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Raising the Bar Episode: "Fine and Dandy"

Season 2, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Jerry and Richard both fight for clients who received unjust punishments. Richard thus squares off against Judge Kessler, who also anticipates going out on a first blind date. Meanwhile, Bobbi struggles to adjust to a life-shattering situation involving her ex-husband. Jesse Bochco directed the episode.
Original Air Date: Jul 20, 2009
Guest Cast Harrison Knight: Xavier Watson Eddie Rouse: Angel Gutierrez Maria Burton: Jury Foreman Jennifer Hetrick: Susanne Dupois Stacy Hall: Vince Peter Jason: Rex Harringford Larry Brandenburg: Judge Edward Leiden Jon Polito: Judge Dominick Ventimiglia Alex Fernandez: Alan Garcia Grainger Hines: Phil Harfleur Cyrus Farmer: Darnell Taylor
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Season 2, Episode 7
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Length: 04:50:43
Aired: 7/20/2009
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Raising the Bar Episode Recap: "Fine and Dandy" Season 2, Episode 7

After being acquitted on a weapons charge, Jerry's client is re-arrested on a parole violation. Richard argues with Judge Kessler over a decision to jail his client for 30 days over a $75 fine, saying it is essentially punishment for being poor. Meanwhile, Bobbi has difficulty adjusting after the recent tragedy of Gavin's suicide, and Jerry's attempts to help are met with strong resistance.

The episode begins with Jerry and Bobbi talking when she returns to work after being out for a full week. Jerry helps her with her workload, but she tells him she needs to be alone so she can get started. (Oh Jerry, timing is never on your side.)

Jerry explains in the courthouse that Darnel Taylor, a 43-year-old air conditioning repairmen, saw two men arguing, and after one pulled a gun, Mr. Taylor convinced him to hand it over to him. Unfortunately, as the police showed up, the gun was in the defendant's hand, which landed him in jail for two years awaiting the current hearing. After Michelle and Jerry argue their sides, Mr. Taylor is found "not guilty" for criminal possession of a weapon. (I like this judge more and more each week!)

As Jerry and his client exit the courtroom, Mr. Taylor is arrested for violating his parole, which states he cannot hold a firearm. Where is the justice in that?

Meanwhile, Judge Kessler speaks with her shrink about what kind of man she wants, and is seemingly desperate to feel desired.

Next, Richard is asked to defend a man has not paid his court fines for a petty crime he pleaded guilty to months ago. Unfortunately, the man still was unable to pay the court fees, and Richard asks for a court date to be granted to serve the man justice.

Jerry shows up in hopes of making a deal with the parole officer who arrested Mr. Taylor. The officer says he doesn't cut anyone slack, and that he will not give Mr. Taylor the benefit of the doubt because he would then be expected to do the same for everyone in the future.

Judge Kessler informs Charlie that she has a date with a successful man and needs advice on what to wear. Charlie went with purple (and I agreed!). Meanwhile, Jerry brings in Chinese so everyone can celebrate Richard's birthday over lunch. Richard tells the group how Kessler put someone in jail for not paying a $75 fine, and Jerry makes a witty remark that she needs to "get laid" I was starting to think the same thing....

Back at the parole hearing, it seems there are no rules and no justice for Mr. Taylor. Hearsay is allowed, and apparently everything is admissible as evidence in such proceedings. Meanwhile, Richard has his client, Mr. Gutierez, explain how he lives paycheck to paycheck and how hard it is to make ends meet while living on minimum wage.

At the bar, Bobbi poses an idea: everyone should be fined a percentage of his/her own net worth. This means wealthy citizens wouldn't shrug their shoulders over petty crimes knowing they can pay the fines or bails necessary to pay their way out of it. (Interesting, but that would never happen). Bobbi talked to Roz about the process of moving out of her apartment, and informs her that the appraisal is coming next week. Roz asked her if she has talked to anyone, and Bobbi said she will be fine as soon as she finds a place to live. Roz reminds her that "safe, secure, and comforting go a long way," and interestingly enough, Bobbi looks back at Jerry and agrees.

Back at Jerry's parole hearing, Jerry's witnesses lose their credibility based on their own prior convictions.

Kessler had Charlie test her on art history facts before her date. Unfortunately, Kessler's date goes horribly, as both Kessler and the man agree that there is no spark between them. Back in the courtroom, Kessler sentences Richard's client to 30 days of jail time for not paying his fine, showing once again how unsympathetic she has been as she has become more miserable with her personal life.

Richard pays the bail for Mr. Gutierez. After he tells Roz he paid the fine, Roz asked him to go for a birthday walk. She tells him he crossed the line and that it is against office policy to pay fines for clients. Richard doesn't understand why he can't bail out his clients, and Roz explains that they all can't do it for everyone, so it shouldn't be done at all. Richard doesn't seem convinced with her reasoning.

After hearing the defense, the judge in the parole case ruled that Mr. Taylor had violated parole, and he is sentenced to 24 months in jail.

Jerry informs his client that the time he served awaiting his acquittal doesn't count. He has to serve two more years. r. Taylor identifies the young boy who he took the gun from as a Mr. LeRoy Simmons. Mr. Taylor tells Jerry that serving time would have made the boy something he shouldn't be. He wants Jerry to talk to the boy for him, and tell him that he is paying the time so he does well with his life and goes to college.

Charlie gives Judge Kessler her new notes and calls it a weekend. He asks how her date went, and she lies and says the man was interested in her, and talks about how good it felt to be desired.

Back at the bar, Jerry talks about the parole case and how unfair the process is. He asks Bobbi if she is alright, and she says yes as she storms off to the bathroom for an escape. Jerry, unable to accept being avoided once more, follows her. Jerry confronts Bobbi and in a fit of anger, she admits she left her marriage for him, and it becomes obvious that she is ashamed and feels guilty.

What do you think has gotten into our favorite Judge Kessler? Do you think justice was served to Mr. Taylor, or that his sacrifice was worthwhile? Do you think it was an appropriate decision for Richard to pay his client's bail?

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After being acquitted on a weapons charge, Jerry's client is re-arrested on a parole violation. Richard argues with Judge Kessler over a decision to jail his client for 30 days over a $75 fine, saying it is essentially punishment for being poor. Meanwhile, Bobbi has difficulty adjusting after the recent tragedy of Gavin's suicide, and Jerry's attempts to help are met with strong resistance.

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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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