Air Date: 11th August 2011
Cast: Todd Lasance, Hamish Michael, Ella Scott Lynch, Andrea Demetriades, Indiana Evans, Marta Dusseldorp, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Peter Kowitz
Synopsis: Tatum and Richard are still not talking after his ill-chosen words last week, yet they must try a case together of statutory rape. Richard’s life is further complicated trying to evict the tenant from his house while he is himself homeless. Andy and Lina experience some relationship trouble over religion. Ben is trying a murder case seconding Tony Gillies, whom is under the influence of both drugs and alcohol in court.
There was an interesting shift on last night’s episode, with greater focus given to what has up until now been very much a sidelined character. Tony Gillies (Kowitz) is a crown prosecutor whom seemed only scripted to get in the way of Erin’s wish to prosecute bleeding heart cases. This episode paints him as more than just unwilling to take on a case, but when given one he is downright incapable. The programme has kept its trend of going beyond the two-dimensional, however, and reasons are provided for his actions that are not only heart-breaking, but that also give the character a greater depth. All this is not immediately apparent to Ben though, whom tony left high and dry in court, and was then in the moral dilemma of reporting the ill conduct to David of the latter’s friend, or risk his own career by being accused of ineptitude himself.
This primary plot thread keeps the ball rolling nicely, with all the other plot threads developing elements of the series that have been on the boil for a while. Of all the leads, only Janet and Erin do not feature much, however given they were the main focus in last weeks episode, this is certainly understandable. I a, also pleased that despite the more raunchy side of the series once again being on display, in this episode it was in no way superfluous, and given that one such tryst then leads to the conflict between Andy and Lina mentioned above, it was even used to properly advance the plot of the show. So my previous complaints about sex being ill-used in the show are once again quieted.
Though perhaps not as thrilling as some of the episodes already reviewed, last night’s episode was still a strong, solid hour of drama, and a worthy companion for its predecessors.
3.5 stars out of 5