For the People recap: 'Have You Met Leonard Knox?'
Leonard Knox is the final one of our Baby Lawyers to have the spotlight turned on him. Kate Littlejohn is probably the toughest of the six to really understand, but Leonard comes in at a close second. Is he really as cocky, calculated, and cold-blooded as he seems? By the end of “Have You Met Leonard Knox?” we discover that the answer is…sort of but not really.
Leonard is miffed that his Harvard buddies don’t think he’s done anything splashy enough to earn him the honor of speaking at a Harvard Alumni Event. They’ll leave that to the guy with the MacArthur grant to study ants, thank you very much. So, Leonard goes about his business, albeit extra angry: He gets up at 5 a.m, works out, works out some more, and goes into the office demanding a case from Roger Gunn that Roger Gunn does not want to give him. This is their thing.
The case in question is the murder of the sister of an FBI agent, who was kidnapped, assaulted, and killed by one of the people her brother was investigating. The murderer is being tried on a state level and Roger wants nothing to do with it. Leonard doesn’t want the murderer, though; he wants Jared Nash, the murderer’s friend and roommate who was in the apartment the entire time the victim was being held and while she was being killed. The district attorney prosecuting the murder trial claims there was nothing to charge Nash with — he shows no remorse and is generally a creeper, but you cannot charge him for that. Leonard has another idea: Charge him for misprision of a felony. It is rarely used and probably can’t hold up in court, so when Leonard tells Roger of his plan, Roger responds by basically saying “no, no, a thousand times no,” only louder and angrier.
Who should come to Leonard’s side, but Miss Kate Littlejohn. Things have been a little awkward between the two since “she had a good experience with that ATF stuff,” but Leonard needs Kate to work her magic on Roger. He needs to bring Nash to justice. This charge only comes with a three-year sentence, but it is something. Kate is confused as to why cold, unfeeling Leonard cares so much about this — she even compares him to Nash, which, um yikes — but in the end agrees to sit down with Roger. Her argument to her boss is pretty much “don’t bet against Leonard Knox.” Hey! It works!
The trial commences and Leonard has one job: He must prove that Jared Nash actively concealed his friend’s crime. As he informs the jury, the law does not require you to help a victim, but it does prevent you from helping the perpetrator. Leonard proves this through a neighbor who takes the stand and testifies that Jared Nash blasted his music at the same time his friend was murdering the victim, so as to drown out her screams. It is ghastly. After a surprisingly emotional Closing Argument Moment in which Leonard talks about bystander responsibility, about doing something, the jury finds Nash guilty.
Leonard seems relieved and grateful. Alone with Kate, he still has no answer for why he was so passionate about this case. He wanted justice for the victim. Kate reminds him, that’s reason enough. Of course, Leonard’s dumb friends ask him to speak at the Harvard event now that he’s been in the press, and Leonard initially takes them up on it. But when he pulls up outside, he can’t bring himself to go in. He’s not about that life anymore. Aw, Leonard Knox’s heart grew three sizes today.
Now that the Major Case of the Week is over, can we talk about something delightful and confusing? You guys, what is going on with Jill and Roger? Are they in love? Are they just best friends? This is so exciting! (Recap continues on next page)
Roger’s dream comes true when he finds out that he has finally gotten Yankees season tickets in the very seats he and Jill have always wanted. This is wonderful! Jill is also very excited about the news — until she has a chat with Tina Krissman. Tina once had season tickets that she shared with a friend, and now those two aren’t friends anymore. Going to games together is a cool, fun thing. Sharing season tickets is like a marriage. A marriage that will end in divorce. So what does lawyer extraordinaire Jill Carlan do to protect her friendship with Roger? She draws up some very thick contracts. Roger isn’t into this at all — baseball is emotional and personal for them and she just made it a business transaction. Jill won’t budge. Roger either signs the contracts or finds someone else to split the tickets with.
But Roger doesn’t want to go to any baseball games without Jill. His dream hasn’t been to just have season tickets to the Yankees. It’s been to have season tickets to the Yankees with Jill. Baseball has not been so romantic since Michael Squints Palledorous and Wendy Peffercorn.
But will Jill and Roger ever really go there? Have they gone there in the past? This relationship is a glorious mystery!
Perhaps love is in the air over in the Southern District of New York. Jay is a man making moves. He meets a new court clerk working under Tina and is immediately smitten. Lara! He cannot get enough of Lara! After making a pretty decent plea deal for a tennis player client charged with bribery, Jay is feeling pretty good about himself and his life, overall. He is, however, worried about how his BFF Tina Krissman will take the news. Adorably, Jay goes to seek Tina’s approval.
She does not give it to him. It’s not because she thinks Jay and Lara wouldn’t make a good match, but rather because she wants Jay to be wildly successful. They’ve worked hard to get him where he is and he can’t afford distractions. She tells him that as both a minority and someone who didn’t attend an Ivy League law school, Jay can’t just be good. He must be the best. A relationship would hold him back from his career goals.
As sincere as Tina is, Jay goes ahead and asks Lara out anyway. Jay’s living his life, Tina!
Another surprisingly heartfelt moment comes by way of Sandra Bell’s case. She’s defending a comedian who tweeted a picture that looks like she is assassinating the president. It does not go over well with the White House, and she is being charged for the perceived threat. The comedian is pretty pumped about all the press and her eventual restraining order. She was never a real threat, so this is best case scenario for her. But this case isn’t really about the comedian — this case is about the two lawyers assigned to it: Sandra and Seth.
Sandra and Seth haven’t really been in each other’s presence since Seth and Allison broke up, and their first meeting for this case is about as awkward as one might expect. Sandra is loyal to a fault and Seth can’t help himself, so this quickly turns personal. Sandra never liked Seth and his opinions on California anyway, she tells him. Sandra is tiny and scary, Seth says. These two people aren’t great at insults.
It takes a little one-on-one with Allison to help ease the tension. She tells Sandra that Seth is a good guy. She’s trying to move on from their breakup, and so should Sandra. Allison appreciates Sandy defending her honor, but she needs to put her client first.
Seth and Sandra come to an agreement on a plea deal, and they also come to an agreement on their own relationship. They both apologize. Sandra never really gave Seth a chance. Seth knows that Sandra loves Allison and Allison loves Sandra, so of course Seth kind of, sort of likes Sandra. It’s a nice note to end their case on.
Back at the homestead, Sandra opens up to Allison: She doesn’t have many people, so she holds on to those she does have very tightly. Too tightly, sometimes. She never liked Seth because she was always afraid he’d come between them. She really only has her dad and Allison (the mystery of Sandra’s past deepens) and she’s always worried about losing the few people she can count on in her life. Allison tells her pal that she has nothing to worry about. “I’m yours. Your mine,” she says. Okay, so I’ll be over in the corner trying not to cry through this lovely little depiction of female friendship.