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Raising the Bar Episode: "Is There a Doctor in the House?"

Season 2, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Jerry advocates for a woman charged with drug possession, but the case stirs up a conflict between Jerry and Michelle's new cop boyfriend. In addition, Bobbi defends a client battling larceny charges; and Charlie and Judge Farnsworth (John Michael Higgins) spend a most interesting dinner together.
Original Air Date: Jul 6, 2009
Guest Cast Robert Bailey Jr.: Deshaun Wagner Lorna Raver: Judge Wendy Reigleman John Michael Higgins: Judge Albert Farnsworth Rick Fitts: Judge Olin Southwell Lawrence B. Adisa: Rahim Heath Freeman: Gavin Dillon Malcolm Goodwin: Wesley Wedderburn Enuka Okuma: Suzette Wagner Patti Tippo: Gina Josh Randall: Tim Porter
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Season 2, Episode 5
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Length: 04:31:57
Aired: 7/6/2009
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Is There a Doctor in the House" Season 2, Episode 5

This week, Jerry defends a woman picked up for drug possession with a substance she insists is only laundry detergent. The case involves Michelle's new police officer boyfriend whose efforts to give Jerry the runaround lands the woman in the hospital. Bobbi steps in to defend a client who is certain that "his side" of the story will prove he's innocent of theft charges. Oh, and Charlie has dinner with Judge Farnsworth (juicy!).

The episode begins with Charlie walking in on all of the judges pigging out on take-out. Charlie asks why he was invited, and Judge Kessler says he's been summoned to welcome Judge Farnsworth to the courthouse. They debate over a hypothetical case, and Charlie defends Kessler's case — eventually winning her the dollar placed on the bet. Farnsworth appears to be smitten over Charlie (I suspect we will see more of these two).

Jerry sits with Wesley Wittiber, a client who refuses to accept a plea on the larceny charges he faces. Wesley continuously states that he wants to meet in front of a jury despite Jerry's advice. Jerry reminds Wesley that he was caught with the merchandise in his hand after hours sneaking it out the thrift store. His client, however, is positive that after hearing his side, a jury will find him innocent (though he neglects to explain what his side even is).

As predicted after the opening scene, Farnsworth asks Charlie out and tells him to come to his apartment at 8 pm. After Charlie expresses his discomfort with such a meeting place, Farnsworth tells Charlie to meet him in his chambers for what he calls "dinner and discussion."

Marcus finds out Balco is going to the hospital for a procedure, and he and Michelle snoop around in hopes of uncovering what exactly is wrong with their boss. (Is Balco becoming more intolerable, or what?)

Meanwhile, Tim Porter, the detective who is supposedly dating Michelle, introduces himself to Jerry after Jerry shows up to meet with his client, Suzette. Suzette was picked up for supposed drug possession, though Suzette explains the substance was laundry detergent she took from her sister. They have it tested and it shows up negative. Suzette is released and Jerry makes a comment to Porter regarding his false assumptions that she was using or selling.

Bobbi believes her ex-husband cut her purse strap with a knife in the middle of the night while she slept, and Jerry tells Bobbi to change her lock.

Roz then informs Jerry that the same cops picked up Suzette again. When Jerry shows up Porter tells him she was pushed along, and no longer there to meet with him (he is so arrogant it is unbelievable).

Michelle questions Wesley who waves his right so he can he finally tell his side. He tells everyone in the court room that the thrift store stole his lamp, and he was simply taking it back. He further explains that the lamp had Peter Pan on it, and that his mother gave it to him and died ten years ago. His statement reflects that of a child's, which leads to Bobbi convincing Michelle to offer another plea because he appears to be mentally ill.

Meanwhile, Jerry continues his search for Suzette, who was not in central booking where she was expected to be. After a long search, Roz informs Jerry that Suzette is in the hospital. After arriving at the hospital and greeting Suzette's brother, a former client of Jerry's, they learn that Suzette has passed away from what they think is a ruptured appendix.

Roz and Jerry attempt to find justice and Jerry shows up at the police station to threaten Porter and inform him that his practices led to Suzette's death. Porter unsympathetically responds to Jerry with, "Welcome to New York City, people die." (What a jerk!).

Meanwhile, the date between Judge Farnsworth and Charlie is weirdly romantic in his chambers, and Farnsworth informs Charlie that he doesn't do relationships anymore because of one "bad apple." He says a former relationship is the reason he carries a gun. After Charlie expresses curiosity, Farnsworth adds that he had his one great love, he experienced it without restraint, and that in the shadow of that, romance becomes "overwhelmingly complicated." The "dinner and discussion" ends with Farnsworth implying that the door is always open if Charlie chooses to stop assisting Kessler.

The cellmates who were alongside Suzette say she was in the cell screaming and stating that she was going to die. She threw up blood and finally was pulled out. One informant said she wasn't feeling well, and that the cops "had it out for her" and kept her back. Jerry and Roz agree that Suzette's brother needs a civil lawyer for what they believe is a promising lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Bobbi returns to her apartment to find that the door is smashed open. All of her undergarments were thrown on the floor in a pile, and someone had gone to the bathroom all over the pile. Bobbi retaliates by showing up at her ex's work and threatening to exploit him for drug use, though he denies any involvement.

Judge Kessler asks Charlie how his date was, and asks if Farnsworth tried to offer him a job. Charlie lies and says no unconvincingly, and Kessler shows up in Farnsworth's court room in the middle of a trial. She threatens him to stay away from Charlie because although it is his courtroom, it is her courthouse (Now that's the Kessler we all love!).

Bobbi visits Wesley and offers him another deal, but this time, one that he accepts. Wesley is able to keep the lamp he claims is his under the condition that he commits to a hospital to treat his mental illness.

Back at the bar, Jerry (aware of Michelle and Porter's romance) tells everyone what happened with Suzette hoping to persuade Michelle to stop seeing him. Jerry even quotes Porter's reaction, which raises uproars at the table. Michelle, who was about to excuse herself from the table to secretly meet with him, gets upset at the news and leaves. (Now that's drama!)

Do you think we will hear more of the Suzette tragedy? Do you think Porter should face trial in a future episode? Is Bobbi's ex-husband the person breaking into her apartment? If not, than who could it be?

 

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This week, Jerry defends a woman picked up for drug possession with a substance she insists is only laundry detergent. The case involves Michelle's new police officer boyfriend whose efforts to give Jerry the runaround lands the woman in the hospital. Bobbi steps in to defend a client who is certain that "his side" of the story will prove he's innocent of theft charges. Oh, and Charlie has dinner with Judge Farnsworth (juicy!).

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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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