Harry's Law Review: Outrageous Government Conduct

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Whether football or foreclosures, the legal eagles of Harry's Law had a lot on their plates and their minds in this week's episode, "Head Games." While the episode struggled to capture my full attention, what I did detect were some serious commentaries on society.

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Perhaps my favorite aspect of this episode was learning about the "Outrageous Government Conduct" defense. Being a bit of a legal geek, I like how the characters attempted to apply it to robbery case in which the defendant was so easily relatable.

What really got me is that the jury still put her away. It's as if the writers were sending a message that America is angry at its government, but nothing is going to change, which they reflected in the jury verdict. As sad as that was, it was a nice choice.

Poor Tommy, you could tell he was taking it pretty hard. But there's always the appeal. Hang in there, man.

For Harry and Adam, a conventional case took an unconventional turn when the judge allowed experts to testify to the dangerousness of the sport of football. I wasn't quite sure what the relevance of the story was except as an interesting case study.

But, again, the writers brought something new to light about the science emerging around the idea of second impact syndrome. One thing's for sure: even if I'm not too keen on the new characters and new directions Harry's Law has decided to take, I always learn something new each week.

I also really appreciated the shout-out to the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry in college football. Being from the Buckeye state myself, it always brings a smile to my face when they reference some of Ohio's most important cultural aspects, particularly football.

That said, I was not a fan of the emerging Oliver vs. Adam dynamic with regard to Chunhua. I know all good writing demonstrates constant tension among its characters, but could we please not fight over Chunhua just yet? Let her settle in first.

I was right with Harry when she gave Adam that rather reprimanding stare after he tried to "legislate" Chunhua's free time. Let it go, Adam.

And so, while a bit of an unexciting this week on Harry's Law, there were some learned legal lessons and brief but poignant social commentaries. What did you think of this week's episode? Sound off below!


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The show last night - woman robs bank to feed kids - is the most significant dialogue about the meltdown and the protest against Wall Street and corporate greed ever presented. In about seven minutes the whole mess was logically explained by the writers of Harry's Law. From a government standpoint. From the viewpoint of a 99 percenter who has suffered from what has happened in our country and our indignation about what continues to proceed ahead on Wall Street. Thank you to Harry's Law. I am spreading this show all over the globe.


Wow.......this football thing has me puzzled and thinking about "all contact" sports. My husband (of 49 years) and I met on a blind date. He was in college on a football scholarship (very good player). After graduating in 1963 he started teaching and coaching football....and he has retired from teaching but is still coaching football. It's been a BIG part of our lives. I am/was concerned about this medical thing, but...as they mentioned in the show, we all get in a car everyday.


Well heck!!. I thought you were going to be with me on this one. Kelly and his writers have destroyed a good show with social comentary. We get enough of that on the news. Show is overloaded with cast and is not even a good lawyer show any more. Get back to shoe store and rid of everyone but orig. cast.


Love the way they compared the bank robbery to what the government is doing to this country!!! And I agree with them, our government is NOT for the people unless they are rich.


It was a good show, but it makes no sense for them to use language and then bleep it out. What is up with that?
And the jury had to convict the woman bank robber! They SAW her do it! They couldn't say she was NOT guilty.
I like Harry's Law, I've always been a fan of David E. Kelly and all the shows he puts out going all the way back to L.A. Law (remember that one?)

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Harry's Law Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Government. Hero. That's your choice.


You took your best shot, Tommy. That's all you could do.