For the People
Paul William Davies
Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Hope Davis, Susannah Flood
We gave it an A-
Our little baby bird lawyers are on their own this week! With Jill and Roger away at a conference for the day, the rest of the crew must tackle cases without the guidance of Mom and Dad. Scary, I know.
It’s especially poor timing for Sandy. Since Jill isn’t around to take on a client who was detained by the FBI for allegedly trafficking drugs across the Mexican border in his body, Sandra has to take it. It doesn’t sound like a problem…until Jill informs Sandy that Carlos is being held in a hospital, as they try to determine if he actually has drugs inside of him. You may recall, Sandra hates hospitals. Like, really, really hates them.
When she rolls up at the very busy emergency room (aren’t they always on TV?), the anxiety is apparent in her eyes. She does not want to be here. It does not, however, knock her off her game. She lets the FBI agent in charge have it. He has no warrant and cannot search Carlos. Turns out, Agent Goode doesn’t much care about the law, and had Carlos get an X-ray to see what he was packing. It was inconclusive, so they are going to do a CT scan.
Not if Sandra Bell has anything to do with it!
Unfortunately, she has nothing to do with it. Agent Goode doesn’t care about her threats. She calls Jay and tells him to go to the court and file an injunction because the FBI is performing a warrantless search. Agent Goode grabs Sandra and cuffs her to a nearby railing before taking Carlos to get a CT. Can he do this? This is awful! Sandra is having a panic attack and there’s no one around to help her…except the entire hospital full of doctors. Okay, they aren’t allowed to touch her and she’s being guarded by a cop, but come on, the girl is deteriorating rapidly!
Jay shows up with the injunction and quickly realizes what’s going on. When the cop won’t release Sandra, Jay starts recording the scene with his phone. Sandra is being unlawfully detained and the cop is standing there doing nothing — if Jay releases this video, the cop will become the face of this case. The cop does not want to go viral. He uncuffs Sandra and she and Jay book it up to the CT scanner. They arrive just in time — yay, television!
They show Agent Goode their official injunction document and he’s forced to stop the scan. The good guys have won!
Jay is still worried about Sandra, though. He brings her a disgusting vending machine sandwich, because it is the thought that counts. Sort of. Finally, Sandra opens up about her deal with hospitals. As many probably pieced together, it’s tied in with her mom. Sandy’s mom used to drive her to school and they’d have a whole car ride of girl talk. One morning, Sandy’s mom had to go in to work early. Sandy took the bus that day, and was pulled out of class by her crying father — her mother was in a car accident. She went to the hospital and sat on a chair outside her mother’s room, waiting and waiting. She wanted to go in the room and see her mom, but never did. Eventually, a doctor came outside to tell her that her mother died. From that moment on, Sandra vowed to never let herself be powerless again, to never just sit and wait. Being stuck in a hospital, unable to move, brought all of those memories back. But she’s better now, thanks to a terrible sandwich and Jay’s friendship. Bond, lawyers, bond!
Speaking of — our three AUSAs are handed an almost impossible task: They must work together on one case. The news really puts a damper on Kate’s morning, which was fantastic, BTW, because she spent it in bed with Anya. She didn’t even get to work until it was light out. Shocking, I know. Seth and Leonard are very suspicious about the new hours their colleague is keeping.
Anyway, the case: There’s evidence that New York Governor Bill Shales is trying to sell off a vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. His phone has been tapped, but they have yet to collect enough evidence to arrest him. It is left to Kate, Leonard, and Seth to figure out a way to get the job done. It may take a while. The three brainiacs can’t agree on a plan because all of them want to be in charge. The squabbling takes a backseat once Leonard gets some distressing information: A writer at the New York Sentinel knows about the case and is going public with the story that night. If Shales finds out they are building a case against him, he’ll be able to destroy evidence and intimidate witnesses before the prosecution is ready to make an arrest. Team AUSA is on the clock. (Recap continues on next page)