Episode PremiereSeptember 21, 2011
Show Period2011 - 2012
Production CompanyBonanza Productions Inc., Warner Bros. Television
Harry walks into the office of her new, expanded practice; she gives a begrudging hello to the busying throng. Adam introduces her to a new associate, Cassie. Harry's also sharing the space with ace litigator Tommy Jefferson; she makes it clear their practices are and always will be separate.
Oliver Pritchard, a former colleague of Harry's at her old firm, arrives and explains that he has a new client, Eric Sanders, who's been accused of murder. He wants Harry's help with the case. Tommy overhears and desperately tries to inject himself, but Harry waves him off. She also tells Oliver that she's passing on his case.
Ollie persists; he tells Harry she's the only person who could win the case. Adam, nearby, interjects that the case is stacked against the defendant. The accused wrote journal entries fantasizing about killing his wife; he was discovered with the body at the scene; and a neighbor heard the victim's screams. Somehow, Harry's tempted.
Back in his own office, Tommy vents about the murder trial not coming directly to him. But his associate Lisa lets him know there's an even bigger case coming to town; she's gotten him an interview to be hired as local counsel in a major lawsuit being brought against a very large corporation she calls "the evil empire."
Ollie and Harry visit Eric Sanders in jail. The defendant doesn't understand why bringing in additional counsel so close to trial is a good idea - and he doesn't care at all for Harry. The feeling is mutual. Harry asks him flat out whether he killed his wife. He says he didn't. Harry believes him and she'll take the case as long as they agree to do things her way: she'll be first chair and in charge of the defense strategy. Ollie agrees; Eric has little choice.
Harry mobilizes the legal team. She puts Adam on the hunt for a top-level private investigator and asks Cassie to begin researching options for an appeal. Ollie informs the team that the prosecutor is the District Attorney herself, Roseanna Remmick.
A new case walks in the door: a fine artist who is incensed that a piece of art he created and sold years earlier has been altered by its owner. He feels it's damaging to his reputation, and he wants the painting back. Cassie promises to look into the matter.
Harry and Ollie head to court to register her as co-counsel. After assuring the judge that he is not withdrawing from the case, Ollie introduces Harry to the court. D.A. Remmick couldn't be more condescending, referring to Harry as grandmotherly. Harry won't take the bait, but the D.A. just doesn't want to play nice. "Okay, I want to kill her," Harry says, as the D.A. struts off.
Vinnie Delgado, Harry's personal pick to lead the private investigation, arrives. Adam helps him set up what will be their evidence room. They read from Sanders' journal and a particularly damning passage where he fantasizes about his desire to "smash her head like a melon." Sanders insists his journals were just a fantasy, that someone found them and hatched a perfect plot to frame him. Harry insists that Adam move to have the journal suppressed from the trial.
Cassie convenes a meeting with her artist client, along with the man who bought the painting and his lawyer. She claims that an artist maintains a moral right of intellectual property over his work - it can't be changed. The painting's owner explains that the work was bought to match a certain decor in his home - a set of drapes in particular. After his wife changed the color of the drapes, it became necessary to alter the painting to match.
The artist demands to see his painting. The owner's attorney brings it to the table; it's a portrait of young girl. The artist notices that not only has the color of the subject's coat been changed, but the color of her hair has too. He's overcome with emotion and leaves abruptly. Later the artist meets Cassie in her office and tells her that the painting is of his daughter; his wife and little girl were killed in an auto accident shortly after he sold it.
After cooling his heels in the waiting room for his interview opportunity to act as local counsel in the major corporate case, Tommy is impatient. Finally, a woman appears and tells him that they've run long for the day and won't be conducting an interview with him after all. Tommy hits the ceiling, rattling off the major judgments he's won and warning the firm that they'll come crawling to him for help.
Harry visits District Attorney Remmick in her office. She asks for Remmick's cooperation in suppressing the journal entry in which Sanders fantasizes about killing his wife. Remmick is flabbergasted - she would never give up such a key piece of evidence, she tells Harry. She wonders aloud whether Harry has another motive - or whether she's just stupid.
Harry receives an urgent phone call and rushes to the hospital; Eric Sanders has had an acute anxiety attack. Harry and Ollie arrive, along with Sanders' daughter, Bethany. Harry promises Sanders she's going to try to get him out on bail. She tells Ollie it's essential that he be around to participate in his own defense - and maybe even take the stand.
Harry meets with Sanders' daughter. He pleads with her to show up at the bail hearing to help humanize him. She tells Harry she's skeptical about her father's innocence but agrees to show up. At the hearing, Harry asks for the journal entry to be suppressed, but the judge denies the motion. On the matter of bail, he's more sympathetic. He agrees to release Sanders on 10 million dollars' bond. He'll also have to surrender his passport and wear an ankle bracelet upon release. D.A. Remmick is shocked; she mutters to her assistant that Harry is a problem and that she wants her removed.
Remmick meets with her assistant and explains a case in New York in which a defense attorney was indicted for jury nullification - an illegal manipulation of a jury that is outside the bounds of legal courtroom standards. She wants him to get a similar indictment against Harry, effectively removing her from the case.
Harry interviews Sanders about the night of the murder. He explains that he and his wife had a fight, that he took a sleeping pill and retired to his own bedroom. During the night, he heard a noise and got up, went into his wife's bedroom, noticed she wasn't there, then went into her bathroom and found her there in the bathtub, bludgeoned to death. He tried to revive her, but couldn't. He tells her, "I certainly know how this looks, Harry. But I didn't do it."
D.A. Remmick summons Ollie for a private visit. She asks him to remove Harry as co-counsel; he's incredulous. She tells him it's for Harry's own good and that he should consider himself warned.
Back at the office, Harry and Tommy commiserate. She's concerned about the Sanders trial; Tommy is wallowing in self-pity about losing his shot at a big corporate case. The rejection by the big law firm has stung his ego. As Harry tries to boost his spirits, they're interrupted. A pair of burly police officers appears, demanding that Harry stand and put her hands behind her back. She's being arrested for jury tampering. Harry recognizes immediately that this a ploy by the D.A. Tommy and Adam tell her not to speak; Harry's hauled away in handcuffs.