After having lavished praise on this show over the past few weeks, I have to acknowledge that ‘Suck My Alibi’ didn’t quite do it for me: I felt as if I was waiting for something big to happen, and it never quite did. The death of Mark Strauss fizzled out a bit; on the plus side, though, I don’t think grammar is used nearly often enough as a means of solving crimes (it might be just about time for Unpopcult to pitch The Lexicographers once again), and it was a neat way of bringing the otherwise annoyingly irrelevant Ivana back into the story.
The show also continues to get points for the way in which it’s handling its courtroom scenes: Hildy’s evidence, neither unqualified triumph nor unmitigated disaster, was typical (and reminiscent of Murder One) of the measured way in which the forensic side of the drama has been handled, with irregularities – the DNA sample, for instance – raised and examined. The same could be said of Hannah’s testimony: yes, she claims she was raped; no, she didn’t report it, and has no physical evidence to substantiate it.
Out of court Tildy wasn’t even mentioned this week, which is dramatically satisfying even if it means that shippers like me aren’t getting what we want. (Their workplace rapport continues to be beautifully written and played.) Solid and entertaining, then, but perhaps not quite up to the show’s usual standard.