'Chapter Seven' (1.07)
If you're reading this, you know that The Firm has been bounced to Saturday nights, and therefore probably doesn't have much time left on the air. It's an unfortunate coincidence that its first episode post-the bad news feels like the fight's going out of the show.
Mitch is being interrogated about Martin's death by a stereotypical blustery cop, who seems completely incompetent to handle the investigation. Mitch points out that the hotel room door was obviously kicked in, which he didn't do, and yet the cop is happy to put that aside and continue to treat Mitch as if he's already been proven guilty.
A week earlier, there's a smash and grab robbery (literally) at a jewelry store, in which one of the perpetrators is recognized by someone in the store, so therefore he has to die. A short time later, one of the trio arrested for the crime happens to be the kid who delivers sandwiches to Mitch's office, so he uses his one phone call to interrupt Mitch's dinner. Predictably, the case is damning; Mitch educates the kid on the felony murder rule, which for those of you who are not criminal law geeks like myself, means that it doesn't matter which of the three pulled the trigger - by agreeing to the commission of the robbery, they all share responsibility for the death. This show wouldn't be dramatic if it was easy, right?
Mitch gets called in by the prosecuting attorney handling the case, who shows him and the other defense attorney security video from the robbery. The store owner recognized the shooter because that guy happened to be dating the owner's daughter - and the prosecutor wants insurance by getting one of the other two defendants to testify against the killer. He's playing the two defense attorneys against each other, because he, like the cop, is pretty much one-dimensional.
Mitch once again lets his moral compass guide him, deciding to choose a third option: collaborating with the other attorney to force the prosecution to take their clients as a package deal. This would be a great idea if he wasn't stabbed in the back by his co-counsel five minutes later. Confronted by the two clashing attorneys, the prosecutor tells Mitch to "convince me your client deserves this second chance more than his brother. I can't save both."
From that moment on, it's up to Mitch, Ray and Tammy to campaign for their client. They dig up teachers, friends, neighbors and even the boys' excuse for a mother in order to make their best argument to the prosecutor. This is a perfect opportunity for Josh Lucas to make another impassioned speech, in which Mitch ends up talking not about his client, but about himself and Ray, giving his brother the credit for making him who he is. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't work, but his client later reveals something that his brother didn't disclose: that there's a "switch car" with a few guns in it somewhere.