The end of the trial is approaching in ‘Win Some, Lose Some’, and everyone’s getting tetchy: the courtroom exchanges between ADA Siletti (Currie Graham, who was Walter Mashburn in The Mentalist) and Warren Daniels have a real edge to them; in the precinct, Lieutenant Koto is snarling at everyone; and Erich argues with Daniels over whether he should give evidence. Of course, as soon as the issue is raised we kind of know that he will, and in keeping with the way in which the courtroom scenes have been handled it’s neither great nor terrible; he’s managing pretty well, in fact, until the end, when he fires out an ill-chosen jibe about Siletti’s cheap suit.
Then we need to wait for the verdict, which – once again, just like Murder One – has real suspense to it: the prosecution case has been strong but not overwhelming, with room for reasonable doubt if the jury chooses to look for it. There are a few distractions: Terry re-interviews the dude convicted of the murder of Erich’s biological father; Mr and Mrs Wilkerson bicker; Molk – or did I imagine this? – is tacitly rebuffed by Hannah; and Terry makes the mistake of sleeping with his realtor, who makes a declaration of love on their first date. Red flag.
But we’re not made to wait too long for the jury’s verdict of REDACTED, which for what it’s worth seemed correct to me, and nicely lines up the shocking final scene. Murder in the First managed its transition from procedural to courtroom drama very well, so it’ll be interesting to see if the show can stick the landing in the final two episodes. This, meantime, was very good indeed.