The first episode of the two-parter ended with Kenny Damon being acquitted from the charge of murdering of a former detective, with the victim's son, Jake Rodzinksi (Bruce Campbell of "Ash" fame in a nicely low-key turn), also a cop, threatening revenge.
Now Damon is found dead: Kellerman (Reed Diamond) and Howard (Melissa Leo) investigate the case, while Meldrick (Clark Johnson), as a friend of the main suspect, is torn between loyalty to him and the increasing suspicion that Jake did indeed execute the man.
A tight script - the final monologue by Gee (Yaphet Kotto) is chilling
shows the difficulty of investigating fellow officers and examines
the consequences of the vigilante brand of justice. It's the thematic flip side of Justice: Part One - in the first episode, the law fails and a guilty man goes free; in the second, a cop takes the law in his own hands, with dramatic consequences.
What's remarkable is the absence of finger-wagging, facile moralizing; Jake is portrayed neither a righteous hero nor as a monster - just as someone who faces a moral breakdown and loses it, in a creepy foreshadowing of the fate of Kellerman (who, ironically, is the primary here) in the next seasons.
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