Episode PremiereSeptember 28, 2011
Show Period2011 - 2012
Production CompanyBonanza Productions Inc., Warner Bros. Television
Harry, Ollie and District Attorney Remmick meet in Judge Jordan Mitchell's chambers. The judge is shocked to learn that the D.A. has had Harry arrested for jury tampering, a shameless attempt to discredit her. The judge warns Remmick to avoid such nonsense in the future.
Vinnie Delgado, the private investigator working for the defense, takes Harry and her team through some possibilities for who else might have killed Eric Sanders' wife. Vinnie suggests the housekeeper: she lived at the residence and has no alibi. Ollie counters that it could have been an accident. Ollie and Vinnie quarrel back and forth until Cassie appeals to everyone for calm. The murder weapon hasn't been found yet, and the burden of proof is on the prosecution, she tells everyone.
Jenna interrupts. Eric's just called and is quite upset: he's just seen the murder scene in his house. Ollie and Harry rush over to find him hunched over in a corner, helpless. The bathroom is spattered with blood; death hangs in the air.
Tommy counsels Harry that murder cases are very hard on an attorney; he offers to take the case over. Meanwhile, Remmick meets with the lead detectives on the case. She upbraids them for not being able to find the murder weapon. It's ruining her sex life, she explains to them.
Cassie interviews the housekeeper. She admits she didn't like her boss but swears she didn't kill her. She goes on to say that she was happy to get fired the day of the murder. The housekeeper reveals that she had actually placed a dead rat in the bed, so Sanders' wife would find it and fire her the same day. After seven years of abuse, she'd had enough, and she's not sorry to see her dead. Cassie convenes with Adam and Harry and suggests they should try to pin the crime on the housekeeper.
Adam meets with Bethany, Sander's daughter. He wants her to testify on her father's behalf; Bethany's not a huge fan of her father's. Adam tells her that if she doesn't testify in support of him, her father will probably be convicted and executed.
Cassie informs the team that the victim tore up her will two weeks before she was killed. Harry reasons that the murderer may have been someone who was cut out of the will; she's established a potential motive. Eric arrives to discuss plans for him to potentially testify. Ollie and Harry suggest he take a polygraph test; Remmick would probably allow such a test into testimony. But Sanders hesitates. "I don't think I killed my wife," he says. "But I'm not sure." He reveals that in the past when he's been under the effect of the sleeping pill Ambien, he's done things he didn't realize until later.
D.A. Remmick shows up at the law office. She's come to offer murder two; it's appropriate, she says, because it was probably a crime of passion and will save Harry's client from lethal injection. Ollie thinks Remmick's scared about her case. Harry agrees and calls for Vinnie Delgado to ramp up the investigation into who else might have done it.
Vinnie relays a report that the victim was overheard by a delivery man as she was breaking up with a lover two weeks before she was killed. Meanwhile, Adam interviews another Sanders child, son James. The conversation is odd: James parrots back whatever Adam asks him. Eric tells Harry later on that James is bipolar, adding that he doesn't think he is violent enough to have killed his mother. Eric also discounts the possibility of his wife having an affair, but he suggests she talk to his wife's boss and confidant, Corrine.
Harry asks Eric about copping a plea to second degree murder. He'll have none of it, even though he knows it's possible that he could have done it and simply is unable to remember it. He implores Harry to find the monster who killed his wife.
Harry and her team debate why Remmick is offering a deal. As they're trading opinions on Eric's guilt, Jenna bursts in with news that the cops have raided Eric's house. They rush to the home and find the cops serving a warrant to find the murder weapon. Sure enough, they find the weapon, a crowbar, stashed in a ceiling panel accessible via a crawl space. The weapon is clean of fingerprints and blood.
Ollie seeks out the delivery man who overhead the victim breaking off her love affair. But the delivery man is uncooperative; he wants one million dollars to help out.
Harry talks to Eric in her office one on one. She tells him he looked like a guilty man when the murder weapon was discovered; he must come clean with her now she tells him. But Sanders is resolute: he tells Harry he's never lied to her, that he didn't kill his wife and that if Harry wants out, she should just go.
Harry returns to Remmick's office to tell her that she's almost got her client convinced to take the plea to second degree murder. But the D.A. informs her that the offer's no longer on the table. Instead, she invites Harry to be her guest at Sanders' execution after she puts him away.
Harry reclines in her office, lighting a marijuana cigarette. Tommy bursts in and pulls the joint from her hand. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, he tells her. It's time to start playing dirty. Tommy's fired up; he wants in on the case and can't wait.
In court, Harry seeks to deny admission of the crowbar as the murder weapon; she's denied. Harry then moves to exhume the body, citing physical evidence that might exonerate her client. The judge also rejects that request. Harry knew he would; she's using the technique to rattle Remmick.
Harry meets with Ellen Sanders' boss, Corrine, at the corporate headquarters of the non-profit she helps run, Save the Ocean. Corrine is bothered by Harry's questions about whether her friend was having an affair at work. She reproaches Harry and explains that Ellen was a woman of tremendous integrity, and she would never have engaged in something so sordid as an affair.
Adam, Tommy and Ollie approach Marcus the deliveryman again. He's still unwavering in his demand for a million dollars to cooperate. Tommy tries to intimidate him, to no avail. Ollie tries a different tack. He pulls Tommy's framed diploma off the wall and explains that he should respect him more. Then Ollie whacks Marcus over the head with the framed diploma.
Back at the office, Harry and Cassie are appalled to hear what Ollie's done. But Tommy is happy to report that Marcus confirmed hearing Mrs. Sanders breaking up - and admitted that he reported it to Remmick months ago. Tommy's recorded it all on his cell phone.
Eric arrives, and Harry explains that the D.A. not disclosing the material testimony of Marcus could be grounds for dismissal. Prosecutors must share all possible exculpatory evidence with the defense. If the case is dismissed, the prosecution could not refile it later.
D.A. Remmick shows up at the office. She wants a truce, she tells Harry in private. She wants to re-set their behaviors during the trial to be nothing but professional. Harry's not buying it - a truce is the last thing on her mind. She accuses Remmick of coming by solely to plant a bug in her office, so she can hear the defense team strategies. Remmick's met her match and promptly walks out the door.