The Practice
Mr. Hinks Goes To Town

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He said, she said

The defense then calls Dr. Jean Reynolds. Jimmy whispers over to Lindsay, "All set?" She thinks so, and then gets up to start her questioning. The usual name, occupation, for the record crap is dispensed. Jeannie explains, in detail, what it means to be a criminal psychologist. Yawn. You know, I'm going to include a new section in my recaps. It's called "ragdoll recommends." This week, ragdoll recommends that her readers not see Unbreakable. It's a terribly long, boring film. Kind of like Death of a Salesman meets Superman, with some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard. Blah dee blah Jeannie treated Hinks, blah dee blah he's delusional, blah dee blah she didn't think he did it. The gallery twitters as only a gallery can twitter. Jeannie: "He thinks he killed those women, but he did not." Blah dee blah hypnosis, blah dee blah thirty hours of therapy with The Boston Decapitator, blah dee blah ten years of experience, blah dee blah. The Prosecution Mountain objects to the hypnosis testimony because it's hearsay. Instantly, William Hinks is up, screaming for a sidebar. Judge White tells him to sit back down. Hinks continues. He wants to dismiss Lindsay as counsel. They bicker back and forth, sit down, she doesn't represent me, sit down, I want her fired: "She doesn't represent my interests, nor does she represent the truth." Yawn. Hinks sits down. Here, Lindsay announces she's changing the plea to a straight not-guilty. More twitters. William yells, "She's a liar, Your Honour!" White gets security to take Mr. Hinks out of the courtroom and orders counsel into chambers...

...where he slams the door and screams, "What the hell's going on?" Lindsay tries to explain her position. The judge will hear none of it: "You committed a fraud on the court, Counsel!" She had to. Her face is very serious. There's no way I could be on The Practice. If I had to say these lines, I'd be cracking up all over the place. It's all so ridiculous. Lindsay explains how they had to keep their defense from the client, you know, because he's delusional. Brilliant, but insane. You know who else is brilliant but insane? Samuel L. Jackson. In Unbreakable. And just like in that film, being brilliant but insane is pretty darn boring. Sigh. The judge busts out all over Lindsay for keeping the strategy from the court, and from the client. The circumstances warranted the fakery. No way! Screams the judge. Jimmy steps in to bat for the defense. DA Hill wants to know if it's a trick. Lindsay gives her word as an officer of the court. DA Hill: "That doesn't solve it. You can not change your plea without your client's consent." Jimmy puts in his two cents. Ragdoll thinks everyone's been watching too much Matlock. Harland's antics from the last episode have started an ugly trend. They all bicker about Hinks for a while. Jimmy stands tall on his soapbox: "Look. This is an unusual thing here. We have a defendant whose sickness prevents him from wanting to be found innocent." He steps forward: "If we would have pled straight not-guilty he would have fired us, like he fired the two guys before us. He would have went out and found a lawyer to tell his lie." Oh, the drama. "In our minds," Jimmy continues, "that would have been the biggest fraud." Well, at least the judge looks convinced.

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