A poker game with the mayor gets Shark's team better offices. Detective Joe Rodriguez, LAPD undercover narcotics, is shot; the police still sees Shark as the enemy: this is his chance to change that by getting the cop killer convicted; D.A. Devlin accepts to put Shark on the case in the hope he'll fail. The suspect is Scott Ransom, from a rich family, twice escaped conviction for drug dealing, about to be arrested again with narcotics. His girl-friend is his alibi, his defense lawyer is Shark's best disciple, Elliott Dasher, no loss in years. Rodriguez' partner Isaac Wright witnessed everything except the actual shooting. Martin Allende is too direct when approaching the grieving family about possible character assassination by the defense. Casey Woodland must get forensic data before it is destroyed, while the judge is a noted stickler for search procedures. Ransom is arrested after the find of a bag of speed with his blood on it. Wright carries a grudge because Sharke suggested ... Written by
Trying To Win Over The L.A. Cops......And Everyone Else
Well, now it's former hotshot defense attorney "Sebastian Shark's" turn to try to win over the L.A. cops, who don't have a high opinion of a lawyer who has a history of getting scumbags acquitted in court. In his episode, an uncover narcotics agent is killed. Of course, you know the new hotshot prosecutor "Shark" (James Woods) is going to win the case; the question is "how."
Another subplot is Shark battling an old ally in the courtroom. (It seems he's always battling someone, especially women.) This being only my second look at this series, and on DVD, this episode, while interesting, doesn't really inspire me too much to continue with the rest of the series. I just find too much of this typical Hollywood fare of today, too PC, and too much bickering.
Maybe things will settle down in the DA's office between "Shark" and his boss, but I'm already tired of the hostility there. I'm also sick of teenagers being shown as more sensible and adult like than their parents - even here where the father is pretty damn smart. Yet, the 16-year-old daughter in this episode, "Julie Stark," seems to have the last word on everything while her ultra-smart father only nods in sheepish agreement. It's ridiculous.
This show tries to be very smart, and in some ways it is, but it's all overdone to the point where it's just one big cliché. All the characters are people you've seen before on other lame TV shows in recent years. Man......bring back the westerns!
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