Episode PremiereMarch 18, 2012
Show Period2011 - 2012
Production CompanyBonanza Productions Inc., Warner Bros. Television
Harry questions Natalie's mother on the stand about her fight to have Natalie attend a public school. "What do you say to all the other parents who are looking out for their children?" Harry asks. Ms. Drake returns with a fiery response, playing into Harry's hand of getting Natalie stressed, which will set off her disorder. After a fiery exchange on the stand, Natalie has an episode, as her eyes roll back in her head and eerie noises emanate from her throat. The judge is aghast at the site, as the court comes to a standstill. Later, the judge rules with Harry. "The school system is a system," the judge says, "one designed to serve the masses." He sympathizes with Natalie, but he must side with Harry and the principal that the disability disrupts the classroom and the other students. It may be a hallow victory for Harry, but it's a victory nonetheless.
Adam argues in court that Maggie's plea bargain sentence is too severe for the crime and not given the leniency that was discussed when the deal was made. The judge disagrees and says Maggie freely agreed to the deal in court and it should stands as is. Later in the holding pen, Maggie has Adam meet with a friend of hers who has some interesting evidence. It seems "Choirboy" Cruickshank is a well-known client of her escort service. They call him "Gerber Boy" because he's known to make baby sounds, dress up in woman's clothes, and likes his sex on the rough side. Later at the office, Adam gets advice from Cassie and Tommy on how to handle his newfound information. Tommy immediately tells Adam he should use his new leverage to demand a drop of all charges; "you have a get-out-of-jail free card, you use it." "That's extortion," Adam argues back to Tommy, as he realizes he has a big moral question in front of him.
"Harry, you're not going to believe this," Oliver says as he tells her about his accident findings. The death was barely investigated because it looked so much like a traffic accident, but there were no skid marks at the scene, which is highly unusual. Then Oliver found out that the other driver involved in the accident had his bank account mysteriously grow after the incident and he also graduated from the same college as Bagley. Later that day, Harry reluctantly visits D.A. Roseanna Remmick and asks her to sign an order to exhume Zach's sister's body. Remmick acts like a brick wall to the request, but Harry pleads to Remmick's moral code for justice until she finally agrees to exhume the body.
Harry meets with Remmick at a bar to thank her for all her help. Remmick tells Harry to just make sure her firm is at the gala sitting at the table. Harry realizes that the reason they need to be at the table is because Remmick has no true friends; she needs to force people to support her, even in her hour of triumph. Remmick may win the award, but it will be an empty victory. Later at the gala, everyone reluctantly sits at Remmick's table, even a noticeably nervous Tommy, who still thinks he'll be winning the award. Then as Remmick is announced the winner of Trial Lawyer of the Year, she happily walks up to accept, throwing a fake smile to all the polite applause that surrounds her.
Adam pleads with Cruickshank that his client needs a break, but Cruickshank tells Adam he is just wasting his time; he will not reduce the sentence. "I strongly suggest, for your own career advancement, that you graduate from this riffraff and begin representing a higher class of clientele." Adam has heard enough from this preaching hypocrite and plays his hand. He throws pictures of Cruickshank on the table in compromising positions with escorts. "The film was better," Adam tells Cruickshank with a smile. Adam wants Maggie's conviction overturned and charges dropped or else others will see what Cruickshank does after work. "You've made a serious mistake," Cruickshank threatens. "So have you," Adam replies. "The difference is yours was caught on tape."
Harry is in court representing Principal Villings on his expulsion of Natalie. She argues to the judge that the disruption caused by Natalie and her disorder cripples the classroom. "It's one thing to mainstream, it's another to torpedo everyone else in the process," Harry tells the judge. The judge argues back that there are laws that protect children with disabilities, and she should be allowed in a public school. Later, Cassie tells Harry that in order for the judge to rule in their favor, he needs to see "it." They need to put Natalie in a situation where the judge will see what the actual disorder looks and sounds like. It's not the nice thing to do to a seven-year-old, but it will win them their case. "Sometimes you have to win ugly," Cassie tells Harry.
Remmick tells Harry that preliminary findings of the autopsy discovered Zach's sister died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head. It's conceivable she might've gotten it from the accident, but the M.E. believes it's a homicide. She is going to get a warrant to search and question Bagley, but she needs a favor from Harry before she does. Remmick tells Harry that she's getting Trial Lawyer of the Year, but has no one to sit at her table. She wants Harry and her firm to sit with her to give an appearance of friends. With a big grin, Harry agrees. Later, Remmick interrogates the driver that killed Zach's sister. After an intense interrogation, Remmick gets him to admit the accident was a setup and he was paid to purposely collide with the car. Later, Zach tears up as Harry tells him he was right: Bagley had his sister murdered for money. "My sister can finally rest in peace," Zach smiles.
Harry meets with a mental patient named Zach who is having trouble accepting his sister's death. He believes his sister's husband murdered her and had it covered up to look like a traffic accident, but no one believes him. They all think its part of his delusion disorder. "She told me she was going to leave him. Then five days later, they are in a car accident where she dies and he magically lives," Zach franticly tells Harry. Then her husband inherited the million-dollar house and an insurance policy with seven hundred thousand dollars. Police never investigated because the driver that ran the stop sign and hit them took full responsibility. "It was staged!" Zach yells at Harry. "I'm not denying I have a delusion disorder," Zach says, "but I'm saying this is not one of my delusions."
Harry meets with Alan Bagley, the husband of Zach's sister and asks him to meet with Zach to help him understand his sister's death was an accident. Bagley is immediately standoffish to Harry as he scoffs at the idea of meeting with Zach. "The boy accuses me of murdering my wife. If he were free he would be running around saying that at large," Bagley tells Harry. "I'm finding you surprisingly unlikable," Harry tells Bagley after he starts acting hostile to her. She tells him it's interesting how his wife left him a wealthy man, yet he has not spent one nickel to help the one person she loved the most, her brother. Back at the firm, Harry tells Oliver that she now thinks Zach may be right; Bagley might've killed his wife. She asks Oliver to do some investigating and see if he can dig up any interesting information.
Tommy is nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year in Cincinnati and is nervous about his chances of winning. He asks Oliver for his opinion on his chances, but Oliver just laughs at the notion and says he has no chance. At dinner, Tommy tells Amanda how he's hurt that the other lawyers scoffed at the idea of him winning the award. Amanda tries to cheer him up by giving him some inside information. She's heard gossip that he has a good chance to win because of the recent human rights cases he's undertaken, especially his fight for the albinos and his attempt to gain personhood status for a gorilla.
"It's horrible. I've never seen anything like it," Principal Villings tells Harry. He is trying to expel a seven-year-old child with a disability that disrupts his whole school, but the child's mother is fighting him in court. Natalie has Conversion Disorder, a seizure-like disorder that causes abnormal face ticks and disturbing sounds. Principal Villings tells Harry that he's responsible for all the students at his school and Natalie is causing problems amongst the student body and teachers. Harry is introduced to adorable seven-year-old Natalie and her family. She seems like the perfect child as Harry's discussion with the mother becomes heated on whether Natalie has the right to attend public school. Then due to the bickering, Natalie's disability takes full affect. Her eyes roll back in her head and her face contorts in a frightening manner.
Maggie, a high school friend of Adam's, enters the firm looking for help. She tells Adam that she's been found guilty of prostitution and possession of drugs, but she only agreed to plead guilty because the D.A. and her lawyer said she would be shown lenience; but she was shown the opposite when they sentenced her to three years in prison. "I can't do three years in jail," Maggie says. Adam is not optimistic about her chances to have the deal overturned because the D.A. is "Choirboy," a crusading D.A. named Cruickshank who believes he's the morality police. Later, they meet with Cruickshank who refuses to lower the plea deal sentence. He adamantly believes three years is lenient for Maggie's deviant crimes against society.