L.A. Law: Season 5, Episode 1

The Bitch Is Back (18 Oct. 1990)

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Rosalind Shays returns with an equally ruthless and manipulative lawyer, Jack Sollers, to sue the firm for sexual discrimination. Markowitz suffers a heart attack during the trial and is ... See full summary »



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Rosalind Shays returns with an equally ruthless and manipulative lawyer, Jack Sollers, to sue the firm for sexual discrimination. Markowitz suffers a heart attack during the trial and is put on leave. Meanwhile, Kuzak faces Darron Holloway, an angry, civil-rights black activist inciting the press and the public while he takes the case of defending Brian Chisolm, a white policeman accused of shooting a black youth. Also, Roxanne has more problems with her father, Murray, when she tells him that he has Alzheimer's Disease. Written by Anonymous

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Jack Sollers: Objection!
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Sustained.
Grace Van Owen: Isn't it true, Ms. Shays, that you have alienated almost everybody you have ever worked with?
Rosalind Shays: No, that isn't true.
Grace Van Owen: Okay. Those seven firms totaled 452 lawyers. How many of those colleagues are friends of yours today?
Jack Sollers: Objection!
Grace Van Owen: Turn propensity to several relationships is directly at issue.
Jack Sollers: Move to strike!
Grace Van Owen: Her inability to get along with the people she works with is directly at issue!
Jack Sollers: Your Honor!
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Best Season The Show Ever Did Gets Off To A Strong Start
6 February 2007 | by (East Village, NYC) – See all my reviews

speficially by doing the unthinkable: actually making a character out of Rosalind Shays, the bitch we loved to hate the entire previous season, which featured her arrival as a new Partner at McKenzie Brackman, her lightning fast rise to the position of Senior Partner, and then the fall -- as the tight-knit firm rebels agains her radically different (and only marginally ethical) modus operandi, ultimately ousting her.

In the ladies room, Kelsey -- her staunchest critic at the firm -- takes pity on Roz and tells her, "if you were a man, you'd be loved for what you did."

This episode features that comment -- Anne's small kindness to her vanquished foe -- coming back to the firm in the ass when Roz sues for sexual discrimination and wrongful termination.

When she wins, the judgement will hobble the firm -- In fact, it will destroy the firm... Unless all involved are willing to deal.

Later in the season, after Roz steps into an open elevator shaft and plummets to her death, we have "The Partner War" -- Grace, Kuzak and Sifuentes vs everyone else. And nothing will ever be the same (at least, in terms of the quality of the show).

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