Pierce is hired to determine the competency of a convicted murderer who has been granted a new trial. After examining the killer, who had subsequently suffered a brain injury and now exhibits a completely changed personality, Pierce asserts that he is essentially no longer the same person and should no longer be held accountable for the murder. His work puts him at odds with the new prosecutor Donnie Ryan, who doesn't like the fact that Pierce is interfering with his case, or that he is such good friends with Kate, his soon to be ex-wife.
A Dude Named Dude
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The defendants name is Billy Flynn, the same name as the "hotshot" lawyer in Chicago (2002). The musical about Billy Flynn trying to get his clients off of death row for the murders of their lovers, the same situation as the character in this episode finds himself in. They are both set in Chicago. See more
At the beginning of the show, Daniel is showing a film to his class using a 16mm projector. His assistant stops the film without turning off the projector lamp, using it like a film strip to continually show a picture of Frankenstein's monster. Projector lamps get very hot, and film is notoriously flammable. Just a few seconds of projecting through a stopped film would result in burning through that frame--the classic picture of the film burning and breaking would appear on the screen. See more