Trial by Fury
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Robbery. Henri ?!
On some level, I guess that makes sense. Each episode of Cancellation So far, has focused slightly on a character’s perspective: the first two episodes mostly about Grace, then the third and fourth episodes have made room for Jonathan and Franklin. From the main cast, this leaves Henry without much consideration. There have been times that have clarified Henry’s wishes (he believes his father is innocent of Elena’s murder, he wants his parents to reunite) and others that are not so obvious (this strange altercation with Elena’s son Miguel in Reardon’s yard, his somewhat smug explanation of his behavior to the school principal), but anything that really raises our suspicions in his own way? Yes, he knew Jonathan and Elena, but he had never been to Grace with his suspicions before. He doesn’t seem to have been close to Miguel. Henry kept Jonathan’s secrets, and while I can imagine how upsetting these could have been, I’m not sure they would have pushed the twist to murder.
I repeat myself: Henry ?! Do we think this child has it in him, physically or emotionally? Was it a look of shock on his face as Grace opened her violin case to reveal the Hammer Carver’s surprise at what he saw, or the surprise at being caught? Do we know if Henry had an alibi for fundraising night? Wouldn’t the police also have searched Henry’s things when they passed the Frasers’ apartment? Wouldn’t the violin case have been part of that? Or – and this is my theory – was the hammer planted in the case by Jonathan? During these walks with Grace, he seems to have free rein in town while awaiting trial. He doesn’t seem to have a police escort when he goes somewhere. The detectives could follow him, I guess, but maybe Jonathan gave them the slip, went where he hid the hammer, and then planted it on his son to increase the confusion around the crime and deflect it. attention from him? This is really evil shit! But… do we really need more conviction that Jonathan is a villain? He lied about his deceased sister all these years! He lied about so many! I’m not sure murder seems out of the question anymore!
Or, last option – done Franklin hire someone to find the hammer and then put it in the violin case to involve Jonathan? Think about what Franklin said to Grace before the trial began, when she again repeated that standing by her husband’s side was for the sake of her son: “The idea that it serves Henry best is a no.” – absolute sense. Murderer or not, Jonathan must be kept as far away from your son as possible. What would Franklin do to ensure that Jonathan is erased from their family?
The Hammer Reveal is the very last scene in the penultimate episode of “Trial by Fury,” so let’s go back and take it from above. As Haley meets with the Frasers to plan Jonathan’s defense, the tension between the couple is palpable (I sniffed at Haley “I can’t feel it” when she asked Grace and Jonathan to shake hands and execute their united front), but they decide on a defense tactic. To distract Jonathan’s attention, they must highlight another suspect. Perhaps Fernando killed his wife after learning of his affair with Jonathan. Perhaps Grace killed her after learning of her affair with Jonathan. With no murder weapon in hand at this point, and with Jonathan defending himself so passionately and moaning in his devastation over his dead lover, blaming someone else is the only way to go.
Cancellation then heads to court, and I must confess that I miss Law and order a lot, so this lawsuit really hit the spot! Prosecutor Catherine Stamper (Sofie Gråbøl) is not joking; do you remember Haley’s preoccupation with the word “mud”? Catherine has a similar fondness for the word “porridge,” using it over and over to describe what Elena looked like when her body was found; this crime scene image was horribly effective, precisely because of its unexpectedness. (Excuse me, I did not anticipate Uncut possessor featured on my HBO show about Rich People’s Problems!) Was Jonathan capable of that – hitting Elena 11 times with that heavy hammer? Catherine certainly thinks so, and she leads Detective Mendoza down this path as well. But Haley shows why she’s worth the hundreds of dollars she charges per hour by catching Detective Mendoza not exactly in a lie, but in an explanation of the prejudices he adhered to and the stories he stayed with, while investigating. on Jonathan. Grace was never really treated as a suspect. Fernando was never really treated like a suspect. But Mendoza never lets go of Jonathan, and if it’s not against “innocent until proven guilty,” what is it? “Our only prosecution was the truth,” Mendoza insists, but at this point I think anything that comes out of the perpetrator of this crime will be totally outside the work that detectives Mendoza and O’Rourke have done to try to find Elena’s murderer.
It looks like Haley is doing her best, and by that I mean I was pissed off about everything she did in court, even though I knew it’s exactly that dirty shit that could help her win. this case. How many times she kept asking Fernando if he was receiving psychiatric help, and how she slipped out of fear “of inciting her rage”, was grossly horrible. And even! Not to be outdone, Henry, who disrespects Grace during their family meal when he keeps pushing her to take Jonathan back; his “See? See! When Jonathan pretended he would never cheat again, my stomach turned. (If only you knew the ‘sad fuck’, kid.) And somehow this was no worse than the revelation of Jonathan’s younger sister, Katie, who died as a teenager. She was sick at home, he was tasked with looking after her, and while he was making a snack, the 4 year old wandered outside, was hit by a car and died . Grant is exceptional in this scene because of the way he fully sells the handling of a lie that Jonathan has clearly prepared and kept in his back pocket for years. I don’t know how Grace keeps falling for it, but all the self-hatred in Jonathan’s confession felt repeated: the deep breaths, the dry sobs, the gasps. Of course, he turned to pediatrics because of the guilt he felt after his sister’s death. Of course, he never opened up to Grace about it because he bears the guilt alone. Sure, he’s a good man, because bad men can’t be doctors who treat childhood cancer, can they?
… Yes, they can. Jonathan’s mother (Rosemary Harris), who ultimately answered Grace’s calls, wastes no time telling her stepdaughter who exactly her son is. Jonathan is a sociopath, his mother said calmly enough, and it’s all his fault his little sister died, and he’s never once shown grief, regret, or remorse about it. Remember when Jonathan told Haley that her family couldn’t afford or want to help her? At least he was telling the truth about one of those things – I think the only thing that might surprise Jonathan’s mother at this point is the news of his death. “Jonathan doesn’t know how to suffer,” his mother told the shocked Grace, once again shown to be utterly deceived by Jonathan’s act of woe. If Jonathan’s way of dealing with issues is to get away from them (he hasn’t seen his family since leaving for college), then could we consider a risk of absconding here? Think about that bogus trip to Cleveland, which no one seems to have questioned him about since! And if so, remember what Franklin said to Jonathan: he would kill his son-in-law if he hurt Grace and Henry again. And the only person I could trust in this whole fucking show is this motherfucker.
• David E. Kelley throws around “ugly” as the word is free: Last week Grace had to face “ugly truths”, while this week the prosecutor is calling the murder “ugly cases”. What will be ugly next week?
• No comment on Grace’s choice to sleep with Jonathan again. No comment!
• Was it really Franklin watching MSNBC? I did not expect that! Although I expected his irritated sigh to the news anchor: “As much as we think we like to stick with the rich, in the end we don’t. We never do, ”and that reaction amused me.
• THREE chandeliers in Franklin’s Piano Room. Guillotine, baby!
• Even though Henry doesn’t end up being the killer, the kid is certainly screwed up because of his father’s actions. Henry knows enough about his father to subconsciously realize that Jonathan derived some satisfaction from his son’s knowledge of his infidelity. But during this restaurant scene, all Henry wants to do is please his father, calling Mendoza a “crooked worm” and insisting “I think this family can survive.” I wouldn’t count on it.
• Are we ever going to get an answer as to why Elena kissed Grace? I know some readers called me last week for my statement that Grace’s portrait of Elena and the many unanswered calls to her were the only suspicious things the murdered woman had done, thinking I had overlooked or forgot the strange behavior I had already written. Remember that at the premiere, Elena unexpectedly shows up at the philanthropic planning committee with her little girl, then we see her standing naked in front of Grace at the gym, then there was this emotional altercation in the bathroom during of fundraising. But I do think the portrait and the phone calls are objectively suspect (our knowledge is from Mendoza, which is an outside party), as I now take every Elena interaction we’ve seen through Grace’s perspective with a grain. salt. I don’t think Grace is more of a reliable storyteller, and as bizarre as Elena acted, I wonder if any of those moments could be separated from Grace’s POV and become something more harmless and less sinister.
• I love that at the restaurant, with complementary bread and breadsticks on their table, Grace seemed to be eating… a bunch of undressed lettuce and a few slices of cantaloupe? What was this meal?
• “I loved her, quite madly.” Ugh.
• I guess we see Jonathan testifying next week, and I’m curious who else will be called. Maybe Lily Rabe’s Sylvia? Could the DA know that Jonathan had approached her to defend him in the hospital case? Or could someone from the hospital be called? I think the prosecution would be interested in portraying Jonathan as unreliable from all angles, and lying about losing his job and having an affair would certainly do that.
• Jonathan’s mother corrects Grace’s grammar! The. Better. Thing.