All right, so every scene involving Alicia and Jason Crouse was both supremely embarrassing and eye-rollingly annoying – especially that awfulness at the end, ugh – so that knocked out, say, twenty per cent of this ep.
Moving swiftly on before I start throwing things, however, I really liked the case of the week, which started with a poignant sequence following a loving father watching his little girl grow up, before veering off into genuinely shocking, upsetting tragedy and a look at the oft-covered issues of gun control and gun commerce from a fresh, intelligent angle. The story as a whole could have done with more time spent on it, and using it to show Diane clashing with Cary did it something of a disservice, but the combination of an interesting, moving storyline, a guest appearance from the always-welcome Blair Underwood and a joyous return for Denis O’Hare’s tremendous Judge Abernathy meant this was a case I both cared about and enjoyed; not something I can say for every case this season, by any means.
As far as the rest of the ep was concerned, it was fine, if not in any way earth-shattering. Grace’s college admissions story was filler we probably could have done without, but it was perfectly watchable filler, and the Grand Jury stuff was quite entertaining – I did enjoy it, but once again, just like most of this season, it suffered by comparison with previous similar, but infinitely better scenes. Alicia was great in front of the Grand Jury this week, sure, but didn’t come anywhere close to Alicia, Diane and Will being f***ing fantastic in front of the Grand Jury in Another Ham Sandwich. Sigh. Those were the days.