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Raising the Bar Episode: "The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Fiery friction erupts between Jerry and rigid Judge Farnsworth over Jerry's tardiness. Elsewhere, Roz and Richard join forces on a hate-crime case. And Marcus' well-connected girlfriend puts him in a tight spot with Balco.
Original Air Date: Jun 22, 2009

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Season 2, Episode 3
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Length: 03:58:35
Aired: 6/22/2009
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button" Season 2, Episode 3

This week, Jerry faces further conflict with Judge Farnsworth after the new judge punishes Jerry's client for Jerry's own tardiness. However, Jerry becomes determined to have the last word by making Farnsworth the victim of his own by-the-book procedures. Meanwhile, Roz and Richard team up to defend a young African-American man accused of committing a hate crime against a gay man, which causes some hype in the community.

The show begins with Jerry and Michelle walking while simultaneously talking on their cell phones. Jerry turns the corner and approaches Michelle, and boy does that woman light up when she spots him for the first time.

Roz and Richard together defend Mr. Darrell King, the young man accused of beating up another man, Sean, simply because of his sexuality. Marcus refuses to plead out the hate crime and feels it is especially important to bring such a case to court. However, Balco tells Marcus to make a deal to avoid making the case public because of the uproar it will bring amongst nearby gay and black communities.

Marcus goes on another date with Amelia, and she tells him he could do well in politics. Marcus replies that "the only votes he cares about are the twelve in the box" (witty!).

Jerry shows up to Judge Farnsworth's courtroom late (not once, but twice) and the judge punishes Jerry's client, Owen Clark, by postponing his hearing by one month, potentially costing him his job.

Meanwhile, Balco lashes out at Marcus for supposedly "sneaking around," but Marcus has no idea what he is referring to. It turns out his powerful girlfriend tried to do him a favor by shedding some publicity on the case, in turn putting him in a difficult position with Balco (uh oh!). Balco tells Marco he can bring the case to court, but insinuates that losing this case could cost him his job. The case is to be tried in front of Judge Kessler (I just love her!).

Jerry, hoping to fore-go the punishments Judge Farnsworth laid out for him, tries to make his point in the courtroom by having the judge read a man his rights who is in trouble over a vending license for his icee cart. This time, Jerry tells Farnsworth what the rules entitle this man as he makes a mockery of the new judge in his own courtroom. He continues this all day long, continuously bringing to the judge petty cases (even one man who was arrested for standing on a crate and shouting nonsense, creating a public nuisance and obstructing pedestrian traffic). Take that, clown!

Farnsworth says Jerry has made his point, and makes the hearing the next morning, earlier than usual. (It's a good thing he doesn't have to set aside any time toward managing his once long hair!)

Meanwhile, things get heated as Roz questions the defendant hoping to prove it was just an assault, not something driven by hate.

Early the next morning, Jerry and Michelle appear in front of Judge Farnsworth once again. Michelle makes a comment to Jerry saying she "could have used the extra sleep," and Jerry responds by suggesting that Michelle should "try cutting back on [her] extra curriculars." (NICE!)

Farnsworth calls out Jerry for not having his top button secured, or "proper court apparel," according to the rules. The judge then calls Jerry into chambers and forces him to take off his shirt so he can sew his button. Farnsworth reschedules for the next morning (early, again).

Early the next morning, Judge Farnsworth finally dismisses the case on Jerry's client and ignores a technicality he finds in the case, after Jerry points out that all rules can be flip-flopped to have a different effect. To do this, Jerry unbuttons every button on his shirt but leaves the top one that Farnsworth had sewn on secured, explaining that according to the rules, he is properly dressed, but that the rules can be interpreted many ways (the second showing of Jerry's toned stomach, might I add).

Meanwhile, Marcus wins his case and the assault was considered to be a hate crime.

Back at the bar, the episode concludes with casual conversation and Charlie's speculation that Farnsworth, too, may be homosexual. He also adds that stripping for him was a clever tactic, though Jerry denies having such a motive.

In the show's final minute, Amelia shows up and apologizes for overstepping her boundaries by involving herself in Marcus's case. Looks like it isn't over for this power couple (...at least not yet).

What do you think about Judge Farnsworth's character? Do you think the assault was driven by hate, or that Judge Kessler should assign the maximum sentencing to Mr. King?

 

 

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This week, Jerry faces further conflict with Judge Farnsworth after the new judge punishes Jerry's client for Jerry's own tardiness. However, Jerry becomes determined to have the last word by making Farnsworth the victim of his own by-the-book procedures. Meanwhile, Roz and Richard team up to defend a young African-American man accused of committing a hate crime against a gay man, which causes some hype in the community.

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Premise: Legal battles and relationship quandaries among young lawyers are charted in this courtroom drama created and executive produced by Steven Bochco ('NYPD Blue,' 'L.A. Law').

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