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Raising the Bar Episode: "No Child's Left Behind"

Season 2, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Jerry goes up against Balco's zealous prosecution in a child-pornography case. Meanwhile, Bobbi's divorce proceedings take a turn for the worse when her soon-to-be ex exploits a legal loophole, spinning into motion potential life-changing consequences.
Original Air Date: Jun 29, 2009
Guest Cast Elizabeth Connors: Gail Simpson Megan Follows: Reanne Chrisman Dameon Clarke: Sean Lusik Titus Welliver: Nate Chrisman Heath Freeman: Gavin Dillon Ivar Brogger: Joseph Steinmetz Sterling Macer Jr.: Det. Jackson
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Season 2, Episode 4
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Length: 04:25:41
Aired: 6/29/2009
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "No Child's Left Behind" Season 2, Episode 4

This week, TNT's Raising the Bar presents its first realistic and captivating case of its second season.

When a father is arrested after an innocent photo he posted of his son in the bathtub finds its way onto a child pornography site, Jerry must fight to prove to the jury that this man had no intent of exploiting his own child. The episode is timely on how it presents the pitfalls of sharing family photos online — and right after the opening credits, this powerful episode takes off and hits the ground running!

The episode begins with Jerry reviewing tapes of his client Nate Chrisman's claim that he has done nothing wrong by taking a picture of his son and posting it for family and friends. Jerry informs his client that the borough chief is handling the case himself, meaning the D.A.'s office is trying to make a point. Jerry claims they will argue that he was promoting and possessing a sexual act by a child, and that taking a picture is in fact a "performance."

Balco and Jerry are to try the case in front of Judge Kessler (my favorite!). Jerry tries to make a deal, dismissing the case as a misdemeanor of endangerment of a child. Balco, though, will only make a deal if Nate registers as a sex offender, a label which would follow him for the rest of his life. Jerry tells Nate that going to court would be a roll of the dice.

Meanwhile, Bobbi sits with her ex-husband to settle on the division of their assets. When listing which assets they will divide, Bobbi discovers that her apartment, bought with her grandmother's inheritance, was named. After her attorney claims the inheritance is not a joint asset, her ex's attorney explains the payments were made from their joint account (which Bobbi's money was in, exclusively). He continues to play dirty, and is willing to rip her out of the apartment her grandma wished for her to live in if it means making her regret leaving him. (How was she ever with this guy?)

At the bar, everyone discusses the case at hand, and Charlie recognizes Bobbi's silence. He asks what's wrong, and Bobbi explains she never thought she'd have to choose between the job she loves and the home she loves. Richard says he can set her up with his dad's firm after she admits she's contemplating leaving in hopes of a bigger paycheck (a prospect which does not make Jerry happy, of course).

Judge Kessler begins the voir dire process (finding the jury), and Jerry and Balco seem to be in compliance with one another. Jerry suggests an individually sequestered voir dire. They then come up with eight jurors after asking various candidates questions regarding whether or not they belong to social networking sites, and whether the jurors would leave their child unattended outside in a stroller if they could see it through the window.

Meanwhile, Bobbi asks Roz for a half day later in the week, and tells her she has an interview. Roz tells her she understands, but also tells her things have a way of working themselves out, and not to make any decisions out of panic.

In the courtroom, Balco tries to convince the jury that the facts line up Nate's homepage with the source of the photo that landed on a child pornography site. Jerry takes his turn and proves there was no communication between Nate and the site, and Nate did not foresee the picture landing in the hands of anyone other than friends and family.

Roz secretly asks a random man who claims his career was jump-started thanks to her firm for an "off-the-books favor," one which she calls "personal business." (Shady business, Roz!)

Charlie asks Kessler where she's leaning on the search of Nate's computer, which proves he searches adult pornography sites. Charlie convinces the judge to keep them private, saying they aren't relevant and their only purpose is to make him look "icky" to the jury. (Nice terminology, lawyer man!)

Bobbi has her interview, and is informed quickly that she will be making a lot more money if she chooses to pursue working for this other firm.

Back in court, Judge Kessler dismisses the search engines from Nate's computer as "inadmissible." After Nat'es ex-wife is called to the stand, Balco asks for her to read aloud the caption under the picture on the homepage, and then to read the caption on the porn site. She reads them, and then shares that the cost of viewing her child fully naked was $14.99, which gains a viewer full access to the site. It is then Jerry's turn to question the bitter ex-wife, and after asking about their failed marriage and her feelings toward Nate, he asked her if the man is a good father. She responds by telling the jury he never missed a birthday or a baseball game, and would jump in front of a bus for their child.

Later, at the bar, Jerry asks Bobbi how her interview went, and in hopes of convincing her to stay, he offers for her to move in with him "if necessary." Bobbi tells him she doesn't need his judgments, and storms off (tension, anyone?).

Roz shows up at the hospital where Bobbi's ex-husband works as a doctor, and shows him a picture of himself doing a drug buy two days earlier. Roz threatens him, saying she'll put it in the mail if he lets Bobbi lose her apartment. (You go, girl!)

The jury is unable to come to a verdict, so Kessler gives them a speech and sends them off to re-think their decisions.

Bobbi tells Roz her ex backed off, so she is staying in her apartment — and with her job. Roz acts pleased, but her meeting with Bobbi's ex remains a secret.

Eventually Kessler declares that there was a mistrial from a hung jury. Jerry visits Balco's office hoping to convince him to not try the case again and to offer a better deal. The two get into an argument, and Jerry walks out on the same deal offered earlier, saying Nate does not deserve to be registered as a sex offender.

What do you think about the potential pitfall of posting family pictures on social networking sites? Do you think Steven Bochco does a good job of highlighting this real-life concern? Are you happy with the outcome of the case? Do you think we will see the second part of this case in a future episode?

 

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This week, TNT's Raising the Bar presents its first realistic and captivating case of its second season.

When a father is arrested after an innocent photo he posted of his son in the bathtub finds its way onto a child pornography site, Jerry must fight to prove to the jury that this man had no intent of exploiting his own child. The episode is timely on how it presents the pitfalls of sharing family photos online — and right after the opening credits, this powerful episode takes off and hits the ground running!

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