When the prosecutors' evidence in a murder trial is ruled inadmissible, they are forced to turn to the testimony of an unscrupulous private investigator--a man who has an uneasy past with Stark from his days as a defense attorney.
A couple is found shot dead in the Malibu beach-house of P.I. Harry Russo, who often worked for Shark but has a dodgy reputation with the police- arresting him would assure D.A. Jessica Devlin's reelection. Waitress Tracy Powers, wife of roof-contractor Wayne Powers, died just after making a desperate cellphone call to the police. Tracy's colleague at the Cypress hotel, Lisa Gable, tells Casey her abusive husband tried to force her into porn. Russo swears to Shark he knows nothing, telling under pressure the house was rented out to film producer Taylor Garrett, who claims to have 'lost' a $6,000 gun of the murder's caliber .45 and is arrested on his yacht; since that is legally his home and there was no search-warrant, all evidence found there is thrown out. While they both attend her campaign dinner, Devlin asks indignant Casey to spy on Stark in the 'Russo case'. Shark's team goes to trial against Garret, with Russo in a multiple star role... Written by
During an exterior shot of a hotel right before a scene where Casey and Raina question a bartender, a bus with an ad for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) passes in front of the camera. CBS had previously lost a bidding war to NBC for the rights to Studio 60 in October 2005. See more »
While previous episodes of Shark had some marginal space for unreliable witnesses, the fourth story of Season One is entirely dedicated to one of them, and what a scum that is: an unscrupulous P.I. who has had some obscure dealings with our very own Sebastian Stark.
The investigator in question, Harry Russo (William Forsythe), was spying on the woman the police found dead in an apartment belonging to a wealthy film producer. All hangs on Russo's testimony, but D.A. Devlin is more interested in seeing the sleazy dude behind bars, which is why she asks Stark's employee Casey Woodland (Sam Page) to sniff around. Too bad he is already busy dealing with the fact he slept with colleague Madeleine Poe (Sarah Carter) at the end of the previous episode...
For once, the real heart of the plot is not inside the courtroom, but in the hotel lobby where Stark and Russo meet: tense and filled with sarcasm (not to mention the first time the protagonist is referred to as "Shark"), the conversations between the two former partners (in crime?) are the best example of how flexible the legal system can get, something the writing team has been trying to show from the beginning through the Stark character. Woods and Forsythe's double act is so riveting the Woodland/Poe affair, though handled with wit, feels flat in comparison. Less distracting than usual, on the other hand, is the family factor, as Sebastian's daughter faces some murky waters of her own, leaving an intriguing subplot for future episodes to explore. Still, there's no beating the senior Stark: the old man will always be the king!
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