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Raising the Bar Episode: "I'll Be Down to Get You a Taxi, Honey"

Season 2, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: When Jerry holds court for a man charged with running over a corrupt lawyer, he plays on jury sympathy rather than relying on the facts of the case. Elsewhere, Richard rushes through cases, resulting in a judicial fumble. And Bobbi's divorce proceedings advance.
Original Air Date: Jul 13, 2009

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Season 2, Episode 6
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Length: 04:21:31
Aired: 7/13/2009
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "I'll Be Down to Get You in a Taxi, Honey" Season 2, Episode 6

This week, Jerry takes on a pro bono case, defending a man arrested for running over his lawyer with a car. Jerry must rely on jury sympathy to get an acquittal. Elsewhere, in a rush to settle cases without bringing them to trial, Richard pleads out a man caught breaking into a medical lab, but he fails to find out the full story. Meanwhile, Bobbi's final divorce papers are ready, but "signed, sealed, delivered" isn't as sweet as it ought to be.

The episode begins with Jerry rushing through the courthouse after his briefcase strap broke, leaving him with piles of papers to hold. He arrives late to Judge Kessler's courtroom to discover a Mr. Ryan, who is being charged for assault and attempted murder. Kessler grills the man for showing up to his third arraignment sans a lawyer. Mr. Ryan explains that his wife died, he's supporting his daughter, and doesn't have the funds to pay for one, etc. Kessler refuses to assign him a lawyer because he has a steady income, so Jerry steps forward and offers to take the case pro bono.

The case gets assigned for one week later, so Jerry hurries to find out the facts. The defendant informs Jerry that he ran over Gordon Burke, a crook lawyer who kept his money after a settlement on a case where the defendant sued the Manhattan City Hospital for missing his wife Anne's ovarian cancer diagnosis. The money ($375,000) was supposed to be awarded to the defendant, but Burke sent Mr. Ryan a check for just $3,850. When Mr. Ryan asked for the rest, Burke gave him the runaround.

Mr. Ryan explained that he wanted to use the money to make his wife comfortable, get her a decent bed, and take care of her in her final months. When he received the $3,850 check, he figured it was a down payment of sorts. After months went by and Mr. Ryan watched the love of his life die, he still saw nothing else from the settlement. Mr. Ryan showed up at Burke's house, and Burke says he'd explain everything. Instead, he snuck out, and Mr .Ryan ran out the door and hopped in his car to follow him. Mr. Ryan gunned the car trying to cut him off, and ended up hitting Burke, who suffered serious injuries.

After hearing the facts, Jerry decides the man deserved what he got, and is willing to try the case hoping the jurors feel the same way and will have sympathy for Mr. Ryan.

Meanwhile, Bobbi can't believe her divorce is almost over and is happy to have the divorce-papers in hand. Jerry excitedly hands her a pen, and at last, she signs (phew!).

Roz confronts Jerry about taking on a pro bono case. She says she wishes he could for once "walk by an injustice." (We all know she doesn't mean that.)

At the bar, Jerry and Michelle argue the case. Jerry refuses to take the deal Michelle puts on the table, and she tells him that after looking at the facts, he will regret walking away from the offer.

At the court house, Jerry tells Bobbi his only defense is that it was an "accident." Jerry tells Bobbi the defendant shouldn't go to jail, and that he is willing to do whatever it takes — using any defense.

After hearing the first few witnesses, Michelle tries to dismiss as evidence the nine previous cases where Burke was tried for fraud. Jerry gets angry, and as a result Kessler rules that none of it can be used. Her frustration shows that she clearly sides with the lawyer and thinks he is the only victim in her courtroom. (What has gotten into our favorite judge today?)

In hopes to settle another case, Richard tells a Mr .Vasquez to plead guilty for theft after being caught red-handed. After Mr. Vasquez takes the one-year plea, Richard is informed of more facts regarding the case and realizes that in hopes to settle all of these cases, he was doing an injustice to the people who needed him to act as their lawyer.

When Balco asks Michelle how the trial is going, Michelle reveals evidence she has which will prove that hitting Burke wasn't an accident. Balco seems unimpressed and says that "a really good lawyer thinks like a juror."

Richard tries to undo his mistakes by asking Markus to come with him to enter the new information to the judge, hoping to get Mr. Vasquez out of his plea. Markus says if the facts check out, he will go to the judge as a favor to Richard. The two see Judge Ventimiglia, who says he will sleep on it. The next day, the judge decides to vacate the previous plea and charge Mr. Vasquez with a misdemeanor and three years probation.

Michelle and Jerry agree on a plea of six months to two years. However, when bringing the news to the judge, Kessler continues her anger streak by turning down the agreement and telling them to await the verdict, which she feels will be a guilty one.

The jury however finds the defendant, Mr. Ryan, not guilty on all accounts. He is a free man. He runs out cries and Jerry comforts him, as he admits to missing his wife. (Not bad for a pro bono case, eh?)

Michelle tells Balco she tried everything. Balco says she did great, and was able to sell a deal to Jerry before an acquittal. Balco places the blame on Kessler. (Did Balco just sound understanding? I'm confused.)

At the bar, the group talks about the case, and Jerry is congratulated for winning over the jury in a case without a real defense. Michelle buys Jerry a beer but reinforces that he had agreed upon her deal had Kessler not discarded it in court.

Bobbi asks Jerry out on a date. She says the divorce papers are "signed, sealed, delivered" and the two leave happily, at last. They end up at Bobbi's apartment, and just as things are "getting hot," Bobbi turns on the light to discover that the mirror reads, "Until death do us part" and that her ex-husband hanged himself in her apartment. Just as we got our hopes up that Bobbi was emotionally ready to be swept of her feet by Jerry's charming ways, devastation strikes.

Did you agree with the outcome in Jerry's case? What do you think has gotten into Judge Kessler? Did you expect this horrific surprise ending? How do you think Bobbi will handle this event? Will she lean on Jerry for support... or once again ask for space so she can sort out her emotions?

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This week, Jerry takes on a pro bono case, defending a man arrested for running over his lawyer with a car. Jerry must rely on jury sympathy to get an acquittal. Elsewhere, in a rush to settle cases without bringing them to trial, Richard pleads out a man caught breaking into a medical lab, but he fails to find out the full story. Meanwhile, Bobbi's final divorce papers are ready, but "signed, sealed, delivered" isn't as sweet as it ought to be.

The episode begins with Jerry rushing through the courthouse after his briefcase strap broke, leaving him with piles of papers to hold. He arrives late to Judge Kessler's courtroom to discover a Mr. Ryan, who is being charged for assault and attempted murder. Kessler grills the man for showing up to his third arraignment ... read more

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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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