Kavanagh QC: Season 3, Episode 6

In God We Trust (14 Apr. 1997)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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Kavanagh goes to Florida to help former protégé Julie Piper, now married and pregnant in Florida, with a death penalty appeal with racial overtones.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Yellow Cab Driver
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Ossian Buloni
Bruce Boa ...
Governor Stamford Cotton
Ione Brown ...
Jackie
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Joseph Cook
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Paul Cantrell
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Julie Piper-Robinson
Norman Chancer ...
Zandalee
Lisa Harrow ...
Lizzie Kavanagh
Leon Herbert ...
William Dupret
John Fitzgerald Jay ...
Skip Baker (as John Fitzgerald-Jay)
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Eugene Styles
Bradley Lavelle ...
Det. Eddie Fuller
Mac McDonald ...
Cowboy
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Kavanagh finds himself in Florida assisting his one-time pupil Julia Piper in preparing an appeal for an inmate who is on death row and awaiting execution in the electric chair. It is apparent that his original defense was badly handled from the start. Many facts were left unchallenged by the defense and no mitigation was offered at the sentencing stage despite his limited emotional development and abuse-laden upbringing. When Julia goes into premature labor, Kavanagh finds himself actually pleading the case and uncovering the true nature of what happened. At home meanwhile, Lizzie Kavanagh learns some distressing news from her doctors but waits until her husband's return to tell him. Written by garykmcd

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James Kavanagh QC: [Toasting Julie] Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson.
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My least favourite Kavanagh episode, but not bad by all means
16 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Starting with the good things, and the most obvious pro, John Thaw gives yet another solid performance in the title role of James Kavanagh. The scenery was lovely, helped by the beautiful production values. The direction was decent and it was lovely to see Julia Piper(pregnant here) played with real allure by Anna Chancellor again. Also the music is deftly beautiful.

However, there are elements that make In God we Trust one of my least favourite episodes. One is that the script is quite weak, not abysmal but compared to the intelligence and sophistication of an episode like Memento Mori for example it is weak. Consequently with the exception of Chancellor and Lisa Harrow as Lizzie, nobody here stands out in the supporting cast and that is a shame really it is. Secondly, the courtroom scenes and appeals scenes are some of the weakest scenes in any of the Kavanagh episodes. Not because anybody acted badly, but the writing is altogether unexceptional, so the scenes were rather lifeless. Thirdly, while Thaw and Harrow acted beautifully here, the ending is rather abrupt and downbeat.

Overall, not bad but unexceptional. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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